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  Despite the last decades’ progress, we have a ways to go before we live in an equal world: “we [women] make less money, have more difficulty accessing education and affordable healthcare and face much more violence,” writes TIME’s Jessica Roy. UN Women, a sector of the UN that spotlights women’s issues, recently released a new ad campaign that expresses just how unequally the global community treats women.    The ... Read More
If anyone is going to bring fierceness to fundraising, it’s Beyoncé. This weekend, she took the stage with other pop stars and celebrities at Sound for Change Live at the Twickenhem Stadium in London. The massive concert event was set up to raise money for Chime for Change, an organization started by her, Salma Hayek and Frida Gianini (of Gucci fame.) Chime for Change’s mission statement is to help combat serious issues and crimes against women ... Read More
  Wadjda (Waad Mohammed) is a straight-up badass. Under her traditional Saudi Arabian garb, the 10-year-old girl rocks Chuck Taylors, and her cassette player (yeah, she's that cool) screams indie rock from Grouplove.  All Wadjda wants is a bike, so she can race her friend Abdullah (Abdullrahman Al Gohandi), a boy from the neighborhood. Despite being constantly reminded that "girls don't ride bikes," Wadjda hustles money left and right, and is so ... Read More
 In light of the recent verdict from a Moscow judge that put Russian feminist punk rock band, Pussy Riot, behind bars for two years, let’s take a look at the Russian media’s position on feminism.  A documentary made by Russian TV follows anti-feminist groups in different countries, as they conspire to fight "the war against feminism".  The documentary focuses on Switzerland, where men from different social interest organizations, ... Read More
As conservative politicians continue to litter the world with disgusting and offensive sound bites about women, it's a relief to finally hear someone talk some sense. And an even bigger relief when that person is the President. Speaking about women and the economy this morning, President Obama reiterated the should-be-totally-obvious fact that women are actual individuals! He stated, "There’s been a lot of talk about women and women’s issues lately, as ... Read More
If you’re anxious to get proactive on women’s issues right now, check out The International Museum of Women’s exciting new online exhibit called Curating Change. This new series is dedicated to the many women who inspire I.M.O.W., which plans to choose one guest curator every two weeks--the first one being Filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom--throughout September and October. Each guest curator will choose art that reflects the global issues that ... Read More
A couple of years ago, whilst browsing in a store, a man suddenly came up to me and put his hands on my shoulders. I was shocked, but managed to say, "What are you doing?" "And he said something like, "Oh, you were in my way," as if that made any sense. I wish I had come up with something more cutting in response, but the experience really rattled me, and I just walked away. Of course, sometimes I actually am in people's way, and, as a small female, I am ... Read More
Some disturbing news: according to a survey done in London reported by the BBC, women are more likely than men to place blame on rape victims. Wait, what? According to the article: “Almost three quarters of the women who believed this said if a victim got into bed with the assailant before an attack they should accept some responsibility. One-third blamed victims who had dressed provocatively or gone back to the attacker's house for a drink." Furthermore, ... Read More
This past week, several members of Congress re-introduced the International Violence Against Women Act, a bill designed to support international programs to end violence against women. From an article on Politico.com, co-written by Senator John Kerry (D-MA) and Representative Bill Delahunt (D-MA), as well as Larry Cox and Kerry Kennedy (from Amnesty International USA): "IVAWA will support innovative programs that challenge public attitudes and cultural practices ... Read More
  Elizabeth Simbiwa Sogbo-Tortu was disqualified from running for chief in an election in her home country of Sierra Leone, because she is a woman. Not only was she barred from the election solely based on her gender, but as of Monday, she could not return to her home because it had been besieged by members of a Sierra Leone traditional group and her convoy pelted with stones. She has taken refuge in the capital and at the time was being protected by armed ... Read More