The Inclusion-Exclusion Paradox

“A pedestal is as much a prison as any small, confined space.” —Gloria Steinem In the cruel winter of 1989-1990, Mongolia’s future hung on a precipice. Starting on December 10, 1989, demonstrators fil…

Rwanda’s Path to Gender Equity

  When Justine Uvuza returned to Rwanda after the 1994 genocide, she was shocked by the state of her country. At the time, the little remaining infrastructure and shattered political systems that…

Feminism’s Glass Ceiling

Women: they’re everywhere! Mothers, actresses, professors, Presidents – you name it, and a woman will be it. This development, however, is recent. It is only in the last 100 years that society has rec…

In Defense of Beauty Pageants

The bright beams of the stage lights focus on my face as I strut into the glare with a smile, grinning at my opponents and staring into the eyes of my judges with resolute confidence. I accept the mic…