Katherine Zoepf

Katherine Zoepf was a fellow in the Better Life Lab at New America. She is the author of Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of Young Women Who Are Transforming the Arab World. Zoepf organized a series of events and discussions on women's issues, Broadly Speaking, which were held in New America's New York City events space. Zoepf lived in Syria and Lebanon from 2004 to 2007 while working as a stringer for the New York Times; she also worked in the Times's Baghdad bureau in 2008. Her writings have appeared in the New York Observer, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the New York Times Magazine, and the New Yorker, among other publications. She is a graduate of Princeton University and the London School of Economics.

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Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of the Young Women Who Are Transforming the Arab World

Katherine Zoepf, a journalist who has covered the Middle East for the New York Times, fluidly merges memoir with reportage while showing the


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Less than 9 to 5

Too many Americans are working too few hours for too little money.


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One of Us

How did a gifted child from an affluent Oslo neighborhood become Europe's most reviled terrorist?


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Getting Older

An estimated 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day, but retirement remains a distant dream for many.


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When Girls Live as Boys

In what the UN calls the most dangerous country to be a woman, some bacha posh resist efforts to rescind their male prerogatives.


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Feminism at a Crossroad

We take stock of the state of feminism in this moment and debate its future — where it is going and how can it be harnessed.


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A Saudi Woman Is Threatened After Tweeting About Beards

The controversy began—as virtually all political and religious debate in Saudi Arabia does these days—with a provocative tweet.


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Shopgirls

A women’s revolution has begun in Saudi Arabia, although it may not be immediately evident.