Volume 4

Volume 4

The Academy Awards: Sparkly, Sensational,  and Totally Sexist

The Academy Awards: Sparkly, Sensational, and Totally Sexist

The Oscars are still coming around to the fact that the world is indeed not seen only through white, male, heterosexual eyes. March 7, 2017
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Community and Sisterhood via Cinema and Feminism

Community and Sisterhood via Cinema and Feminism

There is a relationship between cinema and human behavior that gives a filmmaker the power and privilege to mold subject matter for the purpose of transmitting a particular message. February 7, 2017
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The Challenge to Change in the Gaza Strip

The Challenge to Change in the Gaza Strip

Dina made the bold decision to turn her pain, suffering, and bravery into something that would benefit other women and girls in her same situation. In December 2014, she founded Challenge to Change (C2C), a platform that helps women find their voice and turn their perceived weaknesses into strength. January 17, 2017
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Beyond Books:  A New Kind of Storytelling

Beyond Books: A New Kind of Storytelling

We are all the sum of our parts, an amalgam of origin stories, myths, and fairytales. Every story we have heard and every story we have told ourselves, whispered or howled in the corners of our heads, becomes a thread in the fabric of our minds and our self concepts. December 9, 2016
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History’s Rejected Princesses:

History’s Rejected Princesses:

Rejected Princesses spun out of a conversation I had with colleagues at DreamWorks Animation after a bad clickbait article went around about how the Frozen girls were bad role models. We challenged each other to come up with way worse candidates for animated princess movies. Some of the ideas were so horrible I had to see them exist in some form. November 9, 2016
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The Feminist Spirit of the 70’s:

The Feminist Spirit of the 70’s:

We had to learn all the lady-like things. I went to dancing school, and I polished my nails—I was a good little Rochelle, but then there was Shelley who fought it. October 9, 2016
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Stories of Memory and Passion During the 1947 Partition of India

Stories of Memory and Passion During the 1947 Partition of India

As with any history of mass migration or social violence, where incomprehensible body counts blur lived experience, the task of interpreting and conveying how the struggle may have felt is an enormously important one. September 9, 2016
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A Heart for Refugees

A Heart for Refugees

After escaping from the horrors of war—women and children—making up to 80 percent of the inhabitants in refugee camps, are especially at risk of exploitation, dealing with sexual harassment, human trafficking, and violence. August 8, 2016
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Christine, 17 years old, already got married and already lost her first child when she was 16. Now she is 7 months pregnant and she is also taking care of her young sister 3 years old Mayron. Bakumba, Cameroon. 2014

Birth is a Dream

Maternal mortality and reproductive health are rarely-discussed social issues. Yet, women—mothers—die every day in a silent war. I have seen this with my own eyes. July 8, 2016
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Words from a Sage: Art as a Perpetual Balance

Words from a Sage: Art as a Perpetual Balance

Being a leader is something I was raised to embrace. My mom dressed me in an ERA (Equal Rights Amendment) onesie as a baby. She was never afraid to stand up for her opinions, and I was certainly encouraged to stand up for my beliefs. June 8, 2016
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A bride at a wedding in Kano, Northern Nigeria, stands apart from the guests, on  April 7, 2013. Male guests and female guests seldom mix in the conservative Islamic norther part of Nigeria.

Finding Beauty in the Face of Boko Haram

What happens to our understanding of other people and other places when the only thing we know is the worst thing that ever happened there? What if we also knew what kind of lipstick women wear, what a wedding looks like, and what they draw on the cover of their romance novels? May 16, 2016
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Love and the Islamic State

Love and the Islamic State

For anyone who has been in an addictive relationship, the line between insanity and passion can easily blur. Add religion or the search for spiritual relief to the mix and you stumble into territory that is understandably murky, but unfortunately all too common for women. March 8, 2016
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