Women's Center

Not Insignificant

We had just wrapped up at the Istanbul Archaeology Museum, drained from taking in all the incredible history exhibited in the museum’s three buildings. The consensus was to take the tram to a spot for lunch, then hop on it again to find a baklava shop we’d heard is amazing. The tram is one of several fantastic methods of public transportation used by what feels like everyone (at the same time) in the city of Istanbul. A seat on the bus, metro, or tram is a highly coveted spot that is not easily attained.


The Caged Bird…A Song Well Sung

Maya Angelou entered my life at a time when I very much needed to see someone who looked like me, both in body and in spirit, doing and being something unconventional. I remember reading I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and hanging onto every word. I was in my first semester of college, at Pace University in New York, and dealing with a particularly trying and debilitating trauma that had recently occurred in my life. A dear friend had recommended this text to me. I didn’t know then that it would serve to reconnect me to pieces of myself that had been silenced/I had silenced. 

New Years Resolution: Be a Little Braver

I recently read the book by Daniel Bergner, “What Do Women Want?: Adventures in the Science of Female Desire.” After my initial eye rolling “who but a guy can talk about female sexuality?” thoughts, I opened my mind and read.  Then I heard him in an interview say the following beautiful words.  I was so moved that I pulled over to the side of the road in order to fully attend to what he was saying.


Culturally aware college students refuse to admit they don’t know what Diwali is

The five-day festival of Diwali was this past week, and Duke community still has no idea what it is.

“I figured out it’s Diwali because somebody posted about it on Facebook,” said one Duke University student, who declined to be named for fear of sounding culturally unaware. “I don’t know what it is, but I haven’t asked. It would totally ruin my reputation as a social activist if people knew I didn’t know what it was. If I asked, people would think I was uninformed. It was Indian kids posting it online, so I guess it’s a Hindi thing."