Author: She-Files

Her Stories: A Daughter’s Peace

ŠEKOVICI, BOSNIA--With the The Hague conviction today of Ratko Mladic, the "Butcher of Bosnia", I was reminded what genocide smells like: syrupy rotten decay. Over a decade ago I witnessed…

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Her Stories: A Lone But Not Lonely Traveler

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA—I think the Australian/Scottish couple at the table next to me felt sorry for me sitting by myself at Nobu so they started making small talk about…

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A Revival of “Follies” Highlights Age Bias in Musical Theater

LONDON—I’ve always been a sucker for musicals. The first musical film I ever saw was “The Wizard of Oz,” which in the U.S. they used to air on Christmas Eve,…

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Perfumer Lyn Harris’ Scents of Smell

LONDON--Lyn Harris is the only classically trained female nose in the U.K., and the founder of the hugely successful Miller Harris brand (thrust into the spotlight in 2010 when Samantha…

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The Women Behind Athens’ Buzzing Refugee and Migrant Community

ATHENS—A drop-in center for refugee and immigrant women and girls in the middle of Athens does not sound like it would be a sunny nor a cheerful place. But the…

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Summer Reading List: Laura Shapiro’s “What She Ate”

LONDON--I first heard about journalist and food writer Laura Shapiro's new book "What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and Food That Tells Their Stories" two years ago at a wedding…

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Her Stories: Growing Up Female in a Nairobi Slum

NAIROBI—My name is Emily Onyango and I grew up in Korogocho, one of the largest slums in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. Most of the stories told about slums are…

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Summer Reading List: Jennifer McVeigh’s “Leopard at the Door”

LONDON--In the first of our rather short series on great summer reads she-files.com interviewed British fiction writer Jennifer McVeigh. Her first book “The Fever Tree” (2014) was an historical novel…

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Her Stories: A Skater’s Balancing Act

MONTREAL--As the daughter of two Canadians, it was neither surprising nor strange that I first touched the ice at the tender age of two. With a hand-me-down green snow suit,…

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An American in Tsavo: Cheetahs, Children and Conservation

LONDON AND TSAVO VIA SKYPE—I first heard about Cherie Schroff from a Kenyan-based American conservationist and safari guide. Over dinner one night in Karen, a southern suburb of Nairobi named…

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