​When Colonialism and Feminism Clash: Looking Towards an Empowered Future in South Africa

“Freedom cannot be achieved unless women have been emancipated from all forms of oppression ... unless we see in visible and practical terms that the condition of the women of our country has radically changed for the better, and that they have been empowered to intervene in all aspects of life as equals with any other member of society” -Nelson Mandela 1994Nelson Mandela understood that in o…

​Outspoken for a Cause: Rula Quaqas’ feminist mission in Jordan

While Jordanian women are some of the most educated in the world, entry into the workforce remains a challenge. With some estimates of literacy rate for women at 99%, it remains baffling that female employment in Jordan remains at 22%, while male’s employment rate is estimated to be 87%. Early childhood care, access to public transportation, and discrimination are attributed with creating major ba…

5 Everyday Ways You Can Support Women

This post started off as a message inspired by Sheryl Sandberg’s 2010 Ted Talk “Why we have too few women leaders”. I was in my car stuck in traffic, of course, listening to my favorite podcast when Sandberg brought up a brilliant point. She explained how even at a young age, children who have shown strong leadership tendencies are called independent if they are boys and bossy if the…

Highlights from United State of Women: Inspiring, Connecting, and Building a Better World for Women

On June 14, 2016, over 5,000 women from across the U.S. came together in Washington DC for the first ever United State of Women. I was lucky enough to be nominated to attend, and I spent two incredible days learning, celebrating, and preparing for what's to come.  At first, I wanted to share a blog about how much experience impacted me, but, even 2 months later, I'm still struggling to fully…