No Nation For Indian Women

With India nearing general elections in 2019, one is forced to look back on where Modi’s revolutionary government has brought us. While it has been generally accepted that the status of ethnic groups …

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…

When Universalism Met Culture

As I read the story of Aasia Bibi, the 17-year-old Pakistani girl who unintentionally poisoned and killed 17 members of her family in her attempt to escape the prospect of an arranged marriage, I wond…

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…

The Ill-Named Item Number

Kareena Kapoor, a famous Bollywood actress, is seen in the still above performing the item number “Fevicol Se” in the film Dabangg 2. A colorful brothel. Scantily dressed women. Intoxicate…

The Exceptions and the Norm

  While women represent half of California’s population, they make up only one-fourth of the California State Legislature. Source: Dishary Hossain   California Attorney General Kamala …

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…

What’s Up Their Sleeves?

There was a recent New York article written by Vanessa Friedman discussing Michelle Obama’s fashion choices when she toured Asia to promote the “Let Girls Learn” education campaign. In the article, Fr…