Editorial

  • In 2010, the world’s women face daunting challenges, yet they are also the most promising and untapped agents of change. Who can forget the ink-stained fingers of the 2,000 Iraqi women who ran for parliament in that war-torn country’s 2010 elections; or the mothers of the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina fighting for justice and […]

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Feature

Perspectives

On the Ground

  • I paid a high price to learn about the connections between women, security, and the environment. In June of 2004, 15 months after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, I was appointed the country’s first minister for the environment. Shortly afterward, I survived a suicide car bombing, where four of my bodyguards died. Al Qaeda claimed […]

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Solutions in History

Envision the Future

  • The year is 2100 and I am attending the annual meeting of the Global Council of Peoples in the newly regenerated Amazon basin. Inspired by Costa Rica, the first nation in the world to dismantle its military and redirect public investments toward human development and conserving natural resources, the indigenous peoples of Latin America were …

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Interview

Media Review

  • Juliet Schor has been one of the most articulate critics of American consumer culture over the last couple of decades. Her bestselling books have charted the rise, first, of the Overworked American and, then, of the Overspent American. Her work offers a persuasive exploration of the damaging work-and-spend cycle into which Western culture has …

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  • In 2005, former journalist and digital media pioneer Fabrice Florin founded NewsTrust, a nonprofit online news service that aims to restore public trust in journalism. NewsTrust creates a daily feed of top-rated news stories and opinions drawn from mainstream and independent media. Readers and staff review these stories for accuracy, fairness, …

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  • In her provocatively titled Who Does She Think She Is?, filmmaker Pamela Tanner Boll follows five women as they struggle to balance the demands of artistic invention and motherhood. The five artists featured in the film, released in 2008, each offer insight into the complex intersections of motherhood and creativity, partnering and …

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  • From March 17 through 19, Los Angeles will host a forceful three-day run of Women’s Voices from the Muslim World: A Short-Film Festival. The festival is organized and hosted by Women’s Voices Now, a New York organization founded in January 2010, and will give voice to “women of all faiths living in Muslim-majority countries and […]

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Noteworthy

  • At key moments in our history, posters have inspired, persuaded, and informed. This month, Solutions and the Canary Project are pleased to launch a series of back covers for the magazine that are drawn from Green Patriot Posters. This project is open to the public and we encourage you to submit design ideas. The best […]

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  • When Jessie Little Doe Baird began the Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project, there was only one other example of reviving an extinct language: ancient Hebrew. But where Israel made restoring the language a national priority and had thousands of ancient texts to draw upon, Baird, a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe of eastern …

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  • At Fortune magazine, Julie Schlosser and Lee Clifford worked as writers and editors for nearly a decade. They covered philanthropists, entrepreneurs, and radical thinkers working to improve the world. “We couldn’t help but be inspired,” says the pair. In 2009 Clifford and Schlosser packed up and left Fortune to cofound Altruette, a business …

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  • It’s time to change the way America gives aid. The international women’s rights organization MADRE is calling on the United States government to stop flooding African nations with its agricultural surplus and to start buying crops from local African farmers instead. Meet Khalida Mahmoud, a 29-year-old woman whose farming family was driven into …

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  • Off one of Bangkok’s main streets, down a tree-lined lane, is Cabbages and Condoms (C&C), a nonprofit restaurant that serves up good food and a healthy dose of sex education. The restaurant was founded by Thailand’s “Condom King,” Mechai Viravaidya, who also heads the Population and Community Development Association. He is often said to be …

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  • Countries torn by war and conflict—think Iraq, Rwanda, or Haiti—often have little trouble attracting international assistance, but large companies willing to take risks in unstable areas are scarce. Enter Prosperity Candle (www.prosperitycandle.com), a small company that got its start in Massachusetts in 2009. The founders of Prosperity …

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Text Boxes

  • Madawi al-Hassoun meets me in a hair salon she owns in one of Jeddah’s trendiest malls in the fancy al-Hamra District. It is the end of the day, and the salon is packed with women getting pedicures, haircuts, styling, makeup, and all sorts of other treatments. Madawi herself is in the middle of a hair […]

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