Access & Disparities

Despite recent progress, women do not have equal access to educational opportunities. Socio-economic and racial disparities persist, particularly for immigrants and women of color. More effort needs to be focused on improving access to college preparatory and post-secondary education for low-income girls. Efforts need to include comprehensive sex education and teen pregnancy prevention as well as extended and flexible degree programs for single mothers. More focus is needed on making “hard sciences” (physics, chemistry, engineering) and technology more appealing to girls both in the classroom and as part of after-school activities.

The Center’s program Girls Excelling in Math and Science (GEMS)

The Center's program Girls Excelling in Math and Science (GEMS) was featured in a recent addition of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The front-page article featured Inman Middle School's GEMS club. The middle schoolers work with students from Georgia Tech's Center for the Study of Women, Science & Technology. The article can be found here:

URL: 
http://www.ajc.com/services/content/metro/stories/2009/02/09/girlscience0209.html

“Understanding Plyler’s Legacy: Voices from Border Schools,” Nina Rabin Mary Carol Combs, and Norma Gonzalez, Journal of Law and Education (2008)

"Understanding Plyler's Legacy: Voices from Border Schools," Nina Rabin Mary Carol Combs, and Norma Gonzalez, Journal of Law and Education (2008) concerns the 25th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that prevented states from denying undocumented immigrant children a free primary and secondary public education on the basis of their legal status.

URL: 
http://www.law.berkeley.edu/centers/ewi/RabinCombsGonzalezJLEDarticleonPlyler.doc

National Council of Women's Organizations

The National Council of Women's Organizations (NCWO) is a non-partisan network of over 240 organizations representing more than 12 million women. Affiliates, which include America's leading women's research, service and advocacy groups, are diverse and their platforms vary. All, however, work for women's equal participation in the economic, social and political life of our country and the world. Our numbers are the critical force that gives NCWO its power and strength. In addition to organizational members, NCWO welcomes individual members.

Contact

714 "G" Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
Ph. (202) 293-4505
Fx. (202) 293-4507
http://www.womensorganizations.org
ncwo@ncwo-online.org
eanderson@ncwo-online.org

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Principal Staff

Dawn Aldrich, Director of Programs and Policy
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New Faces, More Voices

New Faces, More Voices is a leadership training institute of the National Council of Women's Organizations (NCWO). Launched during summer 1999, the purpose of this program is to strengthen the women's movement by providing leadership training and skill building for interns of NCWO member organizations. As a complement to their internship policy work, this program provides NCWO member organization interns with the training they need to engage in effective advocacy and organizing around feminist social justice issues.

Task Forces

Younger Women

Continues to expand with 11 chapters and 4,000 members around the country under the leadership of National Director, Shannon Lynberg

Domestic Priorities

Meets monthly and has four upcoming Congressional Briefings on various timely issues of importance to women

Women's Health

Exists to help support the work that NCWO member organizations are doing to advance women's health, as well as to promote NCWO's health care policy agenda

Global Issues

Working with Ambassadors and Embassies from around the world on promoting women's issues;

Corporate Accountability

Its "Women on Wall Street" project, which recently won a major class action suit under the leadership of Martha Burk

Media and Technology

Our newest Task Force, which led the charge during the Don Imus scandal and continues to work on racism and sexism in the media and new technologies

Older Women and Economic Security (OWES)

Actively working to protect Social Security from privatization and other issues

ERA

Now focused on the new Women's Equality Amendment


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 NCWO Internship Program

NCWO internships are unpaid, but can be performed for college credit. Interns are reimbursed for travel costs


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Expert Profile

Location: 
United States
33° 44' 56.382" N, 84° 23' 16.7352" W
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Beverly Guy Sheftall, Ph.D., is the founding director of the Women's Research and Resource Center and the Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women's Studies at Spelman College.  She is also adjunct professor at Emory University's Institute for Women's Studies where she teaches graduate courses. At the age of sixteen, she entered Spelman College where she majored in English and minored in secondary education.  After graduation with honors, she attended Wellesley College for a fifth year of study in English.  In 1968, she entered Atlanta to pursue a master's degree in English; her thesis was entitled, "Faulkner's Treatment of Women in His Major Novels."  A year later she began her first teaching job in the Department of English at Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama.

Location

Atlanta, GA
United States
33° 44' 56.382" N, 84° 23' 16.7352" W

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC)

URL: 
http://www.nwlc.org

WOMEN’S EQUALITY FORUM: Looking back and moving forward

By Terry O’Neill*

Today, August 26, marks the anniversary of the end of the 72-year fight for women’s right to vote. That’s right – our forebears faced 72 years of ridicule, ostracism, abuse, imprisonment … and also hope, determination, courage, and eventually, victory.


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WOMEN’S EQUALITY FORUM: Daddy, can a man be Prime Minister?

By Gwendolyn Beetham*

When I was in graduate school in London, one of my professors told a cute story about his daughter, born during the Thatcher era, who as a small child had asked him whether a man could be Prime Minister. The point that my professor was trying to make was that having more women in positions of power does make a difference in how women’s roles are perceived by society at large.


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WOMEN’S EQUALITY FORUM: Steps to Political Equality from Gloria Thomas

By Gloria Thomas*

Women will not have achieved political equality until critical societal changes have taken place. First, women’s successes in being elected and appointed to political positions, corporate and non-profit executive leadership roles, as well as significant public and private boards must no longer be an anomaly to demonstrate equality has been accomplished. When we reach this point, there will no longer be a need for organizations like The White House Project to inspire women to run for public office. Nor will there be a need for other leadership programs designed to provide women with the skills and networks necessary to pursue various executive level positions and to provide the staying power to succeed once they are in these roles.


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Institute for Research on Women and Gender

The Institute for Research on Women and Gender fosters collaboration and further the research of all U-M faculty members and graduate students who use the lens of women and gender to pursue their studies.
 
IRWG provides direct research funding and valuable expertise to those seeking external funding.
 
IRWG sponsors a wide variety of lectures, symposia, and other forums geared to faculty and students in all disciplines, at all levels. Many of our free programs appeal to the general public.
 
IRWG enables faculty members to design their own multidisciplinary, multiyear programs that examine significant issues related to women and gender.

Contact

204 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1290
Ph. (734) 764-9537
Fx. (734) 764-9533
http://www.umich.edu/~irwg/
irwg@umich.edu


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Principal Staff

Sarah Fenstermaker, Director
E-mail: umsarah@umich.edu

Deborah Keller-Cohen, Senior Associate Director
E-mail: dkc@umich.edu

Hannah Rosen, Interim Associate Director
E-mail: hrosen@umich.edu

Debra M. Schwartz, Senior Public Relations Representative
E-mail: schwarde@umich.edu

Terrence W. Crimes, Business Administrator
E-mail: tcrimes@umich.edu

Lisa Parker, Contract and Grant Administrator
E-mail: wooliver@umich.edu
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IRWG supports original, faculty-led programs that reach across the university, each one linking several U-M departments, interdisciplinary programs, or professional schools in a focused examination of a particular area or topic related to women and gender. IRWG Faculty Programs are usually funded for a two-year period, but some are long-standing.
 
IRWG welcomes program proposals that explore differences and commonalities among and between women and men in the multicultural United States and internationally. Typical programs involve a series of public events, workshops, and other creative activities that might inform a future research project or result in a publication or performance. Funding for as much as $10,000 is available for approved programs.

Click here for a list of Current Faculty Programs.

Click here for a list of Past Faculty Programs.


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Reports & Resources

Adolescents and Girls

Children's Time with Fathers in Intact Families, Pamela Davis-Kearn.

Gender, Puberty, and Objectification, Karin Martin.

Arts

Tharp, Feminism, and Postmodern Dance, Sally Banes.

Art/Girl: Graffiti, Femininity, and the Career of Lady Pink, Kristina Milnor.

No Place for a Woman? Critical Narratives and Erotic Graffiti from Pompeii, Kristina Milnor.

Family Stories/Family Pictures: Mothers With Cameras, Joanne Leonard.

Representation of Women in Art History: An Overview, Patricia Simons.

Censorship

Studies in Gender Based Censorship: An Annotated Bibliography in Law, Abigail Carter.

Studies in Gender Based Censorship: An Annotated Bibliography in Sociology, Susannah Dolance.

Studies in Gender Based Censorship: An Annotated Bibliography in Literature, Leslie Dorfman Davis.

Studies in Gender Based Censorship: An Annotated Bibliography in Feminist Theory and Philosophy, Troy Gordon.

Studies in Gender Based Censorship: An Annotated Bibliography in Education, Edwina Hansbrough.

Studies in Gender Based Censorship: An Annotated Bibliography in the Mass Media, Edwina Hansbrough.

Studies in Gender Based Censorship: An Annotated Bibliography in Psychology, Zaje Harrell.

Studies in Gender Based Censorship: An Annotated Bibliography in Visual and Performing Arts, Libby Otto.

Studies in Gender Based Censorship: An Annotated Bibliography in Economics, Lucie Schmidt.

Studies in Gender Based Censorship: An Annotated Bibliography in American History, Chris Talbot.

Feminist Thought and Scholarship

Objectification Theory: Emotional Consequences of Sexual, Barbara Fredrickson.

Feminist Foundations: Practicing Feminism in the Community. A transcript of a panel at the conference, Feminists at Work: Multicultural, Feminist Influences on Practice, sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Program in Feminist Practice, The University of Michigan, October 16-17, 1998.

Giving It Up: Disrupting White 'Innocence,' Re-Educating White Feminism, Gail Griffin.

International Issues - Religion

The Home and Garden are a Small Paradise for Women: Men and Women Gendering Bosnjak Nationalism in Muslim Bosnia-Hercegovina, Elissa Helms (1997).

Health and Health Care

Dual Autobiography and AIDS Witnessing, Ross Chambers.

Improving Pregnancy Outcomes during Imprisonment

Initial Exposure to Nicotine in College-age Women smokers and Never-smokers, Cynthia Pomerlau.

Mental Illness and Substance abuse: Implications for Women's Health and Health Care Access, Beth Glover Reed and Carol Mowbray.

Representations of Women's Bodies and Birthing, Carolyn Sampselle.

Women and Stress, Elizabeth Young.

Mental Health

Rumination and Depression in Women, Susan Nolen-Hoeksema.

Serious Mental Illness: Women and Parenting, Carol Mowbray.

History

Telling An Untellable Story: White "Daughter" Black "Mother" After the Cuban Revolution, Ruth Behar.

Prison Discipline, Reform and Debate: Negotiating the Female Prisoner in Nineteenth-Century England, Susanna Calkins.

The Figure of the Adulteress in the Construction of the "Cult of True Womanhood" in the19th-Century American Moral Reform Literature, Lisa Cochran.

Remembering a Forgotten Past, or Why Have We Only Heard of Ballerinas, Lynn Garafola.

The Pasha's Prostitutes: Rethinking Women, the State, and Female Prostitution in Nineteenth Century Egypt, Mario Ruiz.

International Issues - Prostitution

Making A Spectacle: The Nightly Transformations of Egyptian Nightclub Performers in a Conservative Age, Katherine Zirbel.

Contraband Women, Immigration Tricks of the Sex Trade, and State Visions of Migrant Women Workers' Rights? The 1997 Toronto Massage Parlour Raids, Cheryl Harrison.

Politics

Institutional Gender Analysis: Running for the Russian Duma, Janet Johnson.

Visions of Citizenship: Questioning the Liberal Promise of Equality, Elizabeth Wingrove.

Reproductive Rights

Informed Consent Issues in Assisted Reproduction, Nancy Reame.

Recent Trends in Abortion Legislation in Central Europe, Eleonora Zielinska.

Rural Women - International Issues

The (Wo)man in the Cashew: Gender and Development in Rural Belize, Melissa Johnson.

Sexuality

Images of Fashion: Constructing the Visible Body, Olga Vainshtein.

Sports and Fitness

Your Hair is Caked, Your Limbs are Sore: Gender, "Roughing It," and Class in Early Yosemite Tourism, Stephanie Palmer.

Violence Against Women

Assessing Sexual Harassment among Latinas, Lilia Cortina.

Domestic Violence Against Women in Serbia, Zorica Mrsevic.

Offender Interventions to End Violence Against Women, Daniel Saunders.

Women of Color

Dis/Arming the Black Champ: Joe Louis and the Legacy of Racial Uplift in the Post-Civil Rights Movement, Marlon Ross.

Violence

Seng, Julia, and Mickey Sperlich. 2008. Survivor Moms: Women’s Stories of Birthing, Mothering, and Healing after Sexual Abuse.


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Opportunities, Grants & Fellowships

 
IRWG’s Faculty Seed Grant program was established in 1996. It enhances scholarship on women and gender at U-M by supporting disciplinary and interdisciplinary faculty projects. Support may be requested for individual activities, such as research assistance, research-related travel, or research materials--including books, microfilms, or similar items. Faculty Seed Grants also support collaborative projects, such as pilot studies or initial research efforts, study groups, or conference planning and implementation. Awards range from $500 to $10,000. The following criteria play some role in the award process:
 
 
In October, 2006, IRWG joined with the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts to launch the Sisters Fund, an innovative program to support vital projects that address global health issues related to women and gender. The idea for the fund came from women faculty and administrators, and in its early phase the fund was primarily supported by women—a first at U-M. Grants, varying in size from $500 to $10,000, are awarded to U-M faculty members engaged in scholarship or other creative activities that benefit local and global communities experiencing gender-based health disparities. We welcome applications from all academic disciplines, including the arts, humanities, and sciences. The Sisters Fund awards as many as two grants annually.
 
IRWG/Rackham Graduate Student Research Awards

The IRWG/Rackham Graduate Student Research Awards program provides $500 grants to U-M graduate students who are planning or conducting research, scholarship, and creative activities focusing on women and gender. These grants are for expenses such as books, travel, production or exhibition costs, software, data collection, or payment of subjects. Students at any stage in their graduate careers may apply. Although most awards are made to doctoral-level students, students currently in master’s degree programs, but planning research or creative careers, are invited to apply.

Boyd/Williams Fellowship for Research on Women & Work

The Boyd/Williams fellowship is awarded annually to a U-M doctoral student writing a dissertation related to women and work. Successful proposals promote knowledge and enhance understanding of the complexities of women’s roles in relation to their paid and unpaid labor (e.g. philanthropy, volunteerism, community involvement, domestic work, and political activity). The fellowship provides funding in the amount of $2,000.

IRWG/Rackham Community of Scholars

The Community of Scholars (COS) is a four-month summer fellowship program. It is intended to support U-M graduate students who are engaged in research, scholarship, or other creative activities that focus on women and/or gender.

 
The purpose of the IRWG Senior Scholar Visitor program  is to bring accomplished senior faculty presently employed in academic institutions outside the University of Michigan to  IRWG for up to a year  to engage in research that advances our understanding of women/gender and/or sexuality. Visiting Senior Scholars are expected to offer a public lecture, hold one master class meeting with dissertation students and participate in the intellectual environment of the institute. In selection decisions we consider the applicant's field of interest, scholarly achievement, plan of research, and fit with the institute’s current interests and intellectual community. Scholars from the United States and abroad who hold a PhD, as well as creative artists with a terminal degree in their field, are encouraged to apply. In addition to office space, IRWG will provide a $5000 stipend per term and $1000 for research/ professional expenses.

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Center for Women and Work

As part of its multi-faceted research and policy work, The School of Management and Labor Relations' Center for Women and Work (CWW):
  • Addresses women’s advancement in the workplace
  • Conducts cutting-edge research on successful public and workplace policies
  • Provides technical assistance and programs to educators, industry, and governments
  • Engages issues that directly affect the living standards of New Jersey’s and the nation’s working families

Contact

50 Labor Center Way
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Ph. (848) 932-4614

http://smlr.rutgers.edu/CWW
cww@rci.rutgers.edu


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Eileen Appelbaum, Co-Director
E-mail: eappelba@rci.rutgers.edu

Patricia A. Roos, Co-Director, Center for Women and Work
Ph. (732) 445-0974
E-mail: roos@rutgers.edu

Terri Boyer, Ed.D., Executive Director and Director, Education and Workforce Development Research
Ph. (732) 932-5473
E-mail: terri.boyer@rutgers.edu

Connie A. Ellis, Corporate Programs Director
Ph. (732) 932-2030
E-mail: ellisc@rci.rutgers.edu

Suzanne C. Eng, Program Coordinator, Education and Career Development Programs
Ph. (732) 932-5472
E-mail: sceng@rci.rutgers.edu
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College Completion in the Workforce Development System

With a grant from the Lumina Foundation, CWW along with the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB), is working to establish a model for state and federal workforce development systems to incorporate college completion as a training option. The project primarily serves individuals who are 0 to 12 credits away from earning an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. CWW is conducting a study on this new model in three states: Colorado, Mississippi, and Pennsylvania. A fourth state participant is to be determined.

Colorado Online Energy Training Consortium (COETC)

CWW is conducting formative/process and summative/outcome evaluation on the COETC program. This initiative is being put in place in 15 community colleges throughout Colorado. These schools will develop and offer energy-related degree options and certificate programs tailored to industry specifications and job demands. The initiative aims to train workers in online and hybrid energy programs to connect workers with sustaining wages and career advancement. This grant is part of the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program.

Colorado Sector Strategy Evaluation
 
CWW is conducting formative/process and summative/outcome evaluation on the Colorado Sector Strategy Initiative. In 2009 the Colorado Department of Labor and the Colorado Workforce Development Council announced the Colorado SECTORS Planning Grants, which were awarded through a competitive process to workforce regions or sub-regions. In total, 10 grants were awarded, targeting the aerospace, health care, manufacturing, renewable energy, and water/wastewater management sectors. CWW is evaluating how this program works and its effectiveness through a summative/outcome evaluation.

Women's Leadership and Advancement

Women’s Leadership and Advancement addresses the needs of working women by studying public policies, conducting research and sponsoring educational programs for students and experienced professionals. The Center for Women and Work and the Institute for Women’s Leadership collaborate to provide programs that will develop women leaders from the college classroom to the boardroom.

WINGS (Women Investing in and Guiding Students)

A college to career program for undergraduate female students to learn about the mentoring process before they enter the workforce.

Senior Leadership Program for Professional Women

Designed for women in top leadership roles. The program illustrates how women can achieve and maintain their roles as effective leaders at the senior level.

The Corporate Forum

An invited group of member corporations that are committed to women’s leadership, workplace diversity, and organizational effectiveness. This small group of senior executives meets annually with Center faculty and staff to discuss topics of interest to the Forum members, as well as other organizational challenges and accomplishments.


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Reports & Resources

Legal Talent at the Crossroads: Why New Jersey Women Lawyers Leave Their Law Firms, and Why They Choose to Stay, 2009 Report.

New Jersey's Women in Science and Technology 2008 Summit Report.

New Jersey Women Count (1994), a compilation of social indicators regarding the status of women in New Jersey.
Women and Unions: Forging a Partnership, ed. Professor Sue Cobble (1993).

"The Role of Family Status in Explaining Race Differences in Access to Hierarchical Authority Structures among Women," CWW Working Paper, Ryan A. Smith and dt ogilvie (1990-1991).

 


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