Women and Society

New Superhero Movie Depicts Women as Heroes

By Jessie Tu Even before Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer appear on screen in Netflix’s latest film Thunder Force, I was teary with emotional solidarity. “I’m not a nerd, I’m smart. There’s a difference,” a young Emily Stanton (played by Spencer) shouts at her bullies. Along comes Lydia Berman, (played by McCarthy)– a strong teenager who rescues the vulnerable girl on…

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10 Countries That Are Leading the World for Women in Politics

By Khanyi Mlaba Women make up half of the world’s population and yet they are still largely excluded from politics and decision-making power.  The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), a global organization of national parliaments, released its latest annual Women in Parliament report just a few days before International Women’s Day on March 8, and it indicated that the world is not yet on track…

Tanzania Swears in Its First-Ever Woman President

By Khanyi Mlaba Samia Suluhu Hassan has officially been sworn in as Tanzania’s first woman president after the unexpected death of former President John Magufuli on Wednesday March 17.  Hassan, who was previously the country’s vice president, automatically became acting president following the passing of Magufuli, and was officially sworn into the position two days later. “I, Samia Suluhu Hassan, promise to be…