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What We're Reading in December

What We're Reading in December

From breaking taboos in Pakistan, to breaking records in global sports trends, women are making headlines in big ways. We collected some of our favorites from December in this month’s ‘What We’re Reading’.

What it means to be a women’s rights activist in Saudi Arabia
Al Jazeera

In a heavily censored country like Saudi Arabia, choosing to be a voice for truth and activism takes immense bravery. This October, the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi sent a chilling ripple effect through journalism and activist community. This thought-provoking examination of the lives of female activists, who choose to carry on in the face of increased threats, detainment, and even torture, speaks to what these women overcome to continue to make a difference.

In Pakistan, Women Riding Bikes Fight Taboo: 'We Feel Free’

Not many women ride bicycles in Pakistan. It’s seen as vulgar, and it’s especially rare in poor, more conservative areas. But every week, one community center arranges a ride through a slum in Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi. NPR’s Diaa Hadid went along.

Women and ageing: 'I’ve developed the courage to live my own truth’ – picture essay
The Guardian

Loss of cultural currency. Freedom from the erotic gaze. Through poignant words and pictures, seven Australians in their 50s, 60s and 70s challenge the notion that older women become invisible.

You Should Be Watching Women’s Soccer
New York Times
In Lily Carré’s latest op-ed, she shares important marks of progress, from Britain to Cameroon, illustrating how the world is developing a new-found respect for women’s soccer. As we look forward to the 2019 Women’s World Cup in Paris, she points to small and large rays of hope that the world’s most popular sport may be becoming a women’s game.

New brew: the Native American women upending craft beer
The Guardian

The past decade has seen an explosion of craft beer breweries in the US as small businesses tap into growing demand for food and drink rooted in local traditions and ingredients. Nowhere is this consumer movement more apparent, and unique, than at Bow & Arrow brewery in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The first and only brewery in the US owned by Native American women, it has carved a space in the predominantly white and male-dominated industry by showcasing elements of their tribal identities, communities and ingredients through beer.

Opinion: A Woman’s Rights
New York Times

More and more laws are treating a fetus as a person, and a woman as less of one, as states charge pregnant women with crimes. This harrowing op-ed by The New York Times Editorial Board explores the ways that women in America are increasingly criminalized as the idea of fetal rights has gained ground.

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