Feb 5, 2016

Progress Needed in Global Women's Education

In the Global section of the Nov. 2, 2015 issue of The Atlantic, US First Lady Michelle Obama says,
Right now, 62 million girls worldwide are not in school. They’re receiving no formal education at all – no reading, no writing, no math – none of the basic skills they need to provide for themselves and their families, and contribute fully to their countries.

Jan 15, 2016

Australian Open 2016


Djokovic > Tsonga
Dimitrov > Berdych
Wawrinka > Nadal
Murray > Ferrer

Djokovic > Dimitrov
Murray > Wawrinka

Djokovic > Murray


Sharapova > Serena
Cibulkova > Sloane
Azarenka > Kerber
Halep > Pliskova

Sharapova > Cibulkova
Azarenka > Halep

Sharapova > Azarenka

Jan 13, 2016

2015 Word of the Year: Redux

A rapid redux! We just saw a story about the results of the American Dialect Society's 2015 Word of the Year vote, and a few nights ago I noticed this relevant post on the  Grammarly blog, titled, “3 Cool Ways English Evolved in 2015.”
According to the Society vote, the 2015 Word of the Year was they, used as a gender-neutral third-person singular personal pronoun. Read on for more on gender-neutral language from Grammarly.

Jan 10, 2016

Women’s Rights Timeline

For today’s post I’m sharing the International Women’s Rights Timeline from, which is an organization dedicated to furthering women’s rights globally since March 8, 1989. Their focus is twofold:

  • Supporting women’s rights organizations in the belief that, just as a group of women has greater strength than one woman alone, women can best bring about significant change by getting together.
  • Development rather than welfare, with an emphasis on funding projects that enable women to become aware of and use their human rights.

Jan 9, 2016

2015 Word of the Year

Did you know there is a Word of the Year vote?

The American Dialect Society, in its 26th annual word of the year vote, selected they used as a gender-neutral singular pronoun as the Word of the Year for 2015.

Jan 8, 2016

For Love of Pens

Nowadays I do most of my writing with a keyboard. My hands get tired if I try to write with a pen, and my penmanship gets worse all the time. This post, however, is dedicated to anyone who has ever written with a pen they loved.

Dec 28, 2015

The Pope of Atheism

Ha! Got your attention with that clickbait of a title, didn't I?

No, there is no pope of atheism. There are no gods either. But there are people revered with a god-like status. Like, Dr. Richard Dawkins.

Dawkins is a renowned evolutionary biologist, whose works such as Climbing Mount Improbable, The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker have done a lot to introduce complex concepts to the masses. They're also the nightmare of creationists because their assertions are laid bare after a simple dissection. In many cases, their assertions have been debunked long before they were proposed, as was the case with Intelligent Design.

Dec 24, 2015

Honor Killings: Cultural or Religious?

In 2014, The Washington Post reported that 1000 women every year were dying in Pakistan as a result of honor killings. The Post also asks, "It's the year 2014. Why is this still happening?"

Honor killings target primarily women, because of a prevailing belief that only through the murder of an offending family member can honor be restored to the rest of the family. If a woman is raped in an honor culture, she is not the victim, she is the offender. In Pakistan many women are stoned (although there are no references to stoning in the Qu'ran), and some are shot in cold blood.
One mom and dad allegedly killed their 15-year-old daughter with acid because they said she looked at a boy and they "feared dishonor."
"There was a boy who came by on a motorcycle," her father told BBC. "[My daughter] turned to look at him twice. I told her before not to do that; it's wrong. People talk about us."
The mother added, "She said, 'I didn't do it on purpose. I won't look again.' By then I had already thrown the acid. It was her destiny to die this way."