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Women's and Gender Studies

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide Screening

To kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Feminist Action League is hosting a screening of the documentary film, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.   Half the Sky is based on the book of the same title written by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. 

The documentary , as PBS describes, is “filmed in 10 countries, the series follows Nicholas Kristof and celebrity activists America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde on a journey to tell the stories of inspiring, courageous individuals. Across the globe oppression is being confronted, and real meaningful solutions are being fashioned through health care, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls.”  

Donations to benefit survivors of domestic and sexual violence will also be collected at the screening.  Feminist Action League is holding a donation drive for Cedar Valley Friends of the Family and will be collecting NEW sweat pants, t-shirts, bras, underwear, and socks.  Donations can also be dropped off in the Women’s and Gender Studies office (Sabin 225) from 9:00am to 4:00pm throughout the month of October.

CROW Forum

Kristen McNutt, recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Research Paper on gender, will present “We're Taking Slut Back: SlutWalks, the Rape Script and the Linguistic Reclamation of Slut.” McNutt is a graduate student in Women's and Gender Studies. The WGS program sponsors the Current Research on Women forum series. Faculty, staff, students and the community are invited for informal presentation and discussion.

Women's History Month Lecture: “Buying into Empire: U.S. Consumption at the Turn of the Twentieth Century”

Dr. Kristin Hoganson, professor of history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will present, “Buying into Empire: U.S. Consumption at the Turn of the Twentieth Century." The lecture will explore this year Women's History Month theme "Women and Global Capitalism."

Women’s History Month Panel: Global Women in a Local Workforce

This panel will address the myriad of immigrant women's experiences in Iowa's workforce, including a variety of topics such as obstacles and successes in gaining employment, negotiating legal status, job specifics, family life and everyday workforce interactions. Audiences will learn from and contribute to the panelists' collective knowledge via conversation and discussion.

Celebrating Colors: Women - Past, Present and Future

The vision of Celebrating Colors: Women - Past, Present and Future is to highlight women’s accomplishments. The celebration will showcase women who have gone before us, to honor women who are setting and accomplishing goals in the present and to encourage young women for the future. There are three phases to the evening. Past: selected students will present on women of the past, their challenges and achievements. Present: selected women from the campus and the community will be honored for their accomplishments, discuss their struggles and offer advice for the future. Future: selected student groups will give their vision and/or mission statements, talk about some of their struggles and/or challenges on campus and in the community, and preview upcoming events.

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