Every language is shaped by the culture of those who speak it. As sexism persists in the cultures of the world, it will continue to persist in language. During a recent opportunity to live in Chile and learn Spanish in an immersive environment, I discovered the way sexism is demonstrated through the Spanish language. In … Continue reading Speaking Sexism: Which Dialect Do You Speak?
I grew up hearing about women disappearing in Mexico, but I didn’t fully understand the extent of the issue until I stood in a room fully surrounded by stacks of files of unresolved cases of disappeared women. The room was part of a temporary exposition in the Museum of Memory and Tolerance in Mexico City. … Continue reading “Femicide in Mexico. No More!”
I began a new book the other night. It was one of these moments: “I’ll just read a few pages before bed” and four hours later you’re halfway through the book and it’s 3:00 AM. The book – We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled: Voices from Syria by Wendy Pearlman – amplifies the voices … Continue reading The Power of Our Stories
Four Nigerian women made history this month in PyeongChang. Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere, and Akuoma Omeoga became the first-ever Olympic bobsled team from the entire continent of Africa. Simidele Adeagbo became the first female skeleton athlete to compete for Nigeria. But their success is more representative of their individual national pride than it is of … Continue reading The Hard-won Path to Success for Female Nigerian Athletes
There is only one parliament in the world where women outnumber men—and it’s in Africa. Women make up 64 percent of the Rwandan parliament (LBHO-DATA-1). To put that in perspective, Sweden’s parliament is 44 percent women, and the United States’ national legislature is 19 percent women.  The path to gender parity in Rwanda was … Continue reading Women in Rwanda: The Truth about Gender Equality
On International Women’s day – March 8, in 2017 – President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt declared 2017 the “Year of Women.” While many inequalities still remain in Egypt, Sisi’s efforts to improve women’s status last year marked some success. The number of women in government ministries increased, and gender issues have become a more … Continue reading Egyptian Ruler Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s “Year of Women”
Henry Kissinger. Colin Powell. Brent Scowcroft. These are names closely associated with the U.S. national security field. There are extraordinary women included in this list – such as Madeleine Albright and Condoleezza Rice – that have their contributions to national security sometimes overlooked because they are women. Although women have made incredible strides in the … Continue reading Working as a Woman in National Security