Abortion is not a right in the United States. Given recent legislative restrictions, abortion is barely even a choice. Now, abortion is being attacked even as a research subject for PhD student, Lindsay Ruhr, at the University of Missouri. Kurt Schaefer, the state legislator pushing to block Ruhr’s research (no surprise, he’s a Republican), […]
It’s with great interest that I’ve followed the media storm surround the release of the Shriver Center’s newest report, A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink. Over 3,000 adults were polled, including low-income women, to find out their views and opinions on “the economy, gender, marriage, education, and the future.” Despite the progress of women economically […]
I remember being in high school, sitting in a back corner of a warm computer lab listening to the keystrokes and mouse clicks of my classmates. It was my first web design class, and I was finally going to get a chance to develop my technology chops (which was very important since this thing called […]
I get to work for a firm that is deeply interested in how to improve our urban environments. Specifically, we want to improve the interactions people have with the institutions that serve them, and in the process, improve the lived experience, both here in the United States and abroad.
A reminder from the field: Always test assumptions.
Earlier this year, alongside a colleague from the Global Health Project at the MIT Sloan School of Management, I worked to determine how LifeSpring, a maternal health hospital in Hyderabad, India, might utilize mobile technology to gather data about its outreach efforts.
The first International Day of the Girl has come and gone and I’m very excited that international agencies, non-governmental organizations, governments, and community leaders are yelling from the rooftops that girls can and are changing the world. As a former girl myself, I totally agree! There’s an old saying ‘when you educate a girl, you educate […]
Last month, 36 Iranian universities shocked education and women’s advocates around the world by announcing that 77 college programs, which were previously open to both men and women, will no longer accept female students. This turn of events has not received any formal condemnation from the Iranian Ministry of Higher Education or Iranian President Mahmoud […]
“I hope she’ll be a fool—that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.” –The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald As a student ambassador at university, I was occasionally asked to run workshops for high school students in the surrounding areas. One school event, designed to encourage an interest […]
On October 31st, the world’s population will reach 7 billion. With this historical milestone in sight, UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) has issued a call-to-action to renew our commitment to work for a healthier, more sustainable world. How women and girls become change-agents in their own lives and how we empower them is crucial to […]
As some of you may know, I’ll be starting law school in just a few weeks. I’m pretty excited about it, although it will mean a lot of changes in my life (Homework! Moving across the country! Doubling my rent!). But I know it will be an important step for me, both as a person […]