What's Next? The U.S. Women's National Team's Fight for Equal Pay

The U.S. Women’s National Team The United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) just celebrated a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands, winning their fourth World Cup. This win broke their own previous record of most wins in the tournament’s history; Germany trails them with two total World Cup wins. But despite their record-breaking achievements, one glaringContinue reading “What's Next? The U.S. Women's National Team's Fight for Equal Pay”

Ala Kachuu: Bride-kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan

Ala kachuu, meaning ‘‘grab and run” in Kyrgyz, refers to the often-violent kidnapping of young women, who are then coerced into marriage by their captor. Bride kidnapping is an extremely stressful and traumatising experience that denies a woman her rights and violates numerous international declarations of human rights. These women often experience physical, emotional, andContinue reading “Ala Kachuu: Bride-kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan”

What’s in a Name? Afghanistan and the #WhereIsMyName Campaign

It is widely acknowledged that names are important. Identities are built around them, and they are instrumental in creating a sense of dignity and autonomy. They often embody the independence of that person, their status, and encourage them to stand up for their rights. Names may therefore be seen to have a massive psychological impactContinue reading “What’s in a Name? Afghanistan and the #WhereIsMyName Campaign”

The Wage Gap: “If You’re a Woman, You Will Earn Less Than a Man”

The wage gap is a buzzword of sorts, having been discussed by Patricia Arquette in her Oscar acceptance speech and by Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail. Despite its relevance as a mainstream topic of discussion, it continues to persist. But why does the wage gap occur? If politicians, actors, and the more than 5Continue reading “The Wage Gap: “If You’re a Woman, You Will Earn Less Than a Man””

Black Hair: Why the Revolution Matters

For many black females, the decision to ‘go natural’ has been fuelled by a revolution of self-acceptance, self-love, redefined standards of beauty, and nonconformity. The term refers primarily to the eradication of relaxer, a chemical straightener which works its magic by uncoiling, unkinking, and de-constructing the tight coils which are the hallmark of our AfricanContinue reading “Black Hair: Why the Revolution Matters”