Category: Current Affairs

Her Stories: A Daughter’s Peace

ŠEKOVICI, BOSNIA--With the The Hague conviction today of Ratko Mladic, the "Butcher of Bosnia", I was reminded what genocide smells like: syrupy rotten decay. Over a decade ago I witnessed…

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The Women Behind Athens’ Buzzing Refugee and Migrant Community

ATHENS—A drop-in center for refugee and immigrant women and girls in the middle of Athens does not sound like it would be a sunny nor a cheerful place. But the…

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Why Does Lifestyle Feminism Get a Bad Rap?

DENVER AND NEW YORK VIA SKYPE—When mutual friends introduced Elissa Auther and Gillian Silverman in 2002, it was an obvious meeting of minds. They quickly discovered they had a lot in common; their academic backgrounds were in…

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World Refugee Day: Reaching Safety Is Just the First Step

LONDON--For many Europeans, the migrant crisis conjures up images of people in boats in the Mediterranean, on the shores of Greek islands or the tip of Italy's boot, or even…

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The Manchester Attack: In Praise of Teenage Arianators

LONDON-- It’s April 27th, 1990. I’m a 12-year-old, and my heart is beating faster than I can ever remember. The lights have gone down, the crowd has gone crazy, and…

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A Utah Feminist’s Tale of Activism and Perseverance

DENVER AND SALT LAKE CITY VIA PHONE: Kate Kelly—an activist and lawyer based in Salt Lake City, Utah—has long been a campaigner for human rights. She did a stint in Somalia…

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Rape: Finding Humanity in the Abuser

LONDON--It sounds like the ultimate no-brainer question: "Should a rapist be given a platform to speak at a women’s festival?" As feminists, we’ve seen off British comedian Dapper Laughs and…

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Arlie Russell Hochschild on Bridging the Growing Divide in the U.S.

DENVER AND BERKELEY VIA PHONE—Disturbed by the growing divide in the U.S. between the political left and right, Arlie Russell Hochschild, a sociologist and professor emerita at the University of…

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What Does It Take to Turn a March into a Movement?

DENVER/LONDON VIA EMAIL: After millions of people gathered around the world last weekend in marches supporting women’s rights, a big looming question remains—What now? Understandably, there has been a lot…

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Six Months Later and Still No Ruling on Child Marriage Law in Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA—Upendo Lotuma made a lucky escape. If her father had had his way, she would have been married off at the age of 15. But Ms. Lotuma…

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