In Conversation with My Mother

Tori Sprott is one of Breaking the Glass Ceiling’s regular contributors. Since I have been feeling overwhelmingly uninspired by things the past month, I decided to do something different for my second piece. I interviewed my Mum about her cancer diagnosis and all things in between. Writers block isn’t always the most terrible thing. Let’s…

Consent

In honour of consent week Breaking the Glass Ceiling has put together a number of submissions that talk about consent and all the different ways that we experience it. Anonymous I grew up in an incredibly political household. As such, I’ve never been a stranger to the idea that the private and the personal is…

Diversity vs Tokenism

Giannina Rodriguez Rico is the Founding Director of an all-female-identifying film and tv production collective SISTERS ON SCREEN and has deffered the year from reading International Development at King’s to pursue her career as a screenwriter, director and producer. The issues surrounding race and ethnicity have thrown feminism into a crisis and have served to…

In Remembrance: Daphne Caruana Galizia

Andreea Badiu-Slabu is one of Breaking the Glass Ceiling’s regular contributors. On 17th October, the world of journalism lost Daphne Caruana Galizia, a woman with a resounding voice. She started her own blog in 2008 called Running Commentary to express her views of what was right and wrong in Malta. As her former employer wrote…

SHOOTING AND SEX: FEMINISM, PHOTOGRAPHY, AND THE 1930s FARM RELIEF

Molly Lindsey is one of Breaking the Glass Ceiling’s regular contributors. During the Great Depression in the 1930s, as the United States economy faced significant distress, the Farm Security Administration (FSA) photographed “Madonnas of the Field”.  These so called “Madonnas” were women typically living and working on farmland, who suffered greatly as a result of…

Is Gender Essentialism bad for the intersectional feminist movement?

Harriet Whitehead is one of Breaking the Glass Ceiling’s regular contributors. Gender Essentialism says that there is a specific feature or ‘essence’ that defines what it is to be a woman. This is often held to be a negative theory from the feminist perspective. This is because with the definition, many people feel a normative…

Microfinance and the Empowerment of Women

Pooja Sajanani is a regular contributor to Breaking the Glass Ceiling. Since its inception in 1976, microfinance has had a feminist association. In 2016, out of the 132 million clientele of microfinance which cumulatively borrowed $102 billion, 84% were women. Many studies have shown that the availability of microcredit has increased women’s mobility, political participation…

Decriminalizing prostitution: the right of women to sell their bodies, or the right of men to have unlimited access to women’s bodies according to their economic power?

Sandrine Birkeland is a Philosophy student, interested in poetry and Hannah Arendt. In May 2017, Amnesty International adopted a policy supporting the decriminalization of prostitution, removal of laws criminally targeting practices within the sex industry: solicitation, brothel keeping, and living off the proceeds of prostitution. Amnesty claims decriminalization best defends the human rights of sex…

Dreamers Crushed: The End of DACA and its Implications on Migrant Women in America

Molly Lindsey is one of Breaking the Glass Ceiling’s regular contributors. Last month, the Trump administration announced an end to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a U.S. initiative implemented by former President Barack Obama, which provides temporary protection to young migrants. The federal program specifically provides rights for persons brought to the U.S. illegally…

FGM: How to Handle One of the Biggest Human Rights Violations

Hannah Bondi is Editor-in-Chief of Breaking the Glass Ceiling. A Discussion with Dexter Dias QC Female Genital Mutilation, or FGM, is one of the biggest human rights violations facing the world today. The process itself is a gruesome one.  A girl’s genitals are deliberately cut, mutilated or changed. The vast majority of victims are cut…