The Best and Worst Places To Be a Woman

Came across this article and it immediately caught my attention. It rates countries on their gender gap measured by job opportunities, access to health and education, women in political power. etc. The United States  is #23, Yemen is #136 (the last ranking) while Iceland is #1. So lets all pack up and move to Iceland!…

Don’t Say No to Women in Combat

While reading William Saletan’s “Women and Infantry” article, I was shocked by its parallels to G.I. Jane. In particular, both emphasize the practice of “falling back on other excuses” (Saletan) to prevent women from entering the military field. In G.I. Jane, after the Navy leaders realized that Lieutenant O’Neil was physically capable of finishing the…

Popular Culture, Lean In!

During last week’s class, we discussed the substantial lack of females in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) industries. Consequently, when I read Drew Filus’s Lean In story about writing sci-fi stories with STEM-savvy female leads, I immediately thought back to our classroom discussion. A popular topic for us was why gender imbalance in STEM exists.…

Unlearning the Truths

After Diana starts a fight to defend her brother in Girlfight,  she’s told, “guess you never learned how to be a lady”. This line resonated in my mind, and not just because comments like these are instrumental in reinforcing gender roles. The comment struck me because it sounded so much like the “be a lady” comments…

Girlfight: Diana and Adrian

In class we discussed the purpose of Diana and Adrian’s romance in the movie Girlfight. Most people were understandably annoyed that a movie staring a woman had to center on romance once again. Isn’t there more to a young girl’s life than who she’s crushing on this week? And shouldn’t her journey towards empowerment be…