‘Online Harassment Transcends Borders,’ Says Filmmaker Cynthia Lowen
A Q & A with Cynthia Lowen, filmmaker and director of NETIZENS, a documentary film about women and online harassment -sometimes called “revenge porn.”
“Ask For Jane”: Women Helping Women
“Ask For Jane” is based on the true story of a group of Chicago women who helped more than 11,000 others get safe abortions in the years just before Roe v. Wade. As shown in the film, it started with informal networking—the passing around from woman to woman of a phone number for an abortion doctor.
‘Women of the Venezuelan Chaos,’ A Portrait of Venezuela’s Crisis
“Women of the Venezuelan Chaos”, a 2017 documentary by filmmaker Margarita Cadenas, depicts the most catastrophic crisis in Venezuela’s modern history through the stories of five Venezuelan women from diverse socioeconomic and racial backgrounds.
Reviews from Issue 5
“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.
Book Review: Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman
Lindy West’s recently published memoir, Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman, makes readers laugh, think, and question existing ideas about women and body image.
Sonita: A Girl’s Fight Against a Forced Marriage
The story of an Afghan girl in Iran who fights against her own forced marriage
Reviews from Issue 4 (June 2016)
Music Review: The Sexual Politics of Prince
Prince’s unexpected passing shook popular culture and resulted in the long-overdue recognition of his unique musical genius.
Book Review: Excellent Daughters
Journalist Katherine Zoepf’s book explores the secret lives of young women who are transforming the Arab world today.
Film Review: Dreamcatcher
Director Kim Longinotto tells the story of Brenda Myers-Powell, a former prostitute, who has dedicated her life to helping other women escape the cycle of abuse in the sex industry.
Teen Artists Combat Misogyny by Unapologetically Celebrating Their Girlhood
Through their art and entrepreneurship, a determined group of girls are combating society’s misconceptions about them
Reviews from Issue 3 (March 2016)
Book Review: Unfinished Business
In her new book, Anne-Marie Slaughter not only enumerates the tensions that women face between their personal and professional lives, but also maps out a path for change.
Theater Review: Key Change
The play Key Change tells the story of some of the most marginalized women in the United Kingdom: prison inmates.
Reviews from Issue 2 (November 2015)
Book Review: The Underground Girls of Kabul
The Underground Girls of Kabul is a walk through the lives of many Afghan families who have a daughter posing as the family’s son.
Changing the World, one Film at a Time
By Joanne Pilgrim A worldwide youth video festival and contest is helping to provide a voice to girls and young women whose films act not only as creative expressions of their own realities and the oftentimes critical issues that they face,...
Book Review: M Train
My first revelatory encounter with Patti Smith was listening on the radio in the fall of 1975 around the time of the release of her debut album Horses.
Film Review: Dukhtar (Daughter)
Afia Nathaniel’s directorial debut film, Dukhtar—a word that means daughter in Urdu—is fundamentally about women. It is a story about courage and strength, and about the bond between mothers and daughters.
Reviews from Issue 1 (August 2015)
A Foreigner And One Of Us
The idea for the book began with a television program. Throughout 2006 and 2007, journalists Julián Martín (known as Juliqui) and Susana Falcón interviewed several women who had participated in the famed uprisings in the Spanish town of Marinaleda in the 1980’s and 1990’s.
Defying The Impossible. Bringing Peace To Guatemala.
The 2015 Human Rights Watch Film Festival in New York City brought together 16 powerful stories about individuals and communities whose actions have had a positive impact in countries such as Iran, Colombia, and Sudan.
A Tale of Two British Women
American singer-songwriter Aimee Mann once told me during an interview how male executives from major record labels always gave her problems when she wanted to use cover art for albums that did not objectify herself.