Elevate Difference

Reviews by Colleen Hodgetts

Colleen is a Senior Editor at Gender Across Borders. In addition to her work as a writer and editor, Colleen has worked as a paralegal serving immigrant survivors of gender-based violence based in New York. While in college, she traveled to Spain and Ecuador to hone her Spanish language skills. While in Ecuador, she also participated in public health initiatives with the country’s rural indigenous population. Colleen has also worked extensively with United Students Against Sweat Shops and the International Labor Rights Fund, both advocating for workers’ rights in developing countries, as well as After School Kids, a mentoring program for children on probation in the DC area. Before graduating from Georgetown University, she attended NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts, so you are just as likely to find her singing and dancing as protesting. Colleen also enjoys photography and hopes to travel extensively throughout her career.

The Young Lords: A Reader

Before reading The Young Lords: A Reader, I had never heard of the Young Lords Party. The original Young Lords were a loosely organized group that emerged from a street gang fighting the gentrification of Puerto Rican neighborhoods in Chicago.

Who Should Be First?: Feminists Speak Out on the 2008 Presidential Campaign

Please read this book. If you were in any way inspired by the groundbreaking 2008 election of President Barack Obama, you will find an essay in Who Should be First? that speaks what's been on your mind, challenges your way of thinking, causes you to feel frustrated, or represents the many complex emotions you felt on that historic day.

The Photograph

The Photograph begins with an old man slowly examining old photographs with his hands. The viewer feels almost intrusive watching the gnarled fingers pass over the pictures he knows so well that he need only touch their frames to bring the images to mind. The slow, tender motions of the old man are a direct contrast to the brash, young protagonist, Sita, who is introduced in the next scene.

Elegies for the Brokenhearted

Elegies for the Brokenhearted is a book about nobodies. The narrator, Mary Murphy, is a silent observer to the destructive forces around her that ultimately shape the outcome of her life. As invisible as her ubiquitous name, Mary is a shy—and at times optionally mute—child and young adult who finds very little to care for. We first meet Mary as a young girl trying desperately to gain the (positive) attention of her mother and uncle.

Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women Are Transforming the Middle East

At first I hesitated to write this review. I am a non-Muslim, Western woman writing a review of a book written by a (presumably) non-Muslim, Western woman about Muslim women in the Middle East. As I read the book, however, I became much more comfortable with the idea. Isobel Coleman’s book, Paradise Beneath Her Feet, is the result of nearly ten years of research and personal interviews with women from Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq.