One of anthropologist Margaret Mead’s most famous quotes instructs us to “never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” We might amend Mead’s observation to honor a group of thoughtful, committed teenagers across the world standing against climate change.
At SFF 2019, along with the most positive “buzz” I can remember about the films, the words often heard were “most diverse,” “most inclusive” — it was all that and more.
In an informative, bold TEDWomen talk, Project Drawdown author Katharine Wilkinson shares three key ways that empowering women and girls can help stop global warming. "Drawing down emissions depends on rising up," she says.
Last year, I had the privilege of attending Roar Africa's inaugural Roar & Restore Retreat. Roar Africa is a woman-owned and -led company that offers specially designed experiences that combine Africa’s best safaris with adventures not included on the usual tourist itineraries. Experiences that are designed with purpose to go deeper, connecting participants with local communities and good work.
One of my favorite quotes is from the British writer Gilbert Chesterton: “Thanks are the highest form of thought and gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” My happiness is indeed doubled by the wonder-filled work that is creating change for individuals, communities and the small, fragile world we share.
As Congress became a lot more diverse and female earlier this month, our president lashed out at women of color in the press. Meanwhile, the women of the 2019 Congress got to work in Washington, redefining how representation works.
For too long gender has determined who holds the decision-making power in this country and around the world — and that needs to change. Here’s hoping that tomorrow is the start of something.
Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Tom Hanks about his new collection of short stories, Uncommon Type: Some Stories as part of the MJCCCA Book Festival in Atlanta.
This week, I’m a guest on Veronica Dagher’s Wall Street Journal podcast talking about the importance of mentorship for women, my work with the Women's Media Center and the Sundance Institute, and my own career.
A new report from The Women’s Media Center analyzes the impact of the #MeToo movement rising on news coverage in the nation’s major newspapers. In Year Two, there’s room for improvement in how the media reports on sexual violence and survivors.
In her must-read new book, writer, activist and director of the Women’s Media Center Speech Project, Soraya Chemaly, explores why all of us — women and men, alike — are so uncomfortable with women expressing their anger and argues that women’s anger is one of the most powerful tools for creating lasting change.
This month, a film close to my heart comes to Netflix. City of Joy is the story of the profound resilience of the human spirit witnessing Congolese women's fierce will to reclaim hope, even when so much of what was meaningful to them has been stripped away.
Last month, I spoke with two activists, India’s ElsaMarie D’Silva and Agnes Igoye from Uganda, about the work that is being done to make women safer around the world. In this year of unprecedented attention to women, we are increasingly aware of their vulnerability to sexual violation, trafficking and other forms of abuse. Will we make those commitments?
This week I want to offer space on my blog to a woman I admire very much. Jennifer Fox is a very talented independent filmmaker. For her most recent film, The Tale, which has two Emmy nominations, Jennifer took enormous risks and they are paying off with impact that is changing people’s lives.
This week heralds the release of “Crazy Rich Asians,” a new Hollywood film that is an adaptation of the best-selling book by Kevin Kwan, which has already sold millions of copies. Will “Crazy Rich Asians” be another Halley’s Comet or a new constellation that lights up Hollywood?
Once again this summer, I had the privilege of moderating sessions during the Spotlight Health Aspen Institute Ideas Festival. I want to share some surprising and important information that surfaced in one of our sessions.
Women are rising in America, and in many places, being led by women of color, proving by their votes, their voices and their leadership that they are a force for change.
If you're looking for some inspiring, instructive and provocative books to add to your summer reading list, these recent books from from TEDWomen speakers are worthy additions.
This week the Supreme Court effectively endorsed the silencing of women in a 5-4 ruling about forced arbitration clauses. In a biting dissent, justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg called it “egregiously wrong.”
Last week, leaders of the Cannes Film Festival signed a pledge to improve gender parity at film festivals. Progress? Yes. But there’s something you can do to help.
For Earth Day, I collected a playlist of 10 TEDWomen talks that highlight innovative ideas, cutting-edge science, and the power that each of us has to safeguard our planet and make our world better for everyone.
There were exhilarating, inspiring, and important connections made throughout the week — part of the magic off putting good people in the same place, ready to share ideas and partner for greater impact.
Several new projects focused on presenting and preserving women's stories previously underrepresented in history books, media and museums are worth seeing during Women's History Month.
I first met Eve Ensler in a bombed-out theater in Sarajevo in 1998. She was already known by many as the playwright of the groundbreaking play "The Vagina Monologues," which she had performed off-Broadway as a one-woman show. Today, 20 years later, I reflect on Eve's work with V-Day and the incredible movement she started.
At Sundance Film Festival's annual Women's Leadership Brunch this year, I had the privilege and responsibility of moderating a panel intended to highlight some of the activism and initiatives that have emerged from the #MeToo movement. I wanted to share a lightly edited version of my remarks introducing the panel and some highlights from our discussion.
Looking ahead to 2018, I hope these talks can inform how we channel the new awareness and activism of 2017 into strategic decisions for women’s rights. Could we eliminate economic, racial, cultural and gender inequities? Imagine these as goals for a newly energized and focused global feminist community.
This year's TEDWomen in New Orleans was a truly special conference, at a vital moment, and I'm sure the ripples from our meeting will be felt for a long time to come. Take a look at some highlights and videos of TED Talks already available online.
Forty-three years ago this week, the number one tennis star in the world, 29-year-old Billie Jean King, agreed to take on 55-year-old Bobby Riggs, in a match dubbed the “Battle of the Sexes.”
In 2015, former president of Ireland and climate justice activist Mary Robinson explained how she came to view fighting climate change as a human rights issue. In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and now Maria, and extreme monsoons in South Asia, I reached out to Mary to get an update on her work.