Category Archives: Women’s Studies

Op-Ed: the gender wage gap

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By Avery Friedman, CNN Legal Analyst and Ursuline College Distinguished Visiting Professor in Constitutional Law, in response to Women in Ohio made only 76.9 cents for every $1 men made; wage gap much wider for minority women published by Cleveland.com April 15, 2014.

Years ago, I was on a panel with the iconic Gloria Steinem. We found commonality in trying to convince people of the need for an Equal Rights Amendment (“ERA”) which sought to remove the institutional obstacles American women face in many aspects of life. She commented to me after the program that women were earning 60 cents for every dollar men earned doing the same job. This idea seemed outrageous to me at the time. It seems outrageous today. The effort to pass the ERA went up in smoke, but it would have avoided the need for President Obama to sign several executive order guaranteeing equal pay for women from federal contractors.

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Start the discussion: perspectives on women’s rights

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On Monday (March 31) the College hosted a panel discussion titled “Transnational Perspectives on Women’s Rights as Human Rights.” With over 100 in attendance,  working with the Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio, the College gathered five women panelists from Puerto Rico, Serbia, Ukraine, India and Jamaica to discuss challenges and issues in the lives of women and girls all over the world.

The discussion was moderated by Gina Messina Dysert, Ph.D., Dean of Ursuline’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies and Mary Frances (Mimi) Pipino, Ph.D., Director of the Ursuline Studies Program. Topics covered included the impact of globalization on women, breaking gender stereotypes, finding a common ground across World cultures and the definition of feminism. See the entire panel discussion below.

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Advocate: Women Watch 2014

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Maggie Stark is the Founding President of the Sr. Dorothy Kazel Club for Systemic Change

Today a little over 25 students, faculty, staff and Ursuline Sisters gathered to recognize the 51 women and children murdered in Cuyahoga County since last year’s event.

As we walked the half-mile loop of red silhouettes, I noticed that the figure I was holding had the name of a 22 year old girl. Being only one year older than her, I couldn’t possibly imagine leaving this world so soon, so tragically.

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Fridays with B&B: educate a woman

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A weekly conversation between your campus Marketing gals Brittney & Becca. TGIF! 

Becca: Did you see Tina Fey is producing a new show about women’s college’s?
Britt: Yeah, I heard, read a little about it. There’s not much info out about the show yet. I can’t wait to watch. Anything Tina Fey does turns to gold.
Becca: All we know is that it’s about a women’s college that goes co-ed. And it’s a comedy. But, you’re right, it will be gold.
Britt: “That’s gold, Jerry! It’s gold!” Did I tell you Ursuline received a tweet from Chatham University in Pittsburg? There is talk of the college going co-ed, so a student reached out for our support against it.

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Women Watch: remembering women and children, victims of violent crimes

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The Ursuline College community will gather at 2:30 PM Monday, Mar 31 for Women Watch, an annual tribute to the women and children in Cuyahoga County who have died violently during the past year, and Sr. Joanne Marie Mascha who was murdered in a wooded area on campus by a mentally ill neighbor in 1995. Women Watch is hosted annually by the student-run Sr. Dorothy Kazel Club and Student Art Organization.

“We walk to remember those who have died violent deaths but also to remember to be nonviolent,” Ursuline Art Department professor Sr. Diane Therese Pinchot, O.S.U., M.F.A., said.

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Gina Messina-Dysert: continuing to claim a feminist identity

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Originally published August 21, 2013 by Feminism and Religion.

Recently Susan Sarandon was asked if she is a feminist and her response left many asking if perhaps we are moving towards a post-feminist world. Of course, the very fact that Sarandon was asked if she is a feminist well demonstrates that gender politics continue (certainly, men are not asked such questions).

According to Sarandon, “I think of myself as a humanist because I think it’s less alienating to people who think of feminism as being a load of strident bitches.”  She went on to explain that “feminist” is an “old-fashioned word” and is actually used to minimize women and girls.

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Fridays with B&B: the “F” word

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A weekly conversation between your campus Marketing gals Brittney & Becca. TGIF! 

Becca: Where do we start?
Britt: Hold on one sec – I’m posting a photo (Instagram).
*Becca sips her chai tea latte… (we are writing from a local coffee shop).
Britt: Ok, so – feminism. First, let’s follow up on last week’s convo. Have you read about the backlash #banbossy is getting?
Becca: I did – I saw the one article about a Dad who said he will continue to call his daughter bossy when she acts bossy – and the same goes for his son.
Britt: I haven’t read that piece. I’m interested in the conversations about #banbossy not being important because there are so many other pressing women’s issues (education, violence against women, etc.). Which is true, but it’s also not good if we are not talking about how young girls and women are perceived in terms of language, double standards.

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Fridays with B&B: #banbossy

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A weekly conversation between your campus Marketing gals Brittney & Becca. TGIF! 

This month we are focusing our discussions on all things women, as, you know, it is Women’s History Month. Today, let’s get things straight. We are not bossy. We are bosses. Like Beyonce. And we are joining the movement to #banbossy, an initiative launched by Girls Scouts of America and LeanIn Organization.

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Spring livin’ suggestions: recognizing women photographers

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Alright – we are in the final stretch of winter. (We promise!) Only 8 more days ’till it is officially spring. To help you get ready for the season, we are sharing our spring 2014 suggestions – drawing inspiration from Women’s History Month, of course!

Today, let’s talk women photographers. Photoshelter Blog posted an awesome article yesterday by   titled 14 Female Photographers You Should Know Now, featuring women in the field who are breaking rules, pushing boundaries and producing incomparable work.

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Celebrate Women’s History Month with International Women’s Panel March 31

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The College is hosting a panel discussion titled “Transnational Perspectives on Women’s Rights as Human Rights” at 6 PM March 31 in the Mullen Little Theater, 2550 Lander Road, Pepper Pike, Ohio 44124. The discussion is free and open to the public and will be followed by a dessert reception.

“The theme for Women’s History Month 2014 is Women of Courage, Character and Commitment. Ursuline College, through its women-focused identity and mission, seeks to educate and encourage such women and prepare them to participate bravely and passionately in a global society,” Mary Frances Pipino, Ph.D., Director of Ursuline College’s Ursuline Studies Program, said.

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