gender + women


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

For The Guardian:

– In vitro fertilization in the U.S., at over $20,000 per round, is more expensive than anywhere else in the world. Fertility “scholarships” for reproductive technologies raise the question: Who can afford to have a baby in America?

For The New York Times:

– The city of Boston wants to prove it can close the gender pay gap entirely with a multi-pronged approach. Here’s how it’s going about it.

For Bloomberg Businessweek:

– In the U.S., in-vitro fertilization (IVF) can run $23,000 a cycle. This London clinic has found a way to offer it for one-seventh that amount, offering the first commercially available low-cost IVF.

For BBC Capital:

– Women often freeze their eggs in their mid-30s, just as they enter prime wealth-building years. For some women, that means going into debt or delaying goals such as homeownership in order to make an investment in their reproductive future.

For Apolitical:

– In 2017, New Zealand recognized that caregivers were paid less because they’re women. Now the country is rectifying historical bias by raising women’s pay, one female-dominated industry at a time.
– How to value women’s unpaid care work? That’s a $10 trillion question governments are just beginning to answer.
–Thanks to Norway’s mandatory paternal leave, or “daddy quota” as it’s known, 90% of fathers take paid leave to care for a new child. The EU is consider implementing a similar policy, but does it lead to true gender equality?

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.