Investing in Women: Spotlight on Women for Women International

Women for Women International

It’s a story we’re all too familiar with. In many places, we’re encouraged to ignore it; in the United States, for instance, we’re told that feminism is no longer necessary. Women are equal, aren’t they? They’re no longer confined to the home, they hold jobs previously denied to them, and overall, their position in society has improved in many ways. So what’s all the fuss about?

The fuss is about this: Although in some countries great strides have been made, for many women around the world, equality and opportunity are still not readily accessible. Women are less likely to hold … Continue reading

With Empathy & Respect – Spotlight on Rosie’s Place

Rosie's Place

Homelessness and poverty are issues that I’d venture to say most people who don’t experience them firsthand only consider in passing–maybe around Thanksgiving, when the local food pantries ramp up their requests for donations. After all, it’s not a comfortable situation to imagine yourself in, and particularly not in a world that often feels increasingly unstable, where the worries of food security, affordable housing, and finding employment that provides a living wage mean that many of us don’t feel so far removed from that outcome.

But for those who are struggling with poverty and homelessness, these issues aren’t abstract; they’re … Continue reading

The Power of the (Hand)written Word — Spotlight on The World Needs More Love Letters

More Love Letters

One of My Favorites

I have always believed in the importance of two things: acts of kindness, and the written word. I value kindness in all its forms; there’s something so priceless contained in a caring word, a thoughtful gesture, a moment of going out of your way–even just a little–to make someone else feel seen or appreciated. And as for the written word, well. Haven’t you ever read a book that spoke directly to your heart, or a poem that seemed to be made of the same stuff as your soul? Or received a letter, or an email, or … Continue reading