When Women Hate Women

January 31, 2020

It’s about time to have a new #MeToo movement — one that gives voice to all those women who have been bullied, denigrated, dismissed and humiliated by other women, particularly women in a position of power. This might sound bizarre. After all, the myriads of documents produced by...

The World-Changing Idea of Girl Power

May 27, 2019

The Spice Girls and the Women’s World Cup are parallel realities, and some will point out that women are still underpaid, undervalued and stuck in much the same position they were in during the early 1990s. “Girl power” was never anything more than a heaven-sent answer to the question,...

Affordable Childcare Is a Public Need

April 29, 2019

Raising children is not what it used to be.  Women and men on track to becoming parents must face the prospect of increasing costs of quality childcare. This is true for developed nations, but no less predictable in low-income countries as well. Raising children is not what it used to...

Does Democracy Automatically Lead to Gender Equality?

January 24, 2017

Rwanda has the highest percentage of women in parliament worldwide. According to the latest Global Gender Gap Report published in October 2016 by the World Economic Forum, Rwanda has the highest percentage of women in parliament worldwide—64% of seats in the Rwandan parliament are occupied...

Afghan Women’s Secret Facebook

December 03, 2016

The Best Place in the World to be a Woman

October 24, 2016

When will women finally be paid on par with men? Forty-one years ago, on October 24, 1975, nine out of every ten women in Iceland—some 25,000—got up from their desks, turned off the stoves and handed the children over to the dads to protest against gender inequality. As they went home at...

Why Trying to Ban Sex Robots is Wrong

August 05, 2016

To campaign against development is shortsighted. “Ban sex robots!” scream the tech headlines, as if they’re heralding the arrival of the latest artificial intelligence threat to humankind since autonomous killer robots. The campaign, led by academics Kathleen Richardson and Erik Billing,...

Engaging Women to Help Combat Extremism

August 01, 2016

It is time to include women and marginalized groups in efforts to combat extremism. In June, President Barack Obama joined over 1,200 promising entrepreneurs and venture capitalists from 78 countries at Stanford University for the annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) to discuss how...

This is What Women Really Want

July 08, 2016

The #WhatIReallyReallyWant hashtag has been designed to make enough noise to reach the world leaders at the UN this September. It has been 20 years since the Spice Girls put Girl Power on the pop culture map. Catchy and lighthearted it may have been, but Wannabe became an anthem for young women...

Why the Panama Papers Are a Feminist Issue

April 25, 2016

Those most impacted by the consequences of tax dodging are the world’s poorest, who are disproportionately women and girls. Asana Abugre has a small shop in Accra, Ghana, where she makes and sells batiks and tie-dyed textiles. Asana pays her taxes regularly. Women  like her, working in markets...

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