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Keys to Degrees and Two Generations of Success


Parent-Voices Blog Series Ascend at the Aspen Institute is committed to raising the voices of families to inform two-generation approaches in practice, policy, research, and philanthropy. At the 2015 Aspen ThinkXChange, 20 parents nominated by Ascend Network partners participated in the plenaries, break-out sessions, and activities, acting as both experts on topics like social capital…

Who created International Women’s Day?


Here's a little lesson in women's history for you: While International Women's Day was originally inspired by women garment and needle workers who marched in New York City in the 19th and early 20th century, the woman to suggest that such a day exist was from an entirely different continent. Her name was Clara Zetkin,…

Every day is International Women’s Day


Yesterday, we plotted, celebrated, and strategized on the future for women's rights and economic justice. Today, we want to make sure to continue the conversation — because after all, every day is International Women's Day. So much more work is needed after March 8th to carry these conversations and strategies forward, if we truly want…

Drawing out connections across oceans


Too often, conversations about women’s issue that take place stateside are separated into two distinct camps—those that affect people in the United States, and those that affect people in every other country on the planet (as if it were still Pangea!). Of course context matters, but part of what excited us so much about the…

What progress have we actually made? A pie chart experiment


Last night's dynamic panel was swimming around in my head as I fell asleep. Then, I woke up with this pie chart in my head. How much progress have we actually made?       

What would a #womenforward syllabus look like?


Tonight at the kick-off for our first Forum on Women and Girls, Melissa Harris-Perry, the consummate professor said: “I believe everything is a curriculum problem.” We thought we’d take her lead and offer a list of great readings to follow up on just a few of the many questions that were raised during our wide-ranging,…