The Ms. Q&A: Therese Shechter and Glynnis MacNicol on Being Child-Free by Choice and Changing the Conversation on Women’s Lives

Filmmaker Therese Shechter documented the lives of women who are child-free by choice for her latest release. Author Glynnis MacNicol’s memoir documents her fortieth year as a single and child-free woman. We talked to both women about changing the conversation about motherhood and women’s lives.

Claiming Public Space for Girls on International Youth Day

In 2015, UN Women declared public space to be “a social good, which should be safe, accessible, inclusive and available for all,” though many youth do not enjoy such accessibility. This is especially true for young women.

From Hope to Destitution: Life Inside Egypt’s Women-Only Village

Al Samaha was meant to provide the women residing within it with a rare space to be self-reliant—but an attempt to create a haven for women exiled for their lack of male guardianship has become a prison for its residents. 

We Were Lawyers Once

“I lay down in the grass and looked up at the sky and spoke firming slogans to myself. I wouldn’t quit. I’d return to work. I’d be fine. I wouldn’t feel cold about the Tripper’s request for a warm body. I’d be a nameless cog in the firm’s well-oiled wheel.”

A Woman for Change

“That day I realized: Mongolians know. Either they have survived or they know a survivor very well.”

Mapping the Male Supremacy Movement: The Intersection of Misogyny and White Supremacy

The largely anonymous outrage of the men’s rights arena acts as a potent gateway drug into the racist ideology of the alt-right. After all, it’s not a huge leap from “women’s quest for equal rights threatens my stature as a man” to “minorities’ and women’s quests for equal rights threaten my stature as a white man.”

Tully’s Terrifying Truth About Motherhood

“Tully” grounds anxiety around motherhood in a reality that we can’t leave behind when we walk out of a movie theater.

Mongolian Yesterdays

Yuna Oyun—Mongolia’s first openly transgender woman—opens up about her journey.

Motherhood, Guide Dogs and Racing for Rights

“I was strong. I was a strong and independent woman. Then I got married, and I thought: I’ll just be married and be a strong and independent woman. Then I got pregnant, and Henry came, and I was nothing but a strong and independent woman.”

The Schoolteacher With No Tenth Grade

“Most schools have no students in tenth grade, because the women rarely gave birth that year. Even for five, ten years after the revolution, people didn’t want to have a baby, because they didn’t know what would become of their lives.”

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