Women in the World
The Mexico City Policy and the Trump Transition

The Mexico City Policy and the Trump Transition

Three days into Donald Trump’s new presidential administration, he followed a long-standing White House tradition and reinstated the Mexico City Policy, referred to by its critics as ‘the global gag rule.’ This law was the brainchild of President Ronald Reagan, who introduced it in 1984 during a United Nations Conference in Mexico City. It provided...
A New War on Women? : Female Incarceration in America

A New War on Women? : Female Incarceration in America

One of the most popular series on Netflix centres on a thirty-something middle-class white woman who unexpectedly finds herself thrust into the federal prison system when she is convicted for a minor drug offense committed a decade prior. Hillary Clinton, the defeated Democratic nominee for President, penned an opinion piece for CNN where she decried...
Who’s left behind by ‘Republican’ feminism?

Who’s left behind by ‘Republican’ feminism?

France has sometimes credited itself with ‘inventing’ feminism during the French Revolution. It seems like French women have somehow managed to perfect work-life balance: around eighty per cent of mothers work full time, while sustaining the second highest birth rate in the European Union. The government has prioritized paid leave and state-funded nurseries, which ninety-nine...
The New ‘Year of the Woman?’:  Female Democrats Play the ‘Woman Card’ in Their Bid to Retake the Senate

The New ‘Year of the Woman?’: Female Democrats Play the ‘Woman Card’ in Their Bid to Retake the Senate

‘Silent’ Hattie Carraway, the first woman elected to the senate, took the floor to speak less than once a year, famously stating that, ‘I hadn’t the heart to take a minute away from the men. The poor dears love it so.’ Senator Carraway held her senate seat for fourteen years after being appointed by the...
Poland's Abortion Rollback: The Uncertain State of Reproductive Rights in Europe

Poland’s Abortion Rollback: The Uncertain State of Reproductive Rights in Europe

This past month thousands of protesters poured into the streets of Warsaw carrying wire hangers and posters featuring anatomical diagrams of the uterus. In Poland, a deeply Catholic country boasting some of the most draconian anti-abortion legislation in the Europe, women may receive an abortion if they can prove their pregnancy is a product of...