gender + women

The throughline of my decade-plus in journalism and academia has been my focus on the stories and perspectives of women.

For Foreign Policy and The New York Times Magazine, respectively:

– An investigation into how the twin forces of social conservatism and urban development, both pushed by the ruling Justice and Development Party, are punishing sex workers.

For The Atlantic:

– A look at how the Turkish government has steadily rolled back of women’s rights
– Is rape is “inevitable” in conflict situations?
– After the Arab Spring, Egyptian women swiftly disappeared from the public sphere. Why?
– In Lebanon, personal status laws discriminate against women, while keeping the country fractured along sectarian lines.
– There are deeper meanings one can take from the “bunga bunga” scandal around former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi .

For The Wall Street Journal:

– Rising hurdles to economic mobility are cropping up in the female-dominated nursing profession.
– A growing share of women in the labor movement could change what unions bargain for.
– In a global comparison of paid family leave policies, even the least generous European countries put the U.S. to shame.

For Artsy:

– I crunched the numbers on whether female art dealers show more female artists (spoiler alert: yes).
– In the last few years, the art market has witnessed the rise of older women. Here’s why.
– Women’s stories of the sexism and misogyny have plagued the art industry for decades.
– New research on the gender pay gap among Yale art school graduates found women whose art makes it to auction tend to outperform men.

For the Women in the World Foundation:

– This program to educate Bangladeshi garment workers about their sexual and reproductive health meets them where they are: on the factory floor
– Why the reproductive justice movement is becoming the alternative to “choice.”  

For Salon:

– A dive into the murky bioethics of breast milk ice cream.

For Women’s eNews:

– Rio launched women-only subway cars, and women really seemed to like them.
– Meet the activists using arguments from the Quran to promote family planning in Yemen.
– In places where humans live in close contact with animals, scientists are focusing on the linkages between population, health and environmental preservation.


– “Fast Forward,” researched and co-written with Melanne Verveer, the first U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues, and Kim Azzarelli. The book, with a foreword by Hillary Clinton, makes the business and moral case for empowering women and accelerating their rise in the economy.