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

On Women and the Academy Awards Infographic

The last time a film won Best Picture with an actress nominated for Best Actress (not Best Supporting Actress) was 2005 with Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby. The majority of films nominated for Best Picture mostly tell stories about men and for men. This disproportionate representation is not new to anyone interested in feminism … Continue reading On Women and the Academy Awards Infographic

The Oscars

Lack of representation of middle aged women in movies is a commonly noted concern regarding women in the media. A 2014 study showed that actresses hit their peak salary at age 34, while actors hit their peak at age 51. While men’s salary remains stable after this peak, there is a drastic reduction in salary … Continue reading The Oscars

Women in Politics: The Low Levels of Lady Leaders

With an expansive media industry and the largest economy in the world, the United States of America is undoubtedly a powerful country. American freedoms and opportunities attract people from all over the world to immigrate in search of the American dream. This dream may become a reality for some, but women may face more challenges … Continue reading Women in Politics: The Low Levels of Lady Leaders