07Jun

A (Rare) Solo Traveler

grand bahama island

No, this isn't a book review. I just felt like the image above sums up how I feel about where I am right now. I'm actually on a press trip in the Bahamas at the Grand Lucayan. I decided not to bring any members of my family on this trip largely for financial reasons. I yearned for a trip where I could not only focus on my writing but also seeing things through a different lens. I first became aware of the beauty of solo travel many moons ago while backpacking through Europe after college, when, as Journalism major, I carried a notebook and pen and Read More

30May

Review: Maleficent, a Feminist Film in Many Ways

Malifecent

I always worry about Disney movies, as much as I love them. The female characters always seem to need me. Or to be saved by men. Of they need to be kissed by men in order to live. That has been the story of several of their fairytales, including the very popular Sleeping Beauty. In that story, a handsome Prince breaks a spell cast on the Princess by Malifecent and not only are they reunited, she is saved and the palace awakens. Everyone lives happily ever after as a result of the Prince's actions, even though he is a minor character in the story. Oh, Read More

28May

Orange is the New Black Returns to Netflix (with Spoilers!)

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Don't hate me. I know you love Orange is the New Black as much as I do. Not only am I about to tell you that I've seen the first episode of season two of the series, set to premiere on Netflix on June 6th, but I also got invited to the NYC premiere party at the Ziegeld Theater! Okay, now you really hate me. What can I tell you about the evening? It was surreal - from watching the actors walk down the red carpet to viewing my favorite show in a room full of passionate OITNB watchers to attending the party where I saw my favorite characters standing in Read More

24May

Cross Post: Two Fiery Shows About Women and our BFFs

Doll and Em

(This post recently appeared on BlogHer.) We haven’t had a profound shortage of female bonding orientated programming as of late. Girls on HBO, for example, is a gritty, realistic show about the real life jealousies and issues that develop between friends as they navigate the waters of young adulthood. But as much as I love it, it’s about women much younger than myself, and as much as I try to relate to Hannah, Marnie, Jess and Shoshanna, I realize that that the similarity factor can only go so far. They don’t have the most functional of relationships, Read More

06Apr

10 Memorable Quotes from Women in the World 2014

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I was lucky to attend the the 5th annual Women in the World summit once again. Words can't quite capture the experience of having an entire event wrapped around the narrative on issues affecting women from Washington to Rwanda, celebrating the success of the women's movement which has come so far even in the past year alone. The event took place at Lincoln Center in NYC over the period of 2-1/2 days and was hosted by Tina Brown who kicked everything off with the mantra "Don't cry, strategize." Her boundless energy to get stories told from women around Read More

03Apr

Finding Out About Tweens & Puberty w/HelloFlo

Hello Flo

I had the most interesting conversation with HelloFlo founder Naama Bloom and Dr. Cara Netterson who works with American Girl on their puberty books. I encountered HelloFlo's video, The Camp Gyno, last year when it was released and immediately fell in love with its premise of making sure our daughters are prepared for their periods. Did you see it? It was wonderful and went viral really fast. If not, watch it now. HelloFlo founder Naama Bloom spent the bulk of her career at American Express in marketing. After moving on as an entrepreneur, one Read More

09Mar

Thoughts on Women, Travel and Much, Much More

Thoughts on Women, Travel and More

Yesterday I went to celebrate International Women's Day at a new conference that was held in downtown Manhattan called Women's Travel Fest. It was a day of discussion meant to inspire and prompt women to travel. I went because as an avid traveler and writer, I was excited to hear women talk about my favorite subject and watch others get as empowered about the topic as I already am. I recently hosted a twitter party on this very subject and know that statistics prove that women are anything but afraid to travel in 2014. These are a few of the stats Read More

11Jan

Women in the News

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Lots boiling in the news this week regarding women, here are my top 5 stories: 1. Meryl Streep took the stage at the National Board of Review awards gala in New York to present an award to Emma Thompson for her role in Saving Mr. Banks.  She started out with praise for the actress, but according to Variety and other sources, Streep soon launched into a little speech about Disney’s anti-Semitic. racist and sexist views. She also declared Thomson as a "rabid, man-eating feminist. How I loved this speech.  Check it out here. 2. Lena Dunham still has to Read More

21Nov

The Perfect Holiday Gift: Purchase a Scarf, Empower a Woman

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I've written about FashionABLE scarves here before.  I'm become slightly obsessed with them.  Not only are they beautiful, but every time I buy one, I am investing in a woman. I am helping the fight against poverty.  Just check out the story above, Kalkidan is one example.  Let me explain. In an effort to create sustainable business in Africa through scarf making; instead of making women dependent on charity, FashionABLE helps make women a vital part of a developing economy by employing them to make these beautiful creations and by giving them Read More

23Sep

Keeping Global Promises to Mothers and Children

Keeping Global Promises to Mothers and Children

I can't believe that I had my first daughter 10-1/2 years ago.  It feels like yesterday, and for some reason, the images are more vivid than when I had my second child a few years later. It was an induced pregnancy, so we went in to the hospital rather leisurely on a week night.  I laid on a table and was given medication to send my soon-to-be child a signal that it was time to come into the world.  After nine months of carrying her around in my belly and readying the house and my life to include a new child, my husband and I were more than ready to Read More