The Fuss About Women and Short Hair Women

I cut my hair and a lot of women loved it. Despite the love, many women expressed how they couldn’t cut their hair because fathers, husbands, and boyfriends wouldn’t allow it. While I mentioned it’s just hair, the above response made me wonder why some men needed women to have long hair (fake or real).…

Staring At Women Is Not A Compliment

Yesterday, after working out at the gym, I decided to head to the mall to get a few things. Walking down the pastry aisle, I noticed two men staring at me. To get them to snap out of it, I asked them if I looked familiar. Shocked by being questioned for their stupidity one of…

Press For Progress: Breaking The Grass Ceiling

  Last week was International Women’s Day. As usual, events were held to celebrate women and discuss how far we’ve come and what needs to be improved on. My country-Nigeria was no exception. While a lot of promises were made (as expected), the Central Bank of Nigeria’s promise to improve women’s access to formal financial…

The Girl Slave In Our Backyard

Watching CNN’s Freedom Project a few weeks back, I thought about how slavery never really went away. To me, it just evolved and ended up in some cases in our backyards. You heard me right. Our backyards. Right under our noses and no one really talks about it. You see in Nigeria, my birth country…

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HARVEY WEINSTEIN & WORKPLACE SEXUAL HARASSMENT

  You’ve probably heard about the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment case making the news. If you haven’t, I’ll summarize it. In a nutshell, British filmmaker Harvey Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment, assault and rape by dozens of women including actress Rose McGowan, Angelina Jolie, and Gwyneth Paltrow (full list here). Reading the accusations,…

When Will You Get Married?

Photo by Lydia Harper Growing up, there was a song we skipped to. It went along the lines of “when will you marry? January, February, March…” This song reminds me of how family, acquaintances, and strangers are eager to get a wedding date from single women. Being in my late twenties, I haven’t escaped these…