Belinda Smith is interested in gender issues that concern domestic violence, access to education, girls’ empowerment, and body image. She is especially curious about beauty practices that pursue an ideal of a unified femininity resulting in the cultural homogenization of women’s appearance as well as their lives. In this vein, women are classified according to whether or not they conform to the idealized body within their society. Belinda’s research interests are situated in the Sociology of the Body area of work as it highlights the interplay of gender, class, status, and power roles among members of society. Belinda has a PhD in Sociology and is currently a lecturer in the Sociology Department of the University of Ghana. She enjoys youth mentoring, particularly in knowledge acquisition.