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Social Policy

Malala's Mission

As a child, I would play “school.” I would pretend to be the teacher, and my siblings and stuffed animals were my students. Although it was a curriculum based on Barbies and Legos, I was attracted early on to sharing my knowledge. It was rewarding to stand in front of the “class,” lecture, and ask questions. 

Learning How To Lose

When I think of former Texas State Senator Wendy Davis, the first thing that comes to my mind is her shoes. A fearlessly bright shade of pink, this choice of footwear made headlines across the country when Davis debuted them…at an eleven-hour filibuster to prevent a vote on a bill that would have mandated the closure of most Texas abortion clinics.

Politics, You, and a Cup of Cold Brew

Two great loves that I’ve discovered in high school are politics and coffee. These are two critical elements of who I am today, but one would think they rarely intersect. That’s what I thought too—until Stav Shaffir came along and gave Israeli politics a total caffeine jolt. Stav Shaffir is a young female member of the Israeli Knesset (parliament), a star to be sure. 

The Fluidity of the Politician

I live in a town where Bernie Sanders merchandise adorns front yards and backpacks, school clubs like the GTSA (Gay-Trans-Straight Alliance) and Students Against Human Trafficking have the largest followings, introducing yourself with pronouns is required, and discussions on issues like the refugee crisis and racial inequality are held in both the classroom and the cafeteria. It’s a liberal bubble in a world with increasingly pervasive conservatism, and while many members of my town are wonderfully open about acceptance of liberal issues, kids at school are ostracized for identifying as Republican. 

Lisa Batya Feld on Beate Sirota Gordon

This Week in History: On October 25, 1923, Beate Sirota Gordon was born. Lisa Batya Feld describes how the 22-year-old made history by writing women's equality into the Japanese constitution after WWII.
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This Week in History: On October 25, 1923, Beate Sirota Gordon was born. Lisa Batya Feld describes how the 22-year-old made history by writing women's equality into the Japanese constitution after WWII.

Ruth Ben Israel, 2014

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Ruth Ben Israel, expert in labor law, photographed in 2014.
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Ruth Ben Israel, expert in labor law, photographed in 2014.

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