Rainbow is the New Black

Contributor Eliška Stroehlein is a second year English Law – French Law student with an interest in international law, queerness, and representation. Translator María Paula Rincón Hoyos has future hopes to help communities of both Latin and non-Latin women to seek empowerment. [Image: a pair of handcuffed clenched fists painted the colours of the LGBTQ+…

The Sex Buyer Law: Choice, Voice and Violence

Hannah Bondi is the outgoing Editor-in-Chief of Breaking the Glass Ceiling. The global sex industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. The sex industry could be seen as consisting in a range of businesses providing sex products, services (prostitution) and adult entertainment (pornography). However, if we were to understand the real…

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…

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…

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…

Why Pussy Riot is Harmful to Russian Feminism

Katarina Valieva is one of Breaking the Glass Ceiling’s regular contributors. I was hesitant to write this article since I was worried that my interpretation of Pussy Riot might not be a correct one. However, we all live in the world of views and interpretation and I would like to represent you mine. As a…

#MeToo; Feminism and Social Media

Diya Nair is a second year Law student. She is a new contributor to Breaking the Glass Ceiling and is interested in postcolonial feminism and cultural relativism.  The #MeToo era came to my attention almost in the manner of a tropical monsoon. From a light smattering of Facebook posts and tweets from acquaintances invoking this…

The Female ‘Moral Criminals’ of Afghanistan’s Prisons

Shirin Shamloo is a third year English Literature student. She is passionate about issues of women’s health, human rights and social justice. Women in Afghanistan are convicted of and imprisoned for “moral crimes” more and more frequently every year. These women can be convicted of any form of “zina“, or sexual relations outside of legal…

Selling Arms is a Feminist Issue

Laura Le Ray is a second-year student in International Relations, particularly interested in women in wartime and political psychology. Her hobbies include boxing, writing and learning languages. Because “women’s rights have been hijacked for the purposes of liberal interventionists,”[1] Because selling arms is not a trade action like another, Because selling arms should not be…