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Thursday, December 31, 2015

ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING


Attitude is Everything! Start 2016 Off Right!

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TAKE 201 THIS SPRING

WST 201, Women's Studies in Global Contexts
is only offered once a year!  

SIGN UP NOW!

If you are interested in taking 201 but have not completed WST 101, send me an email and I'll be happy to waive the prerequisite: sara.hosey@ncc.edu

Course Description:
This course explores some of the major issues that affect women around the world. It focuses on the global labor force, reproductive rights, gay and lesbian politics, sexual identity, and education in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe, and the United States. Students will learn how women's experiences affect law and politics and how local conditions (here and elsewhere) intersect with global concerns and movements.  Particular emphasis will be placed on goals and accomplishments of women's grassroots
activism in many cultures.

201 fulfills a "Non-Western Heritage" and "Pluralism and Diversity" requirement.

Meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:30-1:45


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

IS "JOY" A FEMINIST MOVIE?


I saw David O. Russell's movie Joy last night and while it’s not a perfect movie, I was so pleased to see an almost-biopic (Russell says its half-fiction and half-fact) about the obstacles facing a working-class female entrepreneur with a vision.  So many narratives celebrate the accomplishments of singular, driven men—think Horatio Alger, Gladiator, The Social Network, Steve Jobs….and these are great and inspiring narratives.  But it’s important that we hear the stories of women too--and not just in a cut-and-paste way, but in a way that highlights the distinct challenges that women often face. 

In particular, the movie dramatizes the difficulties of being a woman whose family depends on her.  In addition to taking care of her two kids, Joy’s ex-husband and divorced parents live with her; she also seems to be the primary breadwinner.   I appreciated seeing how caring for others—as rewarding as it may be—can sometimes take the place of caring for oneself or for pursuing one’s passion.

Later in the movie (and I give a lot away here, so beware, although it is a movie about a woman who "makes it," so….) Joy finally gets a break.  Her mop will be featured on a HSN, a home shopping station, and the host who will advertise it is one of their top sellers.  Things are looking good until…the host botches the job, in part because he doesn’t know how to use the mop.

This scene starts to get at how men can be dismissive and patronizing—especially when they don’t understand what women do or how they do it.  That is, Joy and the audience both know that this guy probably has never used a mop before.  He not only doesn’t know how to use it, but he doesn’t realize how convenient a light-weight, self-wringing mop might be.  It’s only when Joy gets the opportunity to advocate for her own product—a real woman talking to primarily female viewers—that the mops fly off the shelves.

In other scenes, including those in which Joy has to deal with other business people, Russell suggests the persistence of subtle and insidious post-second wave sexism.  That is, the men she interacts with never explicitly threaten or bully Joy, but they go ahead and look menacing, cheat her, and lie to her.  They underestimate her, not expecting her to be clever enough to understand the details of contracts and patents and designs. 

Joy triumphs over it all: her dysfunctional family, her economic hardships, the indifference and/or sexism of the business world.  Of course, the message that anyone can rise to the top with a bit of pluck and luck can be both inspirational and dangerous as many people work very hard and are very talented but never “make it.”  However, it was exciting to see a depiction of a creative woman who was inspired to create solutions to practical problems.  (If she was inventing today, we'd call her a "life hacker" or a "home hacker.")  I’d love to see more movies exploring the struggles and victories of real-life women.  Here's a great video for anyone looking for ideas for such a film!

by Sara Hosey



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Daily Advice: Dare To Be Different! 

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

From Joy Randolph:

I was researching the gendering of children's toys and found this article about Bratz doll makeovers that I thought was interesting. At first I thought removing the heavy makeup the dolls usually have was a great idea but this article had a different take on it that I didn't think about before. 


VIA FEMINISTING.COM




Thursday, December 17, 2015

TAKE WOMEN'S STUDIES THIS SPRING



WE OFFER MANY SECTIONS OF WST 101, INCLUDING ONLINE AND EVENING.
THIS SPRING, WE ARE ALSO OFFERING WST 105, "GENDER AND POPULAR CULTURE," WST 110 "THE GODDESS IN WORLD RELIGIONS" (DAY AND EVENING SECTIONS AVAILABLE) AND WST 201 "GLOBAL CONTEXTS"

FOR MORE INFO, CONTACT SARA.HOSEY@NCC.EDU

Tuesday, December 15, 2015


National Women's History Project Webinar
January 13, 2016
11:00-12:00 PM Pacific
2:00-3:00 PM Eastern

Join us to learn more about the National Women's History Project  (NWHP) and National Women's History Month 2016.
The theme for 2016 is "Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government".

The NWHP is planning programs and events for March 2016 as well as opportunities to participate in the celebration
of the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote in 2020. Register now.


Shared with you  by Phyllis Kurland.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Friday, December 11, 2015

LINK FROM SARA


VIA THE NY TIMES.


Research shows a shift in attitudes about the role of gender in determining family roles like breadwinner or stay-at-home parent.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Must read: bell hooks in NY Times




From the interview:
"George Yancy: Over the years you have used the expression “imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy” to describe the power structure underlying the social order. Why tie those terms together as opposed to stressing any one of them in isolation?
bell hooks: We can’t begin to understand the nature of domination if we don’t understand how these systems connect with one another. Significantly, this phrase has always moved me because it doesn’t value one system over another. For so many years in the feminist movement, women were saying that gender is the only aspect of identity that really matters, that domination only came into the world because of rape. Then we had so many race-oriented folks who were saying, “Race is the most important thing. We don’t even need to be talking about class or gender.” So for me, that phrase always reminds me of a global context, of the context of class, of empire, of capitalism, of racism and of patriarchy. Those things are all linked — an interlocking system."
Shared with you by Sara.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

EVENT NEXT WEEK

DO YOU FEEL SAFE ON CAMPUS?

12/15, 11:30, M222

Join the discussion about how we can change our perspective on safety and assault on campus.

SPONSORED BY THE WSA.

LUNCH WILL BE SERVED.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

INTERNSHIPS

Spring Internship Opportunities at NOW-NYC


We are now accepting applications for spring internships. Those who apply by the priority deadline of November 23rd, 2015 will be considered first, but applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis. Apply today!

The Women’s Rights Internship is intended for current students interested in gaining experience in the wide range of work we do in our office such as our programming, development, and organizing efforts.

The Development Internship is intended for current undergraduates or graduate students with a specific interest in fundraising for nonprofits. This includes donor database management, gift processing, creating thank you letters, and tracking memberships. Click here for more information about nonprofit fundraising.

In your application please specify which internship opportunity you are applying for.

About the National Organization for Women – NYC & Women’s Justice NOW:
NOW-NYC advocates for the women and girls of New York City by working to promote reproductive health, achieve economic empowerment, and end violence and discrimination against women. We seek to gain equality for women and promote social change through action in several key areas, including: Human Trafficking and Violence Against Women, Women in the Workplace, Images of Women in the Media, Reproductive Freedom, and LGBTQ Rights.

Women’s Justice NOW delivers educational forums on key women’s issues and has been providing services and referrals to women for the past 25 years. The Women’s Justice NOW’s Project Access program currently benefits over 1,000 women per year across the five boroughs of New York City and its surrounding areas by providing a free call-in HELPLINE and free to low-cost Legal and Financial Clinics in the areas of Divorce, Custody, 
Employment Discrimination, and Financial Empowerment.

Women’s Rights Spring Internship
(January – May 2016)

Priority Deadline: November 23

Internship Description:
The National Organization for Women-New York City and Women’s Justice NOW are seeking women’s rights interns to assist in our programming, development, and organizing efforts.

Interns are vital to the work of NOW-NYC and Women’s Justice NOW. Interns will be involved in planning and implementing actions and events, conducting policy research and community outreach, supporting our communications efforts through our Web site and social media networks, contributing to ongoing projects, and assisting operations and development efforts. Women’s Justice NOW runs a Helpline and several legal clinics, and interns provide appropriate referral resource information to women needing help.

Requirements:
Applicants must be professional, responsible, dedicated to achieving women’s rights, and committed to the mission of NOW-NYC and Women’s Justice NOW. Interns work 16 hours a week and receive a small stipend at the conclusion of the internship. Interns report to NOW-NYC headquarters at 150 West 28th Street, Suite 304, New York, NY 10001. Our hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30am to 5:30pm, with some evening hours for events.

Application instructions:
To apply, please submit your resume and a cover letter indicating where you learned about our internship, what you hope to gain from the internship, what you have to offer to NOW-NYC and Women’s Justice NOW, and how your interests and experiences align with our mission. Please also include your anticipated start date and anticipated weekly schedule in your cover letter.

Please send your materials to Alyssa Cannizzaro at hiring@nownyc.org.

We are currently accepting applicants on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. 

Applicants who apply by November 23 will receive priority consideration. Due to the high volume of applications that we receive, we are unable to respond to all applicants.

NOW-NYC is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from people of any race or ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation and from any underrepresented groups.  

Development Spring Internship 

(January – May 2016)

Priority Deadline: November 23

Internship Description:

The National Organization for Women—New York City and Women’s Justice NOW are seeking an intern to assist with our fundraising and development efforts. The intern will be exposed to a wide range of development activities including database management, event planning, researching potential donors, membership processing, and gift processing.
Interns are vital to the work of NOW-NYC, which runs a Helpline and several legal clinics. Interns provide appropriate referral resource information to women needing help and the D

Development Intern is expected to cover these phone calls as needed.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with donor research and prospecting
  • Update and maintain donor database
  • Create and edit development materials, including solicitation and acknowledgement letters
  • Assist with event management and logistics
  • Provide general administrative support for the development department

Requirements: 
Candidates should possess proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, as well as a willingness to learn GiftWorks (donor database).  A strong interest in the nonprofit fundraising field is preferred. Candidates must be enthusiastic, detail-oriented, and able to manage multiple tasks. Applicants should also be interested in achieving women’s rights and committed to the mission of NOW-NYC. Interns work 16 hours a week and receive a small stipend at the conclusion of the internship. Interns report to NOW-NYC headquarters at 150 West 28th Street, Suite 304, New York, NY 10001. Our hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30am to 5:30pm, with some evening hours for events.

Application instructions: 
To apply, please submit your resume and a cover letter indicating where you learned about our internship, what you hope to gain from the internship, what you have to offer to NOW-NYC and Women’s Justice NOW, and how your interests and experiences align with our mission. Please also include your anticipated start date and anticipated weekly schedule in your cover letter.

Please send your materials to Alyssa Cannizzaro at hiring@nownyc.org.
We are currently accepting applicants on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. Applicants who apply by November 23 will receive priority consideration. Due to the high volume of applications that we receive, we are unable to respond to all applicants.
NOW-NYC is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from people of any race or ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation and from any underrepresented groups.  
- See more at: http://nownyc.org/internships/#sthash.N6hCteDL.dpuf

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

UPCOMING EVENT



Celebrate the Holidays with NARAL Pro-Choice New York
Wednesday, December 9th, 7-9PM

We'll be gathering to celebrate the holidays, reproductive rights and our amazing pro-choice activists, donors and volunteers.  Happy hour specials will run all night. Programming includes a first look at our 2016 Legislative Agenda, an update on what we can expect from the Supreme Court next year from an attorney for the Center for Reproductive Rights, and information on how you can protect reproductive rights here in New York!

All attendees who purchase tickets online will get 50% off their first purchase from our sponsor Dear Kate! Check out Dear Kate's fantastic underwear here: http://www.dearkates.com/ 

Juke Bar, 196 2nd Avenue, New York, NY
Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door


Shared with you by Sara