Women and Society

Queen Latifah to receive Harvard black culture award

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. — Music artist and actress Queen Latifah is among the honorees being recognized by Harvard University this year for their contributions to black history and culture. Harvard is set to award the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal to Queen Latifah and six other recipients on Oct. 22, 2019, according to the Cambridge, Massachusetts school’s Hutchins Center for African and African…

Growing Women’s Entrepreneurship in Bangladesh

Forty-year-old Parveen Akhter is the founder and Managing Director of Glamour Boutique House and Training Centre, the only small factory run by a woman in Jessore, a small town in the southwestern region of Bangladesh. The 4,000 square feet-factory produces textile and clothing and employs 52 women. For Akhter, this is not a small win. Twelve years ago, when she…

In Defense of Old-School Feminism

A new book, Feminism’s Forgotten Fight, pushes back on the notion that second-wave feminists only cared about sexual liberation. They fought for family values, too. By Ashley Fetters I spoke with Swinth about the still-relevant lessons of second-wave feminism presented in Feminism’s Forgotten Fight. An edited and condensed version of our conversation is below. Ashley Fetters: One of the central theses of the…

The Day Women Went on Strike

BY SASCHA COHEN  On Aug. 26, 1970, a full 50 years after the passage of the 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote, 50,000 feminists paraded down New York City’s Fifth Avenue with linked arms, blocking the major thoroughfare during rush hour. Now, 45 years later, the legacy of that day continues to evolve. Officially sponsored by the National Organization for…

Saudi Women React to New Travel and Work Rights

A wave of hope swept through Saudi Arabia when the government there announced in early August that it would soon extend significant new rights to women.  The changes, which started applying at the end of August, were anticipated to dramatically change the conservative kingdom’s so-called guardianship system, allowing women to get passports, travel, work, keep custody of minors and register births and divorces without…

Three Ideas For Leaders To Be More Successful In The 21st Century

By François Ortalo-Magné A confusing, overwhelming, fragmented, unstructured deluge. This is how business leaders often described their context. Yet, as the top executives of their organizations, they understand the importance of remaining informed and vigilant about their fast-shifting landscape. Building on insights from researchers at London Business School, I find that, in the current interconnected and fast-changing world, leaders are…

Nobel Prize in Chemistry Goes to a Woman for the Fifth Time in History

By Sandra E. Garcia Oct. 3, 2018 Since 1901, when the Nobel Prize in Chemistry was first awarded, 177 people have captured the honor. On Wednesday, Frances H. Arnold became only the fifth woman to be awarded the prize. Dr. Arnold, 62, an American professor of chemical engineering, bioengineering and biochemistry at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, earned the award for…

5 Ways to Better Promote Women in Business

This month, Forbes released its list of Most Innovative Leaders. Of the 100 names on the list, one was a woman. Yes, you read that correctly. And yes, as a reminder it’s 2019. There are exactly zero women of color or LGBTQ women represented. People of all genders are often raised to associate men with executive leadership, and it has a…