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Victoria Woodhull
In 1872, women were not allowed to vote. But that didn't stop activist, businesswoman and spiritualist Victoria Woodhull from running for president. She nominated Frederic Douglass, a former slave, as her running mate.
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Cultural Change Taking Root with BAOBAB
BAOBAB for Women's Human Rights, a non-governmental organization based in Lagos, Nigeria, believes change begins slowly, one woman at a time. But when that one woman connects to another, and then another, the collective momentum can take on a life of it's own.
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Delta on Fire
Nigeria is one of the world's top ten oil producers, and the source of its wealth lies in the southern Niger Delta region. For decades, the clash between multinational oil companies and the Delta people has been a violent one. But in the early 21st century, the face, and means, of protest changed...
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First Money, Then Power
Too often words like ignorant, impoverished and oppressed are used to describe women in the Global South. Collectively, Westerners tend to imagine these women as victims. Recent efforts to put economic resources in these women's hands have changed the way they experience and express their power. Governments, schools and civil society organizations alike have recognized that arming women with small loans, as well as helping them develop skills necessary to run their own businesses, benefits women, their families and their communities.Below you will find profiles of five women who have benefited from microcredit loans...
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Seeds of Resistance
"Seeds are our mother," declares physicist and activist Vandana Shiva, founder of the revolutionary Indian seed-saving organization Navdanya. The organization's name translates as "nine crops." Its mission: To support local farmers and rescue and conserve crops that are being pushed into extinction...
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Women, Natural Disasters, and Reconstruction
In May, 2008, a deadly cyclone ravaged Myanmar/Burma, while an earthquake in China killed thousands. Natural disasters devastate entire communities. During and after these disasters, women and children suffer the most.
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Women, Media and Politics in Lebanon
In a country where over half of the population are women, Lebanon lacks political representation even more than some of its other Arab neighbors. Simba Russeau looks at the roles women are seeking to fulfill in Lebanon after the formation of a national unity government.
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My Political Life
Throughout my life I have witnessed and experienced the effects of socioeconomic disadvantages...
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An Economy That Works for Everyone
A women's rights activist for over 15 years, Masum Momaya brings together her skills and experience as a researcher, educator and social justice advocate to curate Economica and Women, Power and Politics. Aside from her work with I.M.O.W., Masum writes a weekly column for the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID), is part of organizing the feminist media community and recently served on the board of the Third Wave Foundation...
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Women Mean Business
Women will be crucial to achieving a full economic recovery from the current recession, says I.M.O.W. Global Council member Irene Natividad, president of the Global Summit of Women, a summit for women leaders on best practices in advancing women's economic opportunities worldwide...
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