Is environmentalism a feminist issue? Well, it’s hard to argue with the fact that climate change disproportionately affects poor women and children, especially in the Global South. Also, pollution and a lack of clean drinking water and sanitation services are daily issues women must combat. And that’s just a start of an answer to the […]
In late January, when Hollywood leading bad boy Charlie Sheen seemed to be veering off the rails, I wrote that a man with such an obvious history of abusing women should be bad for business. In the past six weeks, nothing about what I wrote has changed. Sure, he’s been fired from his hit sitcom, […]
Charlie Sheen is just one example of our culture’s readiness to let troubled artists off the hook. It’s time to recognize our collective problem so that we can finally start having honest conversations about abuse, addiction and misogyny in the media, as well as in our private lives.
Traveling halfway around the world–or in my case, several hours east–can set the expectations for a conference rather high. When my friend and colleague Holly asked me to attend the Third International Conference on Women’s Safety: Building Inclusive Cities in New Delhi, it never occurred to me to say no. But how can a group […]
Economics tends to make a lot of people I know feel stupid. My circle is largely comprised of activists, artists and writers, with a few political scientists in the mix. Generally speaking, gender stereotypes about women in mathematics aside, we’re not supposed to be very good with numbers. But because a lot of us care […]
For a book that might be mistaken for a treatise on violent women, Maud Lavin’s recent Push Comes to Shove covers territory of another kind: specific case studies of women’s aggression as heard in pop music, seen in films and increasingly experienced in professional and private settings over the course of the last decade. Lavin […]