Truman National Security Project


Women’s Issues are Global Issues

Feminism’s gotten a bad rap lately. For many, even just the word itself conjures up images of radical ideology. Pop music star Taylor Swift and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, to cite two famous examples, asserted that they’re pro-equality, but won’t identify as feminists. Explaining her position in February of this year, Mayer noted that she didn’t […]

Malala Day: Promoting Education for All

This Friday, 500 young leaders from nearly 90 countries will convene at the United Nations headquarters for a UN Youth Assembly on global education with a very special guest speaker — Malala Yousufzai.  Their mission is simple and profound:  to accelerate the goal of getting all children, especially girls, in school and learning by 2015. […]

Huffington Post: Military Women Know How to ‘Lean In’

Truman Project Fellow Kayla Williams discusses the benefits of Army experiences in the civilian life for women. There have been dozens of op-eds and blogs circulating recently in response to Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, and I’ve been devouring them in my limited free time. As a member of one of the key demographics her book targets […]

Security With Women – Not “For” Women

On March 26, the Washington Post profiled Secretary of State John Kerry’s first trip to Afghanistan in, “Afghan women tell Kerry of security fear.” While I’m encouraged to see that Secretary Kerry made women, peace, and security a priority for his first visit, I’m also frustrated by the focus on security for women. Certainly, women […]

White House: Champions of Change

Truman Project Fellow Kayla Williams is honored by the White House as a Champion of Change. Kayla Williams is the author of Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army, a memoir about her experiences negotiating the changing demands on women in today’s military during a deployment to Iraq. Ms. […]