The ‘She’ Between the Lines: Finding Roman Women in Ancient Texts

Issabella Orlando is a Toronto-born, London-based Ancient History student. She has always been an avid writer, fascinated by antiquity, travel and world issues. Inspired by the ancient past, she hopes to use her background in classical studies as a foundation of insight from which she can better understand social, cultural and political issues within the…

Anonymous: Zitkala-Sa

Isabel Jess is author of Breaking the Glass Ceiling’s Anonymous series. “For most of history, anonymous was a woman” – Virginia Woolf Recognising Overlooked or Forgotten Voices in History Zitkala-Sa, or Gertrude Bonnin was a woman of two names and two worlds. Yet, no matter by which name she is recognized, her bold and tireless…

Ecofeminism: An Overview

Pooja Sajanani is one of Breaking the Glass Ceiling’s regular contributors. The Oxford dictionary defines ecofeminism as, “A philosophical and political movement that combines ecological concerns with feminist ones, regarding both as resulting from male domination of society.” However, this is just one of the many different perspectives of ecofeminism or feminist environmental philosophy. In…

Laura Codruta Kovesi: Romania’s Crusader Against Corruption

Andreea Badiu-Slabu is one of Breaking the Glass Ceiling’s regular contributors. At the end of January, the streets of Romania were filled with tens of thousands of people protesting against corruption. People were dissatisfied with the current laws that could weaken the judicial independence and couldn’t take it anymore. Despite the heavy snow, an estimated…

Abortion Saves Women’s Lives

Aleksandra Kusnierkiewicz is a second-year student of International Relations, currently on an exchange in Sydney, Australia. She is particularly interested in radical feminism and ethnic identities. Her hobbies include writing, acting and film. The 25th of March marks the international day of the Unborn Child. As I watched a large group of people marching in…

The Descent of Man

Coline Baralon is a first year in International Relations, with a growing interest for feminism, human rights and diplomacy. “When talking to men about masculinity, I often feel I am trying to talk to fish about water”1, says Grayson Perry, a 57 years old British transvestite artist, in his reflective book The Descent of Man,…

Keeping up with the Kardashians: Celebrity symbols of modern-day racism and sexism

Leah Olasehinde is one of Breaking the Glass Ceiling’s regular contributors. The Kardashians have created a social media empire, that had expanded from reality TV to fashion, make-up, and even video games. They run a multi-million-dollar business, headed almost exclusively by women, and should be commended. Yet, the foundations of their success have proven to…

Anonymous: Barbara Jordan

Isabel Jess is a new contributor to Breaking the Glass Ceiling. She is a current History student with a passion for (arguing about) international politics and migration issues. “For most of history, anonymous was a woman” – Virginia Woolf Recognising Overlooked or Forgotten Voices in History The name Barbara Jordan is indeed a recognizable one…

She Burns: Inspiring Women Whose Stories Are Worth Reading

 Issabella Orlando is a Toronto-born, London-based Ancient History student. She has always been an avid writer, fascinated by antiquity, travel and world issues. Inspired by the ancient past, she hopes to use her background in classical studies as a foundation of insight from which she can better understand social, cultural and political issues within the…

From a Female Occupier

A group of students at King’s College London have occupied the James Clerk Maxwell Building in solidarity with teachers and cleaning staff. They are demanding that King’s meet the demands of UCU and bring the cleaners back in house. ‘Gender can fuck right off’ is what the cardboard on the door to the bathroom used…