What Singapore’s hijab-wearing first woman president tells us about that efficient city-state

by Rashmee

Posted on September 15, 2017


Speak to an Indian, a Brit or an American about Singapore and listen to them get all sniffy. “Great success story,” they will acknowledge, “but it’s not exactly democratic, is it?” The Indian, the Brit or the American may end their comment on Singapore with a question mark but depend on it, it’s not a question. … Continue reading “What Singapore’s hijab-wearing first woman president tells us about that efficient city-state”

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Is it sexist to ask a potential employee their plans? Only if it’s a young-ish woman it seems

by Rashmee

Posted on August 3, 2017


Is it sexist to ask a potential employee their plans for the future? Yes, if it’s a woman of child-bearing age, which sounds really quite bananas if you think about it. Bananas because having children does affect women more than men – physically and in terms of time off. So in one sense, it’s entirely … Continue reading “Is it sexist to ask a potential employee their plans? Only if it’s a young-ish woman it seems”

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Could America take a presidential ticket that has two white grandmothers?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 29, 2016


Just days ago, Hillary Clinton and Senator Elizabeth Warren campaigned together in Ohio. By all accounts, they seemed to be having a good time and so did the people who attended. So could a Hillary ticket really have a woman as vice-presidential pick? This question is really not about Senator Warren’s abilities so much as whether … Continue reading “Could America take a presidential ticket that has two white grandmothers?”

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Can you believe Tina Brown said Hillary’s wardrobe puts off voters?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 11, 2016


  Get this. The world still talks about a politician’s wardrobe if that leader happens to be a woman. Can you believe that Tina Brown, former Vanity Fair editor, offered this extraordinary political insight into why millennials didn’t seem overly fond of Democrat presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton: It may have something to do with her … Continue reading “Can you believe Tina Brown said Hillary’s wardrobe puts off voters?”

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How strong is the ‘woman’s card’ that Donald Trump hates so much?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 4, 2016


How strong is the “woman’s card”, that Donald Trump insists Hillary Clinton is playing? ** The United States has never elected a woman as president ** Women hold just one-fifth of the seats in the Senate and 19 per cent of the House of Representatives ** Women account for less than 25 per cent of … Continue reading “How strong is the ‘woman’s card’ that Donald Trump hates so much?”

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Do sexist double standards make Hillary Clinton seem shrill and shouty?

by Rashmee

Posted on February 14, 2016


Are sexist double standards hurting Hillary Clinton? Dana Milbank of The Washington Post seems to think so. “Much of Hillary Clinton’s difficulty in this campaign stems from a single, unalterable fact: She is a woman,” he writes. He discerns a “more pervasive and far subtler — unconscious, even” attitude to Mrs Clinton than mere misogyny. … Continue reading “Do sexist double standards make Hillary Clinton seem shrill and shouty?”

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Things to look forward to in 2016: Every page of the new Pirelli calendar

by Rashmee

Posted on December 9, 2015


Only those who’re sent the annual limited edition “art item” released by the Italian tire company will really get to examine the 12 studio portraits by Annie Leibovitz. (The calendar is not available to buy.) Unusually, it has women renowned for their accomplishments rather than their physical attractiveness. Their being rather than their form. These are: tennis … Continue reading “Things to look forward to in 2016: Every page of the new Pirelli calendar”

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Is Sweden’s new foreign policy ‘feminist’ or just pointlessly undiplomatic?

by Rashmee

Posted on October 21, 2015


So foreign minister Margot Wallström was rather undiplomatic in March about the way Saudi Arabia handles human rights issues. She was promptly blocked from speaking about democracy and women’s rights at an Arab League conference in Cairo. Ms Wallstrom’s government went on to scrap a major arms deal with Saudi Arabia. Riyadh and Abu Dhabi recalled their … Continue reading “Is Sweden’s new foreign policy ‘feminist’ or just pointlessly undiplomatic?”

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Nonsense, Hillary Clinton’s likeability gap isn’t a sign of mass misogyny

by Rashmee

Posted on October 13, 2015


The things that politicians do, to convince people they’re nice. Really nice. Inside. Consider Hillary Clinton. She recently appeared in a Saturday Night Live skit as a bartender, dispensing drinks and mindless chatter to a fake version of herself (played by Kate McKinnon). Mrs Clinton and her team seem to have identified the likeability gap as crucial … Continue reading “Nonsense, Hillary Clinton’s likeability gap isn’t a sign of mass misogyny”

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Women may have an Equality Day but being equal is still an aspiration

by Rashmee

Posted on September 26, 2015


America marked women’s equality day exactly a month ago. Not women’s day, please note, but an entirely different, more limited celebration. Basically, Women’s Equality Day marks suffragette success in getting the vote for women 95 years ago (the 19th amendment was ratified in 1920). Women’s equality, however, is still only an aspiration. The US Constitution … Continue reading “Women may have an Equality Day but being equal is still an aspiration”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, UK and US