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  • Base Ten
    Maryann Lesert
    The Feminist Press
    "I'd recommend this book to anyone, male or female, working in a scientific field and attempting to organize a healthy family life."  --Katie Byrum
     
    Compelling and fiercely honest, Base Ten exposes the daily battles of women scientists fighting to preserve a family life and succeed in a discipline that functions on the archaic belief that every scientist has a "wife" at home. Inspired by distinguished scientists Sandra Moore Faber and Vera Rubin, this striking novel vividly captures the struggles of women in science.
     
    Reared to believe that she could do anything, astrophysicist Jillian Greer dreamed of going into space. When she and her research partner Kera Sullivan invented a specialized telescope, it looked as though these two dogged scientists would fulfill the dream they shared.
     
    But ten years later, as Kera trains in a space simulator, Jillian is married and a mother, packing lunches and helping with her kids homework. As her fortieth birthday (the unofficial age limit of the space program) draws near, Jillian decides that things have to change. Leaving her family for ten days, one day for each year she has put her career on hold, she seeks solitude in the sand dunes of Lake Michigan, where she struggles to see if see can find her way back to the stars.
     
    For more information on how to order this book, please visit the Feminist Press website.

     

  • A Taste of Molecules
    Diane Fresquez
    The Feminist Press
    Is there a gender difference between women and men when it comes to bad smells? It turns out there is. And what happens when you secretly experiment on a group of scientists during a dinner eaten completely in the dark? Read and find out. A food writer for the Wall Street Journal , Diane Fresquez spent a year on the trail of obsessive scientists and entrepreneurs who are trying to titillate our taste buds.
     
    In this lively sprint through foods and flavors, she explores the passionate young people working to uncover the truths about taste, including a brewery owner/scientist who's developed a banana-flavored beer meant to appeal to young women, and another who won't rest until he develops the perfect mead, the ancient liquor that has been called the ancestor of all fermented drinks. In between we meet a young mother and PhD student whose research shows that what a mother eats can influence the flavor of her breast milk, and possibly aid weaning; and a scientist in the Netherlands who does research on flavor and memory at an Orwellian university lab called the Restaurant of the Future.
     
    For more information on how to order this book, please visit the Feminist Press website.
  • Transgender Employment Experiences: Gendered Perceptions and the Law
    Kyla Bender-Baird
    SUNY Press

    Kyla Bender-BairdThe complex and changing state of policy protections for transgender communities practically requires trans people to become legal experts just to navigate their everyday lives. It also simultaneously offers a window of opportunity for legal advocates to shape new laws and policies based on the lived experiences of trans people. Using personal interviews, legal case histories, and transgender theory, Transgender Employment Experiences combines policy analysis with the lived experiences of twenty transgender-identified employees, showing how worker protections that should exist under the Civil Rights Act are instead systematically undermined in the case of many transgender employees. Rather than focusing solely on negative experiences, however, Kyla Bender-Baird also highlights the positive experiences her respondents had coming out at work, illustrating examples of best practices in response to transitioning. Bender-Baird covers many forms of discrimination that transgender workers face, such as harassment, gender-based dress codes, income-related inequities, bathroom policies, and background checks. Drawing from this analysis, she argues for protections for gender expression in policy decisions, legislative efforts, and for a multipronged approach to workplace discrimination. With its effective balance of personal stories and legal guidance, this book is a much-needed resource for those in the field of gender and employment, from policy analysts to human resource managers to queer studies scholars.

    “This is a lively, interesting, and timely book. It explores an issue that is slowly but inexorably emerging into the spotlight of legal, human resources, and diversity professionals’ consciousness.” — Jillian T. Weiss, author of Transgender Workplace Diversity: Policy Tools, Training Issues and Communication Strategies for HR and Legal Professionals

    Kyla Bender-Baird is the former Research and Programs Manager at the National Council for Research on Women. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center.

  • Hey, Shorty: A Guide to Combating Sexual Harassment and Violence in Schools and on the Streets
    Joanne Smith, Meghan Huppuch, Mandy Van Deven, Girls for Gender Equity
    The Feminist Press at CUNY
    Nearly ten years of youth-led advocacy work to end gender-based violence is packed into the 192-page Hey, Shorty: A Guide to Combating Sexual Harassment and Violence in Schools and on the Streets. Girls and LGBTQ students continue to endure the negative effects of not feeling safe in the classroom, but this new resource from Girls for Gender Equity provides concrete strategies for engaging youth and adult allies to increase school safety for all youth.
     
    GIRLS FOR GENDER EQUITY (GGE) is an intergenerational, grassroots, nonprofit organization committed to the physical, psychological, social, and economic development of girls and women. Through education, organizing, and physical fitness, GGE encourages communities to remove barriers and create opportunities for girls and women to live self-determined lives. Despite minimal resources, GGE fights for urban girls and makes extraordinary contributions to the community and to the educational, economic, and cultural life of New York City. www.ggenyc.org
     
     
     
    “What’s most impressive is how GGE encouraged girls to articulate their issues and goals, and then worked with them to learn the skills they needed to achieve their goals. The result? A whole new generation of smart, knowledgeable, articulate and empowered young women. Women who will change the world.” – Ms. Magazine
     
    “Hey, Shorty! is a richly informative guide for those who want to take the first step toward ensuring that young people in your community can combat sexual harassment and violence – so that they learn and thrive in school.” – Feministing
     
    “The book provides a model for action through the example of GGE’s work, in particular the model of prioritizing youth leadership on issues that relate to youth because, as Smith notes, they are the experts on the issues and they are the main stakeholders.” – Holly Kearl, author of Stop Street Harassment
     
    “Hey, Shorty! offers a detailed blueprint for how to make the streets and schools safer for our girls (and everyone else) – by empowering young people to take leadership on this issue and supporting them to develop effective strategies. These girls’ work is a potent example of youth activism: they successfully raised awareness about an issue that has too often gone ignored.” – Elizabeth Mendez Berry, journalist
     
     
     
    The book's authors and GGE's youth activists are currently on a nationwide tour to raise awareness about this important issue. Here are four ways you can lend your support:
     
    2) Make a personal contribution: http://heyshortyontheroad.com/supporters
    3) Ask 10 of your friends to make a donation!
    4) Publicize the tour dates via your Facebook, Twitter, or blog: http://heyshortyontheroad.com/tourdates
    If you have any questions, or would like to inquire about hosting a stop on the tour, please contact me at media@ggenyc.org.
     
  • Choices Women Make: Agency in Domestic Violence, Assisted Reproduction, and Sex Work
    Carisa R. Showden
    University of Minnesota Press
    An inquiry into women’s agency—how it is developed and deployed and how it can be increased
     
    Women’s agency: Is it a matter of an individual’s capacity for autonomy? Or of the social conditions that facilitate freedom? Combining theoretical and empirical perspectives, Carisa R. Showden investigates what exactly makes an agent and how that agency influences the ways women make inherently sensitive and difficult choices—specifically in instances of domestic violence, assisted reproduction, and sex work.
     
    In Showden’s analysis, women’s agency emerges as an individual and social construct, rooted in concrete experience, complex and changing over time. She traces the development and deployment of agency, illustrating how it plays out in the messy workings of imperfect lives. In a series of case studies, she considers women within situations of intimate partner violence, reproductive decision making, and sex work such as prostitution and pornography. Each narrative offers insight into how women articulate their self-understanding and political needs in relation to the pressures they confront.
     
    Showden’s understanding of women’s agency ultimately leads her to review possible policy and legal interventions that could improve the conditions within which agency develops and that could positively enhance women’s ability to increase and exercise their political and personal options.
     
    Carisa R. Showden is assistant professor of political science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

     

  • Microfinance and Its Discontents: Women in Debt in Bangladesh
    Lamia Karim
    University of Minnesota Press

     
     

    A feminist critique of the much-lauded microcredit process in Bangladesh

    In 2006 the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh won the Nobel Peace Prize for its innovative microfinancing operations. This path-breaking study of gender, grassroots globalization, and neoliberalism in Bangladesh looks critically at the Grameen Bank and three of the leading NGOs in the country. Amid euphoria over the benefits of microfinance, Lamia Karim offers a timely and sobering perspective on the practical, and possibly detrimental, realities for poor women inducted into microfinance operations.

    In a series of ethnographic cases, Karim shows how NGOs use social codes of honor and shame to shape the conduct of women and to further an agenda of capitalist expansion. These unwritten policies subordinate poor women to multiple levels of debt that often lead to increased violence at the household and community levels, thereby weakening women’s ability to resist the onslaught of market forces.

    A compelling critique of the relationship between powerful NGOs and the financially strapped women beholden to them for capital, this book cautions us to be vigilant about the social realities within which women and loans circulate—realities that often have adverse effects on the lives of the very women these operations are meant to help.

    Lamia Karim, Ph.D. is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Oregon in Eugene. Her research interests are in globalization, gender, human rights, and social movements. She has published numerous scholarly articles in anthropology journals (Cultural Dynamics, Political and Legal Anthropology, Contemporary South Asia) on gender and globalization, and chapters in edited volumes, and readers on South Asia. Her research has been supported with two postdoctoral fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation and grants from the National Science Foundation, Fulbright Foundation, Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.

  • Globalizing Feminisms 1789-1945
    Karen Offen (Editor)
    Routledge

    Routledge’s History Author of the Month for March 2011 (Women’s History Month)

    Including key pieces on the history of feminism from an international group of scholars, Globalizing feminisms 1789-1945 charts feminists’ attempts to restore a balance of power between the sexes against a backdrop of huge cultural, social and political transitions across the world. The collection covers the period from the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789 – a turning point that gave rise to practical efforts to embody principles of rights, liberty, and equality on behalf of women as well as men – up until the end of World War II. The chapters reach out well beyond Europe and the Americas to examine the history of feminisms in Japan, India, China, the Middle East and Australasia.

    This diverse body of material is drawn together through a comprehensive general introduction, and individual section introductions. The chapters are also supported by a global timeline of events, and there is a bibliography of further reading.

    Contributors include Padma Anagol, Marilyn J. Boxer, Jacqueline R. DeVries, Ellen Carol DuBois, Louise Edwards, Ellen L. Fleischmann, Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild, Patricia Grimshaw, Inger Hammar, Nancy Hewitt, Francesca Miller, Barbara Molony, Karen Offen, Florence Rochefort, Leila J. Rupp, Sandra Stanley Holton, Anne Summers, Ann Taylor Allen, Angela Woollacott and Susan Zimmermann.

    “This book is itself an historic turning point. It marks the maturity of women’s history as a field of study internationally and it opens up future research agendas in the global history of feminisms. This book will be cherished and it will change the way we do women’s history.” -Kathryn Kish Sklar, Editor, Women and Social Movements International

  • Premarital Sex in America: How Young Americans Meet, Mate, and Think about Marrying
    By Mark Regnerus and Jeremy Uecker
    Oxford University Press

    "The period of young adulthood, from ages 18 to 23, is popularly considered the most sexualized in life. But is it true? What do we really know about the sexual lives of young people today?

    Premarital Sex in America combines illuminating personal stories and comprehensive research surveys to provide the fullest portrait of heterosexuality among young adults ever produced. Mark Regnerus and Jeremy Uecker draw upon a wealth of survey data as well as scores of in-depth interviews with young adults from around the country, both in and out of college. Digging underneath stereotypes and unexamined assumptions, the authors offer compelling--and often surprising--answers to such questions as: How do the emotional aspects of sexual relations differ between young men and women? What role do political orientations play in their sexual relations? How have online dating and social networking sites affected the relationships of emerging adults? Why are young people today waiting so much longer to marry? How prevalent are nontraditional forms of sex, and what do people think of them? To better understand what drives the sexual behaviors of emerging adults, Regnerus and Uecker pay special attention to two important concepts: sexual scripts, the unwritten and often unconscious rules that guide sexual behavior and attitudes; and sexual economics, a theory which suggests that the relative scarcity of men on college campuses contributes to the "hookup" culture by allowing men to diminish their level of commitment and thereby lower the 'price' they have to 'pay' for sex.

    For anyone wishing to understand how sexual relations between young adults have changed and are changing, Premarital Sex in America will serve as a touchstone for years to come."
    --Publishers Description

  • Imagining the Black Female Body: Reconciling Image in Print and Visual Culture
    By Carol E. Henderson
    Palgrave Macmillan
    "Imagining the Black Female Body enters into a critical dialogue about literary and visual representations of the black female body in order to connect contemporary representations of black womanhood with an historical legacy of African American women’s experiences. Captivating original essays attend to a history of abuse and pain as well as a history of joyful survival and celebration. The volume is thus inherently interdisciplinary in demonstrating how black women have sought to re-imagine their world and reconstitute how the world sees them. Students and scholars of rhetoric, visual culture, and history will find it especially resonant."--Lovalerie King, Director, Africana Research Center, Penn State University
     
    "Professor Henderson has pulled together an engaging interdisciplinary volume on a most evocative subject. Giving scholarly credit where credit is due, Imagining the Black Female Body does not however simply retread others' arguments on gender, race, sexuality, and agency, but pushes the analyses in new directions."--T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, Distinguished Professor, Vanderbilt University, and author of Pimps Up, Ho's Down: Hip Hop's Hold on Young Black Women
  • Critical Race, Feminism, and Education: A Social Justice Model
    By Menah A.E. Pratt-Clarke
    Palgrave Macmillan

     “Menah Pratt-Clarke’s study represents one of the most thorough integrations of the law, feminism, sociology and African American Studies; her approach is a roadmap for implementing more equitable educational and public policy. Let’s hope those who institute such policies are savvy enough to pick up this book, read it, and go about the urgent business of reshaping America’s future.”
    —Denean Sharpley-Whiting, Distinguished Professor, Vanderbilt University, and author of Pimps Up, Ho’s Down

    “We are experiencing a unique moment. For the first time in America's history, African American women and girls live in the White House as the first family. It is clear, though, that their place is no watershed for the majority of the sisters, aunts, mothers, and grandmothers who live the everyday lives and circumstances of African Americans in the nation. Pratt-Clarke reminds us and demands from us a careful scrutiny of the meaning of racial-gender justice for black girls and women. Justice and equal access, as she reveals, is a right that has yet to be provided to most black girls in America. In fact, the barriers to these full freedoms are defined by attitudes and practices from both within and external to African American communities. Her work takes us a long way in the struggle to better understand how culture, educational policy, law, and practice work to maintain varied and entangled oppressions. It takes us still further in thinking through how to holistically create a world of greater equity for black girls and women.”
    —Jennifer F. Hamer, Department of African American Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Editor of Black Women, Gender and Families

    “It is now common knowledge that the educational system has failed black boys. Pratt-Clarke’s important volume demarginalizes the plight of black girls, who are severely threatened as well. The future, if not the very existence, of a vibrant African-American community in the twenty-first century, will depend on strong well-educated citizens, where neither black men NOR black women have been left behind. This book, based upon a social justice approach, is a must-read for policymakers who need to be supportive and do the right thing for both genders.”
    —Adrien K. Wing, University of Iowa, Bessie Dutton Murray Professor of Law, Editor of The Law Unbound!: A Richard Delgado Reader; Critical Race Feminism: A Reader; and Global Critical Race Feminism: An International Reader

    "Menah A.E. Pratt-Clarke says that one of her reasons for writing is her awareness that the stories of black girls’ lives are still waiting to be told. With her insightful new book, Critical Race, Feminism, and Education: A Social Justice Model, Pratt-Clarke shows herself to be a meticulous scholar, a tireless advocate, and a passionate storyteller who has opened a great big window on a world that has been invisible to those who do not personally inhabit it for far too long."
    —Pearl Cleage, author of Mad at Miles: A Blackwoman's Guide to Truth and What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day