Tag Archives: Feminism

Ukraine’s women fighters reflect a cultural tradition of feminist independence

A Ukrainian soldier on March 9, 2022, waits for a train in Lviv that will take her to the front line. Vincenzo Circosta/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Mia Bloom, Georgia State University and Sophia Moskalenko, Georgia State University Tens of thousands of Ukrainian women have taken up arms during the war sparked by Russia’s invasion. According to media reports, women …

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The furore over Miss South Africa’s decision to compete in Israel: here’s a feminist critique

Protesters call on Miss South Africa to withdraw from the Miss Universe contest in Israel. Gallo Images/Via Getty Images Amanda Gouws, Stellenbosch University The participation of Miss South Africa 2021, Lalela Mswane, in the Miss Universe competition in Israel on 12 December has created a furore. Some South Africans support her participation while others have called for her withdrawal. The …

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Five must-read novels on the environment and climate crisis

Pexels Ti-han Chang, University of Central Lancashire Since the start of lockdown, more of us have taken to our bicycles, grown our own vegetables and baked our own bread. So it’s not surprising it has been suggested we should use this experience to rethink our approach to the climate crisis. Reading some environmental literature – sometimes called “eco-literature” – can …

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Nawal El Saadawi: Egypt’s grand novelist, physician and global activist

Nawal El Saadawi at home in 2015. David Degner/Getty Images Adele Newson-Horst, Morgan State University Egyptian novelist, physician, sociologist and global activist Nawal El Saadawi died on 21 March 2021 at the age of 89. The author of more than 50 books, she told me in one of our many interviews, in 2007, that she self-identified as an African from …

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The sharing economy helps women find new economic opportunities in Jordan

New technology has created new options for women in Jordan. Jasmin Merdan/Getty Images Allison Jacobs Anderson, University of Washington Across the world, women face online stalking, threats to their reputation and surveillance or monitoring of their online activities. In many countries, threats to safety and privacy limit women’s access to information and communication technologies. I’m a scholar of gender and …

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From The Slumflower to Florence Given: why influencer books about feminism seem so similar

Polls have found that feminism has been declared unappealing and irrelevant to young women. NakoPhotography/Shutterstock Rebecca Wray, Leeds Beckett University On December 9, debate began to simmer on social media over the resemblance of two popular women’s empowerment books released in 2020: Chidera Eggerue’s How to Get Over a Boy (published in February by Quadrille Publishing) and Florence Given’s Women …

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Five truths about the hijab that need to be told

A women is more than what she wears. Darrin Henry/Shutterstock Peter Hopkins, Newcastle University Rio 2016 is proving not just to be a platform for sporting prowess, it is also helping to shake up some traditionally-held cultural misconceptions too. In the West, many regard traditional Muslim dress like the hijab as a sign of oppression, with women forced to wear …

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What a Trump win or loss will mean for feminism

A woman holds a sign as she attends the Women’s March in downtown Chicago, Oct. 17, 2020. Dozens of Women’s March rallies were planned to signal opposition to President Donald Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) Peggy Nash, Ryerson University In the United States, polls are pointing to a …

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Searching for anti-racism agendas in South Asian Canadian communities

South Asian immigration to Canada increased in the 70s and 80s. A picture circa 1975, taken in the Toronto neighbourhood of South Riverdale (‘Little India’). (City of Toronto Archives/Series 1465; Urban Design photographs)

South Asian immigration to Canada increased in the 70s and 80s. A picture circa 1975, taken in the Toronto neighbourhood of South Riverdale (‘Little India’). (City of Toronto Archives/Series 1465; Urban Design photographs) Asmita Bhutani, University of Toronto and Ambika Tenneti, University of Toronto As recent South Asian immigrants to Toronto, we write this article in response to personal contentious …

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