Last year’s conference:
4W Summit on Women, Gender and Well-being
41st Wisconsin Women and Gender Studies Conference
Our Bodies, Our Earth: Voice, Violence, and Peacemaking
Friday, April 13, 2018
Concurrent Session 1, 10:30-11:30
1A, Pyle 112 ~ Women’s Philanthropy Fundamentals: Securing Money from Women for Your Cause — Part One
How do you successfully raise money from women? This session is one of two devoted to this topic. You may attend both or one. The presenters for both sessions literally wrote the book on women’s philanthropy. In this first session, you will learn the fundamentals of women’s giving attitudes, generational differences, giving myths versus facts, relationships with money, and couple dynamics in giving.
- Sondra Shaw-Hardy and Martha A. Taylor, co-founders of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute, and co-authors of the first book on women’s philanthropy, and others, including: Women and Philanthropy: Creating a Better World. Taylor is Vice President of the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association. Shaw-Hardy is president of Women’s Giving Circles International.
1B, Pyle 232 ~ Understanding and Interrupting Cycles of Violence Against Women
The Cycles of Violence Against Native Women: Historical and Current Legislation, Changing Gender Roles and Extreme Extraction
According to the Department of Justice, “American Indian and Alaskan Native women experience a higher rate of violence than any other group, including African-American men and other marginalized groups” (Deer, 2005). The presentation will also examine how sex trafficking has increased due to environmental destruction, and how it intersects with the perpetuating cycles of violence against Native American women. The presenter provides a brief historical analysis of colonial domination, which caused a drastic change in gender roles with Native women, followed by a demonstrate of the ways that US legislation, policies, and laws perpetuate cycles of violence against Native women in the United States, and focusing particularly upon the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 and Re-authorization Act 2013. The presentation will also examine how sex trafficking has increased due to environmental destruction, and how it intersects with the perpetuating cycles of violence against Native American women.
- Genevieve Le May, Graduate Student (PhD), University of Arizona – American Indian Studies PhD. Program, University of Arizona
Alienating the Discourse on Violence against Indigenous Palestinian Women
The women’s question in Palestine is not purely a social question or a question of inequality, it must be perceived with a colonial prism. The argument here is that mainstreaming violence against women assumptions are difficult to overturn simply because inherent in the discourse is an imperialist, Zionist and apartheid impulse. This bias is a reflection of asymmetrical power. Thereby, the lack of recognizing the structures of global capitalism and imperialism and the very narrow concept of justice that is deeply implicated in the UNSCR 1325 resolution does not condemn colonization (war and conflict too) and has a deeper structural layers of violence which even curbs resistance to colonization. The experience of masses and peoples in the course social and national conflicts shapes their consciousness. When silencing this indigenous experience and discounting the unique colonial and post-colonial conditions the people of the South have been facing, ineluctably alienates their social and national discourses, including violence against women’s discourse. As such, the Western category of gender fails to capture the unique experience of colonized women facing both national and social oppressions. In the case of Palestine, comparative colonialism classifies the particular colonial experience as ‘pure settlement colony’, distinguishing it from other forms of settler colonialism (mixed settlements and plantation.)
- Laura Khoury, Professor of Sociology and Director for the Center for Ethnic Studies, Sociology, UW-Parkside
Sexual Assault and the Law: The Swedish Campaign of #metoo as an Impetus for Legal ChangeSweden is one of the most gender-progressive countries in the world. With generous paid parental leave benefits for mothers and fathers, high rates of workforce participation by women, and high representation of women in politics, Sweden consistently ranks among the most gender-equal countries. However, despite these tremendous strides toward gender equality, sexual violence remains a significant problem. Sweden has an exceptionally high reported rape rate and low conviction rate compared to the rest of Western Europe. The Swedish Crime Survey found that in 2015, only 8% of sexual offenses were reported to the police, and only 20% of those reports led to conviction. Considering the strides Swedish women have made, the prevalence of sexual violence is a paradox. Legal changes in Sweden have broadened the definition of rape and provided broad state support to addressing it within the legal system, yet sexual violence is still not adequately reported, investigated, and prosecuted. This paper explores the shortcomings of the legal system in preventing sexual assault and seeking justice for victims. Rather, sustainable change must come from both the state in terms of legal changes as well as from society, with a clear example from the recent #metoo campaign in Sweden and the impending changes to Swedish laws on rape and consent.
- Caitlin Carroll, Graduate Student, Sociology, The University of Texas at Austin
1C, Pyle 213 ~ Art and Activism on Behalf of Incarcerated Women
Strengthening Voice and Empowerment of Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women in Wisconsin
As of August 2017, there are 21,000 women on parole in Wisconsin. At any given time 1,500 are imprisoned. Too often this group of women are forgotten. They are marginalized in most areas of life when they return home. Housing, healthcare, employment, and education. Over 90% of incarcerated women have been the victim of sexual, physical and/or emotional abuse. Trauma is a pathway to prison. The Mission of the Demeter Foundation is “Advocating and educating for the humane treatment and Civil Rights of Incarcerated and formerly Incarcerated Women in Wisconsin. To gain self-empowerment, healing and strength.” Through supportive community action and recovery programs women can build the skills to achieve quality of life for themselves and their families. This is also a social justice issue. Laws need to be in place to protect women who are in state custodial care. Women must be given the opportunity to have their voices heard and be empowered to make positive life changes.
- Alice Pauser, Executive Director, The Demeter Foundation, Inc.
Women & Mothers Surviving Poverty and Incarceration: As Depicted in the Watercolor and Embroidered Work of Artist Madeline Martin
This presentation includes images of the presenter’s art works, which will generate discussions on themes of mothering, poverty, and incarceration. The focus of the presenter’s artwork ranges from parenting in a low-income setting to the mass incarceration of Wisconsin women. The artist utilizes watercolor paints, embroidery, and paper to give voice to women and community members silenced by institutional injustice or violence. An early series used discarded paperwork from the Wisconsin DOC to create mandalas featuring the silhouettes of Wisconsin women’s mugshots. New works include aerial views of the Taycheedah Correctional Facility and the Milwaukee Women’s Correctional Facility. Prison layouts by design are difficult to decipher, and in a watercolor triptych, tessellated images repeat a sense of spatial disorientation. In another series, aerial photography of the Milwaukee Women’s Correctional Facility printed onto fabric are embroidered to bring a human touch into a punitive space. The combination of visual imagery with the mission of the Demeter Foundation strengthened and complemented one another’s efforts to empower and give voice to women facing addiction, poverty, and incarceration.
- Madeline Martin, MFA Candidate, Intermedia Teaching Assistant, Peck School of the Arts, UW-Milwaukee
1D, Pyle 225 ~ A Baseline Assessment: Data Collection and Analysis of Women Escort Advertisements Posted on Backpage.com in Madison, WI
This presentation will focus on research that analyzed the relationship between technology and sex trafficking in Madison, WI. This is a collaborative effort between the community of Madison, Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin-Madison 4-W STREETS. Based on recommendations from current literature and professionals in the field that address sex trafficking, this study collected data from February 1st, 2016 to May 31st, 2016. The goal of this study was to demonstrate the prevalence of postings on backpage.com, a known site for sex trafficking. Data were collected from a sample population of women who post advertisements under the female escort section on backpage.com in Madison, WI. Thirteen indicators and six variables were created, tracked, collected, and analyzed to understand if the tools and methods used could detect victims of online sex trafficking. The data collection and findings from the research raise awareness that publicly sourced data from online classified sites and other social media platforms have the possibility to be a potential tool to collect data on sex trafficking. The research has the intent of using technology as a complementary victim-centered best practice to identify, assist, and empower potential victims of online sex trafficking.
- Molly Leimontas MSW, CAPSW, Research Supervisor, SOHE, 4-W STREETS
- Madelyne Huibregtse, BS, Researcher
1E, Pyle 226 ~ Interrogating Toxic Masculinity: Workshop on Men’s work in the anti-violence movement
This workshop will be facilitated by three men examining their role in the field of Gender Based Violence Victim Advocacy. Examining the challenges and possibilities to use their privilege to fight rape culture, the discussion will assess topics such as; toxic masculinity, male pride, and the path of greater resistance to struggling against the system of patriarchy. An emphasis will also be on male accountability and taking direction from women, leaders of movements to end violence. The workshop will use the lens provided by Michael Kaufman, Paul Kivel, and Byron Hurts, to give a wider context outside of individual experiences. With audience participation, we aim to highlight the roles men can, and do, play in ending rape culture.
- Jack Burk, Undergraduate Student, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Winona State University
- Jacob Stock, Undergraduate Student, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Winona State University
- Michael Krug, Graduate Student, Leadership Education
- Moderator: Garret Zastoupil, PhD Student Human Ecology: Civil Society and Community Research, UW-Madison
1F, Pyle 309 ~ Gender-Based Violence and Sexual Harassment: Interdisciplinary Insights and Pedagogical Praxis
Systemic problems of a rape culture, toxic masculinity, and femininity pose immense challenges for instructors and students at a predominantly male university. Students are particularly challenged when they come to college from communities with rigidly set gender and sexuality roles and are expected to understand gender-based violence and sexual harassment in philosophical, social, and cultural contexts. New ways to conceive and cope with gender-related issues continually evolve and must continue to change to meet ongoing challenges in higher education. It is, therefore, essential to explore experiential and pedagogical grounds that will help foster a deeper understanding of these persistent problems concerning gender and sexuality from varying contexts, such as philosophy, the workplace, politics, and education. The papers in this panel will (1) explore alternative options that ‘Socrates,’ de Beauvoir, and Irigaray offer for dealing with and healing from sexual harassment; (2) discuss implications of real stories about gender bias and sexual harassment; (3) revisit race, gender and violence in the black community, with a focus on Anita Hill’s case and its meanings for today; and (4) present strategies and pedagogies employed in instructional activities such as lectures, discussions, and group projects.
- Dong Isbister, Assistant Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies, UW-Platteville
- Rosalyn Broussard, Professor of Political Science, UW-Platteville
- Frank King, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, UW-Platteville
- Rea Kirk, Professor of Education, UW-Platteville
- Mary Lenzi, Associate Professor of Philosophy, UW-Platteville
1G, Pyle 111 ~ Voice, Violence, and Agency in Film and Literature
A Tale of Two Red Lanterns: Women, Revolution, Censorship, and the Coded Messages of Zhang Yimou’s Film
Zhang Yimou’s iconic film *Raise the Red Lantern* (1991), is well known to many westerners, and frequently used in Western women’s and gender studies courses for its haunting presentation of power struggle and uxoricide in a polygamous marriage. Yet few westerners realize that the dominant symbol in Zhang’s film, the red lantern, evokes another, earlier call to revolution and change through its reference to one of the eight model operas of Mao’s Cultural Revolution. This earlier film also features a red lantern, and places that lantern in the hands of a woman. To fully understand the extent of Zhang Yimou’s call to revolution and change is only possible when his film is placed in cultural context with the earlier model opera film and play.
- Lissa Schneider-Rebozo, Professor of English and Director of Undergraduate Research, English/ URSCA, UW-River Falls
The Poetics of Domestic Violence in Contemporary Caribbean Literature
Domestic violence, and especially violence against women, is a continuing social problem in the Caribbean. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, in a statement at the end of her visit to Barbados in April, 2012 said “Domestic violence against women and children, and sexual harassment, occur all over the world. However, reports suggest that they are particularly serious problems here in Barbados and in other Caribbean countries, and rape is shockingly commonplace.” This presentation interrogates the depiction of domestic violence, and particularly violence against women, in postcolonial Caribbean literature. It attempts to answer the question ˜If our literature simultaneously reflects, creates and offers alternatives to reality. (if) literary texts can have a subversive effect on patriarchal thinking and offer alternative modes of perception and existence, then how have modern Caribbean writers contributed to the discourse on domestic violence.” The presenter asks, “Does a critical review of our literature reveal regarding our emotional consciousness about domestic violence and specifically, violence against women? Are there differences in the way in which the subject is treated by male and female writers? And what do the poetics of our writers say about their politics on this issue and ours, as a Caribbean society?”
- Cherie Jones, PhD Student, English, University of Exeter, UK
1H, Pyle 313 ~ Feminist Comics and the Cultural Imaginary: Transforming Pedagogies In and Out of the Classroom
Feminist satire prompts a laughter that is, in part, a collective response to the absurd rituals of social hegemony. Exploring the intersections between feminist politics and comedy and discussing how it can be an opportunity to explore new ways of introducing feminist concepts to Women’s Studies and Gender Studies courses, the presenter discusses their new course focused on comics who implicitly or explicitly integrate feminism into their routines. Examioning the intersection of comedy, feminism, and progressive politics that can be found at the center of the cultural imaginary, the presentation will share how laughter can become a profound catalyst for deeper intellectual critique and solidarity that works against norms internalized by students who are new to intersectional feminist discourse. The presenter will explain how students can learn to interrogate feminist comedy as a means to invite a variety of audiences to ‘decode’ ideological apparatuses of media that support systemic racism, labor exploitation, heterosexism, the beauty industrial complex, rape culture, sexual double standards, gendered forms of harassment, etc.
- Ann Mattis, Assistant Professor, English, UW-Sheboygan
1I, Pyle 121 ~ Speak Out, Speak Well!
Several studies have shown that women are more often interrupted, spoken over and frequently have their verbal statements ignored. Many women do not know how to use their voices to insure that these situations do not occur and should they, how to handle them. This session will teach women how to use their voices and will involve exercises designed to incorporate the new learnings. Issues such as being nervous before speaking, crafting a dynamic speech, delivering a memorable presentation and others will be covered.
- Melanie Ramey, 4W Board Member, Melanie G. Ramey LLC
1J, Pyle 325 ~ Embodying the Message: The Use of Dance as a Tool for Social Activism
The experience of actively using our bodies to reclaim authority over those same bodies is immensely powerful. Certain professional dance performance has been used as a vehicle for social justice commentary for decades. The presenter will examine the use of grassroots, inclusive, community-based participation in dance as a tool of social activism. Expressing ourselves non-verbally through dance and movement allows for a potent experience of resistance and defiance, joy and healing, support and solidarity. Dancing together in public brings the message from cerebral to visceral, for both participant and witness, and is particularly well-suited in the call to end exploitation of our (all self-identified women’s) bodies and the body of the Earth. After providing this introductory context, participants will have the opportunity to learn a powerful dance associated with One Billion Rising – a world-wide campaign to end oppression and all forms of violence against women and girls. No dance experience necessary to participate!
- Dianne Brakarsh, Founder, Moving from Within
Friday, April 13, 2018
Concurrent Session 2, 11:45-12:45
2A, Pyle 112 ~ Women’s Philanthropy Fundamentals: Securing Money from Women for Your Cause — Part Two
How do you successfully raise money from women? In the second session on this topic, you will learn about women’s ways of giving and types of gifts. The development cycle will be assessed for gender differences. How do women like to engage with nonprofits and organizations? How can you best present your ideas to women and ask for and get their financial support? Additional topics to be addressed include funding women’s causes and women on nonprofit boards.
- Sondra Shaw-Hardy and Martha A. Taylor, co-founders of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute, and co-authors of the first book on women’s philanthropy, and others, including: Women and Philanthropy: Creating a Better World. Taylor is Vice President of the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association. Shaw-Hardy is president of Women’s Giving Circles International
2B, Pyle 111 ~ Politics of Home Birth and midwifery
Celebrity Midwives: Duggar Discourse around Homebirth
The Duggar family, made famous by the reality show 19 Kids and Counting, strictly adhered to patriarchal gender roles, only allowing their daughters two professions: mothers and midwives. This presentation analyzes the discourse that the Duggar family has surrounding Midwifery and childbirth and brings attention to how childbirth is presented as empowering, but often served to reinforce patriarchal views of women, of mothers, and agency.
- Sara Doan, PhD Candidate, English, UW-Milwaukee
Women ways will build a world of peace and justice.
At the intersections of oppression in birth, breastfeeding, domestic violence, sexual violence, sex trafficking, environmental destruction, poverty and racism are the answers for a world of peace, respect and belonging. As we reclaim ourselves from the longstanding oppression of women and the environment, we recognize our genuine selves and ways that are answers for justice for all. Alice will share her insights and Beverly will facilitate a conversation on what are women ways and how are they answers. Alice Skenandore is a Traditional Home Birth Native American Midwife who has supported over 750 births, is the author of “Discovery Dating, it’s not just about dating” and is the founder of non-profit organization Wise Women Gathering Place. Wise Women Gathering Place’s mission is to promote peace, respect and belonging through skillbuilding, sharing of resources and caring support of our community. WWWGP has provides advocacy services and healing for those harmed by domestic violence, sexual assault, historical oppression and other crimes, while working to end oppression. Beverly Scow is a ToP Certified Facilitator, community midwife and Assistant Director of Wise Women Gathering Place. Beverly is of the Kwakwakawakh First Nation and community member on Oneida Nation in WI for 25 years.
- Alice Skenandore, Executive Director, Wise Women Gathering Place
- Beverly Scow, Assistant Director, Wise Women Gathering Place, Certified ToP Facilitator/Trainer
2C, Pyle 225 ~ Through Different Eyes: An interactive Workshop
As educators, we work to teach for a better world by developing respectful problem-solving activists. It is our goal to strive to make the school and classroom at any level a safe place for physical, intellectual and emotional growth. In other words, the whole person needs to be free to speak their truth. In this presentation, the presenters will invite participants to participae in a workshop designed to increase our lens of the world and understand the complexity of each person. Participants will understand that ‘others’ are more than their skin color, religion, gender, ability or disability. In this completely interactive session, participants learn to see the complexities of people, to discover subtle, inner attributes about others through special ‘eyeglasses.’
- Rea Kirk, Professor, School of Education, UW-Platteville
- Julie Phillips, Assistant Professor, Teacher Education, University of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA
- Regina Pauly, Senior Academic Librarian, Karrmann Library, UW-Platteville
2D ~ Cancelled
2E, Pyle 213 ~ Combating Domestic Violence in Wisconsin
Combating Domestic Violence: The Politics and Impact of Affective Public Disbelief
Feminist scholars and rights activists have devoted much time to the study of gendered violence in public and private spaces. That attention has yielded some impressive success in added layers of legal and institutional protections and the growing awareness of transnational and domestic regimes of rights. However, domestic violence, a critical target of this struggle, remains a pervasive and growing problem around the world, including in wealthy industrialized societies where women enjoy comparably well-established regimes of rights. This study argues that patriarchal power mutates in diverse socially embedded ways that sustain coopting cultures of affective disbelief, which in turn intensify the vulnerability of victims to obdurate patterns of intimate violence. The study draws on critical theories of patriarchy, regimes of rights and the culture of disbelief as well as primary research conducted through semi-structured and structured surveys, interviews and focus group discussions in the United States to decode the politics and impact of this continuing problem with a focus on female victims of intimate violence. It contributes to critical scholarship on rights, human security and equity, that seek to interrupt the mutating articulations of patriarchy by exposing underlying societal constructs that service and shroud domestic violence.
- Peyi Soyinka-Airewele, Professor, Politics, Ithaca College
- Lady Yartey Ajayi, Postgraduate Student, Covenant University, Nigeria
- Tessa Lewis-Polsky, undergraduate, Ithaca College
Preventing Domestic Violence Homicides in Wisconsin
Since the year 2000, End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin (End Abuse) has chronicled deaths due to domestic violence that occur in our state. In the past 4 years, communities around the state have been capitalizing on research related to risk factors for experiencing lethal or near-lethal domestic violence. This session will explore findings from our homicide reports, risk factors for domestic violence homicide, and how professionals and others who encounter victims of domestic violence can play a role in mitigating lethality risk.
- Sara Krall, Homicide Prevention Program Director, End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin
2F, Pyle 226 ~ Love is a Verb: A Project About Understanding Violence
The presenters will discuss a project that is called Love is a Verb. It is a 5 minute video featuring interviews from community members of the Chippewa Valley. Through their work with the Safe Spaces Coalition, Jamie Utphall and Dr. Theresa Kemp became connected with three undergraduate students. The project that has resulted from their collaboration was a reaction, in part, to racial violence against the partner of one of the three students. The group decided to go back to the basics and explore the meaning of the word that is used so often, “love.” We spoke with Dr. Kong Pha, Dr. Heather Ann Moody, Reverend Julienne Lepp, Tammy King, and Courtney Jones Holm to see what insight members of the community had to share about love. Some common themes we found were listening, providing resources, forgiveness, emotional support, and growing, preparing, and sharing food. They will share their project and discuss what they intend it to do.
- Laura Jones Holm, Undergraduate Student, Women’s Studies, UW-Eau Claire and the Safe Spaces Coalition of the Chippewa Valley
- Jamie Utphall, Graduate Student, English, UW-Eau Claire and the Safe Spaces Coalition of the Chippewa Valley
2G, Pyle 121 ~ Representations of Violence Against Women in Film
Bollywood’s Response to Gender Violence in India
The presenter shares their research on Bollywood’s responses to gender violence trends within India, highlighting some of the positive outcomes of this trend. The presenter reports on interviews conducted with women directors in Mumbai, India while on a Fulbright.
- Julie Tharp, Professor, English and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, UW-Marshfield/Wood County
By the Numbers: Women in Film and Television
This presentation examines the state of the gender divide in U.S. film and television by outlining the major sites of data collection and the most recent quantitative and qualitative reports on women in the media. Sites of data collection include the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at the University of California San Diego and the major Hollywood guilds. These sites regularly report information on gender and representation. Although it continues to be true that film and television predominantly tell stories about male characters, and that men hold most positions of influence over these representations, there are industrial factors that are specific to this historical moment. In the film industry, the contraction of independent film production has correlated with a decline in stories by and about women. In television, a rapid expansion of programming that has been termed ‘peak TV’ has correlated with increased opportunities for women in all aspects of the medium. This overview and analysis is intended to be of use to instructors who teach classes on media-related subject matter. A complete resource list will be made available to attendees for use in classroom teaching.
- Caryn Murphy, Associate Professor, Radio-TV-Film, UW-Oshkosh
2H, Pyle 309 ~ Queer Analysis as An Activist Lens
Queer Analysis: Environmental Injustice in Flint
The Flint, Michigan water crisis began in April 2014 when the citizens of Flint were exposed to highly toxic drinking water, resulting in extremely high lead levels in their blood, neurological effects, and even deaths. This crisis is still being repaired in 2018, highlighting the slow pace and reluctance of the government to protect the health and lives of these individuals and to acknowledge systematic environmental racism. Flint is a city made up of 51% people of color and a little over 40% of their population lives below the poverty level. These demographics highlight a population of people that is othered by the State, as these aspects of one’s identity intersect and compound their level of oppression and lack of importance to the State. It could be said that these individuals have been deemed disposable to the state. The presenter will examine environmental racism and its toxic impact on the people of Flint through a queer theoretical lens. They will argue that the concept of intersectionality and disposability of ‘queer subjects’ to explain why the people of Flint were subjected to the water crisis.
- Jessica Schaefer, Undergraduate Student, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Winona State University
Examining Narratives of Marginality: Deaf and Trans Identities
This paper will analyze how the medical industrial complex creates oppression through the socio-medical construction of Deaf Identity and biopower over Deaf bodies through theory from queer and disability studies. The socio-medical construction of Deaf identity relies on the cure agenda to label people as disabled; thus, giving medical professionals power over deaf and hard of hearing bodies. The ableist rhetoric of the medical model can be found in the privilege of hearing ability; through devices such as cochlear implants to uphold this model. Robert McCuer’s theory of compulsory able-bodiness will be used to assess how the cure agenda is a socio-medical constructed value that gives credence to assimilation. Examining Deaf narratives; the presenter examines the role of teaching oralism, which uses cochlear implants as a model of assimilation. As a Trans Non-Binary person, they found similarities to their own experience with marginality. Using Dean Spade’s article Mutilating Gender, they will show how medicalization of Trans bodies parallels the medical industry as an identity gatekeeper that has control over defining what normalized medical success in relation to corpro-normativity of Deaf people.
- Mackenzie Carter, Undergraduate, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Winona State University
Hooking Up: Queer Perspectives on Campus Sexual Culture
Hookup culture is a well-known feature of college and university settings, and its practice is widespread amongst college students, with a study that broadly defined the term finding as many as 81 percent of undergraduates engaged in some type of hookup behavior. Many have questioned the idea of hookup culture as a liberating practice of sexuality. Drawing on perspectives from asexual studies, the presenter will complicate the idea that sexual liberation necessitates sexual activity. Utilizing queer theoretical frameworks, they will argue that the potential of hookup culture as liberating is limited due to the fact that people are pressured to participate in ways that reflect hegemonic gendered roles and expectations towards sexuality. These perspectives reinforce the idea that sexual agency outside of these cultural norms is critical for the well-being of all students and represents an opportunity to construct truly liberating sexualities beyond the violence of the regimes of the norm.
- Jacob Stock, Undergraduate Student, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Winona State University
2I, Pyle 313 ~ Gender, Culture, and Social Change
Plight of Hijaras of India — Still Lost In Gender Translation and Born-Identity In The 21st Century
This presentation is a review of literature examining the transgender community in India from social and historical contexts. While India is slowly, but surely, making progress related to women’s rights and privileges, transgender people, commonly referred to hijaras, are still on the fringes of societal acceptance and integration. Even though the Indian government recently granted legal recognition transgender individuals or hijaras as the third gender, they are still treated as social outcastes. With limited means to earn a living, for decades, hijaras have resorted to three main sources of survival, namely begging, blessing and prostitution. Unlike their counterparts in the Western world, hijaras in India are still marginalized with scant educational, social and health resources made available to them. They are revered for their blessings at auspicious occasions like weddings and births, and feared for their curse if not appeased financially. This dichotomy in attitudes toward hijaras reflects their plight and tentative place in Indian society despite legislation and policy initiatives to protect their interest. This material is part of an undergoing qualitative research study of the third legal gender community in Mumbai, India.
- Ganga Vadhavkar, Assistant Professor, Communication & Journalism, UW-Eau Claire
Girl Bullying in Rural Chinese Schools: Consequences and Solutions
The presenter will discuss the problem of girl bullies in rural areas of China. Nearly 95% of children the left-behind in rural areas after their parents become urban migrant workers are living with grandparents. Most grandparents assume in error that since their grandchild is girl that she won’t have a tendency to become a bully. The presenter will discuss the reasons and preventions for bullying in the rural schoolyards. Remote and conservative school environment, schools with higher levels of poverty, poor disciplinary climates and the negative impacts from their family are the have been associated with bullying. This is serious for girls who are bullys and who are bullied because victims of bullying can display a range of responses many years later, such as low self-esteem, difficulty in trusting others, lack of assertiveness, aggression, difficulty controlling anger and isolation. Stopping bullying will require educating adults who are working with girls, including parents and grandparents, teachers, school administrators, law enforcement, medical and mental health professionals, youth advisors and school social workers.
- Chi Jiang, visiting scholar, Women’s & Gender Studies Program, UW-Platteville
2J, Pyle 325 ~The ART of Infertility: A Community Project Curating Reproductive Activism
This presentation provides a theoretical explanation of The ART of Infertility, an arts and oral history traveling exhibit, which will be displayed during the conference (2nd Floor of the Pyle Center). The ART of Infertility exhibit portrays intimate moments of reproductive loss that have led patients to create. The exhibit reveals the often unseen and everyday encounters of infertility told from the perspectives of infertile individuals who have suddenly found themselves confronting unseen paths of family-building. For some in the exhibit, infertility is a disease to be conquered. For others, infertility is social construction that does not define them. Other stories represent more of a liminality, individuals still processing: their diagnosis, their next step of action, and their definition of family. Assembled together, the exhibit portrays the spectrums of living with infertility. The co-directors argue that curated exhibits are vital places to engage in public pedagogy. Such is the case, in particular, with infertility – a topic that continues to be stigmatized and confined to traditional conceptions of gender and sexuality. Curating visual representations and oral narratives that counter more traditional understandings of infertility begins to open up new spaces for the public to understand that reproductive loss is a shared experience.
- Maria Novotny, Assistant Professor / Co-Director, The ART of Infertility, English, UW-Oshkosh / The ART of Infertility
- Elizabeth Walker, Co-Director, The ART of Infertility
Friday, April 13, 2018
Poster Session 3, 3:45-4:45
All poster sessions are in the Pyle Center’s Lee Lounge
3A ~ Cultural Assessment of Faith-based Organizations in the Fox Valley: Bridging the LGBTQ and Religion Gap
Often in the United States, homophobia is rooted in some form of religious belief. Christian faith-based institutions are viewed negatively by the LGBTQ community and often the media picks up on a lot of the negative aspects of Christianity and how it relates to the LGBTQ community. Multiple studies in America have concluded that over half of all LGBTQ individuals are religiously affiliated and although some Christian denominations are becoming more open and accepting, a gap still persists between the LGBTQ and faith-based communities. This presentation will examine the reasons why there is a gap between the LGBTQ community and faith-based communities. Sharing highlights from a series of interviews conducted with key members of faith-based institutions, this poster will paint a picture of how interactions between the LGBTQ and faith-based communities shapes how the faith-based communities and LGBTQ communities view each other, and if and how, they can come together.
- Justis Tenpenny, Undergraduate Student, UW-Green Bay
3B ~ Decriminalizing Sex: A Critical Analysis of Sex Work Policy in the United States
This poster shares an analyzes of the socioeconomic benefits of the sex work industry and argues that implementing a comprehensive policy to decriminalize sex work will benefit the United States. It questions the current regulations in terms of a health, social, and economic analysis. There is a need for comprehensive sex work policy in the United States through an intersectional approach, focusing on the subordinate position of women in society and also deconstructing the stigma sex workers face. A critical analysis of current policies of sex work in the United States will elaborate on how sex work policies are used to police bodies.
- Sarah Ortega, Undergrad Student, Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and Political Science Department, Winona State University
3C ~ The Equal Rights Amendment and its Advocates in the Women of Wisconsin
This poster will focus on the Equal Rights Amendment and the National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC). This group had branches operating in Wisconsin, including La Crosse County. The women who led the NWPC were most concerned with getting more women into political office and worked to secure women’s participation as delegates for the Republican and Democratic Presidential Convention in 1972. They also worked for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, both for the Federal and Wisconsin state constitutions. This presentation will examine their efforts and why the federal amendment failed, along with the actual changes it would have made to current and future legislation.
- Katelyn Rigotti, Undergraduate Student, UW-LaCrosse, (2018 Recipient of the Women’s and Gender Studies Consortium Undergraduate Research Award for UW-LaCrosse)
3D ~ Women’s Relationship Satisfaction and Their Perceptions of Their Male Partners’ Sexism
This poster shares the results of a study correlating relationship satisfaction with degrees of partner sexism and discusses potential uses for this type of research. Research has indicated that certain gender-related attitudes and behaviors negatively correlate to relationship satisfaction. Ambivalent sexism theory argues that sexism consists of benevolent sexism, which is positive in tone but sexist in the fact that it views women in traditional stereotypes, and hostile sexism, which is an overtly prejudicial, antagonistic attitude toward women. In the current study, college women in relationships with men completed scales on their current romantic partners’ levels of benevolent and hostile sexism, as well as their own relationship satisfaction. Preliminary findings indicate a significant correlation between ratings of current partner’s hostile sexism and decreased relationship satisfaction with a more sexist partner.
- Jessica Schaefer, Undergraduate Student, Winona State University
- Sydney Bockelman, Undergraduate Student, Winona State University
- Angela Gifford, Undergraduate Student, Winona State University
- Brittany Polus, Undergraduate Student, Winona State University
- Addison Royer, Undergraduate Student, Winona State University
3E ~ Experiences of Racism and Racial Tensions among African American Women Impacted by Commercial Sexual Exploitation in Practice: A Qualitative Study
Barriers faced by Black women when navigating commercial sexual exploitation Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE) related services remain understudied. This poster shares a qualitative study that explores 1) Black women’s experiences of racism when accessing services in CSE related organizations and 2) the existence and manifestation of racial tensions in practice. In-depth interviews were conducted with 30 adult women who traded sex as adults and 20 CSE related service providers. Findings suggest that Black women perceive preferential treatment given to White women. Racial tensions between women accessing programs were identified, as well as a promising practice of intergroup dialogue groups addressing racism, privilege, and oppression. Implications are discussed.
- Lara Gerassi, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, UW-Madison
3F ~ Student Perceptions on Sexual Assault and Consent
As awareness on the issue of sexual assault has spread across the country, campaigns have risen to combat the issue, particularly on college campuses. These campaigns, similar to the It’s On Us campaign brought to campuses by the Obama/Biden administration, have spread useful prevention tactics, victim resources, and informational items that help spread awareness on the issue. However, this issue is still not taken seriously by all, and continue to be perpetuated at an alarming rate. The poster highlights how students on the UW-River Falls campus view the issue of sexual assault and how they view victims, the reporting and disciplinary process, what they consider to be consent, and level of agreement with common rape myths. The researchers hypothesized that students’ positions on the political belief spectrum would correlate with their attitudes toward rape culture. The poster will reveal what was confirmed.
- Samantha Mitra, Undergraduate Student, Psychology, UW-River Falls
- Melanie Ayres, Advisor, Women and Gender Studies department head, UW-River Falls
3G ~ Women Representation in Politics: The Potential Impact on Policy-Making
This poster looks at the representation of women in politics, both in the United States and on a global level. The research shared looks at the ratio of women to men in democratic institutions, including the executive branch and Congress, and how those statistics can potentially be affecting policy-making. The research will also cover gender ratios globally to show that the United States is not as advanced in political gender equality as most people think. Taking the perspective that representation is “voice,” this poster will specifically look at the impact of having men be the majority in policy makings decisions and how that may affect women and their rights.
- Abbey Pignatari, Undergraduate Student, UW-Platteville
3H ~ An Examination of Emerging Adults’ Marriage Preferences and Feminist Ideologies
This poster shares the results of a study designed to determine what participants’ marriage proposal and last name preferences are, and if they in any way correlate with their feminist ideologies. Past research has been contradictory. Some studies have identified that feminist beliefs are a predictor of name-change preferences for women. Other studies have found that feminist ideologies had no connection to women’s name change plans but did find a connection to men’s name change preferences and feminist ideologies. Much less research has examined proposal preferences, but past research has found that the majority of both men and women still plan on conforming to traditional marriage proposals. Similarly, results revealed that the majority of feminist and non-feminist participants still favor traditional practices of naming and proposing. Although the majority of women still want their partner to propose, non-feminist women in this sample conform to traditional proposal roles at significantly higher rates when compared with non- feminist women.
- April Mootz, Undergraduate Student, Sociology, UW-River Falls; (2018 Recipient of the Women’s and Gender Studies Consortium Undergraduate Research Award for UW-River Falls)
3I ~ Intersection Between the Opioid and Hepatitis C Virus Epidemics and Potential Risk for Vertical Transmission of Hepatitis C Virus among Wisconsin Medicaid Recipients
Fueled by the rise in injection drug use ensuing from the national opioid epidemic, Hepatitis C virus (HCV) among women of childbearing age is increasing. Of concern is the increase in number of women of childbearing age infected with HCV and infants born to HCV-infected women in Wisconsin. To estimate the risk for vertical transmission of HCV in infants born to HCV-infected women, Wisconsin HCV surveillance data was matched to birth certificate and claims data for women who gave birth during 2011-2015 and were enrolled in Medicaid during the 9 months prior to delivery. For all matches, HCV surveillance data was reviewed for evidence of HCV infection. The consequences of the national opioid epidemic go beyond addiction and overdose concerns. There is a potential for a new epidemic of HCV among children born to HCV-infected women.
- Theresa Watts, PhD in Nursing Student, Nursing, UW-Madison
3J ~ Health professionals’ perceived barriers and practices regarding implementation of preconception care
Preconception care (PCC) aims to improve health outcomes of women and infants through the improvement of the knowledge and health of women “before planning and conceiving a pregnancy”. Depression screening, IPV screening, and contraception counseling are some of the standards indicated by current evidence. However, CDC data shows that their implementation is far from consistent. The purpose of this study was to elucidate the barriers to implementing PCC services from the perspective of service providers. Fifty-four semi-structured interviews were conducted at fourteen health centers serving women of reproductive age across four Wisconsin counties to discuss attitudes about preconception care and barriers toward implementing evidence-based practices. Interviewees were managers, providers, and support staff in community health, OB-GYN, and family planning clinics. This poster will share results and elucidate the need for further provider education regarding preconception care and implementation of evidence-based practices.
- Erin Nacev, Medical Student, UW School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH)
- Mireya Taboada, Medical Student, UW School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH)
3K ~ Embedding Threshold Concepts in Teaching and Learning: Program Assessment, SoTL, and Faculty Development in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies
This poster discusses the ongoing process of building a successful assessment program based on threshold concepts in gender, sexuality, and women’s studies (GSW) at the UW Colleges. The assessment program began in 2009 with a broad focus on general education outcomes in order to fulfill the institutional assessment requirements. They assessed student learning using shared institutional proficiencies as well as through program-specific projects. This evolved into a more pointed focus on student learning of threshold concepts in their program assessment projects. By focusing on core concepts including patriarchy, the social construction of gender, feminist analysis, and intersectionality, they articulated learning goals that are at the heart of interdisciplinary learning in GSW. The recursive assessment projects and data analysis are grounded in SoTL theory of threshold concepts and lesson study, as well as feminist theory. The projects generated various kinds of data, which the presenters analyzed using primarily qualitative methods of textual analysis. The recursive studies provided us with solid information for constructing activities that will effectively facilitate their students’ knowledge of threshold concepts. They learned that assessment leads them to think critically about their students’ learning needs as they reconfigured their programmatic goals.
- Jessica Van Slooten, Associate Professor, Program Chair, Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, UW Colleges
3L ~ College Students’ Perceptions of Campus Supportiveness for Victims of Sexual Assault
The presenters’ research examines student knowledge of and perceptions about the supportiveness of their college campus toward sexual assault victims. Previous reports from their campus suggest that sexual assault rates have remained steady despite the lack of official reports. Based on preliminary survey data they collected last year, they found some optimistic and some concerning findings. First, they found that many students believe their campus is supportive of victims of sexual assault. However, the majority of students reported they did not know the process for reporting and investigating sexual assault on campus. Since their original survey was sent out, their campus has implemented a mandatory sexual assault and harassment training. In addition, numerous sexual assault and harassment cases have been in the news recently along with social media campaigns to raise awareness of this issue. They will present both quantitative and qualitative data about their student’s current awareness and perceptions of issues related to sexual assault and harassment on campus along with any notable differences compared to last year’s responses.
- Melanie Ayres, Associate Professor, Psychology, Women’s and Gender Studies, UW-River Falls
- Desiree Wiesen-Martin, Assistant Professor, UW-River Falls
- Kayla Grimm, student, UW-River Falls
3M ~ The RE Initiative Through the Years; A Quantitative Perspective
This poster shares the RE Initiative, a campus initiative at Winona State University that supports survivors of gender-based violence and works to create a culture of respect and responsibility. Throughout the span of the RE initiative on campus, the RE Initiative has collected data to gain insight of the campus climate in regard to gender-based violence and sexual assault through qualtric surveys. Some of the data concludes to the number of incidents, number of reports, and the effectiveness of the support resources on campus according to those who voluntarily participated. This allows the RE Initiative to assess the effects of the RE Initiative programming as well. This poster will present the collected data as quantitative research.
- Sarah Jackson, Graduate Student, Counselor Education, RE Initiative — Winona State University
3O ~ Exploring the Gender and Climate Change Nexus: Empowering Rural Women as a Useful Tool for Mitigation and Adaptation Policy
This poster will outline the path of the incorporation of a gender perspective into developmental theory analyzing existing trends in literature on the gender and climate change. Considering how and why women are seen as particularly vulnerable to climate changes (short and long term) and ‘key’ to adaptation, especially in rural areas the poster reflects on three implications of gender equitable analysis from a World Bank Group. Notions of women empowerment and illuminating pressing policy implications will be outlined. Sharing three cases of women as contributors to adaptation and mitigation to climate changes in rural areas, with specially attention given to Bangladesh. The social impacts from gender’s vulnerability and inequality will be addressed.
- Md Ashrafuzzamn, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh; University of Lisbon; Portugal
- Gustavo Furini, PhD Candidate in International Relations: Geopolitics and Geoeconomics at Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa (UAL), Portugal
3P ~ War and Women Wielding Power: Lessons from Burundi, Liberia, and Chad
This poster will examine the effects civil war has on women’s political power. In the existing literature on this topic, two conflicting hypotheses emerge: civil war increases women’s political participation and following civil war, women are constrained to even more traditional roles and subjected to an uptick in gender based violence. Additionally, an examination of civil wars occurring after 1989 suggests that countries which have undergone civil conflict often live under an authoritarian government in the post-conflict period, complicating the issue of how women fit into politics post-civil war. Answering two questions to reconcile these contradictions: First, under what conditions does civil war assist women’s entrance into formal political bodies and; Second, in cases where women do enter these political bodies post-conflict, how does the type of regime influence the ability of those women to make significant legislative and policy contributions? Using the case studies of Burundi, Liberia, and Chad it will be argued that civil war does not implicitly advance the women’s political participation. Rather, civil war only facilitates women’s entrance into politics if it causes a major disruption in the society where it occurs, and spurs an attempt at institutional and governmental restructuring post-conflict.
- Emily Myers, Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow, Alliance for Peacebuilding
3Q ~ UpTica: Creating alternative income sources and learning opportunities for women in Pérez Zeledón, Costa Rica
UpTica is a budding asociación (non-profit) in Pérez Zeledón, Costa Rica. UpTica’s mission is to create alternative sources of income and learning opportunities for women in Pérez through generating reusable bags out of recycled fabrics. In 2017, five UW undergraduate students joined the UpTica team to support the development of recycling infrastructure in the community where UpTica is based. With support from the Morgridge Center for Public Service and the Devorak Energy and Sustainability Prize, the UW team spent the month of August in Costa Rica, getting to know the women involved and learning about their lifestyle, ideas, and goals. Over the course of the month the team redirected their focus from recycling infrastructure to community relationship building and support for the women’s bag production and marketing. This shift in goals was advocated for by the local co-founder of UpTica and informed by the local UpTica leader. The team is now evaluating the impact of cross-cultural exchanges on the community and foreigners involved. The team seeks to understand what “female empowerment” is and how to elevate local voices and maintain a community led project initiated by foreign investment. In pursuit of the well-being of women around the world, how can we balance local goals with broader goals for well-being? This poster will explore these topics and highlight the work of UpTica. For more information about UpTica visit their website: https://www.uptica.org/
- Brooke Nelson, Undergraduate Student, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and Morgridge Center for Public Service
- Anna Ostermeier, Undergraduate, UpTica Intern
3R ~ The Real Implications of Imagined ‘Standard American English;’ The Writing Center and Notions of ‘Good’ Academic Writing
Students in the United States are primarily exposed to English language learning through schools, where they are introduced to ‘Standard American English’ (SAE); “fictitious in nature, it is considered proper, appropriate, and academic.“ This is the English dialect expected by teachers and employers. It is also a dialect dictated by groups with hegemonic power, primarily wealthy white male native speakers. The social elevation of ‘SAE’ as the only legitimate form of English in turn delegitimizes and stigmatizes varieties spoken by women, people of color, and low-income people. This poster focuses on the college writing center as a location for investigating the clash between SAE theory and its application within academia. Writing centers must navigate both legitimizing the language of all students and reflecting on their responsibility as influencers on perceptions of academic acceptability.
- Avalon Edwards, Undergraduate Student, Pitzer College
3S ~ Healthcare Resources and Cancer in African American Women
The research conducted was based off of personal interests and experience of the presenter. She is aspiring to achieve a career in the healthcare field someday. Her grandmother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and after taking a course based around the discussion of African American women in the US, she wanted to understand how the treatment and experience of white and black women differed in multiple aspects of the healthcare field. This poster outlines her research.
- Alysha Andrews, undergraduate, UW-Platteville. (2018 Recipient of the Women’s and Gender Studies Consortium Undergraduate Research Award for UW-Platteville)
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Concurrent Session 4, 10:30-11:30
4A, Pyle 112 ~ Changemaker Resiliency: Impacts of a Holistic Leadership School
The Liberatory Leadership Project, a collaborative effort spearheaded by a multiracial team of healing justice specialists, has designed a Liberation School to apply a fusion of techniques pioneered in social change movements, spiritual communities, and organizational development. In September 2017, a group of 25 activists from around the world began a 9-month holistic leadership school. This inaugural group has brought together a multiracial, intergenerational, mostly queer- and people of color-identified cohort focused on mentorship, practice, skills building, and embodied healing. Committed to providing evidence-based services to participants, Liberation School faculty approached a team of participatory action researchers to help conduct a mixed methods program assessment and generate research about the impact of holistic care, contemplative and embodied practices connected to mindfulness, and other spiritual and healing practices on the wellbeing of activists experiencing stress and burn-out. In this workshop, the presenters will present the research team’s early data and experiences, offering a framework of community and connection that has emerged in a group of activists centering healing justice tools for self-care and community outreach. This participatory workshop session will include contemplative practices and opportunities for reflexivity around mindful and participatory research methodologies.
- Melissa Jean, Assistant Professor of Mindfulness Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences, Lesley University
- Carrie Welsh, Liberation School inaugural cohort member, and Assistant Director, 4W Initiative, UW-Madison
- Jen Wallin-Ruschman, Assistant Professor, Psychology Department, College of Idaho
- Sara Green, Organizing Team and Faculty, Liberation School
4B, Pyle 232 ~ A Portrait of Rural Egyptian Women: Peaceful Voices from the Siwa Oasis, Upper Egypt, and Nubia
The rural women in the highly traditional societies of the Siwa Oasis, Upper Egypt, and Nubia live according to centuries-old traditions. However, veiling and other such traditions do not push women to the sidelines in these communities; instead, rural women play an active role in their village societies and are highly respected and valued. Women’s economic opportunities in the Siwa community lie in producing and selling shawls, dresses, and wedding attire covered in the intricate Siwan embroidery. Nubian women’s opportunities come from selling their handmade basketry and beadwork accessories, while rural women in Upper Egypt are famous for their telly kilim (woolen carpets made using traditional looms) and embroidery. In this talk, educator Manal Kabesh from Cairo will describe the ways the folkloric handicrafts produced by the women of these three regions reflect the breathtaking beauty of the natural environment in which their communities are located. In addition, Dr.Kabesh will talk about the efforts being undertaken by various NGOs to help rural women use their existing knowledge and skills to unlock new economic opportunities. This presentation will make it clear that empowered Egyptian women can develop projects that will drive the economy and create employment opportunities for both men and women in their communities.
- Dr. Manal Lofty Kabesh, National Ctr for Egyptian Educational Research and Development/National Council for Women
- Nagah Sedki Ahmed Abdelnaeem, Artist, Egyptian Syndicate of Fine Arts
- Nancy Turner, Professor, History, UW-Platteville
4C, Pyle 213 ~ Our Bodies, Our Art: Earth, Gender, and Embodiment
Embodied Materials: Gender, Culture, and Lived Experience in Artists’ Mediums
This presentation focuses on the artworks of contemporary artists who deliberately choose to work with materials that resonate with personal, social, and cultural significance. As a result, these materials are central to the interpretation and meaning of the work. In particular, we consider artists’ use of culturally laden substances and processes that materially embody bodily experience and memory, and connections between body and earth, both gendered as ‘female’ in the history of western art. Quite a few feminist scholars have attended to the historically gendered signification of materials such as fiber and its use by contemporary feminist artists to give voice to women’s experiences. We acknowledge this work and extend it to investigate artists’ use of mediums that are saturated with culturally specific references and historical reverberations, imbricating into an analysis of gender and materials an investigation of how artists evoke these references along with significations of bodily experience and earth connections.
- Melanie Herzog, Professor of Art History, Art Department, Edgewood College
- Susan Messer, Professor of Art, Department of Art and Design. UW-Whitewater
Uncanny Questions: An Art Installation of Our Earth
This presentation is about the art installation Uncanny Lessons, an art installation that bridges art and science in Northwest Arkansas, and the private and public community, state and national support and engagement involved in realizing. The artist’s goal was to create an art installation based on the rhythms and patterns of mineral deposits, and that uses the metaphor of crystal formations, surface water, and groundwater, that are continually transforming, as means to guide for our own cultural transformation. Population growth and development has changed the Northwest Arkansas over the years but the land, shaped by water and mineral deposits, reveals how nature self-organized before humans began imposing their will on the landscape. Experiencing the hollers in the mountains emboldened the presenter to ask, “Why must our culture seek to dominate nature?” Is it possible that nature’s systems to replenish itself hold lessons that can apply to successful human living? The artist discusses how we might learn from nature’s utilization of opposing forces and cycles to support continual growth and creation without destroying itself.
- Susan Knight, Independent Artist, Omaha, Nebraska
4D, Pyle 225 ~ Transformative Feminist Research Toward Self Care and Self-Recovery
Methodologies of the Spirit: Womanist Self Recovery as a Research Method
In Transformation Now!: Toward a Post-Oppositional Politics of Change, womanist scholar Ana Louise Keating uses the term “womanist self-recovery” (WSR) to describe a literary genre consisting of transformational texts written by women of colors. However, Keating’s approach to these texts constitutes a unique approach to engaging in research. The presenter describes womanist self-recovery as a subversive methodology grounded in epistemologies of spirit, simultaneously conscious of socio-cultural inequalities and deeply attuned to our innate interconnectivity with the earth and all life. Using Keating’ written narratives of her encounters with womanist literature, the presenter argues that womanist self-recovery is a method that deeply interrogates western objectivity’s distancing of the object to be known and the knower/thinker, positing a reciprocal and vibrant interrelationship between researcher and source. WSR is an explicitly spiritualized approach to research, challenging who can research and what constitutes a viable research method or source. These epistemological interventions make space for alternative modes of knowing such as ‘intuition,’ curiosity, divination, prayer, dreams, and more.
- Sam Schmitt, Doctoral Candidate, Multicultural Women and Gender Studies, Texas Woman’s University
5Minutes4Myself: Development and Feasability of a Caregiver Wellness Program
This presentation will describe the development of 5minutes4Myself, a wellness program, that is a form of Participatory Action Research. Decades of research have outlined the negative impacts of caregiving, especially for parents of children with autism, including increased stress, depression, fatigue and alterations of the neuroendocrine system responses. The intensity and pervasive time demands of this caregiving has been shown to limit the caregivers’ opportunities to participate in leisure, rest or other wellness promoting activities. This makes participation in traditional wellness program difficult. Cohorts of caregivers collaborated with the research team to develop the elements of and refine this wellness program. Core features that the program needed to meet included that it: be personally tailored, portable, usable any time anywhere; utilize micro-interventions of around 5 minutes, and provide mindfulness podcasts. This presentation will share the program development with stakeholders and the findings of a recent feasibility study that examined the program’s usability and impact on caregivers’ health, well-being, stress and mindfulness.
- Elizabeth Larson, Professor, Kinesiology, UW-Madison
4E, Pyle 226 ~ Creative Arts: Authors’ Reading
Authors share readings from newly published works for fiction and non-fiction.
African American Women: Survive and Thrive in Liberation Poetry. Sonia Sanchez’ poem, “Present,” Nikki Giovanni’s “Woman Poem,” and the presenter’s poetry all give voice to African American women and their victory in surviving and thriving through liberation poetry. As a poet/presenter shares searing experiences about African American Women from birth, in chattel slavery, their lives in Wisconsin, and past, present and future struggles for liberation. Fabu’s poetry includes; “The Mary Turner Lynching,” “I Be A Woman/She Be A Woman,” “Variations on Black,” and many poems about the Jazz Genius, Mary Lou Williams.
- Poet Fabu, Madison Poet Laureate (2008-2012) was keynote speaker for the 2010 Wisconsin Women’s Studies Conference in Whitewater. In January 2018, her poems were displayed on Madison Metro Buses with Art Enroute, and two poems are located in the sidewalk at Willy Street Coop and in front of the Hungry Traveler Restaurant. Another two poems are scheduled for sidewalk placement on Monroe Street. Poet Fabu is the 2019 Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Calendar Editor with the theme; Celebrating Wisconsin People. She recently completed 13 presentations at Dane County Libraries, with two other African American women writers, called Hidden Figures; African American Writers in Wisconsin. You can hear more of her poetry on her website at Artistfabu.com.
Wild Mares: My Lesbian Back-to-the-Land Life a memoir of coming out, coming to, and going back to the land as a lesbian-feminist in the rural Midwest of the 1960s and 70s. Wild Mares provides a firsthand view of the lesbian feminist movement and women’s community at and after the moment of inception. Wild Mares is more than anything a deeply personal, wryly wise, and always engaging view of identity politics lived and learned in real life and, literally, on the ground, in the fertile soil of struggling small farms in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
- Dianna Hunter is the author of many published and publicly performed poems, short stories, essays, and creative nonfiction work, including the book and radio series Breaking Hard Ground: Stories of the Minnesota Farm Advocates. She taught writing and women’s and gender studies at four universities and is retired from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, where she directed the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and coordinated a gender equity initiative on women’s and LGBTQ issues. She now writes, gardens, and continues to advocate for change from a hillside perch in Duluth, Minnesota. For more information: http://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/wild-mares
4F, Pyle 335 ~ Next Steps: Activist Organizing and Pedagogy
Thinking and Teaching Beyond the Desirable Fat Subject
There has been a beneficial move in Gender and Women’s Studies classrooms and feminist community spaces towards increased visibility and acceptance for girls and women who are not exceptionally thin. We’re also beginning to complicate the assumption that fatness necessarily equates to ill health (thanks to contributions from the Health At Every Size movement), with particular attention paid to how this issue is gendered. These fat acceptance practices are an important step in shifting cultural assumptions about embodiment and making peace with our diverse bodies, both crucial ongoing feminist projects. These practices often include sharing images of people with larger or rounder bodies, celebrating body positive and inclusive representation, and amplifying the thoughtful and transformative voices of people with fat embodiment. However, this work often still operates within ableist, racist, and hetero- and cis-sexist paradigms suggesting that fat bodies worth living in must be healthy and, often, must conform to particular idealized norms of hegemonic femininity. The bodies that we celebrate “even and especially in feminist spaces” are too often those non-disabled hourglass-shaped bodies free of scars and blemishes that, despite their slight deviation from compulsory thinness, conform to white supremacist Euro-American ideals of beauty. This presentation will give educators and community leaders (particularly those who work with students and groups interested in medicine, public health, and community organizing) tools to think about how we can and must bring anti-racist, critical disability studies informed, radical fat positive perspectives to bear on conversations about body diversity.
- Elise Nagy, PhD Student, English and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan
Lack of Equity for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Seniors with Disabilities
Due to their sexuality and ability status, LGBTQ+ seniors with disabilities are at a high risk of discrimination and alienation when they rely on health care services. Struggles these seniors face include unequal treatment from health care providers, isolation within nursing home facilities, and lack of legal protections for their wellbeing and safety. LGBTQ+ seniors have relied on alternative sources to compensate for these disparities for decades, both within and outside the LGBTQ+ community. However, these resources used by LGBTQ+ seniors are not without their shortcomings. It is imperative that our health care system is improved so it may be equally accessed by all individuals, regardless of their age, sexuality, or ability.
- Sophia Burroughs, UW-Madison, undergraduate student, (WGS Consortium 2018 Undergraduate Research Award recipient, UW-Madison)
4G, Pyle 313 ~ Activist Using Creativity to Act Against Racism
[the space in between] Black queer activism and [a] creative healing praxis
The machinery of white supremacy has inflicted [an] ecology of violence and trauma causing much harm to the bodies [minds, spirits] of Black people, particularly on Black women and queer folks. This lineage of harm doing/doers is deeply ingrained in the history of the United States and in the current sociopolitical context. The Movement 4 Black Lives, the twenty-first centuries collective Black liberation sociopolitical agenda, seeks to explore the space(s) within and outside of: [violence and healing], [arts and activism], [Black joy and Black rage], and beyond. Because the effects of institutional violence have infiltrated the inner workings and relationships within Black liberation spaces, there is a need to center healing in the work. Utilizing a Black Queer Feminist lens, this presentation will discuss the experimental safety and accountability models that have been developed to address harm, prevent hurt and support the process of healing within the national Black activist organization the Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100). Particular attention will be placed on the Healing & Safety Council (HSC), the organization’s human resource team, who utilize creativity, traditions of Black radical imagination, ritual-making and the arts to center healing and Black love as tools to address interpersonal and organizational harm.
- P. Ife Williams, Activist-Scholar, BYP100/Civil Society & Community Research, University of Wisconsin Madison
Writing Resistance: Young Women of Color Storytellers as Activists
Through creative grassroots efforts, young women of color have been linked across the Midwest in a catalyzing artistic response to oppression and exploitation by writing about and performing their experiences. Tracing the evolution of groups like South Asian Sisters and Yoni Ki Baat over the last two decades, this presentation will offer a history of these groups, as well as a showcase of current and forthcoming projects. Participants will also have the opportunity to produce their own political art and discuss the process of growing a social justice collaboration through a feminist framework.
- Anjali Misra, Development Associate, Free Spirit Media
4H, Pyle 111 ~ Classroom Conversations: Theorizing Representations of Violence in Louise Erdrich’s The Round House and Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
A small group of English major students, all women, constituted the senior capstone seminar, focused on two novels: Louise Erdrich’s, The Round House, which begins with a brutal rape of an Ojibwe woman on the reservation and represents the historical suppression of Native sovereignty in seeking justice; and Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, which begins with a hijra, who occupies a historical and culturally recognized third gender in India, as a transgender woman who experiences discrimination and violence on the basis of gender identity in the context of national disruptions. The capstone project challenged students to 1) undertake a type of literary criticism that acts as a social force for change and 2) locate their work in feminist and gender theories. These readings included Judith Butler’s ‘Violence, Mourning, and Politics,’ Chandra Mohanty’s ‘Under Western Eyes,’ and Robyn Wiegman’s ‘Why Gender?’ Their seminar became a conversation among and between the novels, critical theories, and the students’ own concerns about women’s experience. The presentations address issues of women’s bodies, voice, and violence. Some gesture toward peacemaking in response to women’s experience of trauma.
- Deirdre Keenan, Professor, English, Carroll Univeristy
- Carroll University English Capstone Seminar students: Michelle Orr, Linda Braus, Andrianna Lazic, Dena Abu-Saif, Kukuhla Sawlon
4I, Pyle 235 ~ Female Commodification in the Autobiographies of Benjamin Franklin and Olaudah Equiano
Both Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography and The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano use the commodification of women’s bodies to shape their autobiographical self-representations. For Franklin, his sexual liaisons with ‘low’ women and his marriage with Miss Read constitute pivotal turns in the emergence of his mercantilist world-view. Franklin’s economic and social success is reliant upon the interaction-cum-transactional behavior with which he approaches all relationships, assigning them a value: but his relations with women, ranked on the scale of value, are at the nexus of economic and social value through which he gives birth, in effect, to ‘him-self.’ An African and former slave, Olaudah Equiano, by contrast, subverts Franklin’s commodification of women in carefully crafted scenes of inter-racial marriage. He uses these to dislocate the logic of commodification that supports both the slave market and the marriage market, while revealing the horrific consequences when women’s bodies are literally commodified as property within a male-dominated, mercantilist labor market. The presenter argues that while Equiano, like Franklin, interacts with the world in a mercantilist mode; he does so to reveal and escape the logic of forced commodification rather than to reinforce it for his own benefit.
- Kassie Baron, Graduate Student, English, University of Iowa
4J, Pyle 325 ~ Resisting Patriarchial Representations of Women in Arts, Social Media, and Literature
Female Body in Narco Narratives
In August 25, 2016, The New York Times, addressed the peace process in Colombia, starting an article by saying “The life of every Colombian alive today has been defined, to varying degrees, by violence.” Literature reflects on that, especially in ‘Narco Narratives’, that are novels that tell their stories from perspectives immerced in cultures surrounding the drug trade. The body deemed ‘perfect’ by narco-standards is flaunted in Narco Narrative novels where plastic surgery is stressed, indicating the social pressure to achieve a mafia imaginary regarding the female body. In a sexist society, Colombian women are struggling to find a place. Novels like Rosario Tijeras (1999) by Jorge Franco, portray these struggles. The presenter will discuss how this body aesthetic is present in contemporary Colombian literature.
- Beatriz L. Botero, Academic Staff, Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies, UW-Madison
Feminine Imagery in the Resistance to Oil Pipelines
Tribes in the US and Canada have been fighting against oil pipelines for years. Occupations and camps like those at Standing Rock gained the attention of the world through mainstream and independent media in 2016. The artifacts collected for this analysis include photos, screen print art, and videos shared on social media. From an ecofeminist rhetorical standpoint, the presenter’s analysis identifies the viral repetition of feminine imagery of indigenous women that shifts the anti-pipeline rhetoric to a moral frame, which resonates across cultures. This moral frame effectively activates what George Lakoff calls “the progressive frame” in order to build empathy and reveal our being part of nature. Celebrating images of strong women being respected as leaders and the feminine as a sign of strength and life provides a counter-narrative to a brutally patriarchal mainstream culture that typically silences indigenous women.
- Emilie Falc, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, Winona State University
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Concurrent Session 5: 11:45-12:30
5A, Pyle 112 ~ We Can Build on This: Women, Architecture, and Civic Engagement
WE CAN BUILD ON THIS is a documentary about a studio course on architecture and civic engagement. The course was designed by Jeanine Centuori, Professor of Architecture and Director of the Agency for Civic Engagement at Woodbury University in Burbank, CA. This documentary promotes discussion regarding women’s involvement in the male-dominated field of architecture (only 18% of licensed architects are women). It also provides insight into what happens when women participate in architecture: an ethic of care emerges. We see students design and build architecture as social intervention, promoting community, and creating a sense of purpose through place. Media and architecture students collaborate on physical constructions and media productions for community projects located at two LA sites: The John Muir Middle School in Burbank (a multi-use outdoor classroom) and the CA State Parks Bowtie Parcel (structure for public use). The documentary follows students in the fast-paced studio course dedicated to research, design, construction, visioning, and community service. WE CAN BUILD ON THIS is about civic engagement and the role of women in transforming architecture and society. Architect Jeanine Centuori cultivates well-being via hands-on architecture education, an important vantage point as we watch students build structures/community.
- Nicole Keating, Associate Professor, Dept. of Communication, Woodbury University
5B, Pyle 111 ~ Expanding our Understanding of Consent: Lessons from Asexual Community
This workshop will both challenge participants to transform programming around consent, to be more inclusive of a variety of marginalized communities, including the asexual community, as well as give individual participants models of consent that they can use in their own lives/relationships. The presenter hopes to show how asexual models of consent can be used in a broader context to give everyone a better sense of physical autonomy in all relationships, not just sexual ones. The first objective of this workshop is to identify problematic underlying assumptions within consent models. The second objective is to understand concepts learned from the asexual community to make these models more inclusive. The presenter will share stories from the asexual community to introduce concepts notably missing from the above models. The presenter will challenge participants to consider what a consent model that incorporates these concepts looks like and how including these concepts broadens the scope of a consent model for everyone. The final objective is to navigate conversation moving forward. Participants will discuss their action plans in small/large groups. They can ask questions of their peers, share best practices, and exchange contact information.
- Jo Teut, Diversity Specialist, Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, UW Colleges and Extension
5C, Pyle 213 ~ Leadership in Local Government: Encouraging Women to Run for Local Elected Office
Women make up less than 20% of county board officials in Wisconsin. Research shows that when women run for elected office, they win at equal rates as men. How can we encourage more women to run for local elected office? In this session, learn about new, Wisconsin-based research on engaging women in local government. The presenters will explore how to encourage women to think about running for office as well as how to support women as they campaign and serve in office. Inspired by the Wisconsin Idea, they will also discuss how to work with community leaders to use this information to increase the number of women running for local elected office. This research is based on focus groups of local elected women in Wisconsin. It builds on prior Wisconsin-based survey research on barriers to women running for local elected office.
- Victoria Solomon, Community Resource Development Educator, UW-Extension Green County
- Jenny Erickson, Community Resource Development Educator, UW-Extension Sauk County
- Dan Hill, Local Government Specialist, Local Government Center
5D, Pyle 226 ~ The Politics of Medical Care for LGBTQ People
How Transgender Women Use Web-based Crowdfunding for Transition Related Medical Care
Most transgender women face significant out-of-pocket expenses for transition related medical care. The objectives of this presentation are to identify how transgender women use crowdfunding, for which expenses, and to what success. All campaigns created on the site Gofundme.com from March 2012 to May 2016 that matched a search for ‘trans’ were extracted and entered into a database. Campaigns met the inclusion criteria if they were an active fundraiser to raise money for an individual trans woman’s hormones, surgery, and/or transition related psychotherapy (n=121). Campaign narratives emphasize lack of insurance coverage, the importance of medical care as part of transition, and the deservingness of the recipient. These results illustrate the need to evaluate the socio-economic inequalities that are revealed and reproduced through a reliance on crowdfunding trans medical care.
- Chris Barcelos, Assistant Professor, Gender and Women’s Studies, UW-Madison
Conversion Therapy Here and Now
Conversion Therapy is the practice of attempting to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity using methods described as unethical and unscientific by the American Psychiatric Association. The presenter will share comprehensive information on what conversion therapy is, as well as where and how it is happening today (including on the UW-Stout campus in the fall of 2017). Resources will be shared on how individuals can contribute in ending conversion therapy through legislative and representative outreach.
- Madison Gordon, Undergraduate, UW-Stout, (WGS Consortium 2018 Undergraduate Research Award recipient, UW-Stout)
5E, Pyle 335 ~ Activism, Blowback, and Power: Responses to Black Lives Matter
This session will have three presentations focused broadly on the Black Lives Matter movement. The three presentations are: ‘Pow! Violence and Voice in Angie Thomas’s Young Adult Novel, ‘The Hate U Give.’ The presenter will look at how stereotypes, hatred, and laissez-faire liberalism fuel white on black violence in the novel and how the best response is integrity, courage, and activism. In ‘Black Lives Matter and Take a Knee: The Problems of the Conservative Viewpoint.’ The presenter will analyze Black Lives Matter movement and athletes kneeling, the inaccuracies in the conservative blowback, and the long tradition of activism to challenge systemic problems of race and violence in the United States. In ‘Art, Voice, and Power in the Black Lives Matter Movement,’ the presenter focuses on Patrisse Khan-Cullors, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter, and her multimedia performance art piece “POWER: From the Mouths of the Occupied,” which highlights the impact of mass criminalization and state violence in Black communities across the United States. The presentation will tie in the film MILWAUKEE 52306.
- Laura Wendorff, Professor, Humanities, UW-Platteville
- Frank King, assistant professor, UW-Platteville
- Becky Fernette, senior lecturer, UW-Platteville
5F, Pyle 225 ~ Violence Writ Large: An Interdisciplinary Conversation about Bodies and Women
This interdisciplinary roundtable seeks to discuss gender and transformative pedagogy. The sociologist reflects on how gendered norms of speech are ‘used’ socially as evidence to reaffirm constructs of women’s intelligence and efficacy, thus discriminating against and disparaging women in real and measurable ways; thus, students appreciate that sometimes women’s literal voices are a site of symbolic and structural violence. The historian considers how Catholic women were expected to be both pure in mind and body upon marriage, and looks at the struggle of the Queen of the Belgians Marie-Louise who wrote to her mother of her personal struggles during her marriage’s first few months. The theologian uses the status of women in various religions to highlight the detrimental effects of patriarchy, noting examples of how women’s bodies are considered ‘impure’ from religious perspectives and how these perspectives represent the intersection of religious belief and cultural biases. The English professor discusses having taught, in the wake of Charlottesville, WIlliam Wells Brown’s (1853) Clotel; Or, A President’s Daughter; A Narrative of Slave Life in America to highlight representations of a slave woman’s body–one that is also Thomas Jefferson’s daughter.
- Moderator: Maureen McKnight, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English and Writing, Cardinal Stritch University
- Mary Duarte, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, Cardinal Stritch University
- Angela Barian, Ph.D., Chair and Assistant Professor of Sociology, Cardinal Stritch University
- Michelle Gilgannon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Cardinal Stritch University
5G, Pyle 235 ~ Rape Myths and Rape Culture of the University Life: Investigating the Unknown
Presenters will provide a foundational understanding of rape myth and rape culture through research studies completed on university campuses. Quantitative and qualitative research includes examinations about students, faculty, and staff. Participants in the roundtable will aid by expanding research ideas, discussing problems in collecting data, how to reach those we want to gather data from the most, and other helpful hints to stay informed about this topic.
- Jennifer Huck, Professor, Carroll University
- Kelly Pinter, Professor, Carroll University
- Kelsey Cybell, Carroll University
- Jordan Womack, Student, Carroll University
- Bryce Pierson, Student, Carroll University
5H, Pyle 313 ~ “What’s Money Got to Do With It?” Women and Monetary Reform
As Earthlings and females, we understand the need to protect habitat and future generations. But doing so requires monetary and economic stability for caregivers, their families and communities. Unfortunately, due to a flaw in how legislators institutionalized it 105 years ago, our money system systematically and increasingly impoverishes most living creatures to serve the interests of the very few. Ironically, habitat collapse and economic instability caused by our monetary system imperil rich and poor alike. It is crucial to understand this flaw and how our money system currently works, who benefits from and who pays for it, and how we can correct it. This interactive session with friends of the American Monetary Institute (AMI) will help participants to explore these issues and how to become part of a growing national and international movement for sovereign money reform. We will tell you about a suite of three concrete monetary correctives that together will create a level playing field from which we can eliminate poverty, end debt slavery, and sustainably rebuild our earthly commons for a thriving future.
- Susan Peters, Friends of AMI, has worked for 35 years on Wall Street in technology, the last 15 years as an associate vice president for a multinational commercial bank where she learned about the monetary system. She has been a member of the American Monetary Institute, NY, as well as a founder of the website GreensForMonetaryReform.org.
- Lucille Eckrich is an associate professor at Illinois State University. She studied economics and African studies (including one summer at UW-Madison) as an undergraduate. She has been active in the American Monetary Institute since 2005 and authored two chapters on monetary critique and reform and education in a 2017 book she co-edited called The Neoliberal Agenda and the Student Debt Crisis in U.S. Higher Education.
- Mary Sanderson is an independent student of our monetary system as a result of growing up in a family traumatized by the 1933 farm crisis. A native of Columbus Wisconsin, she studied at UW and on the road. Mary has worked as a medical interpreter, peace activist, postal clerk and mother.
- Bo-Young Lim has been an educator for over 25 years, specializing in language acquisition and community development. She currently works with the Canadian Centre for Language and Cultural Studies in Toronto. She is also a filmmaker working on a documentary about monetary reform and is an active member of AMI and COMER.
5I ~ Cancelled
5J, Pyle 325 ~ Hearing Privilege and Violence
We talk about white privilege, and other types of privileges, but do we ever think about different types of privileges that are not so “common” but exist? Hearing privilege is one of them. Deaf and hard of hearing people are constantly oppressed by the world we live in, because of their inability to hear and the privileges of those who can. There are individual and systemic barriers that Deaf and hard of hearing individuals encounter on a daily basis, and this can be even more difficult for those who experience violence, or are victims of crime. One out of two Deaf women will experience abuse in their lifetime, which is higher than the national average. Join us to get a glimpse of what the world is like from Deaf eyes.
- Jenny Buechner, Executive Director, Deaf Unity
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Concurrent Session 6: 3:15-4:15
6A, Pyle 112 ~ Expanding Feminist Pedagogy
Mindful Writing and Disability Studies: Developing an Empathetic Voice in General Education Courses
In Spring 2017, the presenter introduced a mindful journaling assignment in their general education course ENGL 247: Critical Writing themed “Disability in American Culture.” The goals for this assignment included aiding students in: 1) comprehending interdisciplinary material outside of their primary area of study; 2) fostering a deeper engagement with the course material and a deeper understanding of personal values; 3) recognizing the benefits of mindful writing. When previously teaching this course, student-led discussions often revolved on revelations that individuals with disabilities have similar feelings, experiences, and desires as individuals without disabilities. I wanted to enable my students to develop more sophisticated understandings of the course material through a consistent mindful writing practice. This presentation will outline the context and motivations for this successful project, my methodology, the assignment prompt, the assessment questions and qualitative results, as well as the possible applications of mindful writing in other general education courses to promote empathy, critical reflection, and self-awareness.
- Rickie-Ann Legleitner, Assistant Professor, Co-coordinator of Women and Gender Studies, English and Philosophy, UW-Stout
Including a Trauma-Informed Approach in Feminist Pedagogy
Based on current statistics, the majority of students in college courses have likely experienced trauma, and several of these students may have PTSD as well. Trauma and PTSD can affect students’ academic achievement. Teachers need to be aware of how trauma and PTSD can affect our students, just as we would with other mental and physical health issues, in order to accommodate our students to help them succeed in any learning context. The presenter will argue for the need of trauma-informed pedagogy to be a part of an inclusive feminist pedagogy. An overview of what trauma is and how it can affect academic performance will be provided, along with pedagogical strategies from relevant scholarship and resources as well as perspectives from the presenter’s experiences of teaching in Milwaukee Public Schools and at UW-Milwaukee for many years. These strategies will help teachers to consider more thoroughly the kinds of backgrounds and learning issues that our diverse students struggle with in order to create a classroom and curriculum that is responsive to the well-being of all students. Finally, attendees will be invited to share their own strategies and experiences.
- Molly Ubbesen, Graduate Student (Dissertator), English (Rhetoric and Composition), UW-Milwaukee
6B, Pyle 213 ~ Women and STEM: Making Critical Change for the World
Gender Issues in Science (WGST 320): Not Just “That Class about Women in Science”
At UW-River Falls, Women’s & Gender Studies 320: Gender Issues in Science is sometimes referred to as “that course about women in science” by those who haven’t taken it or read its course description. Although the course dedicates some time to recovering the history of important but under-recognized contributions made by women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ people to STEM and to reviewing the hurdles they have faced in order to participate in STEM fields, it encompasses much more. The course applies the methods of feminist critical thinking and gender studies pedagogy to a wide variety of gender, racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, dis/ability, sexuality, and religious issues as they are exacerbated, helped, or circumscribed by the way science is conducted and interpreted and by how technology is implemented. Emphasis is placed on how STEM and gender are perceived and conducted in different cultures, and how intersectional identities are most likely to be affected by developments in STEM while having the least input into what and how science is conducted. The presenter will provide examples of the topics covered, describe how students’ ability to think critically is developed, and share student evaluations and reflections about how the course affected their intellectual and personal development.
- Rellen Hardtke, Professor, Physics and Women’s & Gender Studies, UW-River Falls
E4W (Engineering for Women)
As MANkind aspires towards its quest of hyperloop and mars colonies, equitable and adequate access to resources remains a distant dream for a significant population across the planet. The rapidly advancing crisis in global climate has only exacerbated the anxiety of the most vulnerable communities around the world. Women remain on the frontline in coping against this downward spiral to provide for themselves and their families. Arguably, while the ability to resolve these solutions are well within the reach of our technical prowess, the persistent under-representation of women in the engineering profession is a major limitation in improving access to various global health enables such as energy, sanitation, clean water, and transportation. Efforts to recruit more women to the engineering cause continue to be a formidable challenge. The situation is all the more interesting because healthcare professions have historically enjoyed equitable gender representation. This session will explore the role of a feminist engineer in empowering Women & Wellbeing in Wisconsin & the World to identify opportunities for positive action.
- Giri Venkataramanan, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UW-Madison
6C, Pyle 232 ~ Amplifying Intersectional Voices through Campus Women’s Centers
This roundtable will be a collaborative effort to further identify how professionally staffed campus-based Women’s Centers can continue to amplify intersectional voices through engagement and advocacy. Presenters will share about the current projects being carried out at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s Women’s Center to engage unique and overlooked populations in the advancement of gender equity on campus. These projects include increasing media literacy through a feminist (video) gaming initiative, increasing racial literacy through programming at the intersection of gender and race, increasing the visibility of students who are also parents or guardians, and filling the leadership development gap for female students majoring in female-dominated disciplines (e.g., social work, nursing, human services, and education) to work against the glass escalator effect (Williams, 1992). Participants who attend this roundtable will be given space to provide feedback on these projects as well as share about the work being done on their respective campuses to advance gender equity. The end product will be a collection of strategies being employed to amplify intersectional voices on campuses across the state.
- Alicia Johnson, Director, Women’s Center; Lecturer, Women’s and Gender Studies
- Eliza Farrow, Program Assistant, Women’s Center, UW-Oshkosh
- MaryKathyrine Tran, Community and Engagement Specialist, Women’s Center, UW-Oshkosh
- Payton Metz, Intern, Women’s Center, UW-Oshkosh
- Hannah Foley, Undergraduate Student, (2018 Recipient of the Women’s and Gender Studies Consortium Undergraduate Research Award for UW-Oshkosh)
6D, Pyle 225 ~ RE (Recognizing Equality) Talks Initiative: Students Changing Campus Culture
The RE (Recognizing Equality) Initiative at Winona State University is an initiative that is committed to responding appropriately to gender-based violence; re-imagining and implementing effective prevention strategies; and redefining campus culture. This campus initiative has developed a series of two-minute videos called “RE talks” to address gender-based violence topics such as: intersectionality, rape culture, consent, macro systems, and victim blaming. This series was developed to be a unique and engaging media to develop awareness and educate students, faculty, and members of the Winona, MN community. With our collaborations on campus–these videos are viewed on our campus marketing televisions, shared at athletics events, and played during incoming student orientation. These videos are student produced to enhance bystander intervention, bring awareness of campus climate, and to inspire.
- Zaria Smith, Undergraduate Student, Winona State University
- Alexis Salem, Undergraduate Student, Winona State University
- Jacob Stock, Undergraduate Student, Winona State University
- Ally Picht, Undergraduate Student, Winona State University
- Lauren Wodicka, Undergraduate Student, Winona State University
- Molly Sarbacker, Undergraduate Student, Winona State University
- Sarah Jackson, Graduate Student, Winona State University
6E, Pyle 335 ~ Historical Perspectives on Voice and Agency
Reproductive Justice: Historical Perspectives on Voice and Agency
As scholars such as Ross and Solinger have articulated, contemporary feminist understanding of reproductive justice encompasses; the right not to have a child; the right to have a child; and the right to parent children in safe and health environments. These rights have not been secure for any population of female-bodied people, and have been the least obtainable for those marginalized by class, race, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Drawing on research for her recent book Modern Motherhood: An American History (Rutgers University Press, 2014), the presenter will explore how changing and variable definitions of the maternal body in U.S. history have contributed to modern movements to demand reproductive justice. It will engage discourses of control and discipline of female bodies in the context of modern medicine, capitalism, patriarchy, and racism. It will consider how women have–often quietly, but sometimes more forcefully and visibly– defied the patriarchal notions of their bodies by making their own reproductive choices and developing collective understandings of bodily ownership and of maternal agency with respect to their babies. Women’s reproductive actions, voices, and movements have shaped demographic transitions in U.S. history, discourses of reproductive justice, and corresponding new opportunities and challenges.
- Jodi Vandenberg-Daves, Professor and Chair, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, UW-La Crosse
Effects of the Amnesty Act of 1986 on Recipients and their Broader Communities
The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, also known as the Amnesty Act of 1986 is the largest immigration reform act in U.S. history, granting amnesty to 3.2 million undocumented immigrants. It specifically aimed to grant amnesty to immigrants who came before 1982 and migrant farm laborers. The act also criminalized knowingly hiring undocumented workers and made it a requirement to verify worker’s immigration status. This work will be a three-part interdisciplinary analysis of the Act: the legislative history of the Act and how it was created, amended and passed; testimonies of the application process and immediate effects of legalization by recipients obtained through interviews conducted by the presenter; and analysis of impact of the Act on the broader communities of recipients, specifically their children and the U.S. labor market through testimonies and studies.
- Alejandra Estrada, Public History Major, Gender & Sexuality Studies Minor, Student Organization of Latinos- President, UW-Eau Claire, (WGS Consortium 2018 Undergraduate Research Award recipient, UW-Eau Claire)
6F, Pyle 226 ~ Feminist Literary Analysis: Satire, Memoir, and Social Criticism
More Than a Meal: Confronting the (Dis)Embodied Self in M.F.K. Fisher’s ‘The Gastronomical Me’
The presenter explores how M.F.K. Fisher, a renowned figure in food studies scholarship, should also be considered for her contribution to the genre of female-written memoirs. By fixating on details of the specific meals Fisher describes, scholars often overlook how her decision to write about pleasurable moments of consumption could be interpreted as an act of self-discovery and a way of establishing her own identity, not to mention an attempt to subvert societal expectations of thinness and restraint. Using Fisher’s journal entries as a comparison, the presenter analyzes Fisher’s choice to write a memoir in this manner, asking what Fisher hides about herself in the process. Because Fisher’s work transcends genres, the presenter argues that there is value in acknowledging the text’s categorization as a memoir and consequently, its problematic and yet liberated presentation of a female’s disembodied relationship to food.
- Victoria Burns, Graduate Student, English, University of Iowa
Hungry Like the Wolf: Ecofeminism in Early Twentieth Century Spanish Literature
Ecofeminism as an intellectual line of inquiry is still gaining ground in peninsular Spain and Spanish Studies, but Spain’s literature has borne its elements alongside themes of gender inequality for over a century. While influenced by Anglophone critical ecofeminists like Val Plumwood, Karen Warren, and Carol Adams, Spanish ecofeminist philosophers Alicia Puleo and Teresa Moure bring these insights to a specifically Spanish context. Spain’s unique history of brutal and exploitative relationship to non-human animals and the environment clashes with its post-dictatorial political benevolence toward environmental conservation and animal rights legislation, as Georgina Dopico Black has argued. However, this sociocultural paradox is not new. The presenter argues that ecofeminist lines of thought have informed literary production from the turn of the twentieth century, even if it could not yet be named as such. Offered as evidence is Spain’s foremost feminist author, social critic, and Renaissance-woman Emilia Pardo Baz’s 1918 short story “Navidad de lobos” (Wolves Christmas) and analysis of its anthropomorphized insight into a wolf family’s needs and desires upends a rural human community’s traditional celebration.
- Teresa Greppi, Graduate Student, ABD, Spanish & Portuguese, minor in Gender & Women’s Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
6G, Pyle 235 ~ Community Health Workers (Promotoras) and Centro Hispano of Dane County at the center of community development- this is OUR story
Paradoxical challenges are often viewed through a macro-level lens, causing the unintended consequence of removing possible solution-making processes from the people or systems directly affected by them. This project intends to recognize the power, vitality, and value of developing educational channels for im/migrant women and community health workers, whose mission is to challenge the status-quo of oppression, sexism, and classism in their city and neighborhoods, one person at the time. This is not the story of a low-intensity curriculum, it is rather the story of nine lives and one rebel organization, trying to redefine the way im/migrants, in this case Latinxs, perceive themselves in a new place, and the ways how they reclaim and recreate their own identity through active decolonization. The community health workers believe healing and progress start from within: they want to share how their personal and educational journeys are transforming their own discourse and how in the process they are developing as role models and activists for their families and community. This is their story, this is their collective story, told by the participants.
- Mariela Quesada Centeno, First year PhD student, Human Development and Family Studies- School of Human Ecology, Centro Hispano, with Maricela Martinez, Matilde Cachiguango, Rosalba Montoya, Aida Inuca, Virginia López, Jennifer Valencia, Karime Perez
6H, Pyle 313 ~ Maiden, Mother, or Whore? The Gendering of Jerusalem in Western Christian Historical Imagination
Using the theoretical framework proposed by Edward Said in his ground-breaking monograph ‘Orientalism’, this presentation examines depictions of the city of Jerusalem as virgin, mother, and whore in Western Christian literature. The concept of Jerusalem as the feminine nexus or ‘navel’ of the world is a central idea in both Eastern and Western Christianity. Sources for this presentation range from the Emperor Constantine’s semi-hagiographic biographer Eusebious of Caesarea (d.340 CE), the mythopoetic Protestant visionary William Blake (d. 1827 CE), to the work of more modern American dispensationalist Christians such as Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, authors of the popular book series ‘Left Behind’. This study asks: “Is Western Christian imagery of a feminized Jerusalem a metaphor for a land that was fertile for the institutionalization of European Imperialism over the longue durée.”
- Molly Patterson, Associate Professor, History, UW-Whitewater
6I, Pyle 325 ~ Making a Case for Women in The Political Process: Russia and Nepal
Would a Russian female president improve U.S.-Russian relations?
U.S.-Russian relations are at an all time low. Russians being accused in meddling in the U.S. elections, Americans are criticized for supporting unconstructive opposition aimed at sowing havoc to the Russian political system, spreading separatist sentiments among ethnic republics comprised into the Russian Federation. Rhetoric being used on both sides gravitates to language of military exercises rather than of diplomatic talks. The most euphemistic statement given by the Russian Foreign Minister about the absence of cooperation from the American side was that ‘it takes two to tango’ and that Americans are performing a break dance. But the tango requires not only a male, but also a female dancer who might bring a coveted change to the relations created by male dominance in Russian and American political systems. There are voices among Russian liberal politicians who call for a female candidate to be supported in the March 2018 Presidential election. They think that a female president will be more adequate to domestic as well as foreign relations and would improve the Russian image in the world. Thus far activities of Russian female politicians lead to the introduction of reactionary measures in Russian internal relations (Yarovaya Laws) with little mitigation of harsh male rhetoric in foreign relations (Zakharova). This presentation will focus on analysis of political, social and cultural programs of Russian female politicians, which would improve U.S.-Russian relations, and present challenges to male aspirations to the Russian presidential post.
- Yuri Kitov, Professor, Culturology, Arctic State Institute of Culture and Arts
- Svetlana Gertner, professor of Moscow State Institute of Culture and Arts
Women and elections in Nepal: A content analysis of manifesto of major political parties
Nepal held two elections in 2017. A general election to elect a national government and local election to elect representatives for 264 urban municipalities and 480 rural municipalities. The major political parties in both elections had promised for a prosperous and developed Nepal. This paper looks at their manifesto to analyze the inclusion and discussion of women’s issues during the elections. It uses content analysis method to analyze and discuss women’s issues and their representation in the electoral process. The rational for this study is to explore the status of women in Nepal as discussed by the political parties during the election. Nepal already ranks low on gender inequality index at 144 out of 188 countries. It is clear Nepali women have a long hill to climb towards equality in the society. The changes can come from the political process in the form of policies and representation in the governance.
- Krishna Roka, Assistant Professor, Sociology and Social Work, UW-Stevens Point
6J, Pyle 111 ~ Violence against women at end of life in rural Central Malawi
This presentation is based on a qualitative study informed by feminist epistemologies, the purpose of which was to describe the lived experience of female palliative care patients in rural Central Malawi, and their caregivers. Specific aims included to 1) analyze physical, spiritual, and mental health needs and to; 2) analyze best nursing practice for female palliative care patients at end of life. Semi-structured interview guides were used to gain in-depth insight into the experiences of female palliative care patients at end of life and the experiences of their caregivers at home, in the form of relatives or friends, who were attempting to meet their needs. The study involved in-depth individual interviews with 25 female palliative care patients, and 14 caregivers. Findings of the study showed how women coped with experiences of violence from their male partners at end of life. These experiences included physical violence, sexual violence, emotional violence, deprivation and abandonment. The findings point to the importance of the role of nurses and other healthcare providers in screening for intimate partner violence at end of life and the various strategies that healthcare providers might employ to better support women with their health needs at end of life.
- Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu, Associate Professor, College of Nursing, UW-Milwaukee
- Nancy Kendall, PhD, UW-Madison
- Claire Wendland, MD, PhD, UW-Madison
- Anne Dressel,PhD, UW-Milwaukee
- Peninnah Kako, PhD, RN, UW-Milwaukee
- Tammy Neiman, MSN, RN, UW-Milwaukee
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Concurrent Session 7: 4:30-5:30
7A, Pyle 111 ~ Engaging students in relational growth through the classroom environment: The use of Relational-Cultural Theory in Pedagogy
This workshop will be led by two counselor educators whom regularly utilize relational-cultural theory as educational practice. In teaching and supervising students, they aim to support students’ individual and relational development by fostering self-efficacy and skill development. Relational-cultural theory is a feminist theory of psychology that emphasizes the role of relationships and mutuality as central to development and growth. Counselor educators prepare counselors-in-training to develop skills, competencies, and awareness in order to encourage therapeutic relationships with clients that foster growth and empower clients towards reaching their goals. Throughout their training programs, students are required to reflect on their own biases and beliefs while engaging with faculty and peers in relationships that foster development. This presentation will provide an overview of relational-cultural theory as educational practice, describe methods of using this theory in practice, and provide strategies for fellow educators to engage in growth-fostering relationships with their students within the classroom setting.
- Ann Friesema, Assistant Professor, Psychology, UW-Parkside
- Amy Barth, Assistant Professor, Counselor Education Department, UW-Whitewater
7B, Pyle 213 ~ Interdisciplinary Knowledge Building–Black Women’s Experience in the U.S.
This panel serves as a showcase of undergraduate and faculty interdisciplinary research on black women’s experience in the United States. In particular, the presenters will discuss selected topics in relation to the broadly defined theme of the body, such as the traumatized body in slave narratives, racialized medicine and social service, as well as iconized black female role models in popular culture. Collectively, the presented papers invite the audience to have dialogues about integrating race and gender into disciplinary research interest and understanding black women’s experience situated in multiple locations. The five papers explore the discrepancies among African American and Caucasian women in healthcare, specifically in cancer treatment; black women’s struggles in the medical field, particularly as patients; the causes and effects of the over representation of black women and children in interactions with DCF, including placement in out of home care; the media’s representation of black female role models, including their song lyrics, official music video content, and implications; and resistance of black female slaves and mothers, which helps disrupt the smooth functioning of slavery.
- Dong Isbister, Assistant Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies, UW-Platteville
- Meghan Weber, undergraduate, “The Struggle against Racial Bias in Medicine: A Battle for Patients and Doctors Alike,” UW-Platteville
- Torin McCaw, undergraduate, “Black Women and Child Welfare in Wisconsin,” UW-Platteville
- Alex Mines, undergraduate, “The Iconic ‘Queen’: Implications of Black Female Role Models”, UW-Platteville
7C, Pyle 225 ~ Divorced women and poverty in Hong Kong
Feminization of poverty is a global phenomenon and is evidenced in the situation of divorced women in Hong Kong. Feminist analysis of divorce has highlighted the differences of women and men post-divorce particularly in the economic impacts. Women have suffered more economic lose after divorce than their male partners. In the context of Hong Kong, the poverty rate of divorced single parent households was 35.6% in 2015 which was much higher than the overall poverty rate of 16%. Among divorce cases that are granted maintenance order by the family court, about half are of non-compliance resulting in a high proportion of low-income divorced women and single mothers relying on social welfare as the major or exclusive source of income. The labour participation rate of single parents has also been lower than that of adults with young children. The intersectionality of gender, age and ethnicity in constructing the experiences of divorced women in Hong Kong and advocacy efforts of the community will be highlighted.
- Dr. Suet-Lin HUNG, Associate Head and Associate Professor, Department of Social Work, Hong Kong Baptist University, Member, Hong Kong Women’s Commission, Former member, Equal Opportunities Commission, Ex-chairperson, Hong Kong Social Workers Registration Board, Honorary Consultant, Association Concerning Sexual Violence against Women
- Dr. Kwok-Kin FUNG, Associate Professor & Programme Director, Master of Social Work, Department of Social Work, Hong Kong Baptist University, Board of Director, International Association for Community Development. Honorary Consultant, Community Development Alliance, Hong Kong
7D, Pyle 226 ~ Navigating the Intersections: Intersectional Feminism in the Classroom, Student Organizations, and University
In this roundtable discussion, the presenter will lead select students from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in a discussion about intersectional feminism and its application. Notably, several students purport a commitment to intersectional feminist activism and communities in classroom discussions and assignments. However, when applying these theories beyond the classroom, many individuals find it more difficult than expected to create inclusive communities, navigate difference, and conduct activist work. As such, in this roundtable discussion, they will discuss difficulties and triumphs with navigating the intersections of oppression in feminist activism and thought. Although all from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, students will speak on their different experiences with intersectionality in the classroom, in student organizations, and in the university as whole. They will explore questions such as: what does intersectional feminism mean to you? How have you applied intersectional feminism beyond the classroom? When have you failed to be intersectional in your feminist activism? What was your response to that failure? What are concrete tools for building and sustaining intersectional feminist communities and activism? Ultimately, this roundtable discussion will serve to expand, complicate, and share experiences with intersectional oppression, activism, and communities from the perspectives of UW-Whitewater students.
- Ashley Barnes-Gilbert, Lecturer, Women’s and Gender Studies, UW-Whitewater
- Savannah Mulrooney, Michelle Mendoza, Ash Anderson, Laura Eichsteadt, Lauryl Cutts, Ariel Gay, Karinthia Treu, Emily Vosberg, and Amanda Salawater, undergraduate studenst, UW-Whitewater
7E, Pyle 335 ~ Disability and Identity in Film and Literature
The Violence of Analogy: Fraud, Disability, and Transgender Identity in the Cuban Film His Wedding Dress (2014)
This presentation will examine the ways in which disability and transgender identity are juxtaposed in the 2014 Cuban film His Wedding Dress (Vestido de Novia). The film deals primarily with the outing of trans woman Rosa Elena to her husband, but includes a subplot wherein Rosa Elena’s supposedly disabled father is revealed to be enacting an elaborate ‘disability con’ on his daughter in order to spite her for her transgender identity. Utilizing the theories of scholars of disability like Robert McRuer and Ellen Samuels, the presenter will argue that His Wedding Dress attempts to validate the trans identity of the film’s protagonist through a disavowal of the figure of the ‘disability con.’ The work of scholars like Miranda Joseph and Judith Butler id used to examine the ways in which the analogy of transness to disability is damaging both to communities of trans and disabled people, and to evaluate the assumptions underlying the ‘logic’ of this analogy in the first place.
- Megan Gargiulo, Graduate Student, Spanish and Portuguese, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Trash and Disability: Intersections of Trauma, Physical Disability, and Class in Dorothy Allison’s Cavedweller
This presentation considers trauma and disability in Dorothy Allison’s novel Cavedweller. Specifically, the presenter examines the experience of Cissy Byrd, a young girl coming to terms with her visual disability, trauma, lesbian sexuality, and positionality as a poor, Southern woman. Though Cavedweller is not a recently published novel (1998), it contains important and new insights about disability, trauma, and class that disability studies and other fields have not yet explored. Cissy’s partial blindness and the trauma that accompanies it in order to show 1) how physical disability intersects with trauma in Cissy’s experience, 2) how trauma can be debilitating and bar one from access to normal cultural expectations, and 3) how Cissy experiences the world differently ”in some way more vividly and sensually and in some ways more painfully” than she would if she did not have a sight disability. Discussion will also more broadly consider how these identities and experiences factor in to disabled life.
- Corey Hickner-Johnson, Graduate Student, English; GWSS, University of Iowa
7F ~ Cancelled
7G ~ Cancelled
7H, Pyle 325 ~ Women Fighting for Reform in Africa
Women’s Legal Reform and the Fight Against Islamic Extremism in North Africa
Women’s legal reform has become a crucial site of contestation between more secular and conservative Islamist forces. There is considerable pushback in North Africa against extremism of various kinds and women’s rights have become an important battleground for these contestations because, women, their bodies and roles symbolize the different positions people take with respect to key issues. Women’s rights activists, in particular, are thrust into the middle of these battles as they fight for space to assert their rights. Very little attention is paid to countercurrents that are pushing against Islamic extremism in the area of women’s rights, which has become a focus of debate around secularist approaches. Throughout the region, Islamists and, in particular, Salafists (who draw on an extremely conservative Wahhabi-inspired ideology) are seeking to influence politics and policy. This paper looks at these trends in Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco with respect to 1) the areas of legal change that are more susceptible to reform than others and why (e.g., quotas laws are easier to reform than family law); 2) how are contestations being framed (e.g., complementarity, equality and equity frames); and 3) what impact does the expansion of women’s rights have on extremism).
- Aili Tripp, Professor, Political Science and Gender & Women’s Studies, UW-Madison
The Role of Women in the liberation of Zimbabwe and the Perpetuation of Gender Suppression by invocation of “Customary Law” in the Dual Legal System in Zimbabwe
The patron saint of the resistance against colonial rule in Zimbabwe was a heroine called NEHANDA, who was convicted and sentenced to death by hanging in Harare in 1897. In the 1970s, hundreds of young girls went to join the liberation struggle. The government in exile acknowledged equality of all in “free” Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe women were born slaves under both customary law and colonialism. Zimbabwe is signatory to the UN declaration of Human Rights, and its own Legal Age of Majority which removed the “minor” status of women; (including of mother to son). The new constitution also touts equality and justice for all. But there is a duplicity in the legal system being followed in the courts that prejudice women, stripping them of rights to own property under guise of the evil “Mutemo Wakare” “Customary Law”
- Josephine Gurira, Former Deputy Director University of Zimbabwe Library, Harare Zimbabwe, Librarian, UW-Platteville
7I, Pyle 112 ~ Youth in Action: Harnessing your passion, transforming communities
Young people are fed up with the status quo, have unique solutions to our community’s most pressing problems and are ready to lead. These future civic and political leaders must have a seat at the table, as they have the power to completely transform our society. Learn about three different civic engagement models that are empowering young women to use their voices and experiences as a platform for change. Use these models to identify how you can channel your own personal passions and step into civic and political leadership to make a positive impact.
- Angela Jiang, High School Student (West High School), N/A, Girl Up Teen Advisor| UN Foundation
- Maddie Zimmerman, IGNITE Coordinator, 2018 BA Candidate, Human Development & Family Studies and Legal Studies.
- Jenny Smith, 2018 MSW Candidate, CRISP Representative
7J ~ Cancelled