Makers' Posts

Sally Ride, a Complete Heroine

No one on earth — or in space — could have created a more complete heroine than Sally Ride.   She came from a family of strong and barrier-brea... Read More »

My Friend Gloria Steinem

"She from the get-go said to me, 'what you have to say matters.' I think that makes each of us in some ways a better person." I first met Gloria Stei... Read More »

The Power of Being Surrounding By MAKERS

As a child growing up in the Bronx, what I knew of the world was limited to the city block where I lived. My two sisters and I spent much of our time... Read More »

Sharing Female Empowerment With Fifth Grade Girls

I make part of my living as a professional "speaker" -- that is I get to travel across the country giving lectures, primarily to college students. Mos... Read More »

Women in Combat: A 50-Year View

Well, how about that? Last week, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced the end of existing combat exclusion policies which for decades have prev... Read More »

Gerda Lerner— Fierce, Brilliant & Unique

Gerda Lerner was fierce, brilliant and unique. She lived history by her bravery, restored history by her scholarship, and democratized its study by he... Read More »

Connecting With Our Families At The Table

I cook, eat, and love food for a living. I also write on the topic of improving our kids' lives through food. So when the holidays come, people assu... Read More »

The Secret to Taking on the Toughest Challenges in Entrepreneurship

As any entrepreneur will tell you, launching a business is not exactly easy. Taking nothing and turning it into something is, well, hard. If it were e... Read More »

The Need for Health Care Advocates

Some mornings, I wake up sad, lost in thoughts about my twin sister, Dana, who has spent the past fifteen years suffering from a rare chronic illness... Read More »

In Remembrance of Sally Ride

Like many women scientists of my generation, I felt a special affinity with Sally Ride. I met her just after she was selected as an astronaut when she... Read More »

Measuring Social Change from Ghana to the USA

I've been thinking recently about the ways in which we measure impact in the social sector -- in big numbers, hopefully with many 0's after them -- an... Read More »

Handling Bullying in Schools

As a child growing up in the Bronx, violence was my neighbor. I saw it on the news, heard it through the walls of my apartment building, and felt it... Read More »

Taking Stock

  How one defines success is a tricky business, far trickier than I ever would have imagined when I had none. Young, hungry, and graduating collegeâ... Read More »

The Work of Midwives

My filmmaking partner Mary Wigmore and I have spent the last two-and-a-half years making a documentary about world-famous midwife Ina May Gaskin and... Read More »

The Many Ways to Celebrate Moms

My mother always hated mother's day. She grew up in 1930s Germany where the Nazis emphasized motherhood as the duty of women to the state - she cla... Read More »

Can Having Kids Make You a Better Leader?

I am a mom. I gave birth to my daughter under less than ideal circumstances. There were multiple complications with both her and me; she was 6 weeks... Read More »

Robyn Beavers on Earth Day

I am sure that many of us reading this blog post can say that this holiday has been a part of our lives for several decades. Perhaps we first learn... Read More »

Official at Last: The Year That Changed Everything

On the eve of the Boston Marathon, Kathrine Switzer-- the first woman to officially enter and run the race-- celebrates the anniversary of the yea... Read More »