Data and Beauty Pageants

The Miss Peru contest begins with contestants giving their name, hometown and their bust, waist and hip measurements. This year, they still gave numbers, but instead of their measurements, all 23 contestants gave statistics about violence towards women in Peru. The rest of the evening, the contestants answered questions about how they would solve violence … Continue reading Data and Beauty Pageants

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Maternal Deaths in North America

Mothers dying in childbirth is a thing of the past in the developed world. Modern science has provided countless new technologies and methods to aid in the childbirth process. An expectant mother has access to exceptional doctors, medicine, and the latest technologies to make her birth go smoothly, or to step in if something goes … Continue reading Maternal Deaths in North America

Sharing Child Custody with Your Rapist

The National Conference of State Legislatures estimates that there are around 17,000 to 32,000 rape-related pregnancies in the United States every year (LRW-DATA-1)*. About 32 to50 percent of these victims keep their children, which equates to about 5,000 to 16,000 mothers. [1]. The road ahead cannot be easy for women who make this difficult decision … Continue reading Sharing Child Custody with Your Rapist

What Every Little Girl Should Know: A letter to my newborn niece

A letter to my newborn niece, Winifred Virginia. Born on September 22, 2017. Dear little Winnie, Looking back on my 23 years of life, there are few moments as joyful as the day of your birth. I felt an inexplicable sense of gratefulness as I held you and looked into your eyes for the very … Continue reading What Every Little Girl Should Know: A letter to my newborn niece

Female Refugees in Europe

Reaching Europe represents the realization of a seemingly impossible dream for the millions of refugees fleeing conflict throughout the world. This dream can turn out to be less ideal than they may have hoped. Refugee camps throughout Europe are plagued with violence. While this violence affects all refugees living in camps, the primary victims are … Continue reading Female Refugees in Europe