Editors’ Note

Dear Readers,

Welcome to another issue of Women Across Frontiers, which explores the challenges faced by women working in male-dominated fields.

The participation of women in the labor force on a full and equal basis is an indispensable element of women’s empowerment. Globally, women have broken into fields traditionally dominated by men, such as politics, the law, medicine, science, and engineering. [read more]

  Commentary 

ANOTHER SOCIAL MEDIA IS POSSIBLE: A FEMINIST ONE

“Facebook is not a space for much disagreement, I think the criteria ruling many groups on social media somehow follows the motto ‘show you are happy or go away’”, I once wrote, says media expert Flavia Fascendini.

  Spotlights

“SHE FIGHTS”, BY PHOTOGRAPHER SHARON ATTIA

Through her powerful photography, Sharon Attia explores ways in which collaborative culture – and boxing – can empower women and girls in male-dominated spaces.

  Commentary 

WOMEN IN VENEZUELA: A MIRAGE CALLED “FEMINIST REVOLUTION”

Women’s rights groups in Venezuela address the contradiction between the socialist pseudo “feminist revolution” and how women so often participate in their own oppression.

  Podcast

BRINGING THE HEALING POWER OF YOGA TO SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

“We believe that touch can be healing but for women who have had their body violated, it’s really important that they have a sense of, “this is my body, this is my mat, no one’s going to come on it””, says Zoë LePage, founder of Exhale to Inhale.

  Reviews

“LET’S GO, SUPERGIRL!”

When Jessie Auritt, a documentary filmmaker, heard about Naomi Kutin, an Orthodox Jewish girl from New Jersey who broke a world record in powerlifting at age nine, she was immediately interested.

  Spotlights

KEEPING GIRLS AT SCHOOL THANKS TO RE-USABLE PADS

In Malawi, a sanitary pad can determine if a girl stays in school, if a woman keeps her job or if she manages to grow enough food to feed herself and her family.

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