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A Brief History of Marriage
Historically, a woman's marital status has significantly influenced her ability to control land, assets or income. Historian Karen Offen explores the constraints that women faced and discovers how some were able to escape them to achieve economic and political power.
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Iraqi Widows Organization: Rebuilding and Hope
I.M.O.W. Global Council member Rajaa Khuzai argues that the hundreds of thousands of widows in Iraq must no longer be ignored, and that their economic contributions must be harnessed to help the war-torn country recover. Dr. Khuzai is a physician and former member of the Iraqi National Assembly...
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Women in Business Lack a Support System
I am a working mom from Chicago. My daughter is 2 and half years old, and I guess there are millions of women who are in my situation. I feel that the current day corporate is not reformed itself in past years to accomidate sale workforce. Though we hear about excellent benefits companies are offereing today, there are so many women who must make tough choices everyday, between their familes and earning a living...
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Weekly Market and Women
There are places in the world where weekly markets take place and women are playing active role in establishing and keeping the age old tradition alive. Here in Ahmedabad such market is known as Gujari where several women play important role to protect the face of earth by selling recycled and used goods...
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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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When a Woman Campaigns, Women Win
The Uttarakhand Mahila Parishad [UMP] (Uttarakhand Women’s Federation) is an informal network of 15,000 women across 450 villages in the rural and remote central Himalayan areas of Uttarakhand, India which has been operating for nearly two decades...
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How Much Is Enough?
I.M.O.W. Global Council member Lynne Twist is a global activist, fundraiser, and the author of The Soul of Money and founder of the Soul of Money Institute. She was an original staff member of The Hunger Project when it began in 1977, and was named the Humanitarian of the Year in 2005 by Youth at Risk...
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Women's Empowerment, Arab Style
Could Arab businesswomen shatter Western stereotypes of what it means to be empowered? For many, "Arab women" conjures up images of women cloaked in long, covering garments, restricted in their movements and constrained in their freedoms...
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Freedom Leads to Empowerment
Women's empowerment is a process. It involves raising consciousness, building skills and reforming unjust laws that limit women's education, participation in decision making and economic independence. I.M.O.W...
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The True American Dream
For most Americans in the United States, home ownership is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, as well as an essential way to achieve long-term financial security, for themselves and for future generations. But over the past few years, the U.S. has faced a "subprime" lending crisis, in which a flood of high-cost loans has jeopardized home ownership and future prospects for tens of thousands of Americans across the country...
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