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A Year of Political Firsts

Tammy Duckworth at Democratic National Convention

The election cycle for 2012 may have seemed like it went on forever, but it did bear some pretty amazing fruit.  On January 21, 2013, a record 20 female United States Senators will be sworn in, along with another record 77 female United States Congresswomen.  Incoming freshmen Senators will continue reading…

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One More Week

Alison Bennett runs in Dublin, Ireland

Next Sunday, our resident super runner Ali Bennett will be pounding the pavement, running the New York City Marathon while raising awareness and much needed funding for two amazing charities: The Komera Project and The Somaly Mam Foundation.   It’s not too late to donate to Ali’s hard work!  Thank you Ali for all you are doing, and good luck next week!

We Are Malala

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousufzai is a 14-year old Pakistani activist whose only crime was wanting an education.  On October 9th, Malala was shot twice, once in the head and once in the neck, in an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen while returning home on a school bus.  In spite of a fatwa issued by a group of 50 Islamic clerks in Pakistan against those who tried to killer, the Taliban has reiterated its intent to kill Malala and her father, Ziauddin.

In spite of her young age, Malala is an experienced activist, coming to prominence continue reading…

Training Update!

Alison Bennett runs in Dublin, Ireland

As we wrote about back in July, long-time friend of Curves for Change Ali Bennett has been training to run the New York City Marathon next month, while simultaneously raising money for C4C.  With a little over one month to go, Ali is in the throes of her training regime having completed an 18 mile training run this past weekend.

“I’ve always heard people say, ‘The training is the continue reading…

Bully Pulpit

President Obama speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative

Bully pulpit:  A public office or other position of authority of sufficiently high rank that provides the holder with an opportunity to speak out and be listened to.

 This is exactly what President Barack Obama did when he spoke at the Clinton Global Initiative this week, saying, “American tax dollars should never be used to support the trafficking of human beings.”  continue reading…

Powerful Women: Indra Nooyi

Indra Nooyi

Forbes Magazine recently published it’s list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, and there are a few that many may not be familiar with. Indra Nooyi is the Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, the second largest food and beverage business in the world. When Nooyi first came to the U.S. for graduate school, she chose to work the graveyard shift as a receptionist in her dorm because it paid an extra 50 cents per hour. This early attention to the bottom line soon served her well in her stellar career.

Nooyi began her career as a continue reading…

Sex and the Single Girl

Helen Gurley Brown at Cosmopolitan Magazine

Before Carrie Bradshaw or Fifty Shades of Grey there was Helen Gurley Brown. Born in Arkansas in 1922, Brown was one of the original independent city girl. After graduating from Woodbury Business College in 1941, Brown began working at several talent agencies: William Morris, Music Corporation of America and Jaffe, but it was while she was working as a secretary at Foote, Cone & Belding that her employer recognized her writing skills and moved her to the copywriting department. She quickly became one of the highest paid copywriters of the 1960s.

In 1962, Brown published Sex and the Single Girl, an advice book that encouraged women to become financially independent and experience sexual relationships, either inside or outside of marriage. It was a tome and continue reading…

Profiles in Courage: Kayla Harrison

Kayla Harrison 2012 London Olympics Judo

A formidable judo competitor, the American athlete Kayla Harrison, became the first American of either gender to win a gold medal in judo competition. But Kayla also has an inspiring story of survival. Harrison was sexually abused by her former coach, Daniel Doyle, who pleaded guilty in November 2007 and is currently continue reading…

Profiles in Courage: Wojdan Shaherkani

Wodjan Shaherkani 2012 London Olympics

For some Olympic athletes, it is a risk to their lives simply to participate in The Games. Wojdan Shaherkani, a 16-year old judo competitor from Saudi Arabia, was one of two women selected to represent the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Her participation, however, has received fiercely divided feelings among Saudis.

Women athletes are continue reading…