Plan to be Raped: The Michigan Abortion Law

There are times when words feel fruitless; writing them down feels like screaming at the top of my lungs to an empty room. Sometimes, we have to do it anyway. This is one of those times. About a week ago, I read a story which reported that the Michigan legislature was considering passage of a […]

For Women: From “Yes We Can” to “We Must”

I do not generally post about politics on 4WomenWorldwide because, quite frankly, the importance of the issues discussed here bypasses partisanship or political parties. To me, they are simply questions of our humanity. At the young age of about nine, my grandmother started to talk with me about politics and though I didn’t care or […]

There When We Need a Voice

I trekked out to Bethesda last night for some dinner at Vapiano’s, an inexpensive but delicious Italian restaurant, and was quickly informed, upon glancing the ominous line of black limos and SUVs, that Vice President Joe Biden was inside. I have to admit, I love me some Biden. His sometimes abrasive, often loud-mouthed ways may […]

Famine in Africa: The Underreported Facts

By now, many of you have likely heard about the famine that is gripping regions of four countries in the Horn of Africa including Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and Djibouti. See my post from earlier this month for more background. Recently added to this list is a sliver in South Sudan. To date, approximately 12 million people […]

Enraging, Inexcusable, Cowardly

Please read to the end and sign the petition on This story made me speechless. For those of you who know me, you know that’s a rarity. I cannot, will not, stay quiet on this issue until there is a public uprising akin to that we saw for Darfur that finally prompts international action. […]

Weekly Wrap Up: May 16, 2011

Women in the “New Egypt” A well-known Egyptian TV host and activist, Buthayna Kamel, announced her intention to become Egypt’s first female president. Kamel is known for her propensity to discuss taboo topics such as sexual relationships and domestic violence. She is also an outspoken advocate for  democracy and fears that women will be left out […]

Weekly Wrap Up: March 27, 2011

Men Taking Action At a small college in Dallas, Pennsylvania, college men are taking a stand against violence against women in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Well, technically they took a walk. Thirty male students of Misericordia University adorned themselves with high heels and participated in a new event called “Walk a Mile in Her […]