Stories

Renee Gasch

  • City, State: San Francisco, CA
  • Languages: English
  • Age: 32


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Wednesday, December 17, 2008 12:00 AM

This is a poem about transformational leadership. A woman leader with style, strength, compassion, wit, wisdom and the courage to pass on the sceptre.

Green Belt Movement founder Wangari Maathai gained international recognition when she mobilized women across Kenya to plant trees, took on the country's corrupt dictator, and became the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Friday, July 11, 2008 3:06 PM

When Wangari Maathai became the first African woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004, she also became the first Nobel laureate to make the link between keeping peace and conserving the environment. "Indeed," said Maathai, "the state of any country's environment is a reflection of the kind of governance in place, and without good governance there can be no peace."

Politics? Perhaps in another life.
Entrenched gender roles are the main reason women are underrepresented in politics, says Beaunez. Who has time for politics when a woman is expected to work, shop, clean, cook and raise children, all at the same time?

Friday, July 11, 2008 5:17 PM

Women don't have a sense of humor. Women don't care about politics. Women don't want to be politicians. For eight years, these false truisms formed a haunting soundtrack to French cartoonist Catherine Beaunez's life.

Women of the Niger Delta united across ethnic lines in the face of environmental damage and economic hardship caused by oil mining...

Friday, April 24, 2009 10:25 AM

A woman's body is both revered and feared in cultural traditions from East to West. It is immortalized as "pin-up girl" and simultaneously mystified as mother. A community of women in Nigeria, however, proved that a woman's body is enough to bring one of the largest oil companies to the bargaining table. When their words were not being heard, they made themselves be seen...by threatening to strip naked in public.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008 10:17 AM

For many women around the world, the fight for the right to vote is simply a history lesson--something that happened long ago in black and white. But for far too many other women, voting is a privilege they are still denied. They are fighting today, and will continue in the tomorrows to come, to have their voices heard. I.M.O.W. has gathered these images from over 100 years of women's struggle for the right to vote--then and now.

Meet Lucy Talgieh, a Christian-Palestinian human rights activist working at the Wi'am Palestinian Conflict Resolution Center in Bethlehem. Meet Taghreed El-Khodary, an independent Palestinian journalist for The New York Times who has covered politics in Gaza since the second Intifada...

Friday, May 21, 2010 3:11 AM

The year 2008 marks the 60th anniversary of the formation of the state of Israel, following a United Nations resolution to divide what was then known as Palestine into two separate entities. Zionists would celebrate this as the birth of the first Jewish state in the world. Palestinians and Arabs in the region, who disagreed with the resolution, would declare it a catastrophe. The six decades since have seen a mix of warfare, peace resolutions, border negotiations, and increasing divisions along political and religious lines.


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