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Monday, March 31, 2014

Join Us: “A Girl is A Fellow Here: 100 Women Architects in the Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright” by Sara Hosey

On Wednesday, 4/2 at 2:00 in the Bradley Hall Ballroom, filmmaker Beverly Willis will screen her short documentary, “A Girl is A Fellow Here: 100 Women Architects in the Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright.”  After the screening, Willis will discuss her work as an architect and a filmmaker. 

I hope you can be there!  Here is a summary of the film from Amazon:

At a time when few architectural firms would hire women, Frank Lloyd Wright unhesitatingly employed women, giving them both training and the opportunity to practice. Ultimately, over 100 women architects and designers worked with Wright, many of them going on to remarkable careers of their own. In his studio in Oak Park and at both Taliesin Fellowships, Wright trained and practiced with women as draftsmen, designers, and fellow visionaries. "A Girl Is A Fellow Here": Women Architects in the Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright focuses on six of those women - Marion Mahony, Isabel Roberts, Lois Gottlieb, Jane Duncombe, Eleanore Pettersen, and Read Weber. Through their work and their own words they reveal what they gleaned from Wright and where they departed from his model. Who they were, how they came to architecture, what they learned from The Master, and where their careers ultimately took them emerge from filmed and audio interviews...and their own architecture. Under Wright's guidance, from Oak Park to the Arizona Taliesin, they learned their craft and honed their ideas; they split wood and laid shingles; they dreamed and drew and designed. After they left Wright's studio, they created thousands of projects across the country. Houses and hospitals, churches and libraries, theaters and wineries: from California to Florida, their architecture endures. They are Frank Lloyd Wright's unknown legacy, and their practice forms a legacy for all women working in architecture today.

You can read more about Willis here:

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

13 by Sara Hosey

What’s the first thing that comes into your mind when you hear the word “prostitute”?

I often ask my Women’s Studies students this question and I have them write down the answer.  We go around the room and hear what words jumped into their minds.  Some students, especially after a few weeks in WST 101, respond “victim” or “sex worker,” but the vast majority have responses such as “skank,” “slut,” and “no self-respect.”  Some students say they think of the movie Pretty Woman. Others think of high-heeled shoes, red-lipstick, hot pants.

I then tell my students that some studies suggest that the average age of girls who enter into a life of prostitution in the United States is 13.  Thirteen years old is the average.  That means there are a substantial amount of girls entering into lives of commercial sexual exploitation at even younger ages.

What’s more, until recently in New York, a teenager arrested on prostitution charges would face jail time for her offense, even if, under any other circumstances, she would have been considered a victim of “statutory rape.” 

However, in 2008, activist Rachel Lloyd was instrumental in a change to NY law.  Lloyd is the founder of Girls Education and Mentoring Service (GEMS) an organization that seeks to provide a safe and rehabilitative alternative to incarceration for girls who have been commercially sexually exploited.  The New York Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Act is a move toward protecting, rather than punishing, commercially sexually exploited children. 

We are so excited to have Lloyd coming to campus on Wednesday 3/26.   She’ll be talking at 1:00 in CCB 252 and will be hanging out for a reception at 2:30.  We’ll also be selling her book, Girls Like Us, at the reception.  This is an event not to be missed!

Here is some more info about these issues:

National Statistics on Domestic Sex Trafficking:
                            According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), 100,000 to 293,000 children are in danger of becoming sexual commodities. 
                            The US Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section reports 12 is the average age of entry into pornography and prostitution in the U.S.
                            According to Shared Hope International, eight of the 112 minors trafficked from out-of-state  into Nevada for prostitution between August 2005 and December 2006 were from Washington state. 

 And from the GEMS website:

GEMS has helped hundreds of young women and girls, ages 12–24, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and to develop to their full potential. GEMS provides young women with empathetic, consistent support and viable opportunities for positive change.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Media - Good vs. Bad

I surveyed my WST 101 AA1 class to name positive and negative songs affecting our youth. These are some of them....Agree or Disagree? 

Positive Songs 
  1. I’m Every Woman – Whitney Houston 
  2. Brenda’s Got a Baby – Tupac Shakur
  3. Dear Mamma – Tupac
  4. Girl on Fire – Alicia Keys 
  5. Woman’s worth – Alicia Keys 
  6. If I were a Boy – Beyonce 
  7. I will survive – Gloria Gaynor 
  8. Superwoman – Alicia Keys   
  9. Both of us – BOB
  10. Not  Anymore – LeToya  
Negative Songs
  1. I Like Big Butts – Sir Mix a lot
  2. 99 Problems – Jay Z 
  3. We Can’t Stop – Miley Cyrus 
  4.  Shake That – Eminem  
  5. Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke
  6. Kim – Eminem 
  7. Seduction – Eminem 
  8. Money – Lil Herb  
  9. Dirty Picture – Taio Cruz 
  10. Quickie – Miguel  

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Public Speaking Salon in TriBeCa!

Are you interested in improving your public speaking and becoming more confident in front of an audience?
On Thursday, April 10th, 6:30 - 8:30pm, join us in TriBeCa for a community of supportive women who will lift you up as you develop your speaking. 
There will be speaking, listening, and an opportunity to meet wonderful women in a relaxed setting. Here's what you can look forward to:
- Pre-meeting wine and conversation (6:30 - 7p)
- The opportunity to discover your speaking strengths
- Speaking practice with a great audience
- The opportunity to hear from inspiring women
- A recording of your speaking and empowering feedback from peers
**We're also looking for 2-3 women who would like to practice a 7-10 minute talk about a passion or interest (or another topic you may have in mind!). Let me know!!! 
Hope to see you there! Sign up here:

Sunday, March 16, 2014

"Watch Mothers of Bedford" by Sara Hosey

If you'e interest in the issue of incarcerated women (and, by the way, women are the fastest growing prison population), check out this amazing documentary appearing on PBS next week.

There is also more info at

"Women of Bedford" on PBS World beginning March 18th

Mothers of Bedford, the winner of the 2013 Director's Award at the Social Justice Film Festival, will be broadcast on national television on PBS World Channel's America Reframed - Check it Out!  The film provides a terrific opportunity to understand the impact of Hour Children's current work at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility.


Tuesday March 18th at 8pm EDT in many areas.  

Hour Children operates a nursery and playroom at Bedford Hills, in addition to conducting advocacy, parental education, and family visitation programs.  Once mothers are released they can be reunited with their children, housed in Hour Homes, and trained in Hour Working Women's Program. More than 1200 women and children benefited from Hour Programs last year!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Ecofeminism, by Sara Hosey

Ecofeminism is just what it sounds like: a blending of ecological with feminist consciousness.  One of the fundamental principles of ecofeminism is that the exploitation of the earth’s natural resources and the exploitation of female bodies go hand in hand.  Some ecofeminists also claim that women have an inherent connection with the earth and with natural cycles (although I’ll say for the record I’m personally a little uncomfortable with this kind of thinking).

If you’re interested in ecofeminism, be sure to come see Nalini Nadkarni’s talk in CCB 252 on Thursday, March 18th at 1:00.  Although as far as I know Nadkarni doesn’t necessarily self-identify as an ecofeminist, her talk “Our Intimate Connection with Trees” deals in part with reconceptualizing our understanding of and relationship with the natural world.  I saw Nadkarni speak at a conference several years ago and she really knocked my socks off.  At one point, she talked about how humans act dismissive of trees, saying, “but they don’t move!” as though moving is somehow the height of sophistication.  Nadkarni then went on to tie paintbrushes to tree limbs and set up easels in order to prove that trees do, in fact, move quite a bit.

Here is one of the beautiful paintings a tree made:

I hope you will join us on March 18th! If you’re interested in Nadkarni, please check out her website at

And for further reading on ecofemism:

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Women's History Month at NCC!

(Left to Right: Shanice B., Mercedes Smith, Sara Hosey, and Tamar Kraft-Stolar) 

(Left to Right: Hedda Marcus, Rickie Solinger, and student)

Monday, March 3, 2014

WST 101: Class identification of Modern Day Feminists

When I asked my class to name a modern day feminist, I expected to read BeyoncĂ© at least five times. That was not the case. See who my class thinks are modern day feminists: 
  1. Beyoncé
  2. Alicia Keys
  3. Tyra Banks
  4. Lauryn Hills
  5. Ellen DeGeneres
  6. India Arie
  7. Maya Angelo
  8. Oprah Winfrey
  9. Michelle Obama
  10. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  11. Dorothy Height 
Agree or Disagree? Tell me why?