The Power of Our Stories

I began a new book the other night. It was one of these moments: “I’ll just read a few pages before bed” and four hours later you’re halfway through the book and it’s 3:00 AM. The book –  We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled: Voices from Syria by Wendy Pearlman – amplifies the voices … Continue reading The Power of Our Stories


The Hard-won Path to Success for Female Nigerian Athletes

Four Nigerian women made history this month in PyeongChang. Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere, and Akuoma Omeoga became the first-ever Olympic bobsled team from the entire continent of Africa. Simidele Adeagbo became the first female skeleton athlete to compete for Nigeria. But their success is more representative of their individual national pride than it is of … Continue reading The Hard-won Path to Success for Female Nigerian Athletes

Women in Rwanda: The Truth about Gender Equality

There is only one parliament in the world where women outnumber men—and it’s in Africa. Women make up 64 percent of the Rwandan parliament (LBHO-DATA-1). To put that in perspective, Sweden’s parliament is 44 percent women, and the United States’ national legislature is 19 percent women. [1] The path to gender parity in Rwanda was … Continue reading Women in Rwanda: The Truth about Gender Equality

Egyptian Ruler Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s “Year of Women”

On International Women’s day – March 8, in 2017 – President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt declared 2017 the “Year of Women.”[1]  While many inequalities still remain in Egypt, Sisi’s efforts to improve women’s status last year marked some success. The number of women in government ministries increased, and gender issues have become a more … Continue reading Egyptian Ruler Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s “Year of Women”

Working as a Woman in National Security

Henry Kissinger. Colin Powell. Brent Scowcroft. These are names closely associated with the U.S. national security field. There are extraordinary women included in this list – such as Madeleine Albright and Condoleezza Rice – that have their contributions to national security sometimes overlooked because they are women. Although women have made incredible strides in the … Continue reading Working as a Woman in National Security

Data and Beauty Pageants

The Miss Peru contest begins with contestants giving their name, hometown and their bust, waist and hip measurements. This year, they still gave numbers, but instead of their measurements, all 23 contestants gave statistics about violence towards women in Peru. The rest of the evening, the contestants answered questions about how they would solve violence … Continue reading Data and Beauty Pageants

Maternal Deaths in North America

Mothers dying in childbirth is a thing of the past in the developed world. Modern science has provided countless new technologies and methods to aid in the childbirth process. An expectant mother has access to exceptional doctors, medicine, and the latest technologies to make her birth go smoothly, or to step in if something goes … Continue reading Maternal Deaths in North America