A Message From The Creator

A Message From The Creator

Inspiration Of Style

Inspiration Of Style

Women’s And Politics: Democratic Convention To Feature Prominent Women Speakers

Women’s And Politics: Democratic Convention To Feature Prominent Women Speakers

Inspirational Woman Of The Day: Sima Samar

Inspirational Woman Of The Day: Sima Samar

Inspiration Of Motherhood: First Lady dishes on back-to-school preparations

Inspiration Of Motherhood: First Lady dishes on back-to-school preparations

Inspiration Of Motherhood: First Lady dishes on back-to-school preparations

Kelly Wallace of iVillage sat down with Michelle Obama on Monday for an exclusive interview. She reveals what the first lady said about worrying whether she is doing the right things for her children and her campaign to tackle childhood obesity.

By Kavita Varma-White

Think living in the White House excludes you from having the back-to-school jitters?

First Lady Michelle Obama confirms that it doesn’t.

As guest editor this week of iVillage.com’s Rev Up Your Back-to-School Routine  series, Obama dishes on helping daughter Malia get over her nervousness of starting high school to making sure Sasha isn’t overscheduled with activities  to being strict about TV viewing and having “the talk” with her daughters.

Kelly Wallace, chief correspondent at iVillage, discussed her intimate interview with the First Lady on TODAY this morning.

“She comes in, takes her shoes off and put her legs under her tush,”  said Wallace.  “She said she wanted [the discussion] to be ‘mom to mom.’”

Obama, like many moms, says she continually asks herself the million dollar question: “Am I doing right by my kids?”

“I just keep saying, I hope I’m doing it right,” Obama said. “What I have come to learn is what’s best for one kid won’t work for the other one. And that’s the doggone thing about it.”

With daughter Malia starting  ninth grade, Obama says she’s had “all the talks” with her, discussing everything from drugs and sex to smoking and body image.

The Obamas are strict about how much TV their kids get to watch at the White House – no TV is allowed during the school week. And when the girls do watch shows, they are usually DVR’d  — that way the girls can avoid all the negative political ads that come in an election season.

The First Lady also has to pick her battles when it comes to her kids’  after school activities.

When Malia said she didn’t want to pursue tennis, Obama insisted she stick with it because of the value of playing an individual sport.  She says she told Malia that “half of being an adult is getting through stuff that’s hard that you don’t want to do. The stuff that you want to do is easy. “

Malia ended up enjoying tennis so much that she played for her middle school team and is trying out for her high school team.

With Sasha, who is entering sixth grade, Obama says she learned a lesson about overscheduling.

Obama told iVillage:

“We don’t always get it right… I mean, with Sasha, she was overscheduled last year because she had piano, then we threw in swimming, and she had Tae Kwon Do, and she was playing basketball and soccer. It got to be too much, and she was melting down. And I had to step back and say, okay, she can’t do all this; this is not possible. And we just started taking stuff off.”

Says Obama:  “Sometimes you have to make the hard call for them, because they want to do it all. It’s not easy.”

See more of iVillage.com’s Rev Up Your Back-to-School Routine series with guest editor First Lady Michelle Obama every day this week.

More back-to-school stories from TODAY.com:

When Mom or Dad has the back-to-school blues


What to know about back-to-school vaccinations


Homework hassle: When kids struggle and parents can’t help

Creative lunch ideas make food fun for kids

Read More: http://moms.today.com/_news/2012/08/21/13399172-first-lady-dishes-on-back-to-school-preparations?lite

Inspirational Woman Of The Day: Sima Samar

Dr. Sima Samar (Persian: سیما سمر‎) (born 3 February 1957) OC is a politician in Afghanistan, who served as Minister of Women’s Affairs of Afghanistan from December 2001 to 2003. She is currently the Chairperson of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) and, since 2005, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights inSudan. In 2011, she was part of the newly founded Truth and Justice party.

Samar was born in Jaghori, in Ghazni Province of Afghanistan, on 3 February 1957. She belongs to the ethnic Hazara group. She obtained her degree in medicine in February 1982 from Kabul University. She practiced medicine at a government hospital in Kabul, but after a few months was forced to flee for her safety to her native Jaghori, where she provided medical treatment to patients throughout the remote areas of central Afghanistan. She was an active member Hazara group under the leadership of Baba Mazari, a Hazara leader who was fighting against Racial injustice, and promoting unity and brotherhood of all ehtnicities, therefore equal rights in Afghanistan ; she is head of human rights commission in Afghanistan. Baba Mazari was a remarkable supporter of Women Rights.

In 1984, the communist regime arrested her husband, and Samar and her young son fled to neighboring Pakistan. She then worked as a doctor at the refugee branch of the Mission Hospital. Distressed by the total lack of health care facilities forAfghan refugee women, she established in 1989 the Shuhada Organization and Shuhada Clinic in Quetta, Pakistan. The Shuhada Organization was dedicated to the provision of health care to Afghan women and girls, training of medical staff and to education. In the following years further branches of the clinic/hospital were opened throughout Afghanistan.

Former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel,Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Sima Simar in January 2002.

After living as refugee for over a decade, Samar returned to Afghanistan in 2002 to assume a cabinet post in the Afghan Transitional Administration led by Hamid Karzai. In the interim government, she served as Deputy President and then as Minister for Women’s Affairs. She was forced into resignation from her post after she was threatened with death and harassed for questioning conservative Islamic laws, especially sharia law, during an interview inCanada with a Persian-language newspaper. During the 2003 Loya Jirga, several religious conservatives took out an advertisement in a local newspaper calling Samar theSalman Rushdie of Afghanistan.

She currently heads the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC). She is one of the 4 main subjects in Sally Armstrong‘s 2004 documentary Daughters of Afghanistan. In the documentary, Sima Samar’s work as the Minister of Women’s Affairsand her subsequent fall from power is shown.

Dr. Samar publicly refuses to accept that women must be kept in purdah (secluded from the public) and speaks out against the wearing of the burqa (head-to-foot wrap), which was enforced first by the fundamentalist mujahideen and then by the Taliban. She also has drawn attention to the fact that many women in Afghanistan suffer from osteomalacia, a softening of the bones, due to an inadequate diet. Wearing the burqa reduces exposure to sunlight and aggravates the situation for women suffering from osteomalacia.[citation needed]


She became a member of the Truth and Justice party which was formed in 2011.


Women’s And Politics: Democratic Convention To Feature Prominent Women Speakers

The Huffington Post  |  By 

WASHINGTON — The Democratic National Convention Committee Wednesday announced a lineup of convention speakers who will further solidify the party’s standing with female voters.

The list, passed along by a source from the committee, includes the following names:

  • Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin.
  • Former Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Veterans, Affairs Tammy Duckworth.
  • Sandra Fluke, Georgetown University student.
  • Denise Juneau, state superintendent of public instruction, Montana.
  • Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
  • Caroline Kennedy.
  • Lilly Ledbetter.
  • Eva Longoria, Obama campaign co-chair.
  • U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, together with the women of the U.S. Senate.
  • Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

There are issues beyond gender that draw these women to the convention. Longoria has helped the president with Hispanic outreach. Baldwin and Duckworth are running for office. Ledbetter is the namesake of the first bill that the president signed into law. Kennedy ties the party back to its 20th century royalty. Keenan and Richards have been champions of abortion rights. Fluke has become a public advocate for insurance companies putting contraception coverage in their policies.

Collectively, the list of speakers — who add to the previously announced speaker and Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren — represents a clear effort by the Obama campaign to drive home the point that one party is tolerant of women’s issues while the other is blind too them. It helps matters, of course, when the GOP is dealing with the fallout of Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin trying to draw a distinction between “legitimate” and illegitimate rape.

In addition to Warren, previously announced speakers include: San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, former President Bill Clinton, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, and former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland.

Read More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/22/democratic-convention-women_n_1820517.html?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women

Inspiration Of Style

In many arenas these days, it’s—to borrow a phrase from Beyoncé—girls who run the world (and where they don’t, perhaps they should). So what more appropriate message to see on fall’s runways than that of empowerment, with the best designers in New York, London, Milan, and Paris offering strong, chic, individual women new ways of dressing. The mood is adult and polished, with major embellishment, geometric prints, rich color, and lots of wonderful statement coats (that sometimes aren’t coats at all, but dresses or the like). In fact the shows effectively captured the extremism, wit, color, and imaginative spirit that will be celebrated this spring and summer when the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art displays the work of Miuccia Pradaand Elsa Schiaparelli—two of fashion’s strongest women if ever there were.

Read More: http://www.vogue.com/guides/vogues-guide-to-fall-2012-fashion/

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