Posts tagged "personal essay"
Supporting the Advancement of Women in Afghanistan

Supporting the Advancement of Women in Afghanistan

Afghan women have come a long way over the last decade. We have made significant achievements, many of which would have not been possible without the generous support of the international community, especially the United States.
Why the 2014 Afghanistan Election is Bringing Hope Back to Afghan Women

Why the 2014 Afghanistan Election is Bringing Hope Back to Afghan Women

We made it. We were able to show to the world that our security forces are robust enough to protect our infant democracy and our people remain worthy of international support.
Shoulder-to-Shoulder: Realizing the Power of Education

Shoulder-to-Shoulder: Realizing the Power of Education

I remember the morning I woke up to the sounds of gunfire and bombs. I remember the morning when I was trying to get ready for school and my father said I couldn’t go any more.
I Loved My Feminist Majority Foundation Internship - Here's Why

I Loved My Feminist Majority Foundation Internship – Here’s Why

In the women’s right’s movement, ‘solidarity’ is a word we value, and it’s a word that’s been proven true in my time here.
Shoulder-to-Shoulder: Maintaining Commitment to Afghan Women and Girls

Shoulder-to-Shoulder: Maintaining Commitment to Afghan Women and Girls

"My family decided to move back to Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban. After we returned, I remained committed to working to improve Afghan women’s lives."
Shoulder-to-Shoulder: Making Real the Right to Education for Afghan Women and Girls

Shoulder-to-Shoulder: Making Real the Right to Education for Afghan Women and Girls

" I owe my achievements both to Jaghori resistance to the Taliban and to the U.S. and NATO presence in Afghanistan, which protected my right to an education, and continues to help secure this right for all Afghan women and girls."
Shoulder-to-Shoulder: Hope for Afghan Women

Shoulder-to-Shoulder: Hope for Afghan Women

"Even with all of the progress in Afghanistan, I still have nightmares when I think about those dark days of the Taliban regime."
The Affordable Care Act Fits My Needs and Cut My Costs

The Affordable Care Act Fits My Needs and Cut My Costs

"Healthcare coverage is not a luxury for me; it is a necessity."
The Affordable Care Act Makes the Gift of Health Insurance Possible

The Affordable Care Act Makes the Gift of Health Insurance Possible

My mom sat down, went on Healthcare.gov, discovered that she qualified for a tax credit to help her afford quality health insurance, and then found 86 health plans from which to choose. All in less than 10 minutes.
Our Choice, Our Voice: On Speaking Out and Not Being Spoken Down To

Our Choice, Our Voice: On Speaking Out and Not Being Spoken Down To

Women want, and deserve, to make their own choices.
It's Her Choice

It’s Her Choice

There are myriad reasons why a woman has the right to choose which I couldn’t possibly begin to list here.
Our Constitutional Right to Abortion Regardless of Religion

Our Constitutional Right to Abortion Regardless of Religion

I was raised a Protestant fundamentalist during the 1960’s and the evils of abortion were never mentioned.
There Was Zero Question in My Mind

There Was Zero Question in My Mind

I did not want to be pregnant and definitely did not want a child. I felt no ambiguity or uncertainty about this. What I felt was determined.
My Mother Wanted To Be An Astronaut

My Mother Wanted To Be An Astronaut

I do not thank my Mama for not aborting me anymore than I blame her for the miscarriage she had when I was in the 2nd grade. Another healthy baby girl joined our family years after and she has our Mama’s eyes.
The Fence

The Fence

In fact I believed, more so than ever, that it takes immeasurable courage and compassion, strength and caring, to choose to have a child—and equal amounts of the same to choose not to have a child.
My Abortion Story

My Abortion Story

I wish pro-lifers pushing new Texas laws understood: Hearing my little girl's heartbeat would have been unbearable.
Graduate Baby Blues: When Pregnancy and College Don't Mix

Graduate Baby Blues: When Pregnancy and College Don’t Mix

This piece is my story about my journey to choice.