Getting away with rape and murder

It seems one cannot open an Indian newspaper without reading about at least one rape happening somewhere every day.  This time it is a gang rape of a journalist in Mumbai.  The bastion of the last city supposedly safe for women has also fallen.  Mumbai continues to be much safer for women than many other…

Why FIFA is wrong about banning Iranian women

It’s depressing how those Iranian women footballers are getting kicked around like footballs.  The question is – can they play football with their hijabs or headscarves on? On one side, there is FIFA, sticking rigidly to its stand that hijabs can cause “choking injuries” and are thus unsafe to wear.  On the other side, you…

Rising hemlines and the biggest boom of all time?

It was just a generation ago that women fought for the right to wear pants.  Even a few years back, many companies in the US considered business formal attire for women to mean a skirt suit (i.e. a jacket and a skirt) rather than a pantsuit.  Business formal aside, many women in the older generation…

Why Oklahoma is not safe for pregnant women

I am really glad I don’t live in Oklahoma.  Not because it is right on Tornado Alley, but because the lawmakers have just passed the most misogynistic set of laws I can think of. The two bills were originally vetoed by the State Governor.  But then both the State House and Senate overrode the veto…

The cycle of women in the workforce

The two headlines in today’s Wall Street Journal said it all.  They brought out the history of women in the workforce in two short sentences.  The first headline read “Recession Drives More Women to Work“.  Below it, the second headline read “Returning Workers Face Big Pay Cuts“. And so the cycle continues.  Women flood into…