World Watch, June 21, 2014

Written by Taylor Crain. Posted in Columns, World Watch

Our Digest of Global Feminist News and Opinion

PHOTOCREDIT Tara Todras-Whitehill

Eighty years after the 1934 ruling guaranteeing women’s suffrage and the right to run for office, Turkish women begin to emerge in local leadership positions. The recent materialization of these mayoral madams can largely be attributed to Turkey’s Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), the rising political affiliation known for its promotion of egalitarianism and female representation. Child bride survivor Berivan Kilic, co-mayor of Kocakoy, and others like her hope to push critical women’s issues to the forefront of the Turkish political agenda, in spite of international qualms.

Sportz Shortz, June 14, 2014

Written by Taylor Crain. Posted in Columns, Sportz Shortz, World Watch

Our Bi-weekly Digest of Women’s Sporting News

World cup, sex workers, human trafficking, FIFA, Brazil, women's sports, women's health

The arrival of a mega sporting event, like this year’s World Cup in Brazil, is often shrouded by the stigma of exploitation, violence, and human rights concerns surrounding sex workers and the incoming surge of international fans. But updated research suggests that these claims are likely to be disproportionately exaggerated, and draw attention away from the very real problems of poverty, forced displacement, and police brutality toward citizens. Efforts to protect migrant sex workers can all too easily take a backseat to sensationalism and scandal.

World Watch June 7, 2014

Written by Taylor Crain. Posted in Columns, World Watch

Our Digest of Global Feminist News and Opinion

Top Story Gorgeous Laverne Cox

Actress and activist Laverne Cox is no stranger to adversity. Everything from dehumanizing questions about genitalia to alarmingly frequent acts of violence continue to plague those in the trans* community. The country is stuck in such a state of inequality and discrimination that even Cox’s triumph on the cover of Time could not be appreciated without inane objection in the form of misogynist propaganda.

Sportz Shortz May 31, 2014

Written by Taylor Crain. Posted in Columns, Sportz Shortz

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18-Year-Old Taylor Townsend rocks it in Paris, restoring hope to those American fans blind-sided by the Williams sisters early departure. The Chicago native is among the youngest U.S. competitors to breech the third round at Roland Garros and is already an international champion. But despite her win at the 2012 Australian Open Girls’ Singles at 15-years-old, Townsend paid her own way into the following U.S. Open Junior Tournament when the USTA neglected to finance her entrance, citing concerns over her weight.

World Watch May 27, 2014

Written by Taylor Crain. Posted in Columns, World Watch

Our Digest of Global Feminist News and Opinion

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PHOTO CREDIT James Marshall Corbis

In order to begin breeching global women’s oppression, more than making martyrs out of schoolgirls needs to be done. Amidst a western media circus, the U.S.’s recent decision to deploy troops to Chad in an effort to assist in locating 200-plus young Nigerian women, more than a month after their abduction, is cause for some scrutiny over a military tactic some might deem opportunistic.

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