Gender Equality

A Big Year Ahead for Cervical Cancer Prevention

Big global gains against cervical cancer are possible with sustained attention and investment, and gains are urgently needed. Even though it is preventable, cervical cancer is a leading cause of […]

Saying Yes to Leadership

Last November, I attended the Women Leaders in Global Health meeting in London, which had 900 participants from 80 countries. I came away energized by the amazing and inspiring women […]

Norwegian Lessons for America about Gender Equality

As the #metoo movement sweeps the United States and beyond, I recently visited Norway eager to explore why it is consistently one of the top countries in the world for […]

Let’s Talk About Menstrual Health

On any given day more than 800 million women and girls are menstruating, yet menstrual health and hygiene is a neglected health and development issue. Stigma, taboos, and ignorance around […]

A Pledge on International Women’s Day: Female Donors, Join Forces

Originally published in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, March  8, 2018. We are facing a pivotal moment in history where two major movements are aligned. The #MeToo groundswell is changing the […]

Paid Family and Medical Leave

Paid Leave: Good for Families, Good for Business

Two years ago my daughter was diagnosed with a serious health condition. As a single mom of two children, with no family in the picture to help, I was 100% […]

Why it Pays to Offer Employees Paid Leave

As the founder of a mission-driven organization, I had a bunch of tough decisions to make before hiring my first employees. However, one decision was easy: offer paid family and […]

Actions Speak Louder than Words: Putting Women Front and Center in Global Health

I walked in to a packed room, found a seat and glanced up at the panel. The crowded stage had eight speakers, and every single one of them was a man. Even though perhaps I shouldn’t have been surprised, I was. I couldn’t believe that in 2016, we were still having conversations driven solely by men.