Women's Empowerment Series
SCSU Women's Center
February 17 - Assertiveness & Conflict Resolution
February 24 - Body Language
March 3 - Self Esteem
March 17 - Healthy Relationships
March 24 - Sexuality
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Women on Wednesday Fall 2012
Creating Solutions: The War on Women Must Stop
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Atwood Theatre 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm
Women on Wednesday Fall 2012 Schedule
Creating Solutions: The War on Women Must Stop
Over the last two years, there have been shocking examples of attacks on women’s rights. Rape has been redefined using less strict criteria, in order to make it more difficult for women to have abortions. Planned Parenthood has been defunded in some states, limiting accessibility to affordable services for birth control, STD testing and abortion. A budget was proposed that would cut over $750 million from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, a program of the federal government that supports low-income pregnant women, breast feeding women and children under the age of five. Women’s rights activist Sandra Fluke was called a “slut” and “prostitute” by right-wing talk radio host Rush Limbaugh because she dared to voice support for no-cost birth control.
This well-documented political, economic and social assault on women’s rights has become so radical and widespread, that it has been popularly termed the “War on Women.” It’s taken some in society by surprise because of its seeming swiftness and its depth of disrespect for the autonomous and legitimate choices women make. But the recent anti-woman actions by
Congress and state legislatures across the country have demonstrated over and over that there is a forceful element in U.S. culture that seeks to control women’s lives and choices.
This Women on Wednesday series is designed to inform our campus and community about policies and laws that put women’s rights—and lives— at risk. Our presenters will examine the key issues at stake, their history and motives. The series will also highlight solutions for supporting the full political, economic and social rights of women in the U.S. Given the current anti-woman climate and the vast amount of anti-woman legislation, 2012 is a decisive election year. Your votes in this election will determine whether women’s rights are supported or taken away.
mp3September 19, 2012
The Freedom to Marry: What’s at stake for people in Minnesota
A broad coalition of organizations and community and business leaders has
formed in Minnesota in response to the proposed constitutional amendment to
stop gay marriage from ever being legal in this state. This coalition is founded
on a strong belief in the power of marriage. The belief that marriage and family
are about love and commitment, working together, bettering the community,
raising children and growing old together is at the core of their efforts. In
summary, marriage matters. To all.
- Robynne Curlee is a Minnesota native who began her community organizing
career through the Women’s Resource Center at the University of Minnesota-
Morris. She is currently the Regional Organizing Director–North Metro
for MN United for All Families. Curlee’s experience includes serving as the
community organizer and executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota
and program coordinator with the Nonprofit Voter Engagement Network. She
is also a licensed secondary social studies teacher and spent a year and a half
teaching in Thailand and India. Curlee is motivated to vote no on the marriage
amendment and works on the campaign because she would someday like to
have the freedom to get married. She lives in St. Paul with her partner of 3 ½
years, Abby, their dog Kona, and cat Mini.
September 26, 2012:
Women’s Leadership on Voting Rights
The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy. After careful study and discussion, the Minnesota League of Women Voters chose to oppose the Voter ID constitutional amendment that will be voted on by the electorate in November 2012. Come learn more about voting rights, women’s leadership and the League’s reasons for opposing photo ID requirements.
- Laura Fredrick Wang is the Executive Director of the League of Women
Voters of Minnesota. She has been with the organization since 2006, first
serving as the Public Policy Coordinator. Frederick Wang is a graduate of
Metropolitan State University and is currently a Masters in Public Affairs
candidate at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute. She has
worked previously in public policy and community organizing in the nonprofit
sector, for federal, state, and city government, as well as managing
October 3, 2012:
Immigration Reform in the Lives of Asian Pacific Island Women
Immigrant Asian women are vital contributors to the economic and cultural
health of our communities. Conversely, as outlined in a position paper by
NAPAWF on Immigration Reform, immigrant Asian women are often at
the bottom of the economic ladder and, thus, at risk of sexual harassment,
exploitation and discrimination. Further, some of the longest wait times
for entry into the U.S. are for family members from China, India and the
Philippines. In fact, six out of the top ten countries with the most backlogs
are in Asia, and Asians comprise 32 percent of all family-based immigrants.
The need for immigration reform overall, sensible and humane enforcement
strategies and access to social services and support for all immigrant and
refugee women will be discussed.
- Miriam Yeung is the Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific
American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF). She guides the country’s only national,
multi-issue, progressive organization dedicated to social justice and human
rights for Asian and Pacific Islander women and girls in the US. With offices in
NYC and DC, and chapters in 11 cities including St. Cloud, MN, NAPAWF’s
current priorities include winning rights for immigrant women, organizing
nail salon workers for safer working conditions, conducting community-based
participatory research with young API women and ending human trafficking.
mp3October 10, 2012:
The data is crystal clear; women running for elected office are far more
likely to author and support legislation that expands women’s rights and their
interests than men. This fact has served as a catalyst for the development of
initiatives and organizations committed to electing progressive women and
supporting women’s rights.
One such organization, womenwinning, is the only non-partisan, pro-choice
women’s organization with both a state and federal Political Action Committee
(PAC) in the state of Minnesota. Their mission is to encourage, promote and
support pro-choice women’s leadership in all political parties and at all levels
of public office, from Park Board to President of the United States. We are
pleased to include a session that outlines a successful solution to the problem
of the underrepresentation of women in elected office.
- Lauren Beechman is the executive director of womenwinning. She joined
womenwinning in January of 2012. As one of Minnesota’s most successful
political fundraisers, Beechman comes to womenwinning from her position
as Minnesota Finance Director to United States Senator Al Franken. Prior to
that, she raised nearly $5 million for a womenwinning-endorsed congressional
campaign in 2010 – placing the candidate as among the top Democratic
challengers nationwide for the election cycle. Beechman began her political
career working as Deputy Finance Director on Senator Franken’s 2008
campaign and also worked on Mayor Chris Coleman’s 2009 campaign. A
Saint Paul native, Beechman attended Cretin-Derham Hall High School
and graduated from the University of Saint Thomas. She brings an extensive
background in Minnesota politics and fundraising to this position.
- Susy Bates joined womenwinning in February 2011. She guided the creation
and implementation of the Political Recruitment and Training program
where in 2011 alone, Bates led the organization to an undefeated record in
5 Special Elections wins for open seats to the Minnesota Legislature. Prior
to her work at womenwinning, Bates was a Regional Field and Political
Director for 2 Congressional Districts for the Margaret Anderson Kelliher for
Governor Campaign where she helped secure a major party endorsement for
the first time for any woman running for Governor in Minnesota. Bates then
transitioned as the CD 5 Regional Field Director to the DFL Coordinated
Campaign following the endorsement and managed operations for Mark
Dayton during the recount in Hennepin County. Prior to her work in
Minnesota, she served as a Regional Organizer for Planned Parenthood in Iowa
and as a Field Organizer for the Iowans for Hillary Campaign. Originally from
Denver, Colorado, Bates attended the University of Colorado in Boulder where
she received a double degree in Journalism and Women and Gender Studies.
mp3October 17, 2012:
Reproductive Health Care for All
The need for family planning and reproductive health care for any woman
who wants it has been woven into the fabric of health care service in this
nation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls family planning
one of the ten greatest public health achievements of the Twentieth Century,
both for its impact on women and its effect on the health and well-being
of parents, children, and families. In spite of these important successes, the
Minnesota Legislature and Congress have attacked Planned Parenthood, the
nation’s largest provider of mainstream health care including gynecological
exams, contraceptive supplies, education and counseling. Why? Learn more
about the history and future of women’s reproductive health choices.
- Tim Stanley has been working in the pro-choice movement for nearly 20
years starting with NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota as a graduate student intern
and ending in a successful ten-year career as Executive Director. During his
decade as Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota, he became
a leader in the NARAL affiliate network that culminated with service on the
Board of Directors of NARAL Pro-Choice America. Presently, Stanley is the
Executive Director of the Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota,
South Dakota Action Fund. In this role, the native New Englander provides
oversight to the affiliate’s legislative advocacy efforts, in addition to its work
to educate and mobilize voters for reproductive health and freedom. In a
parallel role, Stanley is the Senior director of Public Affairs, leading a dedicated
and energetic team to develop and implement organizing and political
strategies that advance public policy supportive of affordable health care and
reproductive health and freedom.
mp3March 24, 2012:
Maintaining a Strong Violence Against Women Act
The Violence Against Women Act was first passed in 1994 with strong
bi-partisan support in both chambers of Congress. Unfortunately, after
two reauthorizations with strong bi-partisan support, the U. S. House of
Representatives passed a version of the bill opposed by policy advocates
fighting sexual assault and domestic violence because of exclusionary language.
The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against
Women, a coalition of a large and diverse group of national, tribal, state,
territorial and local organizations, and individuals, has been urging Congress
to “swiftly pass a VAWA that includes all victims.” As this brochure goes to
print, VAWA has not been reauthorized by the 112th Congress. Join us as policy
experts discuss the reasons for the controversy and the details of one of the
most important pieces of legislation affecting services for women in the U.S.
- Donna Dunn became the Executive Director of MNCASA in July, 2006.
Prior to this, she served as the program manager of the Sexual Violence Justice
Institute, the criminal justice arm of the coalition. An activist in the movement
to end violence against women, Dunn has over 20 years of experience in
community based private non-profits. She was the director of Victim Services
of Dodge/Fillmore/Olmsted Community Corrections and served as the Sexual
Assault Program Director for the state of Minnesota. Dunn has lectured on
team collaboration and sexual assault response across the U.S. She believes that
multidisciplinary collaboration brings together the community forces that need
to be working in tandem to stop violence against women. Dunn is a graduate
of Gustavus Adolphus College and Vanderbilt University.
- For over a decade, Rebekah Moses has been active in the anti-violence and
anti-oppression movements. She strives to practice liberation-based advocacy:
a human-rights approach to intersections of sexual and domestic violence (S/
DV) and all forms of structural oppression. In 2012, she joined the Minnesota
Coalition for Battered Women as a Program Manager for policy and public
affairs. Prior to MCBW, Moses worked at the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual
and Domestic Violence where she coordinated the statewide implementation
of the Family Violence Option’s federal TANF waivers for S/DV survivors. She
was also honored to serve as a bilingual community-based advocate at ¡Sí, se
puede! Victim Services Program in Kansas City, KS. She graduated from the
University of Kansas and is grateful to have known and collaborated with so
many inspiring folks.
mp3October 31, 2012:
Legislating and Leading: One Woman’s Story of Making a Difference
Susan Allen has experienced discrimination and social inequality first-hand.
She saw her parents and other American Indians experience discrimination
in their attempt to secure economic resources and health care. In spite of
these challenges, or perhaps partially because of them, Representative Allen
is working hard to end social inequality on multiple fronts. On January 10,
2012, she was the first American Indian woman elected to the Minnesota State
Legislature. Representative Allen is currently working to address a myriad of
policy issues affecting many of her constituents, including bank and mortgage
lenders accountability, tax fairness, health care accessibility, substance abuse,
poverty, school bullying and marriage equality. She will discuss key political
issues in the upcoming legislative session, her experience being an openly gay,
American Indian, female representative in the Minnesota Legislature, and
advice and encouragement to women considering a run for public office.
- Representative Susan Allen is the first American Indian woman elected
to the Minnesota Legislature. She is Lakota, Dakota and Anishinabe.
Representative Allen is serving her first term in the legislature and is an
experienced tax and tribal law attorney. She is public spirited and community
minded as demonstrated by her considerable nonprofit and pro-bono work.
Representative Allen holds a B.A. in economics from Augsburg College,
a J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law; and LL.M. in
taxation fromWilliam Mitchell College of Law. She is a passionate advocate for
economic and social justice and a strong voice and role model for women of all
mp3November 7, 2012:
The Audacity to Resist: Black Women and
Community Politics in the Obama Era
The presenter’s talk will discuss distinctive modes of resistance that black
women have used to combat racialized poverty, homo-and transphobia, and
racist-sexist imagery in the media. This voice-centered discussion will engage
with the freshest thinking in black feminist and black queer activism while
showcasing on the ground political activism by African American women’s
tireless work to create more progressive, intersectional dialogues on race and
politics in the U.S.
- Dr. Zenzele Isoke is an Assistant Professor of Gender, Women, and Sexuality
Studies at the University of Minnesota. She teaches courses in feminist theory
and methods, women and public policy, women and popular culture, and
feminist geography. Dr. Isoke studies black women’s politics and activism in
urban spaces and just recently published her first book, Urban Black Women
and the Politics of Resistance.
mp3November 14, 2012:
Post Election Analysis: How did Women and their Rights Fare?
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The Center on Women and Public Policy at the University of
Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs says it best on their
website: “Public Policy is gendered. Men and women are affected
differently by public policies, and they participate differently in the public
policy making process. Public policies are an important component in
the ongoing construction of gender differences and a site where gender is
resisted and renegotiated.”
Join the Women’s Center for the final presentation of the Fall series as
an expert on women and public policy discusses and considers the results
of the November 6 election.
- Debra Fitzpatrick directs the Center on Women and Public Policy at the
Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. She leads
a partnership with the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota examining the
status of women and girls in Minnesota and leads research and outreach
efforts in the areas of women and electoral politics, gender and judging,
and women-centered non-profits. As part of this work Fitzpatrick
conducts successful bi-partisan programming work with women legislators
and local elected women. In prior positions, she led a partnership with
the National Governors Association (NGA), working with Governor
led teams on K-12 education reform and advance policy changes in
several states. As a Committee Administrator with the Minnesota Senate,
Fitzpatrick conducted policy research and managed legislative agendas.
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