Why Don’t Women Report?

American actress Amber Tamblyn wrote an Op-Ed in the New York Times titled I’m Done With Not Being Believed about a month ago. The gist of it is this: Tamblyn mentioned on Twitter that when she was 16, actor James Woods (who is 36 years her senior) tried to take Tamblyn and a friend to … Continue reading Why Don’t Women Report?

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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

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