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Women on Wednesday

Spring 2017 Series

Reigniting the Feminist Fight!

Select Wednesdays, noon to 1 p.m.
Atwood Theatre, Atwood Memorial Center

Series booklet (PDF)

 

Feb. 22, 2017

Women, Poverty and Government Programs: What are the facts?

 

Current data about women’s economic status paints a chilling picture. Almost 1 in 3 women live in or on the edge of poverty in the United States. The vast majority of minimum wage workers are female, and they lack paid sick days to care for children and other dependents who rely on them. For example, the working poor couldn’t afford health insurance due to low wages and non-existent employer benefits. These facts demonstrate the importance of government programs- ACA, food stamps, TANF, MFIP—and we need to make sure they are preserved. The aim of this session is to describe the ways that federal decisions impact low income people at the local level, how these programs get delivered now, and what’s at stake if changes occur.

Presenter: Ralonda Mason

 

 About the Program

Women on Wednesday is a weekly noon-hour lecture series organized each semester by the Women’s Center that has become a signature program at St. Cloud State University. The goal of the program is to feature diverse women and their distinctive areas of expertise, which are figuratively and literally all over the map.  The topics we explore are as diverse as the women presenting them, but they address the political, economic, social and personal arenas that impact the status of women.

The 27-year old series originated as an informal brown bag lunch gathering and has evolved over the years to a more formal presentation-style series, bringing intelligent, savvy women from the local to the national level to speak to our campus community. The free public series is in Atwood Theatre, Atwood Memorial Center, from noon to 1 p.m. most Wednesdays, during fall and spring semesters. 

The Women’s Center celebrated 25 years at St. Cloud State during the 2014-15 academic year.  The Women’s Center was born from activism of faculty, staff and students in direct and indirect ways and through persistence and passion for feminist-led social change.  Our mission to advance women and address gender inequity is accomplished in myriad ways, including advocacy (both individual and institutional), support services, educational programming, scholarships and systems change. Having an institutionally-supported office to help students (and employees) explore and address the ways in which gender influences every aspect of one’s life exists for only 18% of students at four-year universities and colleges in the U.S. 

The Women’s Center has hosted more than 750 women from all walks of life, areas of expertise, diverse identities and life experiences during the past 26 years.  There is no way to avoid the word “wow” upon reviewing the women who have presented and topics we’ve addressed.  Please join us at Women on Wednesday during the 2016/17 academic year as we continue to offer this unique and interesting forum for women’s voices.

 Podcasts

Women on Wednesday Recordings - Spring 2017
February 8 Back to the Basics: The Power, Potential, and Practice of Feminism MP3
February 15 The Women's March on Washington: Local Voices - National History! MP3
February 22 Women, Poverty and Government Programs: What are the Facts? MP3
March 15 Women's Voices on Islamophobia and Leadership MP3
March 22 A Dream Realized: Immigration and Education Justice MP3
March 29 She Brings Change MP3
April 5 To Be Announced MP3
April 12 The Trouble with Homonormativity: Queer Politics in 2017 MP3

For more episodes, visit the Women on Wednesday Archive