Anne-Marie Slaughter on Leveraging Gender Equality

Slaughter:    One subject that never gets talked about when we talk about foreign policy is the way in which the United States can leverage our own empowerment of women and our understanding of the vital role that women, women’s health, women’s education, women’s leadership plays in a healthy and productive economy.  We tend to look at, you know, development and education of women as a soft issue, a peripheral issue, an issue that is not really about, you know, core foreign policy issues, and yet if you look at the productivity increases in our own society.  If you look at the ideas in our own society, the growth in many ways in our own society over the past four decades, a huge amount of that has come from liberating 50% of the population.  And if we would focus on that as part of the story we tell, as part of what an open society is, we would, not only be being true to our own values, but we would be illustrating a development path that development experts know is the most effective way of a spurring development dollar for dollar.  The dollars invested in women’s education have a huge multiplier effect in women’s health.  So, I think the President ought to be talking about women’s education globally, women’s rights globally, not as a kind of interest group cause, but as something that we have learned from our own experience is the path to increase prosperity, increase values better society.

Anne-Marie Slaughter says gender issues are one of America’s greatest strengths.

Ideology drives us apart. Neuroscience can bring us back together.

A guide to making difficult conversations possible—and peaceful—in an increasingly polarized nation.

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How to split the USA into two countries: Red and Blue

Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.

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  • America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
  • Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
  • Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
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Why a federal judge ordered White House to restore Jim Acosta's press badge

A federal judge ruled that the Trump administration likely violated the reporter's Fifth Amendment rights when it stripped his press credentials earlier this month.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 16: CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta (R) returns to the White House with CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist after Federal judge Timothy J. Kelly ordered the White House to reinstate his press pass November 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. CNN has filed a lawsuit against the White House after Acosta's press pass was revoked after a dispute involving a news conference last week. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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  • Acosta will be allowed to return to the White House on Friday.
  • The judge described the ruling as narrow, and didn't rule one way or the other on violations of the First Amendment.
  • The case is still open, and the administration may choose to appeal the ruling.
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