“Not Just a Maid”: The Ultra-Running Domestic Workers of Hong Kong

Foreign maids first arrived in Hong Kong in the 1970s, when there was a shortage of local full-time housekeepers as the economy began to take off in line with China’s opening up. Today, there are 380,000 maids who make up five percent of the population. Now, a growing community of maids have taken up trail…

India is Not Good to Its Women. So Why Are Female Politicians So Powerful?

India ranks near the bottom of 149 countries for gender equality. The media is filled with frequent reports of terrible violence against women in India, and the number of women in the workforce – already very low – is declining. And yet, India’s political history counts several powerful women, and two female heads of state….

The Six Biggest Military Budgets in Europe are Controlled by Women

This month, Penny Mordaunt became the UK’s first female defense secretary, managing a department with a yearly budget of about $47 billion. Her appointment means that, right now, the six biggest military budgets in Europe are overseen by women. This short article gives a quick look at the countries in Europe whose military budgets are currently…

Mary Sibande’s Art Tells the Political—and Personal—Story of Apartheid

If you have ever seen Mary Sibande’s work, then you’ve invariably met Sophie. She is the South African artist’s muse, her alter-ago, her subject—her past and her present.   Sibande’s mother, her grandmother and her great-grandmother all wore the same blue uniform as members of the servant class during Africa’s apartheid and earlier. It’s an…

Women’s Pain is Different From Men’s – The Drugs Could Be Too

Men and women can’t feel each other’s pain. Literally. We have different biological pathways for chronic pain, which means pain-relieving drugs that work for one sex might fail in the other half of the population. A new study in the journal Brain reveals differences in the sensory nerves that enter the spinal cords of men and women with neuropathic…

Why Women Are Key to Managing the World’s Water

In many countries around the globe, women tend to be the ones using and managing water in the home day to day. According to a report UNICEF released in 2012, women in 25 countries in sub-Saharan Africa spend a combined total of at least 16 million hours each day collecting drinking water, compared with 6…

The Women Who Are Clearing Minefields in Sri Lanka

It has been nearly 10 years since the end of the Sri Lankan civil war, a horrific conflict that lasted more than 25 years and claimed an estimated 100,000 lives. A decade later, land mines and unexploded ordnance still litter the northern landscape, endangering those who are trying to return to their previous lives. This…

What Are the Biggest Problems Facing Women Today?

This article outlines the responses of several interesting American women – including a feminist writer, media host, historian, US lawmakers and presidential candidates – to the following questions: What do you think is the biggest challenge facing women in the U.S. today? And what do you think is the biggest challenge facing women internationally today?…