At the Gates of the City

The gates of the city were not only the physical entrance to the city, but also the symbolic entrance to civic life, where the elders came to meet, to debate, weigh, and decide upon political issues, philosophy, and law. In other words, a cool place to hang out, but also a place for men only, in particular the Elders of the City. We believe it is high time that women join the conversation about our village and world at large, and thankfully today that is not really a provocative statement. It is, however, a necessary statement in a world in which the discourse still very much is dominated by the Elders of the City, whether that city is Jerusalem, Beijing, Washington, Paris, or Moscow.

We’re two locally engaged but globally oriented women born after 1980 on two different continents. We met in Israelin 2011 and quickly became friends, since we share a passion for politics, policy, media, culture, and – most importantly – open and honest discussions. So we decided to start this blog to speak up and encourage others to speak up, too.