Published on the Melissa Harris-Perry Blog, MSNBC Angelina Jolie’s medical condition is rare and few women could benefit from the genetic testing she received, but her New York Times op-ed has ignited a national conversation about barriers to care for breast cancer. In America today, white women are most likely to receive a breast cancer diagnosis, Asian women are least likely to screen for it, and black women are most likely to die from it. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to women’s health in America. Millions more women suffer
Sheryl Sandburg asks women to hold fast to personal ambition and "lean in" at work. My question: When women in power lean in, who are they leaning on? What is the good life -- and for whom? I had the chance to lift up perspectives among Millennial women and women of color on MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry Show." Check it out above! Here's my follow-up article on MSNBC: "'Lean In'? For Millennials, the question is what are we leaning toward?" And another on CNN: "Our Struggle to Have it
Published on the Melissa Harris-Perry blog. In the public debate raging over Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s new book Lean In, we should pay special attention to the voices of young people–women and men of different backgrounds. This week alone, I have heard from dozens of Millennials in their 20s and 30s, all from working class and middle class families. We know that “leaning in” to careers comes at a cost: it requires us to “lean on” other people for duties like cleaning and childcare. The people we lean on are often from
Earlier this month, I was proud to take part in Odyssey Networks Town Hall Meeting: Guns and Violence, an interfaith panel of community leaders seeking to keep the debate going on how to fight violence and prevent further tragedy in our country. 2013 Odyssey Networks Town Hall Meeting from Auburn Seminary on Vimeo. As people of faith, we find ourselves now in a unique position to introduce moral persuasion into this debate and transcend partisan politics. TTo learn more on the role of faith and moral consciousness in the
Published on CNN. "Having it all" is having another cultural moment, with the media suddenly awash in the controversy over a new book on women and leadership from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, just weeks after the furor over Yahoo CEO's Marissa Mayer calling telecommuting employees back into the office -- and presumably pulling women that much further from their work-life balance plan. But plenty of women have pondered the question long before this. CNN.com's Opinion section asked a group of women to describe when they realized they could -- or
Had the chance to discuss the efficacy of America's prison system and our latest documentary film The Worst of the Worst about solitary confinement. Really proud to share the work of the Yale Visual Law Project with a national audience on MSNBC. Watch the highlights: Valarie Kaur on MSNBC "Melissa Harris-Perry Show" Nov 18, 2012: America's Prisons and the Visual Law Project from Sharat Raju on Vimeo.
Published on Huffington Post If you ask Sikhs about their religion, the first thing you will hear is belief in the Oneness of God. The second is that Sikh men wear turbans to cover their long hair, an article of faith which tragically became a target after 9/11 (See, I just did it). But if you linger a minute longer, you will hear us beam about the equality of women in our faith. Unlike in most other religions, our scriptures are explicit about women as equal in the eyes of
By Valarie Kaur and Jessica Jenkins Published on Huffington Post. It is a basic fact of the moral universe that children should not be sold for sexual exploitation. However, in America, girls and boys are regularly manipulated, coerced, and forced into sex for money. Most are trafficked from within the United States, not far-off foreign lands. Many are as young as eleven or twelve. And many are sold on prominent Web sites such as Backpage.com, owned by Village Voice Media. This morning, an unexpected coalition of faith and moral leaders
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, gave a stunning TED talk, offering women pursuing careers three pieces of practical advice, short and sweet. Sit at the table. Make your partner a real partner. And don't leave before you leave. Sandberg says that her generation is not going to change the number of women at the top. She's right. But the millennial generation has a shot. We've got 20 years. Ready, go.
Check out this video from Auburn Seminary's "How Women Will Change the World in the 21st Century" event in NYC. I was so excited to represent what I often call the "Shadow Generation" - those of us who came of age after 9/11. We are diverse, active, and committed to change institutions of power. I also spoke about women in leadership and faith.