Environment, Family Planning, Youth

A Girls’ Bathroom, A Basic Right

When I was a teenager, I wasn’t an ideal student. My girlfriends and I would often skip class—especially gym—and sneak off to the bathroom.  We would eat snacks, play with makeup and talk about boys, celebrities, or any number of … Continue Reading

Contraceptives and Condoms, Family Planning, Maternal Health, Youth

She’s Too Tired to Push. That’s Why We Must.

She forgot how to push after 22 children. The other woman had given birth 16 times and 4 of her children had died. I am sitting in the audience at Women Deliver 2013, and I wept as these stories were … Continue Reading

Family Planning, U.S. Foreign Assistance

Family Planning Can Level the Playing Field for Women Everywhere

This post was originally a guest column for Women Deliver.  Like many Americans, I just completed the annual ritual of filing my taxes. In the process, I noticed, as some of you might have, the box asking whether I wanted … Continue Reading

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Day 5 Recap: It’s a Wrap

The long hours were worth it. Throughout the week, there were challenges that bordered on the surreal. No room reservations, microphones that didn’t work, emails that got caught up in the system. Admittedly modest in scope, these bureaucratic problems threatened, at … Continue Reading