I believe the feminist revolution of the 60s and 70s has done little to improve the plight of women world-wide. In western countries, women can now get an education (if we can afford it), we can “officially” get a job in a previously male-dominated occupation, we can now walk into “most” pubs and be served. But are we equal? Do we have more freedom?
Mumbai, the city of dreams, draws thousands of rural Nepali villagers every year to the already overcrowded streets with rumours of well paying jobs, hospitals and schools. These rumours travel on the backs of distant relatives and friends who send back stories of their success, whether true or not, luring families with bright hopes and dreams.
Throughout her career, Meryl Streep has found a way to fully inhabit every character she portrays so that who we see in the film is not Streep but the “quirky little universe” she has created.
Connecting girls, inspiring futures is the theme of International Women’s Day 2012. Girls globally are making an impact on the world. They are seeing beyond their own homes, streets and cities with a world view that embodies compassion and vision. Ta’Kaiya Blaney is one such girl. She lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia and is […]
I have tremendous respect and gratitude for Ayaan for what she has done and is doing, in the face of continuing threats on her life, for generously sharing her story with me, and with people around the world.
Although many people choose to spend their holidays in Cape Verde for the sandy beaches and crystal-clear seas, there’s another reason these islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean are well-loved by visitors from around the world. It is the home of Cesária Évora, better known as the “barefoot diva”.
Growing up female in North America you get the sense from a very early age that you’ll never quite measure up. Your hips will be too large or your breasts too small. Your IQ will take second place to your dress size. I count myself among the body mercenaries. From dieting to bulimia, monthly cellulite inspections and wrinkle checks, living in this female form can feel like internment at times. A couple of months ago I escaped from my barbed wire mind and moved into the mansion of my body.
Guest Author, Ilona Martonfi, provides a window into her world, her daughter’s world and the world of so many women who need to find a place that will help to ease their suffering and get them off of the streets.
Have we forgotten that one of the iconic beauties in West was a size 12. Nobody said that Marilyn was plus sized.
I know I’ve been gone, long gone. But I’m here. And for the first time in a long time, I’m happy, really happy!
Big news, we’ve sold our little ranch that we had bought, and moved into, right before I started writing for Life As A Human. I loved the ranch, loved the views, but really hated the solitude it brought. I really disliked the community that we were a “part of.” I use quotes because I never felt a part of it, the whole time we lived there. I was always a lurker, always held at an arm’s length.