Monday, March 31, 2008

Feminist Carnivaling!

Check out the Carnival of Feminists #56 over at Redemption Blues.


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Women Who Tech Telesummit

Today!

I still have LOTS of blogging to catch up on after the productive WAM! conference over the weekend, but - because I just can't get enough women and tech - I'll be participating in today's Women Who Tech Telesummit. See you there?


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Saturday, March 29, 2008

I Heart Helen Thomas

Helen Thomas delivered WAM's opening keynote address last night - and wow! Ann Friedman introduced this White House Press Corp trailblazer as "the patron saint of not shutting up" because of her courageousness to ask tough questions to US presidents.

True to her reputation of being authentic and bold, Helen delivered a powerful speech - which I wish I could share with you in full here. Lacking the full transcript, I leave you with these quick quips and food for thought from her speech that exemplify why I heart Helen Thomas:

On the 2008 Presidential Election in the US:
We are facing the dichtomy of our prejudices in our next presidential election.

What's wrong with diversity? What's wrong with division? Do we all need to be in lockstep?


On the Iraq War:
My solution: Get out of Iraq - yesterday. Bring in UN peacekeepers...Allow Iraqis who collaborated with us and whose live are now in danger to come inte our country.

We want a world where the weak are secure and the strong are just.

I've reserved my greatest criticism for Congress and the Press.


On Presidents & the Press:
Too much is at stake to throw the president a softball [question].

Presidents have to be watched.

I look at the president - you're a public servant. I pay your salary. [On havingt the courage to ask critical questions.]


What Public Figures Have Had to Say About Helen Thomas:
Castro, on the difference between Cuban and US media -
I don't have to answer questions to Helen Thomas.
Colin Powell, when approached with a difficult question at a reception -
Isn't there a war we could send her to?


Inspiration for Women Leaders:
Outrage is my adrenaline.

We should never look back in anger or revenge and should instead move forward.



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Live Blogging from WAM!

Hello from the Women, Media, and Action Conference being hosted by the Center for New Words at MIT!

I've been having a great time here in Cambridge sharing information about the Woodhull Institute with the media savvy women here. I've also had the opportunity to hang out with Woodhull women like Courtney Martin, Deborah Siegel, and Miriam Perez. Not to mention all of the amazing feminist bloggers and media practitioners who have shown up to support and to participate in this inspiring event...

More soon!


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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Getting Ready for WAM!

I'm heading to the WAM! conference in Cambridge this weekend and in preparation I've joined the cool social network the conference organizers created. Social networking - it's more than just Facebook groups...


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Monday, March 24, 2008

Women, Action, and the Media

See You In Boston!

Like many members of the feminist blogosphere, I will be in Boston this weekend for the Women, Action, and the Media Conference. While I will be at WAM! exhibiting for the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership and not representing ABWAB, I do hope you will stop by my table to visit. There will be candy...and maybe some live blogging, too.


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First Feminism...Now Women's Studies?

Death of a Discipline???

In the Guardian, Angela McRobbie argues that "the demise of women's studies has more to do with changes in the job market than lost battles." She writes,
The disappearance of women's studies at undergraduate level from British universities, to be marked in July by the graduation of the final batch of 12 students from London Metropolitan University, is symbolic of the changes that have been taking place in the landscape of gender, sexuality and feminism during the last decade.

As women's and gender studies is becoming more institutionalized at higher education institutes in the United States, which the expansion of organizations like the National Women's Studies Association evinces, I am surprised to learn that there is a decline in such academic programs in the UK. Of course, this could just be my ignorance about what is happening on the other side of the pond.

But I'd be interested in some intercontinental discussion among feminist academics about the current conditions on their campuses in regards to women's and gender studies. What is the status of this discipline at your school?


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Thursday, March 20, 2008

When Professors Go...Online

The NYTimes ran "The Professor as Open Book", a piece that explores the growing number if higher ed. educators who are creating online presences for themselves. As a proponent of meeting students where they are and using social networking as a way to create community (and a rich learning lifestyle!) beyond the classroom, I think it's cool that so many profs seem to be taking advantage of new internet technologies to enrich their teaching.

Of course, there is always the fact that it can be awkward when students and professors meet in cyberspace. Feelings of TMI on both sides, some online overshares - like references to behavior that violates campus policies - raise new questions about student-teacher relationships.

So, to all you students and professors out there - what do you think of social networking as an educational tool? What are your success stories? Limitations you've encountered?


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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Am I On Your Blog Roll?

More Importantly, Should You Be On Mine?

So, I was doing a little navel gazing (look! I have an innie!) and checking out the old site meter. When I was browsing my referrals, I came across some cool blogs that list me on their blogroll (thanks!). The blogroll here is a bit sparse, which is something that I have been trying to make up for via GoogleReader's cute little widget (points to right sidebar). But! I'm always looking for a few good blogs to read - and I love expanding my RSS subscriptions (the joy of getting a magazine in the mail, but free! and at a computer near you).

My invitation to you: If you want to share your blog with me and would even be interested in being linked here, please share your info in the comments section. Or, if you want to share a must-read weblog with the ABWAB community, please do so, too!


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Calling All College Women


Get Your Leadership On!

Okay, so I know that I have promised to keep my postings about my work at the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership to a minimum here. And I will, I swear! But I just could not help myself in terms of sharing info about our upcoming leadership retreat for college women. Especially because I know that students and their mentors are reading ABWAB.

If you're a soon-to-be or recent graduate and are facing questions like, What am I doing to do after graduation? What if I can't find a job? Should I go to grad school? What if I have to move back home? If I get a job, how do I negotiate a salary? What if I hate my first job? What if I don't think I'm ready to be a leader in the "real world"?...Then all I can say is, THIS RETREAT IS FOR YOU. (And there are limited scholarships available to attend!)

And for those of you who are more established in the "real world" - never fear, Woodhull has programs for you, too.


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Sunday, March 16, 2008

Carnival of Feminists #55

The Carnival of Feminists #55 is now up on Penny Red. Can't think of a better read to start the week...


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Thursday, March 13, 2008

A Blog Without a Bicycle - In Print

"Community Beyond the Classroom: Theory Through Practice" Appears in Feminist Collections 28.4

...And it's an article in the "Blogs and Other E-Tools for Women's Studies" round-up by yours truly. A taste:
As previous round-ups have revealed, weblogs provide strong pedagogical tools for women’s and gender studies practitioners. By bringing blogs into the classroom as a novel forum for course work and discussion, instructors can help students practice important skills for critical analysis, writing proficiency, and technological literacy while also strengthening their classroom community and creating a space to continue in-class conversations that are cut short by time restrictions. By bringing classrooms to the blogosphere, instructors initiate an expansion of the discussion of feminist theory from the isolation of the academy to more publicly accessible debate.

A big kudos to editors JoAnne Lehman and Phyllis Holman Weisbard on an excellent edition with many great resources for practitioners working in girls' studies as well.


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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

On The Spitzer Scandal

I agree with Lynn Harris. And that's all I have to say about that.


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Monday, March 10, 2008

What's up with all those cats on your RSS feed?

Isn't there some urban legend about feminists and cats? Or is that the culturally imagined spinster with the feline pals? Well, anyway, you may notice that I often frequent Stuff on My Cat, as reflected on my GoogleReader feed. Here's how I see it - sometimes you need a little cuteness in the midst of your day, especially if you are feeling a little depressed by current events.


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Sunday, March 09, 2008

Carnival of Feminists #54

Another great survey of the feminist blogosphere is up over at In a Strange Land.


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On the Intergenerational Feminist "Catfight"

Following the now infamous Charlotte Allen piece that created such a blogstorm, the WaPo has printed a smart op-ed in their Outlook section by Courtney E. Martin and Deborah Siegel about the so-called feminist catfight over Hillary v. Barack that has most often been characterized as an intergenerational affair. Some of their election analysis wisdom:
Women are bound to disagree. Feminism itself remains one of the most dynamic movements -- the most debated, fought over, fought for, blamed and reclaimed -- of the past 40 years, in part because so much is at stake. Thoughtful conflict is clarifying. Genuine progress is born of debate -- the kind we are experiencing at kitchen tables, in coffee shops and in classrooms nationwide. How nice it would be if the media highlighted some of these passionate discussions. Can women disagree over candidates during primary season, just as men do, and still find common ground when it's time to elect our next Democratic president? Yes, we can. Yes, we will. Day One starts now.



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Saturday, March 08, 2008

Happy International Women's Day!


Celebrate!


Photo Cred: LOC

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Monday, March 03, 2008

Google Reader

Or Why Busy Bloggers Don't Have to Feel Guilty Anymore

I often take myself to task for not posting enough here. I read great posts to link to every day and yet I selfishly move on after reading them without sharing them with the ABWAB community. Well, now I have to feel guilt no more! I have added my Google Reader "share" feed (see the cute little widget over in the right-hand column?) and now you, dear reader, can follow on along with me. Sure, it doesn't replace my witty commentary and educated insight (I poke fun here, I poke fun), but it is something, right? Web 2.0 is tre crazy...

Now, maybe I'll finally find a better blogger template and personalize it...I dream of tabs. Tabs!


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