Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 12/14/2013

Saturday Vids: Feminist Consciousness in Islamabad

Jennifer Lee interviewed three women in Islamabad about how they feel the western media depicts Pakistani women. A fuller version of the interview can be found on the Broad Side, but Rubia, one of the women Lee interviewed, spoke about her feelings in the following short clip.

Feminist Consciousness in Islamabad Session 1 from Jennifer Lee on Vimeo.

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 12/7/2013

Saturday Vids: Mallika Sherawat on the Status of Indian Women

This video has already gone viral, but it’s worth reposting: watch the actress Mallika Sherawat defend her belief that the status of women in India needs to be improved. She speaks eloquently and passionately about these issues and is basically a total badass.

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Feminism | Posted by Reem B on 07/11/2012

Women’s Suffrage in Egypt: I Thought We Established That

An Egyptian woman voting in the recent election

I live in Egypt and, contrary to what many Western people seem to believe, we live in apartments, do not use camels or horses for transportation, spend most of our time in front of T.Vs, computers, smart phones, etc and have just completed our very first free presidential elections. While that sounds great, there’s still a big problem.

Before the final results of the elections were announced, the head of the committee responsible for the elections presented the committee’s findings about some reports regarding the validity of the elections. One of the reports indicated that three voting centers in one governorate in Upper Egypt had only one voter. Three voting centers with thousands of voters registered and only one vote recorded raised …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 06/30/2012

Saturday Vids: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon on Women Entrepreneurs

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

“Gayle Tzemach Lemmon never set out to write about women entrepreneurs. She was simply looking for a great—and underreported—economics story after leaving ABC News for MBA study at Harvard to pursue her interest in economic development.

What she found was women entrepreneurs in some of the toughest business environments creating jobs against daunting obstacles. Since then her writing on entrepreneurship has appeared in publications including the International Herald Tribune and Financial Times along with the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation.

While working in finance at the global investment firm PIMCO, Lemmon went on to write a book about a young Afghan teacher-turned-entrepreneur whose dressmaking business supported women around her neighborhood under the Taliban. The Dressmaker of Khair Khana became a New York Times bestseller and …

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Feminism | Posted by Emily Jane G on 06/4/2012

Defending the Relevance of Feminism

Obama thinks feminism is still relevant

One of the main problems with calling yourself a feminist today is that it can be hard to explain why it is still needed. On the surface, many goals of feminism seem to already have been achieved and therefore many people seem to think  feminism in the 21st century redundant. It is undeniable that since its beginnings, feminism has achieved a lot: women can now vote, we are allowed to work in previously male-dominated fields, we can wear whatever we want (albeit, more or less, apparently). Overall, though, the status of women has greatly improved. So, is feminism still needed? In a word: yes.

To see the relevance of feminism today, we only need to look beyond the Western world. Women in other …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 04/7/2012

Saturday Vids: Health Has No Borders – Global Birth Control Access

To sign Planned Parenthood’s “Health Has No Borders” petition click here

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Feminism | Posted by Kate S on 03/23/2012

Why We Need To Stop Being Politely Active

The International Women’s Rights Collective (IWRC) went to the third annual Women in the World Summit last weekend. The Summit, as I expected, was built on post-imperialistic rhetoric where women from the third world countries were victims and it was our job as privileged women from the West to rescue them via the power of capitalism. That said, the amazing women leaders, survivors, and activists accounted for the sponsors’ ignorant rhetoric. Topics of the panel included forced marriage, sex trafficking, glass ceiling, and media among others.

My favorite moments from the panel somehow came together when Shelby Knox (who, despite being one of the younger panelists, was a TOTAL BOSS) responded to the question of why this generation of young women is not as active in the movement as its …

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Feminism | Posted by Claire C on 03/12/2012

Small Steps On The Feminist Journey

Women LEAD

I can’t pinpoint one event that transformed me into a feminist activist – rather, a succession of small personal events led to a decision to co-found my own women’s rights organization and make a lifelong commitment to fighting gender inequality wherever it may be.

I feel like I always knew I was a feminist. There were things in life that bothered me, that I knew were wrong. Walking to take the bus to school one morning, at 17 years old, a nagging realization bothered me. The domestic worker (or maid as she is called here in Singapore) was washing the car in her employer’s driveway at 7:30 in the morning. I heard that she wasn’t given a day’s rest, ever. She could only leave the house when her …

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