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Sexism is Not Sexy

As I walk down the street, I’m surrounded. Surrounded by images, curated by large conglomerates, political structures, and social infrastructures. We are surrounded, by these images, and their constant whispers. The question is what to do about it. My answer, is to write, to share, to sing and love as hard as I can, and […]

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An interview with Chitra Panjabi, Membership Vice President, National Organization for Women

A few days before National Organization for Women’s (NOW) annual conference, we sat down for an interview with Chitra Panjabi, the organization’s Membership Vice President.  Q: Can you tell me a bit about your childhood and how it was growing up in Hong Kong?  A: I often felt like an outsider, because of my race […]

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Dissecting Masculinity in Hannibal

The second season of NBC’s Hannibal has received critical acclaim for the way it’s pushed boundaries on artistry, violence, and depth on television. But one of the most integral and perhaps overlooked aspects is the progressiveness of masculinity in this series. In what is an increasingly male-centric series we see a distinct comfort and openness […]

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Getting Better Faster, Together – Part 2

This is part 2 of a blog about an experiment with strategic learning by a Gender at Work team of facilitators working on gender-based violence (GBV) in South Africa. To see part one, click here. The team’s long-term strategic learning approach focuses on observing and collecting data that signals whether these propositions are, in fact, […]

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Getting Better Faster, Together – Part 1

The issues feminist activists and organizations work on are sticky, entangled, and opaque. The deeply embedded dynamics that hold gender discrimination and inequalities in place make our work unpredictable, and the way forward hard to see. Gender at Work, a transnational network of individuals and organizations, aims to build knowledge and practice to end discrimination […]

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Action, Learning and Gender in Mozambique: A Pause

By Solange Rocha and Michel Friedman, Gender at Work, Facilitated by Oxfam Canada  “I met myself again and valued myself more, not only at work but in my whole life, day to day” (participant’s comment) In music, a pause means the sound of silence, a time between notes.  For participants in our Gender Action Learning Process […]

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How to Be Child-free Stepparent

By the time I was 12, I knew I didn’t want children. I loved kids, I saw the joy they brought into people’s lives, but I just didn’t feel the pang for parenthood. “You’ll change your mind,” said the multitudes of people around me. When I got married at 21, and reasserted my child-free identity, […]

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Why Is the Math Gender Gap So Much Worse in the US Than in Other Countries?

Could it be the boy crisis? A new international study released last week shows that during the past 100 years, the first in which girls have been educated en masse, girls have out-performed boys academically. I’m not going to write here about what that may mean in terms of what grades are rewarding or about how that […]

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gender Unit: Supporting the Warriors within Organizations to Unleash Cultures of Equality

[caption id="attachment_20915" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Collaboratory Planning Meeting– Gender at Play! — at India Habitat Centre.[/caption] I doubt that any young girl or boy stares dreamily into space thinking, “When I grow up, I want to be a gender advisor!” The idea that advising, advocating for and guiding organizations to become more gender equitable could be […]

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The Making of an Independent Music Video: The Great Equalizer of Film

[caption id="attachment_20907" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Photo Credit: Perry Julien[/caption] We did it. My team and I officially made a music video this week – in my home town, Atlanta, Georgia, in a beautiful cinema with a haunting past. And oh, how I loved it, and oh, how I saw the tables turning regarding gender bias. I […]

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