Beauty as the Key to Economic Mobility?

We often talk about harmful beauty practices that are used to enhance a woman’s prospects for marriage. For example, women in Ethiopia and Tanzania purposefully scar themselves to make themselves more attractive to their suitors (PHBP-PRACTICE-1).[1],[2] In Mali and Mauritania, women are force-fed, because larger women attract more suitors.[3],[4] Plastic surgery is used from Lebanon … Continue reading Beauty as the Key to Economic Mobility?

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Period Taboos: The Deadly Truth

Ever since getting my first period at the age of twelve, I have become a pro at hiding all the evidence. I can effortlessly slip tampons up my sleeves before walking into a public bathroom. I’ve passed them under the table to female friends who were caught without supplies in a moment of need. All … Continue reading Period Taboos: The Deadly Truth

Rebirth and Transplantation: Women as Givers of Life

In an opinion piece for the New York Times in December, Sohini Chattopadhyay, a writer based in Kolkata, wrote about her father’s liver transplant. Sohini, who was his only child and had a compatible blood type, volunteered to be his donor after he became ill. Months later, fearing complications, she changed her mind, and her … Continue reading Rebirth and Transplantation: Women as Givers of Life

Doctor’s Who Don’t Listen: The Gaslighting Epidemic of Women

Gaslighting (verb): a form of psychological manipulation that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or in members of a targeted group, making them question their own memory, perception, and sanity.[1] In the medical community, a medical authority sows doubt into a patient’s mind about her perceived pain that makes her second … Continue reading Doctor’s Who Don’t Listen: The Gaslighting Epidemic of Women

Recap: 2018 Texas Symposium on Women, Peace, and Security

On Monday, November 5, 2018, the Bush School of Government and Public Service hosted the 4th Annual Texas Symposium on Women, Peace, and Security: Implementing the Vision of the Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017. The symposium was started by Dr. Valerie Hudson, the head of the Women, Peace, and Security program at the … Continue reading Recap: 2018 Texas Symposium on Women, Peace, and Security

Rohingya Women: Victims, Survivors, and Fighters

The Rohingya, an ethnic and religious minority in Burma (also referred to as Myanmar), have become victims of government-sponsored genocide. Starting last August, the decades-long repression turned into what the U.N. has deemed as an ethnic cleansing. Burmese military are entering the Rakhine state, the region occupied by the Rohingya, setting fire to the local … Continue reading Rohingya Women: Victims, Survivors, and Fighters