Category: Education

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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Global Barriers Keeping Girls Out of School

SAINT LOUIS, SENEGAL—Despite the dusty courtyard between classrooms at the CEM Bango secondary school, headmaster and teacher Mohad Sow’s light blue traditional boubou robe was crisp and fresh as he swept into his office to greet visitors.

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