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Half the Sky: Screening and Critical Panel Discussion

Date: March 5, 2014

As part of our participation in the Graduate Consortium of Women's Studies film festival, "Women Take the Reel," we hosted a screening and critical discussion of Half the Sky on Wednesday, March 5th at 6PM. Over 60 students, faculty, and community members attended to view and engage in an investigative discussion of the documentary. The panel was led by experts in the fields of sociology and media studies: Drs. Saher Selod, Suzanne Leonard, Elora Chowdhury, Nazli Kibria, and Jyoti Puri.



Women's History Wikipedia-thon!

Date: March 3, 2014

Did you know that over 5000 Wikipedia entries on women's history are just stubs? And many important women's history entries are missing entirely?

On Monday, March 3rd, over 50 students and faculty came to celebrate Women's History Month by increasing the presence of Women on Wikipedia. The session was led by Historian Amanda Strauss.


Intersexion: Screening and Discussion

Date: February 24, 2014

On Monday, February 24th, the Women's & Gender Studies Department and the Gender/Cultural Studies Department hosted a screening of Intersexion: A documentary about being intersex at 6:00 pm in C103. After the screening, Esther Morris Leidolf, a Simmons alumna and MRKH Organization, Inc speaker, led a Q & A.

There was a lively discussion of the issues facing people who are intersex in today's culture.


Sex-Positive Culture with Carol Queen

Date: October 7, 2013

On Monday, October 7th, Carol Queen met with the Simmons community to discuss the development of sex positive feminism at 5:00pm in the Kotzen Meeting Room.

Carol Queen is a writer, speaker, educator and activist in the sex positive feminist movement. She has written extensively on human sexuality, helped found one of the first United States youth organizations for gays and lesbians, and is passionate about empowering others to discover their own unique sexual profile.

This event brought to light the fascinating history behind the creation of the sex-positive movement.


A Walk to Beautiful: Screening and Discussion

Date: March 28, 2013

On Thursday, March 28th, Brooke Sulahian and Jean Campbell from Hope for Our Sisters, Inc presented a screening and discussion of A Walk to Beautiful.  This documentary follows the stories of five Ethiopian women, suffering from injuries sustained during childbirth, as they journey to the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in search of healing.  After viewing this moving film, attendees discussed their reactions to the documentary and the challenges faced by women in accessing reproductive health services around the world.



Book Party for Carole Biewener and Melissa Kappotis

Date: March 27, 2013

On Wednesday, March 27th, the Women's and Gender Studies invited the Simmons community to join us in celebrating the publications of Professor Carole Biewener and Melissa Kappotis.  Professor Biewener published her newest book, L'empowerment, une pratique émancipatrice, and Melissa Kappotis published her first novel, This City of Shadows


Bread and Roses Dinner 2013

Date: March 20, 2013

This year's Bread and Roses Dinner took place on Wednesday, March 20th in the Kotzen Meeting Room.

The Bread and Roses Dinner honors the strike of the Lawrence mill workers, most of them immigrant women, who demanded not only fair wages but also the "roses" needed for a satisfying life. Professor Laurie Crumpacker presented the moving history behind this event. 




Speaking Truth to Power: the Legacy of Bread and Roses

Date: March 20, 2013

A Presentation by Dr. Ardis Cameron

On Wednesday, March 20th, Dr. Ardis Cameron journeyed to Simmons to speak about the lasting positive influences of the Bread and Roses strike on the labor movement.  Dr. Cameron is the author of Radicals of the Worst Sort: The Laboring Women of Lawrence, Massachusetts, 1860-1912 and a professor of American and New England Studies at the University of Southern Maine.  A lively discussion was sparked between students, faculty and staff in attendance.



Centennial of a Journey: Two Western Feminists in Africa and Asia, 1911-12

Date: November 15, 2012

A Presentation by Harriet Feinberg

On November 15th, Dr. Harriet Feinberg came to Simmons to present the fascinating history of Carrie Chapman Catt and Aletta Jacobs' ground-breaking journey. 

One hundred years ago, United States suffrage leader Carrie Chapman Catt and Dutch Jewish physician, suffrage leader, and peace activist Aletta Jacobs traveled in Africa and Asia, looking into the condition of women and encouraging them to organize on their own behalf. The two realized that the struggle for women's empowerment could not be limited to white Western women but needed to be worldwide. The 'travel letters' Jacobs wrote regularly for a Dutch newspaper, together with Catt's diary and her reports to several feminist publications, provide a window into their bold venture as well as a perspective on today's struggles.

Harriet Feinberg edited the English translation of Aletta Jacobs's autobiography Memories: My Life as an International Leader in Health, Suffrage, and Peace (The Feminist Press, 1996). She formerly taught English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She holds an Ed.D from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.



Is Queer Theory Too Queer? A Discussion

Date: March 26, 2012

On Monday, March 26, 2012, the Women's and Gender Studies and the Graduate Program of Gender/Cultural Studies hosted a panel discussion: "Is Queer Theory too Queer? A Discussion."

The discussion was led by Jo Trigilio, Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Philosophy, Jess Deshayes, 2012 graduate of the Gender/Cultural Studies Program, and Shayne Zaslow, 2011 graduate of the Gender/Cultural Studies Program.  This discussion explored topics such as the connections between theory and activism, the lag between academia and the community, and ways to integrate academic exploration with community involvement.

Bread and Roses Dinner 2012

Date: March 14, 2012

The 2012 Bread and Roses Dinner celebration took place on Wednesday, March 14th.

Professor Laura Prieto presented the moving history behind this event.

This year's theme was "Celebrating Women: Then and Now" and featured a slideshow with pictures and biographies of influencial women, including such inspiring women as Sojourner Truth, Audre Lorde, Indira Gandhi, and Susan B. Anthony.  




Women, Education and Leadership in Cape Verde Lecture and Reception

Date: September 29, 2011

On September 29, 2011, the Women's and Gender Studies Department co-hosted, with Africana Studies, the lecture and reception "Women, Education and Leadership in Cape Verde" with Dr. Victor Borges.

Dr. Borges is the former Cape Verde Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Education and Human Resources Development, and Minister of Culture and Sports. He is the Diplomat in Residence at Bridgewater State University in the Center for International Engagement which brings distinguished government officials to the United States to lecture, deliver speeches, and participate in a range of activities with students and members of the larger community. Dr. Borges was named a Fellow-Visitor to the Bureau of European Policy Advisers of the European Commission. He also served as a member of the Governing Body of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning and as a member of the Executive Board of UNESCO. He was the Coordinator of the Swiss Co-operation Office in Cape Verde; General Coordinator of education projects in the Ministry of Education, funded by the World Bank; Director of the primary education upgrading project, also funded by the World Bank; and Director of the Education 1 project funded by the African Development Bank.


Bread and Roses Dinner 2011

Date: March 22, 2011

The 2011 Bread and Roses Dinner celebration took place on Tuesday, March 22, 2011.  Professor Kelly Hager presented the moving history behind this event.



What is a Feminist Reader? A Conversation

Date: March 16, 2011

On March 16, 2011, the Women's and Gender Studies Department held What is a Feminst Reader? A Conversation.  In celebration of Women's History Month, and in response to Bitch magazine's list of "100 Young Adult Books for the Feminist Reader," the Women's and Gender Studies Department asked the question: what is a feminist reader?  The panel was moderated by Kelly Hager, Associate Professor of English and Women's & Gender Studies, who served as Chair of Women's & Gender Studies for the 2010/2011 academic year.  Opening remarks were given by Christy Lusiak, a certified domestic violence and sexual abuse counselor and Lecturer in English and Women's & Gender Studies, and Amy Pattee, Associate Professor, GSLIS, and author of Reading the Adolescent Romance.



Fall Welcome Meeting 2010

Date: November 10, 2010

On Wednesday, November 10, 2010, the Women's and Gender Studies Department held a Fall Welcome Meeting.  Simmons students majoring or minoring in Women's and Gender Studies, or interested in majoring or minoring, gathered with faculty members to discuss the department requirements, socialize and enjoy pizza and cake.



Bread and Roses Dinner 2010

Date: March 23, 2010

 The 2010 Bread and Roses Dinner celebration took place on Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Jill Taylor was honored for her many years of service to Simmons College and Laura Prieto presented the history behind this event.


Pictured: Laurie Crumpacker, Ssanyu Nutt-Birigwa, Elisa Kreisinger, Mary Jane Treacy, Diane Hammer, Brittany Backhaus, Meghan Killian, and Jo Trigilio