News Release

'Creating Solutions'

Monday, September 17, 2012

The Women’s Center at St. Cloud State University is focused on “Creating Solutions: The War on Women Must Stop” for the fall schedule of the long-running Women on Wednesday series.

The opening lecture, “The Freedom to Marry: What’s at Stake for People in Minnesota,” will take place in the Atwood Memorial Center Theatre on Sept. 19 from noon-1:00 p.m.  

Presenter Robynne Curlee, north metro regional organizing director with Minnesotans United for All Families, will discuss the proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage from ever being legal in Minnesota. She will discuss why this amendment should not be approved and how it would affect all Minnesotans. 

Curlee has extensive experience in community organizing, from her time as executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota and program coordinator for the Nonprofit Voter Engagement Network. She is adamant in voting down the proposed amendment, as she would one day like to have the right to marry.

All following lectures will be held at the same time and place. Admission is free and the series is open to the public.

Women on Wednesday fall schedule:

September 26—Women’s Leadership on Voting Rights

Presenter: Laura Fredrick Wang, executive director of the League of Women Voters of Minnesota

Wang will discuss the Minnesota League of Women Voter’s choice to oppose the proposed Voter ID amendment in the state that will be voted on in November.

October 3—Immigration Reform in the Lives of Asian Pacific Island Women

Presenter: Miriam Yeung, executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)

Immigrant Asian women make important contributions to the economic and cultural well-being of our communities.  In a position paper by NAPAWF on Immigration Reform, issues involving female Asian immigrants are discussed.  Yeung will outline these issues in her lecture, ranging from the risk of sexual harassment, exploitation and discrimination.

October 10—Womenwinning

Presenters: Lauren Beechman, executive director of Womenwinning, and Susy Bates, member and organizer with Womenwinning

Beechman and Bates will explain the mission of their organization, Womenwinning, and cover topics and issues that the organization is currently working on.  It is the only non-partisan, pro-choice women’s organization with both a state and federal Political Action Committee in Minnesota.

October 17—Reproductive Healthcare for All

Presenter: Tim Stanley, executive director of Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Action Fund

The Minnesota Legislature and Congress’s attack on Planned Parenthood and their healthcare services for women will be discussed.

October 24—Maintaining a Strong Violence Against Women Act

Presenters: Donna Dunn, executive director of the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and Rebekah Moses, program manager of the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women

Policy experts will discuss the adoption of an updated version of the Violence Against Women Act, originally passed in 1994. The lecture will also cover the work of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women in regards to the proposed amendment update.

October 31—Legislating and Leading: One Woman’s Story of Making a Difference

Presenter: Representative Susan Allen of the Minnesota House of Representatives

Allen will discuss her struggles as an American Indian woman and the struggles of her family and fellow tribe members. As the first American Indian woman elected to the Minnesota state legislature, she will discuss her work and current efforts in the legislature.

November 7—The Audacity to Resist: Black Women and Community Politics in the Obama Era

Presenter: Dr. Zenzele Isoke, assistant professor of gender, women and sexuality studies at the University of Minnesota

The lecture will cover distinctive forms of resistance that black women have used to fight racial poverty, homophobia and trans-phobia, as well as racist and sexist imagery in the media.

November 14—Post-Election Analysis: How did Women and their Rights Fare?

Presenter: Debra Fitzpatrick, director of the Center on Women and Public Policy at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

Fitzpatrick will lead discussion on the results of the presidential election and how it affected women and their rights in the United States.

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