Apr 3, 2014
Do you consider yourself safe when you ride mass transit? A recent article indicates how women’s safety in public transit may have more to do with financial access than the the hour a person waits for a ride home.
The article states that women who have easy access to finances are more inclined to take cabs late at night, while women who have less access are limited with their options. The limitations...
Dec 10, 2013
Tis the season of holiday tidings and a huge part of the holiday season is the amount of packages that are delivered via UPS, Fedex or the post office. A week ago, Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, announced a new method of delivering packages, via Drones.
As I watched Bezos talk about this new system like it’s the next big thing since sliced bread, I had some nagging thoughts about this new venture. I...
Nov 7, 2013
Body image has been a point of contention for so many girls and women, and a new trend exacerbate this: thigh gap.
It’s bad enough that so many young girls have body image issues, but to add the idea of “Thigh Gap” just adds fuel to the fire. “Thigh gap” is the idea of having a space between the thighs so they’re not touching while you’re standing. This issue...
Oct 28, 2013
This past weekend, some Saudi women made headlines for doing something most everyone take for granted: driving.
These few dozen women took it upon themselves to disregard the ban on driving imposed on them by their society. A campaign to support Saudi women’s right to drive gained a lot of feedback, both positive and negative. Some religious clerics even went so far as to voice their anger to their...
Oct 18, 2013
Until recently, I had never heard of Parkour (gymnastics+martial arts). I inadvertently heard the term while watching an episode of “New Girl” and one of the characters shouted out “Parkour” as he tried to scale the wall of his apartment. While I let the term slip by, it would mean more after reading how “Parkour” has made an impact in Iran.
For Iranian women,...
Sep 9, 2013
As schools around the country open their doors for another year of learning and students tackle homework from various teachers, changes may be in store for the children of China with regard to education. A new law is being proposed by China’s Minister of Education that would entail cutting back on homework for students attending primary schools.
The educational system in China has been known for...
Aug 10, 2013
What happens when toilets become a bargaining tool for women engaged to be married? For so many women in India, having indoor latrines in their prospective husbands’ homes have spurred some action towards this issue.
An ad campaign tackling sanitation is currently creating awareness all over India. The Total Sanitation Campaign is based on a real-life story of Anita Narre, who left her husband two...
Jul 11, 2013
Entrepreneurship is a term that has been tossed around to signify economic growth in Western cultures, but in Myanmar, it has become a symbol of survival.
In May 2008, Myanmar was struck by Nargis, a cyclone that affected much of the country, changing its economic landscape. The devastation forced people, especially women, to find work in order to provide for their families. For Cathy Win, a young...
Jun 4, 2013
An ad that has been unveiled in Spain is creating awareness towards an issue that continues to plague children: abuse.
In this brilliant hotline ad created by Fundacion Anar (Aid to Children & Adolescents at Risk) that’s prominently placed at a bus stop, a particular technology is used to focus on children who may be victims of abuse. Through lenticular photography, the ad’s message is...
May 14, 2013
Sunday was Mother’s Day and last Wednesday, May 8th, Moms from all over the world were heard in a forum that spoke about their causes through the use of social media. In an event titled “MomPlusSocial” held at 92nd Y Tribeca, it was a culmination of an initiative that began back in March by Arianna Huffington called the Global Mom Relay. The intent was to feature a Mom who has created or...