November, 2014


Child Brides in Tanzania

Tanzania is a country located in East Africa where child marriages often take place. According to Human Rights Watch, girls at very young age ranging from 7 years to 16 years are forced to marry elder men. In return, girls' families receives dowry (lots of cows) for getting their daughters married. The early marriages have set their lives in jeopardy, exposing these girls to verbal and physical abuse, spousal rape and female genital mutilation. Many were forced to go through gender mutilation prior to their marriages. Girls who refused to marry were verbally abusedRead More

Summarizing “Golden Gulag”

Golden Gulag, written by Ruth Wilson Gilmore, analyzes the rapid growth of California’s prison system. It tries to unveil the reasons behind the Prison boom in California. Between 1852 and 1964, the state only contained 12 prisons. By 1984, the state had built 43 more correctional centers, making it the largest prison building system in the world. One might make the assumption that the rapid growth of the prison building system was due to an increase in crime. However, Gilmore argues that the crime rate was decreasing before the prisons were built. So what was theRead More

Interesting Facts of NYC

1. Madison Square Park, Washington Square Park, Union Square Park, and Bryant Park used to be cemeteries. 2. There are 20,000 bodies buried in Washington Square Park alone. 3. Hong Kong is the only city in the world with more completed skyscrapers than New York City. 4. Unlike most major subways systems around the world, the New York Subway runs 24 hours a day. 5. You can visit most New York City’s museums for free. 6. It is perfectly legal for women to walk around topless in New York City (since 1992).Read More

Glass Ceiling Discrimination

The term “Glass Ceiling” was first discovered by the Wall Street Journal in March 1986. The Oxford Dictionary defines it as an unofficially acknowledged barrier to advancement in a profession, especially affecting women and members of minorities. Basically, the glass ceiling is a visible barrier that prevents women from getting promotions or going into a higher position at work. This barrier cannot be seen but could be felt when a person reaches at that point of a career. Hundreds of women and minorities that have the capability and experience are continuously being rejected from the managementRead More