EWU Women’s Studies Center Spring 2013 Programs

For more information contact Carol Vines, 509.359.2898. All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise stated.

Women and the Wage Gap: Not Celebrating Equal Pay Day

Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 1-2:30 pm

207 Monroe Hall

April 9 is Equal Pay Day.  What does that mean?  It is the symbolic day when women’s earnings catch up to men’s for the year before.  It takes an extra three months, one week and two days for women to earn as much as a male counterpart earned in the 12 months of the previous year.  The pay gap affects working women and their families from their first pay check through their retirement.  A woman is paid a million dollars less in her lifetime than her equally qualified male counterpart.  In this workshop Bryanna Sparks, career services planning advisor, Laura Sanchez, career advisor, Virginia Hinch, career services director, and Ofelia Velazquez Chavez, CAMP tutor and coordinator, will address negotiating skills for that first paycheck—including a reality check matching up your pay with cost of living in the location you plan to work, how to highlight your value to your future workplace, and demonstrate examples of interviewing red flags and what not to say in negotiations.

Psychological Impact of the Dutiful Daughter Role within the Mexican American Community from a Feminist Perspective

Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 12-12:50 pm

207 Monroe Hall

Nancy Munoz, Women’s and Gender Studies major and McNair Scholar, researched the concept of the “dutiful daughter” role and “good role” in Mexican American cultural relations.  Munoz specifically centered on investigating how cultural gender norms contributed to Mexican American women’s pursuit and achievement within a higher education, as it is linked to the development of individuality, autonomy and self sufficiency/competency.  Throughout, her research, Munoz focused on the emotional impact of traditional gender roles, and the possibility that different gender norms and roles may provide increased flexibility for women within the Mexican American community.

Green Dot Overview

Thursday, April 11, 2013, 12-12:50 pm

261 PUB

Lisa Olson, MS, Counseling and Psychological Services, will discuss the Green Dot strategy—a comprehensive approach to the primary prevention of violence that capitalizes on the power of peer and cultural influence across all levels of the socio-ecological model.  Informed by social change theory, the model targets all community members as potential agents of social change.  Green Dot is built on the premise that in order to measurably reduce the perpetration of power-based personal violence, a cultural shift is necessary. In order to create a cultural shift, a critical mass of people will need to engage in a new behavior or set of behaviors that will make violence less sustainable within any given community. The “new behavior” is a green dot. Green dots are choices, actions, attitudes, words or behaviors that actively or visibly end violence and express utter intolerance for power-based personal violence.  Join us at this free workshop for an overview of the Green Dot Strategy and learn how something as simple as a single green dot can change the entire campus culture.  Pizza will be served.

DVD:  Bachelorette, 34

Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 12-12:40 pm

207 Monroe Hall

Kara’s mother is obsessed with getting her daughter married. But Kara, a single artist and filmmaker in San Francisco, has her doubts. Through the microcosm of her often hilarious interactions with her mom, Kara Harold’s Bachelorette, 34 examines the pressure society puts on women to find ‘Mr. Right.’  33 minutes

Being Here with Body, Heart and Mind

Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 12-12:50 pm

207 Monroe Hall

How can we be more present for our everyday activities and open hearted in our relationships?  With just a little investment of our time and using tools we naturally and always have available to us we can become calmer and more settled in ourselves and better understand our connection to all sentient beings.  Daya Goldschlag, licensed massage therapist, will introduce a few simple practices in mindfulness, meditation and gratitude with which participants can take home and experiment.  Participants will do a sitting meditation with concentration on breath and an exercise in mindfulness—paying attention to the minutia of our everyday experiences.  Goldschlag will also discuss briefly and give examples of how gratitude can open our hearts and minds and allow us to live with a lesser sense of alienation in our world.

Contemporary Issues in Feminist Research:  The
Humanist Wisdom of the Phoenix of the Americas

Thursday, April 18, 2013, 12-12:50 pm

207 Monroe Hall

In this talk, Terry MacMullan, PhD, philosophy, will celebrate the life and wisdom of the 17th Century Mexican polymath and nun, Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz. Hailed as an important if oft neglected feminist critic and humanist philosopher, Sor Juana gave us in her poetry, philosophy, and above all her humorous yet brilliant work “La Repuesta” (“The Answer”), a deeply personal yet all too timely argument for why humanist philosophy must emerge from a context that is mindful of gender and committed to eradicating patriarchy, no matter its excuse.

Panelists Speak about Child Abuse

Friday, April 19, 2013, 2-3:30 pm

207 Monroe Hall

A panel of three students who experienced child abuse growing up will share their story and experiences and will respond to questions:

What are some warning signs of a child abuser?

What are the emotional after-effects?

How does the relationship with the abuser change over time?

This program is initiated by Active Minds and cosponsored by Women’s Studies Center.

Contemporary Issues in Feminist Research:  One
Domestic Violence Organization’s Response to Economic Abuse of Women

Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 12-12:50 pm

207 Monroe Hall

Since U.S. domestic violence shelters opened in the mid-1970s, women have reported a spectrum of abuse by their partners, including tactics that diminished economic stability.  Intersectional feminist theory framed a case study of one domestic violence organization’s response to economic injustices.  Deb Svoboda, PhD, social work, presents findings that focus on efforts supporting economic well being for survivors as perceived by advocates and women seeking services.

DVD:  The Invisible War

Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 1-3:20 pm

207 Monroe Hall

From Oscar-and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Kirby Dick comes The Invisible War, a groundbreaking documentary about the prevalence of rape within the U.S. military.  The film paints a startling picture of the extent of the problem with several themes: the lack of recourse to an impartial justice system, reprisals against survivors instead of against perpetrators, the absence of adequate emotional and physical care for survivors, the unhindered advancement of perpetrators’ careers, and the forced expulsion of survivors from service. The Invisible War exposes the epidemic, breaking open one of the most under-reported stories of our generation [93 minutes].  This film screening is co-sponsored by EWU Women’s Studies Center and EWU Army ROTC Program and will be followed by a panel discussion.

Feminist Breeding: A Conduit to Radical Girlhood

Thursday, April 25, 2013, 12-12:50 pm

207 Monroe Hall

Alisha Larson, women’s and gender studies major, explores parenthood in relation to ruling hegemonic influence and idealistic views on child rearing.  Through this understanding, the deconstruction of such is inevitable, advancing the visibility of girls as independent from, not in relation to, boys. With reference to Foucault, de Beauvoir, hooks, and Iragaray, egalitarian feminist parenting transforms itself into a thoughtful contribution to culture vis-a-vis Marxist thought.

Contemporary Issues in Feminist Research:  Teaching Men Not To Rape: The Cognitive Effects of Sexual Arousal

Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 12-12:50 pm

207 Monroe Hall

Most colleges offer programs advising women on sexual assault prevention from a victim perspective, but few offer programs for men on how to avoid becoming a perpetrator of sexual assault.  Casey Lytle, psychology faculty, will share information on how the cognitive and behavioral effects of sexual arousal can turn a friend into a rapist, and how awareness of these effects can prevent that line from being crossed.

Gender, Girls, Identity and Early Childhood Development

Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 12-12:50 pm

207 Monroe Hall

How is sexuality is impacted by gender and scripts of love? Bina Walker, triple major in women’s and gender studies, economics, communications major and McNair Scholar, examines gender identity from young children through adolescence. Girls of all ages, whether in elementary school or junior high school, experience interactions that shape who they are as adult women. Using Peggy Orenstein book titled, Schoolgirls, Walker will discuss the impact of gender identity development in connection to young girls suppression of their sexuality.  She will also discuss how gender and identity are formed through social constructs and social interactionism.

Attempting to Redefine Love Outside the Heteronormative Binary

Thursday May 2, 2013, 12-12:50 pm

207 Monroe Hall

This presentation will use clips and images from film and theatrical productions that both stick to the heteronormative binary and appear to challenge that binary. Media continually recreates the dominant and submissive gender scripts regardless of sexuality, which leads to the assumption that every relationship must incorporate this dichotomy. In this presentation, Clover Thompson, Women’s and Gender Studies major, will demonstrate ways the binary restricts the potential of love by challenging preexisting notions of the construction of love.

Is Freedom in Belarus the Same for Men and Women?

Thursday, May 9. 2013, 12-12L50 pm

Monroe 207In this report, Alena Rudenka, PhD, Belarus Fulbright Scholar, will share some statistical data about Belarus and women’s lives in Belarus.  Anthropologic, social, historical specificity of Belarus is discussed. What kinds of work and what education do Belarusian women have?  Have they the same social freedoms as men?  What do they think about freedom?   Rudenka concludes by interpreting the results of psycho-linguistic experiments on the understanding of freedom by men and women.

What Can You Do With A Women’s and Gender Studies Degree?

Thursday, Feb. 21. 2013, 10-11:30 am

Monroe 207
Students considering a women’s and gender studies degree often times ask:  “What can I do with this degree?”  Will this degree differentiate me from individuals majoring in humanities, communications, English, sociology or history?  WGS majors are in more places than you would expect—including non-profit and nongovernmental organizations, higher education, politics, human resources, medical and legal fields, businesses and corporations.  Join women’s and gender studies faculty members, Jessica Willis, PhD and Mimi Marinucci; Gateway Counseling Services supervisor and women’s and gender studies graduate, Kimberly Stankovich; and career services internship coordinator, Romeal Watson; and who will talk about opportunities and advantages of a women’s and gender studies degree.