education

How Can Harvard Help End Rape in India?

Today, six men accused of gang rape in India head to court. If that sounds eerily familiar, it’s because just two months ago, ... Read more »

Queering the Academy: Four Signs Queer Studies is Still Fighting for a Place in Academia

When do you know that you have arrived, as an academic field of study? Has queer studies arrived? Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Law Professor Patricia J. Williams Opens Up

Patricia J. Williams, James L. Dohr Professor of Law at Columbia University, published these words twenty-five years ago in her renowned essay on slavery, race, gender, and rights called “On Being the Object of Property”: There are moments in my... Read more »

Do We Still Need Women's Colleges? Yes and No.

Women’s colleges were born out of institutionalized sexism. So, do we still need women’s colleges? In mid-December the Huffington Post published a guest editorial by Elizabeth Pfeiffer titled, “... Read more »

Six Tips From Women Working Male-Dominated Engineering Fields

One of my greatest high school regrets is that I never took an auto shop class. I would have had a chance to learn some practical skills like changing oil and changing a tire. At the time, I doubt it fit into my schedule, but entering a class of mostly boys scared me as well. It’s not that I... Read more »

Is there an "Adobe Ceiling" for Latina Women in Academia?

In India, the roof is used as an economic indicator. Whether your roof is made of thatch, tin, or tiles sends a message about your place in society.  Academia has a less-literal ceiling that serves as a symbol of... Read more »

How to Check if Your Syllabus Reinforces Patriarchy

When I received the course guidelines for the first year of my Master’s here in Denmark and Germany, I immediately Googled my future professors. I was disappointed to learn that all except for one were white men (this has since changed – we have a woman and another non-white man, rejoice!).... Read more »

If You Pack Only One Book, Make it a 570 Page Hardcover on Race and Class

I brought just one book to India: It was a 570 pages hardcover on race and class. It is true, I did consider that it could be used as a weapon or a seat if needed. Still, it got me through a 30-hour train ride. I call it my "survival book"—without it, the long, hot days of travel would have been... Read more »

This Bridge Called My Back and the Backs We All Stand on

The new year, as well as the 50 that have passed since Martin Luther King Jr.'s “I have a Dream” speech, is a reminder to look at the women who came before us in the ivory towers of academia. Read more »

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