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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…

Sometimes The Fight Outlives The Fighters…

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…

International Day of the Girl

International Day of the Girl October 11 2012

Happy Girl Day!

Today, October 11, 2012, is the first observance of International Day of the Girl.

On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly passed the Resolution on the International Day of the Girl Child, “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” 

The campaign to establish this international day was led 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…

Profiles in Courage: Women in the Olympic Games

London 2012 Olympic Games female athletes

While the true origin of the Olympic Games is subject to debate, it is widely accepted they began around 776 B.C. and featured running events, a pentathlon, boxing, wrestling, pankration, and equestrian events. Only men were allowed to participate, and because they were naked for most of the events, only married women were allowed to attend the games.

It wasn’t until the continue reading…

A Real Superhero

Maximilian Kirchner Ironman Curves for Change

Meet Maximilian Kirchner…corporate lawyer by day, Ironman by night. Ironman not in the Marvel comics sense, but a superhero nonetheless. Max will be participating in the 2012 Ironman US Championship, the first ever Ironman in New York City. While this will be his third triathlon, it will be Max’s first Ironman.

Recently, Max was speaking with one of the Curves for Change board members, and he was moved by the stories behind Somaly Mam and The Komera Project, the two sponsored charities of C4C this year. Hearing about the frightening numbers of children being sex-trafficked every year and the girls in Rwanda who continue reading…

Declare Your Independence!

Fourth of July Independence Day Curves for Change

Every year, holidays roll around and we often don’t think about their origin. With all of the parties, celebrations and sales going on, the true meaning of a holiday is sometimes lost. This Independence Day we would ask that you think of those who are not as fortunate, who have nowhere near the “independence” we are lucky enough to possess. continue reading…

Sex Trafficking in Your Own Backyard?

sex trafficking on the rise in the U.S.

As we have written about earlier, one of the charities we have chosen this year, The Somaly Mam Foundation, rescues girls and young women who are being sex trafficked in Southeast Asia. However, what many people don’t realize is that this is a problem that exists not just “over there,” in some remote part of the world, but right here, in our own back yard.

In fact, a recent investigation by Interpol found that child sex trafficking has jumped drastically in the United States. It is estimated that continue reading…