Women’s Studies welcomes you to fall semester

L.I.P. ServiceIt’s a new semester for the Women’s Studies Program at The University of Akron, and we have some fun and exciting things planned for you. Take a look at a few.

  • Join the snazzy new student feminist organization on campus, L.I.P. Service. Learn more about it.
  • Find out about the informative programs and events — covering topics such as diversity and women’s health — on the calendar for the Women’s Studies Program this fall.
  • Be part of the next Vagina Monologues, a V-Day benefit from the University of Akron.
  • Wear the story of women on your wrist with the student-designed Women’s Studies Bracelet — and help those with MS.
  • Check out our fall courses.

More women connect via the Web

Women may soon rule the Web, according to The New York Times. At least that’s my take on a recent story. According to it, the number of visitors to female-oriented Web sites has nearly doubled since 2006.

Last year, such sites grew 35 percent, faster than any other category except politics. And although men are heavy Web users, they are not partial to sites geared to them, according to the NYT article. Could that be because men see general interest Web sites as their own?

As a result of women’s phenomenal interest in sites targeted to them, advertisers are taking note. Read the whole story.

Birth control as abortion? That’s the world according to Bush

A draft regulation from the Bush Administration that is now in the Department of Health and Human Services pipeline, treats most birth-control pills and IUDs as abortion. Yes, you read that right — abortion.

If that crazy pronouncement stops you dead in your tracks, you are not alone. Millions of women and their partners are right behind you. After all, 98 percent of American women will use birth control at some point in their lives.

The rule proposed by Bush and his people says anyone who receives money under federal health programs can’t refuse to hire health care providers who object to abortion. This means that women who are poor and underinsured will be most affected.

Dozens of congressional Democrats — as well as feminists who blog and those who don’t — are furious about the proposal, which is still being hashed out.

Read more about the issue in the Wall Street Journal and on Feministing.com, where Jessica Valenti singles Bush out for her Friday Feminist Fuck You. For background, read a previous post.

Apply to be part of The Vagina Monologues at UA

vday09-logo-webThe Vagina Monologues is a V-Day benefit event from The University of Akron presented by the UA Women’s Studies Program.

 Download the Vagina Monologues Volunteer Application.
Dates: Friday, Feb. 13, and Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Knights Auditorium in Leigh Hall on The University of Akron campus

Eve EnslerThe Vagina Monologues is the Women’s Studies Program’s annual production of Eve Ensler’s world-renowned play. The event is held as part of V-Day to raise awareness about the global issue of violence against women and to raise money to support the end of this misogynistic epidemic that confronts the entire world. We need your help!

 We are looking for volunteers to help with the following:

  • ACTING! Auditions will be held 1-4 p.m., Nov. 20, and 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m., Nov. 21, in the Women’s Studies office, Schrank Hall North Room 58. They will be held on a first-come, first-served basis. All actors are required to audition regardless of previous involvement in this production. Each audition will last about 10 minutes. To receive a script, contact one of the numbers below.
  • Posting fliers
  • Lights & sound
  • Publicity
  • Ushers
  • Ticket Takers
  • Set-up/Take-down

Download the Vagina Monologues Volunteer Application.

Contact us at any of the following numbers to show your interest:

Women’s Studies Program:
Kameka at 
E-mail: kjf1@uakron.edu
L.I.P. Service
Alyssa and/or Cassie at 330-972-7464
E-mail: lipservice.ua@gmail.com

Wear the story of women on your wrist with the Women’s Studies Bracelet — and help those with MS

A Women's Studies Bracelet

The Story of Women: A Women's Studies Bracelet

The Women’s Studies Program of The University of Akron has designed a bracelet that tells the story of women through the 20 beads that make up its circle.

A booklet accompanying the bracelet identifies the meaning behind each bead and tells the bracelet’s tale. 

The cost of the bracelet is $10 for one, $18 for two and $25 for three.

Because two women associated with the Women’s Studies Program at UA were recently diagnosed with MS, proceeds from the sale of the bracelets will benefit the National MS Society this year.

Another view of the Women’s Studies Bracelet

To read the story of women, click here. [Please note: The booklet is out of sequence due to the program it was designed in and the format it was saved in.] 

How to order your bracelet

You can purchase your bracelet through the Women’s Studies Program. Just print out the order form, fill it out and send it or bring it with your payment to:

Women’s Studies Program
58 Schrank Hall North
University of Akron
Akron OH, 44325

Or call to order your bracelet at: 330-972-7008.