Fourth Week of January 2018

#MeToo continues to make headlines internationally. While Britain addresses a sexual assault scandal at the annual President’s Club charity dinner, China has begun actively censoring its own #MeToo stories in an effort to avoid social unrest. In Liberia, social unrest is noticeably and wonderfully absent from their recent election in which former soccer star George Weah was sworn in as the new President. It was the first peaceful transition between Liberian leaders in decades. Sadly, peace has absented itself from Turkish-Kurdish relations, as Turkish President Erdogan has instigated military strikes against Kurdish-populated regions of Syria. And, as always, chaos and conflict divide American politics – though the government has re-opened, solutions are tenuous and fraught with political in-fighting. All in all, however, the news could [...]

January 28th, 2018|Categories: None|

Are Women Held To Higher Standards Than Men

Recently, the Economist posted an article about the gendered standards in economic writing. However, it is not just women in the field of economics that are held to a different standard than men. Years of studies have proven all women are held to a higher standard, especially ethically and in the boardroom. […]

January 26th, 2018|Categories: None|

Sharia Marriage and Its Harmful Effects on Women

Between a Rock and a Hard Place If you are a Pakistani woman in England, chances are you have had an Islamic wedding ceremony that was not recognized by the Government. According to the Economist, Britain’s Channel 4 took a recent survey. Out of 1000 married Muslim women, 600 had Sharia only marriages. In this way, thousands of women are trapped in the middle of the legal and cultural worlds. […]

December 22nd, 2017|Categories: None|

News Roundup: Trump Clashes on Climate Change, Temer ‘Hush Money’ Still in Play

It’s been a busy week around the world. Trump’s World Tour Trump has been on a world tour for the past few weeks. His first stop was the Middle East. There, he visited Israel and Saudi Arabia. Afterward, he visited Europe. This portion of the trip included meetings at the Vatican, NATO and the G7. He was met with warmth in Saudi Arabia and Israel, but less so in Europe. In Saudi Arabia, he was able to cement a 110 billion dollar arms deal. They say it may help to empower a “Arab NATO” to fight radical Islamists. However, many are concerned it is a way to buy power in Washington. The G7 and European portion of the trip centered around Climate change. The Pope [...]

August 4th, 2017|Categories: None|

The Rise of Female Leaders in the United Kingdom by Naz Smyth

 The business world has traditionally been led by men. Women have been pushed to the backburner because they are seen as too “nice”, and they cannot do the dirty deeds necessary to run a business. A good CEO needs to be ruthless, smart, and decisive. Women have been seen as weak, soft, and too forgiving. So, the business world has always filled these leadership roles with men, until now. Just a few decades ago, women were not seen in the boardroom. They were home in the kitchen, cooking and waiting for their husbands to come home. However, the rise of females in power has led to women occupying around 25% of the FTSE boardrooms (We Are The City), a dramatic change from just 50 years [...]

June 3rd, 2017|Categories: None|Tags: , , |

The Harlots Power Play and Feminism Strategies By Naz Smyth

A new historical drama television on the streaming site Hulu has the media up in arms, said Naz Smyth. It is a controversial period piece based on the prostitution scene in 18th’s century London. Usually with shows about prostitution or the sex trade, the subject matter show women as the victim, as the ones who were forced into the sex trade and have no say about it. Naz Smyth on The Harlots However, this show has a twist. Hulu’s successful hit “Harlots” shows women as powerful, strategy players who put themselves in positions of power with their sexuality. They are empowered to use their bodies to make the best of their lives and change their social status. Naz Smyth and Harlots on [...]

Naz Smyth:The future of global women’s rights under Trump? ‘It could be devastating.’

Trump’s team wanted details about the US State Department’s spending on gender equality, and names of people whose primary function was to promote gender issues. “It wasn’t a benign request,” said Ambassador Cathy Russell, head of the Office of Global Women's Issues in Barack Obama's State Department, whose office fielded the request. "They were looking for the family planning money and the LGBT programming and spending." She didn’t give them the information. Weeks later, President Trump signed an executive order cutting off US funding to global women’s health organizations worldwide if they counseled, referred or advocated for access to abortion. Trump has also threatened to end funding for the UN and specifically the UN Population Fund, which provides contraceptives to tens of thousands of women in Africa [...]

May 30th, 2017|Categories: None|Tags: , , , |