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

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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

The Insidious Reality of Rape Culture

I experienced my first conscious encounter with rape culture as an eleven-year-old. I was leaving class one day when I heard one of my classmates say to a couple of her friends, “Mr. Jones* is such a perv! He totally looks down my shirts!” Her friends agreed, and they continued angrily discussing similar studies as … Continue reading The Insidious Reality of Rape Culture

Remembering Where We Came from and Looking Ahead to Where We Want to Be

I remember as a child thinking my grandma, or Meme we called her, was invincible. I would watch in awe as she seemed to seamlessly switch into different roles at the snap of a finger, morphing from grandma into businesswoman, into head of the household, or into a Sunday School teacher. The woman wore a … Continue reading Remembering Where We Came from and Looking Ahead to Where We Want to Be

Paid Maternity and Paternity Leave: Why It’s Important

Paid maternity leave is a hot topic in the United States’ policy realm. In his efforts to appeal to female voters during his campaign, President Donald Trump promised to implement paid maternity leave as part of his Presidency [1]. And recently, in his first speech to Congress, the President also promised “paid family leave” [2]. … Continue reading Paid Maternity and Paternity Leave: Why It’s Important

Imprisoned by Fear: Street Harassment

Last year I studied abroad in Jerusalem, where street harassment and cat calls were  as much a part of the city life as delicious falafel or one-thousand-year-old churches. The catcalls mainly consisted of harmless proclamations of love or joking marriage proposals. But my female classmates and I never knew when one of those instances would … Continue reading Imprisoned by Fear: Street Harassment