Women's Center


WOW Panelists, 2013

Women on Wednesday

Fall 2016 Series

Stereotypes and Soundbites: Re-imagining the Center of Political Discourse

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

Series Booklet

WOW fall 2016 series schedule

Oct. 26

What's at Stake in Minnesota: A Journey from Reproductive Oppression to Reproductive Justice

From unnecessary facility restrictions at reproductive health care clinics and single mom shaming to legal challenges blocking insurance coverage for birth control, the need to challenge reproductive injustice remains central to gender equity. This session, focused on women of color, examines the ways that birth control, abortion, poverty, access to resources, and other reproductive justice issues are being framed, exploited and/or addressed during this election season.

Presenters: Karen Law has been the Executive Director of ProChoice Resources (PCR) since July 2008 and has more than 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector in the Twin Cities. Under her leadership PCR shifted from a reproductive health model to an emerging reproductive justice organization, aligning with her long career addressing social justice issues. Prior to her position at PCR, Karen served as the Director of Self-Sufficiency at Project for Pride in Living, an organization dedicated to empowering families living in poverty. Law attended the University of Denver.

 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.


Women on Wednesday Recordings - Fall 2016
Sept. 14 Beyond "Those People": Minnesota Women Experiencing Poverty MP3
Sept. 21 Race, Gender, and Politics: One Women's Experience - Presentation (pdf)
(Note: The final 15 minutes of this presentation are not available due to technical difficulties.)
Sept.28 Muslim Women Rise MP3
Oct. 5 Detainment, Discrimination, and Deportation: Interrogation Fear Rhetoric MP3
Oct. 19 Potty Police: Trans Discrimination, Stereotypes, and Rhetoric MP3
Oct. 26 What's at Stake ion Minnesota: A Journey from Reproductive Oppression to Reproductive Justice MP3
Nov. 2 #BLACKMAGICGIRL: A Political Identity MP3
Nov. 16 Rivers and Streams: What is Hurting Them and Us MP3
Women on Wednesday Recordings - Spring 2016
Jan. 27 Call it like it is: Domestic Terrorism at Reproductive Healthcare Facilities MP3
Feb. 3 Sex Trafficking 201: Dynamics of Prostitution and Sex Trafficking  
Feb. 10 Sport, Culture, Religion and Empowerment: Girls at the Center MP3
Feb. 24 Black Lives Matter: Perspectives from Minnesota's Activists and Organizers MP3
March 16 Leading for Change: Ending the Practice of Genital Cutting MP3
March 30 Stopping Rape: South African Student Activists Lead for Change MP3
April 13 Voices of Youth: High School Students as Community Uniters MP3
Women on Wednesday Recordings - Fall 2015
Sept. 16 Pushing the Boundaries: Engendering Gender Studies/Women's Studies in the Transformational Discourse of Higher Education in South Africa MP3
Sept. 30 A Web of Injustice MP3
Oct. 14 Abortion Restrictions Around the Globe: Gender, Race, and Reproductive Justice MP3
Oct. 21 Leading for Change: Ending the Practice of Genital Cutting - RESCHEDULED
Nov. 4 Thailand as Transsexual "Mecca": Transnational Trans Politics and Gender Reassignment Surgery MP3
Nov. 18 Even Disaster is Gendered MP3
Dec. 2 Access and Menstruation: Exploring Social Taboos MP3