Women and the World - Meredith Ann O’Connell

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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Preexisting conditions
May 21

Preexisting conditions

There is a veritable assault on women’s health taking place in the United States. First, in April President Donald Trump met exclusively with a...

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To be her own guardian
May 07

To be her own guardian

Saudi Arabia ‘s election to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women a few weeks ago caused quite a stir. The international...

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 The “Lady-Oriented” movie genre
Apr 30

The “Lady-Oriented” movie genre

“The story is lady-oriented, their fantasy above life,” read the Indian Central Board of Film Certification’s letter denying the...

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Dress codes and the messages they convey
Apr 23

Dress codes and the messages they convey

Last year, a British woman named Nicola Thorpe was sent home from work for not wearing high heels. Her subsequent petition to change the law, which...

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This is Why Women Shouldn’t Just Quit their Jobs
Apr 16

This is Why Women Shouldn’t Just Quit their Jobs

“She can find another job. Why doesn’t she just quit?” Sexual harassment in the workplace is something that far too many women have...

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Depression and the gender gap
Apr 09

Depression and the gender gap

Depression is the main cause of ill health and disability worldwide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), which chose to highlight...

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Leveling the playing field
Apr 02

Leveling the playing field

When sportswear giant Nike announced a few weeks ago that it was introducing the Nike Pro Hijab, the reactions were varied and somewhat predictable....

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