Category: Education

Her Stories: Ode to Third Culture Kids

WARSAW, POLAND--People often ask me where I’m from. And rightly so, I just started university, and non-invasive questions like these help get a conversation going. But when faced with this particular question, instead of breaking the ice, I freeze.

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PCI’s Carrie Hessler-Radelet: Women Are Best Possible Investment

LONDON AND WASHINGTON VIA SKYPE— Public service and development must be in Carrie Hessler-Radelet’s DNA. Not only did she serve as the director of Peace Corps, the overseas volunteer program…

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Teen Twins Prove Age Isn’t a Barrier to Activism

DENVER AND TORONTO VIA EMAIL—Maryam and Nivaal Rehman, 15-year-old Pakistani-born Canadian twins, are your normal teens— with one exception. At the tender age of eight, when many young girls are still…

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Her Stories: The Politics of Aid

LONDON--“Oxfam Are Bandits.” The stark words were daubed on a half-finished housing development surrounded by dirt roads and scrub. I was standing in Lely, on the outskirts of Banda Aceh,…

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Her Stories: Information Everywhere But What Are Students Learning?

DENVER--Fake news is a buzzword right now but its impact is far from fake. I teach at a middle school in Denver, Colorado where students are asked to examine a…

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Her Stories: What Motivated Teenager Natalie Meyer To Found An NGO

HO, GHANA--Growing up in a small New England (predominantly white) community, I rarely heard people speak about life outside of the United States unless it was my family planning a…

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No Time to Watch Clouds : A School Day in the Life of 14-Year-Old Fatima

BAGAMOYO, TANZANIA—Fatima* sat quietly in the classroom as her more outgoing and eager female classmates told us about their school lives—walking to school, how much housework they have to do…

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Interview with Public Health Pioneer Marni Sommer

LONDON/NEW YORK VIA SKYPE: When Marni Sommer, an associate professor of sociomedical science at New York’s Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, was working on her doctorate in public…

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Images of Women in Ads Are Worse Than Ever: Jean Kilbourne Tells Us Why

DENVER/BOSTON VIA PHONE: Sexist advertisements in the 1970s were rampant. Advertisements like a Weyenberg Massagic shoe ad that was published in Playboy and later reprinted in Ms. magazine's No Comment section in…

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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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