Category Archives: Gender

Votes for Women on Trial

susan-b-anthonyVotesForWomen2On June 17-18, 1873, pioneering feminist Susan B. Anthony stood trial. The previous November, Anthony led a group of women who attempted to exercise their rights as citizens by voting in the presidential election in Rochester, New York.  Since voting for women was then considered illegal, Anthony was arrested on the charge of “criminal voting,” tried the following June, then fined $100, which she refused to pay.

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Today in history: 1919

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Jun 4, 1919: Congress, by joint resolution, passes the 19th Amendment and sent it to the states for ratification. The House of Representatives had voted 304-89 and the Senate 56-25 in favor of the amendment.

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Why is “feminism” a four-letter word?

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Mary Frances Pipino, Ph.D., Director of the Ursuline Studies Program 

The semester is coming to a close, and with it my course,  WS 201 Introduction to Gender Studies. It’s been an amazing journey for me, with 19 bright, opinionated, inquisitive, hard-working young women for travelling companions.

On the first day of class, I asked the group (by show of hands) who considered herself a feminist. Only one student raised her hand. I expected this response—as Lisa Maria Hogeland wrote in a 1994 article for Ms. titled “Fear of Feminism: Why Young Women Get the Willies,” young women distance themselves from that identity for a number of reasons, noting that “fear of feminism is fear of consequences.”

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Professor perspective: bring back our girls!

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Mary Frances Pipino, Ph.D., Director of the Ursuline Studies Program

Recent events in Nigeria—the mass kidnapping of nearly 300 girls from a boarding school by the extremist group Boko Haram (which translates as “western education is sin”)—have galvanized the international community. Leader Abubakar Shekau has laughingly declared that Allah has commanded him to sell the girls; the girls are either being sold as wives to militia members (and the bride price collected), or used as sex slaves.

Several have died, according to reports, and many more are seriously ill. An attack on a village at Nigeria’s border with Cameroon on Monday, resulting in hundreds of deaths, is believed to be motivated by the village’s use as a base of operation to track down the kidnapped girls.

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Advocate: Women Watch 2014

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Maggie Stark is the Founding President of the Sr. Dorothy Kazel Club for Systemic Change

Today a little over 25 students, faculty, staff and Ursuline Sisters gathered to recognize the 51 women and children murdered in Cuyahoga County since last year’s event.

As we walked the half-mile loop of red silhouettes, I noticed that the figure I was holding had the name of a 22 year old girl. Being only one year older than her, I couldn’t possibly imagine leaving this world so soon, so tragically.

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Gina Messina-Dysert: continuing to claim a feminist identity

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Originally published August 21, 2013 by Feminism and Religion.

Recently Susan Sarandon was asked if she is a feminist and her response left many asking if perhaps we are moving towards a post-feminist world. Of course, the very fact that Sarandon was asked if she is a feminist well demonstrates that gender politics continue (certainly, men are not asked such questions).

According to Sarandon, “I think of myself as a humanist because I think it’s less alienating to people who think of feminism as being a load of strident bitches.”  She went on to explain that “feminist” is an “old-fashioned word” and is actually used to minimize women and girls.

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Fridays with B&B: the “F” word

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A weekly conversation between your campus Marketing gals Brittney & Becca. TGIF! 

Becca: Where do we start?
Britt: Hold on one sec – I’m posting a photo (Instagram).
*Becca sips her chai tea latte… (we are writing from a local coffee shop).
Britt: Ok, so – feminism. First, let’s follow up on last week’s convo. Have you read about the backlash #banbossy is getting?
Becca: I did – I saw the one article about a Dad who said he will continue to call his daughter bossy when she acts bossy – and the same goes for his son.
Britt: I haven’t read that piece. I’m interested in the conversations about #banbossy not being important because there are so many other pressing women’s issues (education, violence against women, etc.). Which is true, but it’s also not good if we are not talking about how young girls and women are perceived in terms of language, double standards.

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Celebrate Women’s History Month with International Women’s Panel March 31

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The College is hosting a panel discussion titled “Transnational Perspectives on Women’s Rights as Human Rights” at 6 PM March 31 in the Mullen Little Theater, 2550 Lander Road, Pepper Pike, Ohio 44124. The discussion is free and open to the public and will be followed by a dessert reception.

“The theme for Women’s History Month 2014 is Women of Courage, Character and Commitment. Ursuline College, through its women-focused identity and mission, seeks to educate and encourage such women and prepare them to participate bravely and passionately in a global society,” Mary Frances Pipino, Ph.D., Director of Ursuline College’s Ursuline Studies Program, said.

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Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies serves as panelist at United Nations’ 58th Commission on the Status of Women

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Originally posted on businesswire.com

In their continuing efforts to promote awareness of issues facing mothers worldwide, American Mothers, Inc.® will host two panels at the upcoming session of the United Nations’ 58th Commission on the Status of Women. “The Feminization of Poverty” and “Women and HIV” will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York on March 11, 2014.

American Mothers, a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization seeking to honor mothers and represent mothers’ issues, holds consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

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Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

FebAware2013It’s Valentine’s Day and February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, so it seems like a good time to begin a conversation about healthy relationships. Although many of us think this is an issue that will not impact our own lives, statistics demonstrate that 75% of individuals know someone who has experienced domestic violence.

Domestic violence is a global epidemic that threatens the health and well being of women and girls regardless of race, culture, religion, social status, or other qualifying factors.  Statistics remain stagnant with 1 in 3 women worldwide experiencing violence in their lifetime.  In the Unites States, a woman is beaten every nine seconds.  Domestic violence continues to be the leading cause of injury and death to women.  In fact, four out of ten women murdered die at the hands of intimate partners.  Disturbingly, these numbers represent a very small portion of this epidemic given that upwards of 95% of incidences go unreported.

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