"Every Girl's Right" High School Winner Hamna Khalid
by Hamna KhalidMar 15, 2016
- Hamna Khalid is a junior at Haddonfield Memorial High School in Haddonfield, NJ. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Standing With Malala: Meet the Teenagers Who Survived the Taliban and Kept Going to School," an interview with Shazia Ramzan and Kainat Riaz, the two friends of Malala who were also shot on the bus by the Taliban in 2012. Read Hamna's essay, "Education: Every Girl's Haq (Right) to Make Her Voice Heard," about amplifying the voices of those who have been less fortunate than her to receive a good education.
"Every Girl's Right" Powerful Voice Winner Edward Ramirez
by Edward RamirezMar 15, 2016
- Edward Ramirez is a freshman at KIPP Houston High School in Houston, TX. He read and responded to the online YES! Magazine article, "Standing With Malala: Meet the Teenagers Who Survived the Taliban and Kept Going to School," an interview with Shazia Ramzan and Kainat Riaz, the two friends of Malala who were also shot on the bus by the Taliban in 2012. Read Edward's essay, "Deprived of a Brain," about experiencing racism in school and his determination to continue learning despite the hurtful taunts and injustice.
"Every Girl's Right" Middle School Winner Dakota Cline
by Dakota ClineMar 15, 2016
- Dakota Cline is a middle school student at Horizons K-8 in Boulder, CO. He read and responded to the online YES! Magazine article, "Standing With Malala: Meet the Teenagers Who Survived the Taliban and Kept Going to School," an interview with Shazia Ramzan and Kainat Riaz, the two friends of Malala who were also shot on the bus by the Taliban in 2012. Read Dakota's essay, "To Say 'Nah'," about the one thing he, Malala, and Rosa Parks all share: the drive to rebel.
"Every Girl's Right" Literary Gems
Mar 15, 2016
- We received many outstanding essays for the Winter 2016 Writing Competition. Though not every participant can win the contest, we'd like to share some excerpts that caught our eye.
When Communities Decide They’ve Had Enough Violence
by Rev. John DearMar 15, 2016
- The new Nonviolent Cities project asks us to go beyond calls to end violence and instead create a pervasive culture of nonviolence.
Jobs After Oil: The Path to a Cleaner, More Equal Future
by Yessenia FunesMar 15, 2016
- A successful energy transition to renewables could not only rescue the planet but create a more just economy.
Real Life Hacks to Cut Your Carbon Footprint (Plus: A Personal Emissions Calculator)
by Peter KalmusMar 14, 2016
- After estimating how his daily actions contributed to global warming, this NASA scientist found a better way to live. How does your carbon footprint stack up? Measure your impact with our emissions calculator.
5 Prisons Improving Life on the Inside
by Marcus Harrison GreenMar 14, 2016
- From canine cellmates to computer training, prisons across the country are finding small ways to make life behind bars better for inmates.
We Know Nature Makes Us Happier. Now Science Says It Makes Us Kinder Too
by Jill SuttieMar 12, 2016
- New studies show being in nature may increase your willingness to be generous, trusting, and helpful toward others.
Formerly Incarcerated Moms Fight for Reforms to Save Families
by Victoria LawMar 11, 2016
- Two-thirds of women behind bars are mothers of children under the age of 18, and even a short stint in jail can cause them to lose their jobs, housing, and kids. Here are four policies to help prevent that.
Danish Girl’s Oscar Loss a Satisfying Win for Trans Women
by S.E. SMITHMar 10, 2016
- As Hollywood directors race to cash in on the growing interest in the trans community, the results aren’t always good.
40,000 Former Convicts in Maryland Just Got New Voting Rights. Here’s How It Happened
by Lynsi BurtonMar 10, 2016
- Just in time for this year’s presidential primary, a new law in Maryland will allow former offenders on probation or parole the right to vote.
3 Myths About Sex Work That Harm Everyone
by Joe ScottMar 10, 2016
- It's not just young girls and big bad wolves. Lies and misconceptions about sex work can hurt women and keep negative stereotypes alive.
Video: The Complicated Language of Biracial Identity
by YES! StaffMar 09, 2016
- Filmmakers offer a glimpse into the “gray area” of being mixed race in America.
How a Wife’s Tiny Food Shop Brought Financial Freedom and Escape from Domestic Violence
by Sonia NarangMar 08, 2016
- In Indonesia, a growing number of women are speaking up to report violence and finding the economic means to get out of abusive marriages.