Don’t let feminism scare you: Come to our Halloween Party

Join Women’s Studies students, faculty and friends for a fun evening of food, fun, games, prizes and treats — but no tricks.

Who: Women’s Studies Program and the student feminist organization L.I.P. Service at The University of Akron

What: Is having a Halloween Party

When: Friday, Oct. 24, 4-8 p.m.

Where: Schrank Hall North, Room 58. To locate Schrank Hall North on a map, click here.

Why: Because girls — and boys — just want to have fun

How: In costume or not, the choice is yours.

For more information, call 330-972-7008.

Watch video of panel on women

If you missed the Oct. 15 on-campus panel “Securing the Voice of Women in a Civil Society,” click here to watch the video.

Speakers included Gail Garbrandt, Lee Gill, Bill Lyons, & Patricia Millhoff, director of the UA Women’s Studies Program. The University of Akron Institute for Teaching and Learning sponsored the event.

Get more details here by downloading the program flier as a PDF.

How Ohio legislators voted on issues women care about

Sen. Sherrod Brown

Sen. Sherrod Brown

Kudos to Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, who has voted to support 100 percent of the American Association of University Women’s priorities during the 110th Congress. To send him an e-mail of thanks, click here.

To encourage Sen. George Voinovich to better represent his constituents, click here. Voinovich only supported 40 percent of AAUW‘s priorities this year.

Support from the House
In the U.S. House of Representatives, Marcy Kaptur (D-9), Betty Sutton (D-13), Tim Ryan (D-17) and Zachary Space (D-18) all backed 100 percent of AAUW’s priorities. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-11) supported 90 percent of the legislation before she passed away Aug. 20.

AAUW-supported legislation included:

  • the minimum wage increase
  • The College Cost Reducation and Access Act, which cuts student loan rates in half
  • the America COMPETES Act, which invests in American innovation and science, technology, engineering, and math education
  • the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2008, which gives post-Sept. 11 veterans the educational benefit of four years in college
  • reauthorization of the Higher Education Act
  • the Paycheck Fairness Act, a much-needed update of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which corrected the Supreme Court’s misstep in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.,  both of which were passed by the House but not the Senate.
  •  the hate crimes prevention provisions passed by both the House and Senate but removed from the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008.  

AAUW Congressional Voting Record

To find out how other members of Congress from Ohio voted, download the AAUW Congressional Voting Record.



Searching for Ms. Josephine: women and the vote

The Women’s Media Center has a complaint and a question regarding this year’s presidential campaign: “Enough about Joe the Plumber and Joe Six-Pack. Let’s talk about Josephine, the single mother of three with no health insurance or paid sick leave who makes less than the Joe working next to her. What about her stakes in this election?”

Women are feeling slighted over the presidential debate process, the center tells us, as well as its lack of interest in addressing many issues of interest to women. However, several groups are taking action.

The Women’s Media Center, Unity, Journalists of Color and others, are pressing for a meeting with the Presidential Debate Commissioners, according to center news.

WMC Honorary Advisory Council member Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation had this to say: “Thank god this is the last debate. We have been treated to some of the most trivial questioning and bad moderators in the recent history of Presidential debates.”

A session with the candidates to specifically address women’s issues was requested. DC correspondent Peg Simpson look at the ongoing, but so far unsuccesful attempts to mount a forum with the candidates and women voters.

Women’s Media Center Progressive Women’s Voices participant Mable Yee writes on the Women’s Media Center Web site about her persuasive new documentary on women of color and the vote, Engage Her. Huge numbers of registered Asian, Latina and African American women did not vote in the last elections — and, in some cases “the reason was amazingly simple: no one asked them to vote.” Available online with Mandarin subtitles, the documentary has powerful interviews with an urgent message, according to the Women’s Media Center.

An additional women voter note: The center has joined The National Council of Research on Women’s Big Five campaign, to bring attention to several critical issues that matter to women: economic security, health care, immigration, violence and education. Headed by PWV participant Linda Basch, NCRW’s Executive Director, the public information campaign is the result of the work of 2,000 scholars in the 115 research, advocacy, and policy centers in NCRW’s network.

Two UA women get the view from China

Dr. Elizabeth Stroble

University of Akron Provost Elizabeth Stroble and the other members of a UA delegation have returned after nine days in China.

Members met with China’s Ministry of Education about its award of a Confucius Institute to UA, the third university in Ohio to win the award. With it comes a $100,000 grant, two fully funded instructors in Chinese and a 3,000-volume library to promote the Chinese language and culture.

Holly Harris Bane

Provost Stroble has updated her online travelogue with photos and descriptions of the delegation’s final days there. Visit the travelogue to find out more about her visit.

Provost Stroble was one of two women who were part of the UA delegation. The other was Holly Harris Bane, associate vice president of strategic initiative and engagement.

Get more details
Read media coverage of the UA delegates’ trip here.
Get the whole story on the UA connection with the Confucius Institute here.
Find out more about the Confucius Institute.

More girls and boys participate in sports since Title IX

While the debate on Title IX and its affect on athletic participation for both sexes is not likely to end soon, a new study released by the Women’s Sports Foundation offers new evidence on the topic, according to news from the American Association of University Women.

The research report, Who’s Playing College Sports?: Money, Race and Gender, nixes the notion that women’s increased athletic participation since Title IX’s passage in 1972 has caused men’s participation to decline.

In the past 25 years, both girls and boys saw an increase in participation and funding, indicating that Title IX benefits to girls don’t come at the expense of boys.  To provide equal opportunity for women and men in athletics, universities promoted increased participation for women instead of decreasing participation opportunities for men, AAUW asserts.

Find out how The University of Akron measures up by downloading the Department of Athletics’ Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act report for 2006-07. 

Why women aren’t flocking to Palin

When I read that women are not flocking to the McCain-Palin ticket, I was not surprised. I had read the news stories, the blogs, the forwarded e-mails, and the Web sites that dish the dirt on McCain’s dame — and I knew there were plenty of other women reading them too.

We know Palin was picked to attract votes from right wing Christians first and women second.

The first category of voters will probably fall into line. After all, their leaders, members of the Council for National Policy, secretly vetted the woman.

But like Europeans, American women — including some of her fellow governors — are too smart for that. We know Palin does not support the issues dear to our hearts — reproductive rights, the environment, peace — just to name a few.

“Nothing whatsoever in the polling indicates women have crossed over to support the Republican ticket as a result of anything, including Sarah Palin,” says Ruth Mandel, director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers and a founder of the Center for American Women and Politics at the New Jersey institution.

In a Sept. 19-22 Bloomberg poll, 49 percent of women said they would vote for the Obama-Biden ticket; only 40 percent picked McCain-Palin. A plurality of women think she is unqualified for the job of vice president, according to a story from Bloomberg news.

In fact, many fear Palin may be the head “Aunt” running the gender-based caste system that Margaret Atwood wrote about in her frightening dystopia, The Handmaid’s Tale.

To get the dirty details about the Republican’s VP candidate, visit Women Against Sarah Palin.

If you need a laugh after digging in all that dirt, watch Tina Fey’s reprise of Palin’s Couric interview on Saturday Night Live here.

Then read Robin Morgan’s treatise about Palin that includes:

  • Ten Nice Things to Say About Sarah Palin
  • Ten Blunt-Crayon Hints for the Media
  • Ten Reasons You CANNOT Support McCain-Palin
  • Five Ways to Still Make History