The Shriver Report – Kathleen Fordyce

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Kathleen Fordyce

Kathleen Fordyce is a writer and editor based in New York. She has been weaving her love of words and storytelling throughout her career, whether it be as a reporter for The Miami Herald, ghostwriter, or freelancer crafting copy to help others communicate their messages effectively.

As editor of, she helps women and men share their stories on how the seismic shifts in American culture are affecting their lives.

When not typing away at the keyboard or lost in a book, Kathleen can be found trying to keep up with her energetic five-year-old and their Beagle.

Gender Equality Is a Myth!
By Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn’t a reality yet. Today, women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but the average working woman earns only 77 percent of what the average working man makes. But unless women and men both say this is unacceptable, things will not change.  → Read More
10 Reasons Why America Needs 10,000 More Girls in Computer Science
As temperatures rose in the Southeast earlier this month, another tragic story about a child forgotten in a hot car made its way around the news cycle. In response, 17-year-old Courtney opened her laptop and built Guardian Angel, a mobile app that reminds parents to check the car seat before exiting the vehicle.  → Read More
Women with Drive: How One Organization is Giving Women a Lift
When Molly Cantrell-Kraig was let go from her job, she knew she was at a crossroads. She had to decide between finding another traditional media job, or taking a chance to build an organization that she believed could enhance the lives of women in need. She chose to take the leap of faith and the Women with Drive Foundation was born.  → Read More
Getting Creative with Hate Mail: How Honey Maid Turned Backlash into Love
Many companies – along with writers, business people, organizations, and even celebrities – receive hate mail when they stand up for what they believe in, especially when it concerns equality for all. But Honey Maid found a creative way to turn the hate into love.  → Read More
A Man on a Mission: Guys in the Know about Birth Control (Video)
One man is on a mission to make sure men are educated – and get involved – when it comes to birth control. He spews the info men need while playing paintball, cooking and prepping for a date.  → Read More
If We Want Men to Give Equal Time to Parenting, Do We Need to Give Them Equal Parental Leave?
“Today’s parents are stretched out like never before. Dads are Stretch Armstrong — tugged in multiple directions at work and at home, and still somehow expected to keep that big smile and buff physique! Moms are no less stretched out. They’re Elastigirl!” CNN Reporter Josh Levs wrote on his blog. “It’s time for our country to follow suit — to stretch out its understandings of men and women and the policies that affect their lives. In a country that prides itself on family values, we can do a better job of valuing families — moms, children, and us dads as well. You can’t have family values without valuing fathers.”  → Read More
A Baby Gift with a Message: U.S. Needs Paid Family Leave
One of the most difficult obstacles facing families today is lack of paid maternity leave. But, while it is often discussed and lamented, many women do not know how to take action and get involved in the fight for it. That’s why I was impressed by journalist and mother Kelly Regan Taber. After her difficult experience negotiating her own maternity leave and reading up on how the lack of paid leave is hurting U.S. families, she decided to do something about it.  → Read More
What Will it Take to Make a Woman President?
“Why haven’t we ever had a woman president?” That was the question that Marianne Schnall’s 8-year-old-daughter asked her during the 2008 election that gave her pause. The writer, author and Executive Director of said she didn’t have an answer for her daughter. So she set out to find one. What resulted is her new book: What Will It Take to Make A Woman President?: Conversations About Women, Leadership and Power.  → Read More
What’s the One Skill that Can Help All Women – and the Companies they work for – Get Ahead?
Whenever I think about the word negotiation, I think about the often difficult and awkward discussions had with bosses, usually hashing out the details of a contract, salary or job. Even if the outcome of the discussion is exciting, the back-and-forth can lead to a knot in my stomach and endless worry. But how do we begin to embrace this skill? How do we get better at it? And how in the world do you get started?  → Read More
Helping Female Veterans: Medical Research to Better Understand their Needs
Many soldiers returning from war suffer from invisible wounds. One of the common injuries seen today are traumatic brain injuries, which can be caused by a blow to the head. But are women soldiers affected differently than men by this trauma? One researcher with extensive background in brain trauma and neurosurgery led some research to find out.  → Read More
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