Thoughts on the PBS documentary “The World Before Her”

I’d been hearing about “The World Before Her” and had been wanting to see it for a while, so I’m glad I finally took the time to sit down and watch it. The documentary juxtaposes two different lifestyles for young women in India: a more conservative, traditional lifestyle of young women in a Hindu nationalist training camp, and the second of young women competing in the Miss India beauty pageant. The conflict in lifestyles put India at a crossroads: should it embrace or resist Westernization (in terms of consumerism and beauty ideals)? Continue reading Thoughts on the PBS documentary “The World Before Her”

Inspired by Malala: Local Muslim Women Discuss Activism, Community, and Islamophobia

Earlier this evening at an event hosted by the International Museum of Women, and held at San Francisco’s World Affairs Council, four Muslim women from the Bay area discussed their experiences as Muslim women in the US in a post-9/11 world, in a time where a young girl (Malala Yousafzai) has become a symbol for the strength of Muslim women and girls. Continue reading Inspired by Malala: Local Muslim Women Discuss Activism, Community, and Islamophobia