Category: she-files

Bata Shoe Museum’s Elizabeth Semmelhack Talks High Heels and Sneakerheads

DENVER AND TORONTO VIA E-MAIL—Shoes. As women, we love them, we hate them, we covet them, we even imbue them with magical powers (Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw and…

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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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Why Does Lifestyle Feminism Get a Bad Rap?

DENVER AND NEW YORK VIA SKYPE—When mutual friends introduced Elissa Auther and Gillian Silverman in 2002, it was an obvious meeting of minds. They quickly discovered they had a lot in common; their academic backgrounds were in…

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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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How Technology is Helping Map Sexual Abuse in India

LONDON/MELBOURNE VIA SKYPE: It was during a yoga class in Mumbai where the idea for SafeCity—an Indian-based not-for-profit organization that collects and collates data on sexual assault and abuse in…

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