All posts tagged: Women’s Health

Happy International Women’s Day!

Happy International Women’s Day! Historically, women have been erased or excluded from countless professional arenas. This occurrence of exclusion and erasure is particularly true of the sciences, but is also evident in tech, politics, and the arts. Luckily, numerous publications (such as Women in the World and MAKERS) will be celebrating the successes of so many women in honor of International Women’s Day, and I’m excited to read about some of the amazing trailblazers who have made the world a more vibrant, interesting, and accepting place. In addition to celebrating these successes, it’s imperative to know the facts about global women’s issues. Please read and share these statistics on women’s health and safety worldwide, which were gathered from UN Women and DoSomething.org. Be sure to check out these sites to learn more about what they are doing in the fight for women’s equality. Approximately 35% of women worldwide have experience physical and/or sexual intimate partner crime or sexual violence committed by a non-partner. In some countries, up to 70% of women have experienced physical or sexual violence from an intimate partner. Women who experience physical or sexual abuse committed …

Suggested Reading: Angelina Jolie Pitt’s ‘Diary of a Surgery’

Although I’ve written a Suggested Reading‘s post for two of my favorite magazines (Bitch Media and Fast Company), I’m going to start sharing my favorite articles, books, and magazines more often. Most of my reading is done online, so expect that I’ll mainly be sharing pieces from The Atlantic, Jezebel, Slate, and Salon. This week I’d like to share Angelina Jolie Pitt’s opinion piece from The New York Times titled Diary of a Surgery. In the article, Jolie discusses her decision to have a mastectomy after discovering her likelihood to develop ovarian cancer, based on her family’s history. “I feel feminine, and grounded in the choices I am making for myself and my family. I know that my children will never have to say, ‘Mom died of ovarian cancer.’” I commend Angelina Jolie for bravely sharing her story with the world. After hearing about her battle with cancer (from her mother’s diagnosis and eventual death, to her recent mastectomy), there are certainly women who will take note and make cancer screenings a priority at an early age. As an advocate for women’s health, Angelina Jolie is …