Sexual Harassment in France

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


The Abuse in Prostitution

Sometimes referred to as the world’s oldest profession, prostitution has a long history of abusing women. In addition to generally poor working conditions and unfair wage distribution between pimps and prostitutes, sex trafficking and child prostitution further the injustices of prostitution. The increased political focus on human rights point activists and policymakers to prostitution as … Continue reading The Abuse in Prostitution

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

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