empowering women and girls

It’s More Than Just Your Vote — Why Citizen Advocacy Matters

I’ve lived in four democracies and one partial democracy in my life. As a child and teen I had a handful of opportunities to visit with elected officials. It always felt very special and rarified. As I got older and more cynical, the exercise felt less valid. And I stopped. After a hiatus of more […]

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This Will Not Be Tolerated in My Home

You’ve all said, or heard another mother (my own mom for sure!) say, “that will not be tolerated in my home!” This weekend I attended a global poverty conference in Washington DC organized by a grass-roots advocacy group, Results. One of their keynote speakers was Marianne Williamson, author and speaker. She talked about being part of a […]

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When Big Girls Have Slumber Parties

Women sitting around a resort in the mountains bonding over blogs, twitter and motherhood at a social media conference can beg the question – is real business being done? Like any self-respecting corporate golf tournament, dollars and cents conversations are happening, deals are being struck and deep networking happening. It looks prettier and there’s way […]

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3 Reasons Why A Woman Who “Waited” Til Marriage Still Needs Contraception

When I began my family in my mid-thirties, I was in a hurry! I was sure there were four children meant for our family. My husband and I come from a strong Christian religious tradition and “waited” until marriage. My body handled 6 pregnancies and 4 safe births in just over 6 years — I got […]

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Changing the World Through Partnership: Mothers & Fathers, Women & Men, Girls & Boys

As the world realizes that many of the solutions to our tough problems begin with educating and empowering women and girls, I shout “Amen”! But I also worry that we are leaving men and boys out of some of these pivotal conversations. We must be partners, we must be champions for each other. Women and girls cannot […]

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What is Rio + 20 and Why Should I Care?

LIVE CHAT: Learn about the Rio+20 Summit as world leaders focus on global sustainability. Join us Thursday June 7th, 1pm ET right here for a 30 minute live chat with the United Nations Foundation, Moms Clean Air Force, Moms Rising and Mom Bloggers for Social Good to discuss: What does Rio+20 mean for you and the rest of the planet? You […]

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We All Have Dreams: What Are Yours?

For International Women’s Day, a group of bloggers gathered in a G+ hangout to talk with Niger’s Country Director for the WFP, Denise Brown. Our amazing partners at ONE.org made it all happen. We listened intently, asked some questions and mostly tried to learn. The conversation was both sobering and inspiring. Denise created a virtual picture for […]

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UN Foundation Infographic: International Women’s Day

Sometimes words just get in the way. Blessings to you this International Women’s Day. Welcome to to When You Wake Up A Mother. We’d love to see you again. Please subscribe via email or RSS. Or follow on Twitter or Facebook. What will you do today to wake up the world? We invite you to share your thoughts, your action and […]

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7 Reasons Not to Run a Half-Marathon and 1 Reason Why I Am

In case you’re wondering, we’re using the term “run” here in lose terms. More accurate would be half walk, half run, but I’m going to claim “run” for the purposes of this exercise. Back in October, as I stared down the barrel of another hated New England winter, I came up with a crazy plan. […]

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Frozen in Fake Fraudulence

I wrote a note to a very successful blogger and leadership coach once, that was slightly critical — I greatly like her work and still follow it. She would temper her sales pitches with feelings of anxiety and fear over what she was asking and how it made her ill to ask for business (though […]

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