Women and the World - Meredith Ann O’Connell

A beauty pageant with a cause
Nov 12

A beauty pageant with a cause

“My name is Camila Canicoba and I represent the department of Lima. My measurements are: 2202 cases of femicide reported in the last nine years...

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The women’s convention
Nov 05

The women’s convention

“I came to be a voice for all of us [women] who’ve been told we are nothing,” actress Rose McGowan told the crowd at the...

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“Me Too,” Two words that speak volumes
Oct 22

“Me Too,” Two words that speak volumes

The words “me too” may be short, but they convey a powerful and yet heart wrenching message. Ever since American actress Alyssa Milano...

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When social media ignores women
Oct 15

When social media ignores women

On October 13th there were a few less women posting on Twitter as the hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter trended across the social media platform. ...

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Do harassment laws make a difference?
Oct 08

Do harassment laws make a difference?

It seems that not a day has gone by recently without Saudi Arabia announcing exciting progress in gender equality. The latest news to come out of the...

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Saudi women take the wheel
Oct 01

Saudi women take the wheel

The long, long wait is over: starting in June 2018, Saudi women will finally be allowed to drive. The news echoed around the world as the only...

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Bicycles and empowerment
Sep 24

Bicycles and empowerment

Riding a bicycle hardly seems daring or controversial: the bicycle is a useful invention for transportation as well as recreational purposes. But for...

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There’s a (Woman’s) app for that
Sep 17

There’s a (Woman’s) app for that

Nowadays it seems like there is an app for anything and everything. From ordering grocery deliveries to transferring money, we can do just about...

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If you give a girl a book
Sep 10

If you give a girl a book

It’s hard to imagine the ability to read and write as being a privilege. Yet it wasn’t until the last century that education became...

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The positives and negatives of all-female film remakes
Sep 03

The positives and negatives of all-female film remakes

All-female reboots of popular films: do they advance women’s position in film or do they hinder it? The recent announcement that there will be...

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The case for improving alimony for women
Aug 27

The case for improving alimony for women

One of the most pressing issues for divorced women, especially those with children, is the payment of alimony. In Saudi Arabia, the Ministry of...

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Justice for survivors of sexual assault
Aug 20

Justice for survivors of sexual assault

It has been a summer of progress and justice for women in the Middle East. In the past two months not one but three countries have decided to do away...

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Child marriages and poverty
Jul 30

Child marriages and poverty

In Saudi Arabia, the Shura Council has called for a ban on the marriage of girls below the age of 15 and strict conditions for girls marrying under...

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The increasing prevalence of women-only services
Jul 16

The increasing prevalence of women-only services

In Dubai, a pink ambulance which exclusively serves women can now be seen driving around the Deira district responding to emergency calls. In June,...

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Women and the Barriers to a STEM Career
Jul 09

Women and the Barriers to a STEM Career

The international FIRST Global Challenge robotics competition will see young teams from around the world face off on July 16th in Washington, D.C....

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No, women do not enjoy street harassment
Jul 02

No, women do not enjoy street harassment

Do women enjoy being harassed on the street? Do they enjoy having strange men whistle or call out inappropriate comments about their physical...

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The invisible women
Jun 25

The invisible women

They are called the “Invisible Women,” and yet there are an estimated 258.5 million widows around the world.  According to the...

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Woman, constantly interrupted
Jun 18

Woman, constantly interrupted

Permission to speak? It didn’t seem to be the case for U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, who was interrupted, mid-question, by a man at a Senate...

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