The Miss Peru contest begins with contestants giving their name, hometown and their bust, waist and hip measurements. This year, they still gave numbers, but instead of their measurements, all 23 contestants gave statistics about violence towards women in Peru. The rest of the evening, the contestants answered questions about how they would solve violence … Continue reading Data and Beauty Pageants
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
Me too. When I was in China a few years ago, I stood on a public bus one day with some other girl friends on our way into town. The bus was relatively empty, so there was a lot of space to spread out. One older man ignored that and decided to come stand close … Continue reading What We Can All Learn From the #metoo Movement
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. . The road ahead cannot be easy for women who make this difficult decision … Continue reading Sharing Child Custody with Your Rapist
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?
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
I recently returned from a 2-month stay in Toulouse, France in a last-ditch effort to improve my lackluster ability to speak French. I passed two men as I walked home one evening in July. I could see from the corner of my eye that they quickly checked me out and deemed me worthy of a … Continue reading Sexual Harassment in France