In September 1995, 30,000 activists and 17,000 participants streamed into Beijing for the opening of the Fourth World Conference on Women. For the next two weeks, representatives of 189 countries discussed and developed historic commitments on gender equality and women’s empowerment around the globe. The final product of the conference was the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. It was a blueprint for advancing women’s rights and it set forth thorough commitments under twelve key areas of concern, including women’s health, education, violence against women, and women in the economy.

Unfortunately, over 25 years later, no nation has achieved gender…

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On the Indian National Girl Child Day, I dedicate this piece to all of my desi sisters. I see you. I admire you.

Born from a country where parents may not know the sex of their baby, for fear that if it is a girl, they won’t want her.

And you made it — you are opportunity.

Skipped naively into your first day of kindergarten only to realize your classmates see you not as sweet chocolate, but rather smeared mud.

And you made it — you are strength.

Became your family’s communicator as soon as you learned English, even though…

I like to think I’m a generally positive person: I take time each day to note what I’m grateful for, I laugh a lot (maybe too much), and I overall try to maintain an upbeat demeanor. When the pandemic hit, I wanted to make sure I maintained my positivity, so I took the free Yale University Science of Wellbeing course. I also started listening to podcasts like Ten Percent Happier and The Science of Happiness. …

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.”

Anne Lamott

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We live in a world where we glorify the hustle. You worked for 10 hours? Well, I worked for 12. You slept 5 hours? Oh, but I only got 4. Business school and law school are feeding grounds for this kind of toxic environment, and I fed into it. I’ve always prided myself in being able to handle chaos and a busy schedule. I’m a yes-person; I pile things on my plate with complete disregard for whether I actually have the…

I recently came across pictures from my sophomore year in college. In them, I look my best: my body is at its leanest, my hair is shining, and my eyes are glowing. Anyone who sees these images would think I’m thriving. In fact, I almost had myself fooled. Yet, when I see these photos, I feel a pang of sadness, for only I know the reality of that time. While I may have physically looked my best, these images were captured when, mentally, I had reached a nadir. …

My little brother has always been a chatterbox. When he was little and wouldn’t stop talking, my parents, in jest, would ask if he wanted to take a “maun vrat” for the day. The concept of maun vrat is an ancient Vedic practice that literally means to “take a vow to remain silent.” Now, it’s become a running joke in my family to suggest a maun vrat to anyone who is talking excessively.

The virtues of silence have long been revered in Indian culture. Chanakya, a pioneer of political science and economics in India during the BC era, said that…

I grew up in a pretty traditional South Asian household. I’ve tried talking about the Black Lives Matter movement numerous times before, but my family just didn’t seem too invested in it. Most of the time, I would just give up. Because it was just too frustrating.

But that’s the problem, right? These are just events that we hear about or see in the news, just optional conversations that we can opt in or out of. But for black people in America, this is reality. …

At the start of each new year, we begin thinking about our resolutions for the upcoming 365 days. They typically include some form of fitness and nutrition goals, ambitions for reading more and listening to more podcasts, and overall wanting to become the best version of ourselves. Yet, just weeks into the new year, these resolutions fall flat. Old habits remain, and new ones struggle to materialize. But, for some reason, this year felt different. It sounds cliche, but it was 2020: the start of a whole new decade. This symbolic meaning whispered to us: ‘This is your year. …

Welcome to our blog! We are so glad you’ve joined us. We should probably introduce ourselves. Dhwani is a dentist based in the Los Angeles area. Roma is a first-year law student based in the Boston area. We became friends last year through our socio-spiritual organization, and we quickly bonded over our shared love of creative expression.

While on a phone call just catching up with one another, we realized that we both crave to share our stories with the world, but too often we realize these ideas float in our heads, failing to make it out into the external…

It’s pathetic, right?

How easily we can say

“Boys will be boys.”

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Because if we call them boys, it makes it okay for them to play rough and act tough. It makes it okay for them to never be held accountable for their actions. Because it makes it easier for us to digest when these boys grow into men and continue their harmful behaviors. Because it makes it easier for us to neglect that these boys are a real threat to our women.

Let’s not ignore: Ruth George was not merely catcalled, followed, sexually assaulted, and killed. A man did…

Roma Gujarathi

Mildly intellectual, moderately sarcastic. All views my own.

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