Inclusive Decision-Making During My Trip to Afghanistan

I just returned from a two week trip to Kabul, Afghanistan, where I was working on a project focusing on reaching women as voters, candidates and election officials as the country plans for its next election in 2013. It was a challenging time for Afghanistan, as the attack on the US Embassy occurred right before […]

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What the Affordable Care Act Has Done for You Lately

The Affordable Care Act was not passed easily. It was a hellish process of misinformation, lobbying from all sides, and compromises that looked more like beleaguered  acquiescence. It was a big deal of a bill that did not emerge unscathed, but emerged nonetheless. It’s already begun to deliver, with more on its way, assuming it’s […]

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This week’s Taste of Feminism

Reading Materials In his new novel The Marriage Plot, author Jeffrey Eugenides takes a closer look at the life of three characters, as they try to find their way through college and the risks of the real world after graduating from college.  The main heroine of the book is Madeleine. An English major student at […]

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People who fight against sex trafficking

If you take a snapshot of the world as it stands today, a few things come to mind: our population is exploding as we hit seven billion this month, the Middle East is erupting with protests and calls for democracy and human rights, and the GOP candidates are debating weekly on how they can best […]

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“Hannah Rose”: A Survivor’s Story

I have chosen today to rise above the shame of my own experience with domestic violence and speak out, as a survivor. I have given talks, raised money and been asked a thousand times, “Michelle, why domestic violence?” I have never answered with anything but a simple, “because there is a need.” I am not […]

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Three in Four of Us

Three years ago my dear friend Jana Mackey was murdered by her ex-boyfriend that she’d broke up with a few weeks previous. She had said that he was beginning to seem controlling. She was just finishing her first year in law school and was accepted to an internship program in which first-years never get accepted. […]

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When I Met Wangari Maathai

I met Wangari Maathai in 2007 after a lecture at a university.  I don’t remember much of her speech, but I do remember the calm sound of her voice and how she continued to sign books far after her handler told her they really really had to get to the airport now.  She was kind […]

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Professional Fridays: My First Informational Interview

Recently a friend told me about something I’d never heard of before: the informational interview. An informational interview is a job hunting strategy where you meet casually — yet professionally – with prospective employers and learn about job opportunities.   It’s a way to earn face time with employers and possibly learn “inside” knowledge about upcoming […]

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The Month of Competing Priorities for Women

We at Fem2.0 have been focused on Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  While we will continue that focus, and we feel strongly about the ability of communities to take action and change the future of violence against women, we would be remiss to ignore the fact that October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While I […]

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Only Up From Here, Right?

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending via conference call (thank you, Google Phone), the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) Roundtable on Women & the Economy. The purpose of the Roundtable was to formally present two very significant research studies put together by the IWPR and the Rockefeller Foundation, Women and Men Living […]

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