Author Archives: Danielle Zielinski

Under Pressure: International Family Planning Faces Cuts from Sequestration and Budget-Slashing Mania

Non-defense discretionary spending makes up only 15 percent of the U.S. federal budget. And international family planning and reproductive health? Just .03 percent. Yet these programs are still targeted by Congress by disproportionate cuts, undermining one of our country’s most … Continue reading »

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Men, Machines and Climate Change…Where Are the Women?

The heat down here is unbearable, not because of global warming, but as a result of the fast spinning shafts that drive turbines to generate hydroelectric power. The massive engines use the high-pressure water before releasing it to flow downstream, … Continue reading »

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Infographic: The Dollars and Sense of Family Planning

Believe it or not, Americans spend more than $1 billion annually on potato chips. And while Ruffles may be delicious, this is arguably not the smartest way to spend our money. If we spent that same $1 billion on family … Continue reading »

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Lessons in Love, from Women Deliver and My 5-Year-Old

My older daughter wants to marry her sister. I suggested she can marry a girl if she chooses, but her sister may be someone she wishes to keep as a dear friend only. If she marries her best girlfriend, Alex, … Continue reading »

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A Girls’ Bathroom, A Basic Right

When I was a teenager, I wasn’t an ideal student. My girlfriends and I would often skip class—especially gym—and sneak off to the bathroom.  We would eat snacks, play with makeup and talk about boys, celebrities, or any number of … Continue reading »

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She’s Too Tired to Push. That’s Why We Must.

She forgot how to push after 22 children. The other woman had given birth 16 times and 4 of her children had died. I am sitting in the audience at Women Deliver 2013, and I wept as these stories were … Continue reading »

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New World Bank Report: Better Reproductive Health = Better World

The World Bank just released Closing the Deadly Gap Between What We Know and What We Do: Investing In Women’s Reproductive Health (shown above) for Women Deliver.  Its basic message is that investments in reproductive health are essential for development. In … Continue reading »

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From Miami to Peru: Taking Action for Women’s Health Everywhere

Earlier this week, Population Action International hosted an event — “Stories from Peru: Reproductive Health in Latin America” — in Coral Gables, FL.  Senator Gwen Margolis (Democrat, FL-35) opened the evening by linking the issues that women face in developing countries to … Continue reading »

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Memo to Climate Donors: Invest in Family Planning

I’m in Tarrytown, NY, at the annual strategic retreat of the Green Group CEOs. A fitting location from which to send this memo: To: All progressive climate donors interested in exponentially advancing the cause From: Suzanne Ehlers, President & CEO, … Continue reading »

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Budget Advocacy 101: Why We Need to Follow the Money

Say the word “budget,” and people’s eyes glaze over. I know. I see it happening right now. But before you stop reading, let’s try this – do you know where your paycheck goes every month? Would you like to know … Continue reading »

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