Category Archives: Women’s Studies

Celebrating inspirational women. #justbecause

 

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We don’t need a special occasion of month to celebrate women. Let’s celebrate amazing women #justbecause. Find advancing, dignifying and liberating quotes from various inspirational women from around the globe below. We know we’ve missed many, many  amazing women, as this is just a short list. So, tell us int he comments section about a woman who inspires you below, along with a quote by her.

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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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Inspiring women: Judy Garland

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Originally posted on biography.com 

We love to celebrate the lives of inspirational women. Today, on what what have been her 92 birthday, we acknowledge the immensley talented but humanly flawed actress and singer Judy Garland.

Garland was born June 10, 1922, in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. She signed a movie contract with MGM at the age of 13. In 1939, she scored one of her greatest on-screen successes with The Wizard of Oz.  Nearly 40 years after her tragic death at age 47, Garland continues to maintain a devoted following.

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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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Op-Ed: the gender wage gap

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By Avery Friedman, CNN Legal Analyst and Ursuline College Distinguished Visiting Professor in Constitutional Law, in response to Women in Ohio made only 76.9 cents for every $1 men made; wage gap much wider for minority women published by Cleveland.com April 15, 2014.

Years ago, I was on a panel with the iconic Gloria Steinem. We found commonality in trying to convince people of the need for an Equal Rights Amendment (“ERA”) which sought to remove the institutional obstacles American women face in many aspects of life. She commented to me after the program that women were earning 60 cents for every dollar men earned doing the same job. This idea seemed outrageous to me at the time. It seems outrageous today. The effort to pass the ERA went up in smoke, but it would have avoided the need for President Obama to sign several executive order guaranteeing equal pay for women from federal contractors.

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Start the discussion: perspectives on women’s rights

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On Monday (March 31) the College hosted a panel discussion titled “Transnational Perspectives on Women’s Rights as Human Rights.” With over 100 in attendance,  working with the Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio, the College gathered five women panelists from Puerto Rico, Serbia, Ukraine, India and Jamaica to discuss challenges and issues in the lives of women and girls all over the world.

The discussion was moderated by Gina Messina Dysert, Ph.D., Dean of Ursuline’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies and Mary Frances (Mimi) Pipino, Ph.D., Director of the Ursuline Studies Program. Topics covered included the impact of globalization on women, breaking gender stereotypes, finding a common ground across World cultures and the definition of feminism. See the entire panel discussion below.

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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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Fridays with B&B: educate a woman

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

Becca: Did you see Tina Fey is producing a new show about women’s college’s?
Britt: Yeah, I heard, read a little about it. There’s not much info out about the show yet. I can’t wait to watch. Anything Tina Fey does turns to gold.
Becca: All we know is that it’s about a women’s college that goes co-ed. And it’s a comedy. But, you’re right, it will be gold.
Britt: “That’s gold, Jerry! It’s gold!” Did I tell you Ursuline received a tweet from Chatham University in Pittsburg? There is talk of the college going co-ed, so a student reached out for our support against it.

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