Posts Tagged Leadership

Girls, Uninterrupted

Bravo to the New York Times for covering (finally!) a story about young women breaking away from the over-hyped ambition and passive aggressive communication so typical of mainstream adolescent girl culture. In “Girls, Uninterrupted,” Jan Hoffman writes about Rachel Simmons’ Girls Leadership Institute, a place where girls come to learn about conflict, and have a silly, unselfconscious good frickin’ time. An excerpt:

That buoyant tone is set deliberately by Ms. Simmons, who believes that middle-school girls need to relearn how to have fun, to remember the creative giddiness they enjoyed only a few years earlier. In her office in Northampton, Mass., hangs a framed note from an eighth grader: “Dear Rachel: You are the most immature adult I’ve ever ...

Bravo to the New York Times for covering (finally!) a story about young women breaking away from the over-hyped ambition and passive aggressive communication so typical of mainstream adolescent girl culture. In “Girls, Uninterrupted,” Jan Hoffman ...

Tea Party spokesperson Mark Williams claims NAACP are the real bigots.

Tea Partiers are good at reminding us why resolutions such as the one passed by the NAACP on Tuesday condemning racist elements of the Tea Party are needed. A revisionist sense of history and a complete denial of how racism works in the United States has led to the current political mindset of the Tea Party set. While the Tea Party is denying racism within their ranks, it is pretty clear they are bonafide race baiters. (Think: Obama not a citizen??)
Mark Williams, national spokesman for the Tea Party Express said,

“You’re dealing with people who are professional race-baiters, who make a very good living off this kind of thing. They make more money off of race than ...

Tea Partiers are good at reminding us why resolutions such as the one passed by the NAACP on Tuesday condemning racist elements of the Tea Party are needed. A revisionist sense of history and a complete ...

Quick Hit: Elena Kagan SCOTUS Hearings Day 2.


It is Day 2 of the Kagan hearings and the Republicans have already shamelessly called the late Thurgood Marshall, “an activist judge” and scrutinized her relationship with him. For those watching let us know what is going on and be our feminist watchdogs.
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It is Day 2 of the Kagan hearings and the Republicans have already shamelessly called the late Thurgood Marshall, “an activist judge” and scrutinized her relationship with him. For those watching ...

Major Victory Against Rape Apologist Hate Speech in South Africa

“When a woman didn’t enjoy it [sex], she leaves early in the morning. Those who had a nice time will wait until the sun comes out, request breakfast, and ask for taxi money.”
ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema, speaking to a group of 150 University students last May on why South African President Jacob Zuma’s rape accuser must have enjoyed having sex with him.
These are the words of a rape apologist. They are the words of someone seeking to shame, embarrass, humiliate, and de-legitimize a woman who dared to take legal action against her alleged rapist- the president of a nation.
And now, according to a recent ruling by the South African Equality Court, these words also ...

“When a woman didn’t enjoy it [sex], she leaves early in the morning. Those who had a nice time will wait until the sun comes out, request breakfast, and ask for taxi money.”
ANC Youth League leader ...

IWHC’s Young Visionaries Contest: Empowering Young People to Change the World


Did you know that there are1.2 billion people between the ages of 10 and 19 in the world today-the largest generation of adolescents ever?
As the Feministing community knows, around the world, strong and dynamic youth movements are gaining momentum–and so is the global agenda for human rights, social justice, and feminism. From Nigeria to Peru, young people are securing access to comprehensive sexuality education and reproductive health care, and engaging with policymakers locally, nationally, and internationally.
That’s why I’m so thrilled to announce Young Visionaries, an exciting new campaign- and contest- from the International Women’s Health Coalition(IWHC), the NGO where I work. Until March 25, 2010 if you’re between the ages of 18 and 30 you ...


Did you know that there are1.2 billion people between the ages of 10 and 19 in the world today-the largest generation of adolescents ever?
As the Feministing community knows, around the world, strong and dynamic youth ...

Obama Lifts HIV Travel/Immigration Ban

About. Damn. Time.
Via The Advocate and Akimbo:
“The United States is one of a dozen countries that bar people with HIV from entering the country,” Obama said as he announced the lifting of the U.S. policy banning travel and immigration to the U.S. by people who are HIV-positive.
“If we want to be the global leader in HIV, we need to act like it.”
This should go a long way towards battling the seemingly ubiquitous stigma and discrimination HIV-positive people face worldwide. What a great way to end the week!

About. Damn. Time.
Via The Advocate and Akimbo:
“The United States is one of a dozen countries that bar people with HIV from entering the country,” Obama said as he announced the lifting ...

“Inventing Fire for the Second Time”: Convergence, Collaboration, and Compromise at CGI 2009

As you all know, Jos, Vanessa and I have been attending the 5th Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initative this week in Manhattan. We’ve put up several posts already about the event, including coverage of the opening session, photos from the first day, and coverage of Wednesday morning’s Plenary Session on Investing in Women and Girls.
I’d like to offer a different kind of coverage here, one that tries to understand if and how the broader thematic goal of the Meeting- namely, cross-sector participation in addressing the world’s problems- works, and how it will ultimately affect women and girls globally.
In other words- Can business interests and NGO interests ever align productively? Can the ...

As you all know, Jos, Vanessa and I have been attending the 5th Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initative this week in Manhattan. We’ve put up several posts already about the event, including

CGI in Photos (and a Few Words)

It’s Day 2 of the 5th Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in Manhattan, and I’m sitting next to Jos in the press room trying to organize my thoughts on everything that’s been going on. I mean, wow. I’m surrounded by conference participants, which range from diplomats to heads of state to movie stars to business executives to NGO presidents and CEOs to prestigious journalists and high-powered bloggers. I’ve got to be honest- I don’t think I’ve never been in the same building as so many smart, powerful, and- let’s face it- rich people before in my life.

It’s Day 2 of the 5th Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in Manhattan, and I’m sitting next to Jos in the press room trying to organize my thoughts on everything that’s been going on. I ...

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