Nobel Peace Prize, Leymah Gbowee

Leymah Gbowee-Powerhouse of the 21st Century

Why Leymah Gbowee, women’s rights activist and peace builder does what she does: “[When people ask me] ‘what is your drive?’ I say anger. Anger and pain propels me into action; results and joy keeps me running.” On adopting a former sex worker: “You know how those old ladies always say ‘Jesus will give you…

Why not Wendy?

Wendy Davis, the new liberal “folk hero“, officially announced her run for governor of Texas on Thursday, and both Democrats and Republicans are quick to point out that her underdog fight will be a tough one, not least because of the other labels she’ll have to fight off in order to establish her own. Judith…

A patriot in Yemen

I am in awe: ” ‘I strongly believe that I have helped improve America’s image, perhaps in ways that an official ambassador or other diplomats cannot,” he explained. “I have access to ordinary Yemenis. For me, helping the people of my country understand and know the America that I have experienced is a passion, not a…

Women in Green: Spotlight on Mahwash Rehman

Today I’d like to recognize my friend Mahwash Rehman, an advocate for women’s equality and a very talented photographer. Mahwash took the time to talk to me about her thesis project on the Pakistan Women’s Cricket Team.  On her artist’s statement page, where you can view a slideshow of her photographs, she explains the significance of…