Jill Pohl

I recently received my Masters in International Politics, but enjoy freelance writing whenever I can. Prior to delving into the political world in DC, I worked in film. Check out my lifestyle blog for young women: www.visionsofjillhanna.com.

How Social Media Empowers Our Generation To Fight For Global Causes

ByJill Pohl
What if that girl at the table next to you, ignoring her date and typing away on her cell phone, is actually engaging in a small moment of personal political activism? What if that student in your class who's on Twitter instead of paying attention…

Why It's So Damn Hard To Recover From An Eating Disorder In Our Society

ByJill Pohl
When I first left in-patient treatment for anorexia in 2006, my dietician said to me, “I wish I could just put earmuffs on you and keep you in my house all day. But I can't, so you just have to work on ignoring all the noise.” I lived in Los Angeles…

The Heat Wave In India Shows How Much We’ve Messed Up Our Environment

ByJill Pohl
Imagine a kind of heat that no pool day could help with, and no central air could easily keep up with. Imagine roads literally melting before your eyes. Relief is usually found through cold drinks, even colder showers and staying indoors, but for…

What Matters About The Clinton Foundation Donations For Hillary's Campaign

ByJill Pohl
We think we like Hillary: She wants to close the wage gap between men and women in the US; she thinks abortion and same sex-marriage should be legalized; she wants to cut middle class taxes; and she says in her memoir “Hard Choices" she wanted Obama…

The Takeover Of Ramadi Shows We Have No Clue How To Defeat ISIS

ByJill Pohl
With each passing month, ISIS appears to seize more and more territory in Yemen, Syria and Iraq. Meanwhile, the US hasn't done much to stop it. The depth of the US's failure to fully assess and respond to the threat crystallized earlier this week,…

The Kardashians Are The Perfect Family to Teach Us About Transitioning

ByJill Pohl
The Kardashians are not known for being a family to generate conversation about serious issues. They've made headlines for subjects like Kylie lip injections, dating professional athletes and musicians, making sex tapes and gaining and losing…

The Changes Made To The 20-Week Abortion Ban Don't Fix Anything

ByJill Pohl
If conservatives were hoping to win over the majority of female voters, they may have just shot themselves in the foot. With an eye on rallying voters before the 2016 elections, making headway with the religious right and pushing an anti-women's…

Treatment, Not Prison, May Be The Solution To America's Drug Problem

ByJill Pohl
Putting nonviolent drug addicts in jail isn't helping. As heroin use and overdose rises across the US to the levels of an epidemic, it's time we reassess the way drug use and abuse is handled in this country. The problem isn't just about drugs. Drug…

Why #TalkPay Raises Awareness, But Isn't Enough To Close The Wage Gap

ByJill Pohl
When it comes to money talk, there usually isn't much to say. Salaries are certainly not dinner party conversation, and talking about your savings for a house or new car is not something you usually share with anyone except a significant other (or…

Why Ben Carson Is The Least Appealing Presidential Candidate

ByJill Pohl
It may be hard to be politically correct these days, with so many potentially inflammatory issues to talk about, like racial inequities in Baltimore, religious fundamentalism in the Middle East, and states taking a stand on abortion. But…

Why Carly Fiorina's Campaign Is An Empty Attack On Hillary Clinton

ByJill Pohl
There are lots of ways to make yourself stand out in a presidential election. Candidates produce thought-provoking campaign ads, address issues that resonate with millions of Americans and appear on morning television shows. Carly Fiorina,…

Blaming Baltimore Officials Isn't Helping Solve America's Race Problem

ByJill Pohl
The chaos in Baltimore has settled. Sports teams and citizens have come out to help with cleanup downtown, and violence has ceased... for the moment. What remains is verbal vitriol: a blame game playing out time and time again when accusations of…

Bud Light Was Putting It Lightly When It Said It 'Missed The Mark'

ByJill Pohl
I joined a sorority my freshman year of college, like so many girls who move to a brand new city and are eager to make new friends. What I didn't know at the time was sororities aren't just secretive about initiation practices and how they determine…

When You're Raised in Baltimore, Violent Protests Don't Surprise You

ByJill Pohl
I grew up in Baltimore, albeit it in the suburbs, 15 minutes away from where the Freddie Gray riots began on Monday night. I did not live the kind of life that many of the individuals who were looting and protesting in the city endured. I don't know…

Bruce Jenner's Struggles With Gender Reveal How Much We Have To Learn

ByJill Pohl
He* endured whistles and catcalls from paparazzi asking him about his gender transition. He was followed to a secret doctor's appointment for a tracheal shave, and remained silent as numerous articles raised questions about his gender. He was…

Hillary Clinton Is The Only Candidate Who Knows What Millennials Want

ByJill Pohl
She's probably around the age of your parents. She rocked big glasses, paisley prints and see-through sunglasses in the 70s and 80s; she was the First Lady of the United States before a lot of today's Millennials were even born. But she gets…

Before We Can Elect Hillary Clinton, She Needs To Earn Our Vote

ByJill Pohl
Not every Democrat is a Hillary Clinton fan, the shining of star of the Democratic Party for the 2016 Presidential elections. But if you don't want a Republican in office, what choice do you have but to back her? Clinton certainly seems poised to…

Why The Man Who Flew A Gyrocopter Into DC Is Actually A Patriot

ByJill Pohl
Doug Hughes, the 61-year-old mailman-turned-pilot, who flew his gyrocopter onto the US Capitol lawn earlier this week, was convinced he could have an impact on American politics. He may have been right, albeit at a hefty price. He was taken to a…

Celebrities Talking About Breast Cancer Paves The Way For Prevention

ByJill Pohl
Remember how we used to learn about breast cancer from commercials with cheesy background music, featuring celebrities who'd never had cancer but wanted to "speak out"? That doesn't work so well anymore – we all have DVRs, and we've smartened up –…

The Media Call A Child Star 'All Grown Up,' Then Blame Her For It

ByJill Pohl
There's something about this image of 15-year-old Lily-Rose Depp (Johnny Depp's daughter with ex Vanessa Paradis) in a crop top, wearing a tight high-waisted skirt and matching collar that bothers me. It's not that her shoulders are bare, or even…