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Wesleyan Women’s Networking & Conversation Hour

Alexandra Aviv ’16 writes in:

We invite current students, parents, and alumnae to converse, network, and enjoy some light refreshments provided by Thai Gardens and Bon Appetit. Our goal is to help connect Wesleyan Women across class years and to serve as a springboard for discussion around the unique needs of this community. We are looking forward to this event as an opportunity as well to highlight some of the work of various women’s groups on campus.

Date: Sunday, November 8th
Time: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Place: Usdan, room 108

The Female Voice in Politics

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From Kevin Winnie ’16:

This event, taking place on Saturday May 2nd, will focus on the underrepresentation of women in United States politics. Several female politicians from varying levels of government will speaking about their experience in the political sphere. Following the speakers (3 – 5 PM), there will be a catered dinner (5 – 7 PM).

Seating is limited, PLEASE RSVP AT femalevoice.eventbrite.com

Speakers will include:
Rosa DeLauro, U.S. Representative of Connecticut’s 3rd Congressional District
Toni Boucher, Connecticut State Senator of the 26th District
Dominique Thornton, Former Mayor of Middletown
Susan Bysiewicz, Former Connecticut Secretary of State
Sidney Powell, attorney and author of “Licensed to Lie”
and Wesleyan’s very own Professor Sarah Williarty who will be giving a special academic perspective

Please join this on this special occasion to celebrate as well as discuss the role of women in politics. Food will be served during our reception.

Supported by the Government Department, Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, Public Affairs Center, American Studies Department, History Department, and Feminism, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Date: Saturday, May 2
Time: Speakers 3:00 – 5:00, Dinner 5:00 – 7:00
Place: Daniel Family Commons

Opening Reception – “Muslim Women’s Voices: A Photography Exhibition”

This invitation comes from Andrew Chatfield on behalf of the CFA:

The Muslim Coalition of Connecticut coordinates an exhibition of photography focused on Muslim women in America as part of “Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan.” This exhibition showcases photographs that challenge stereotypes of Muslim American women and explores the diversity and complexity of this community. There will be an artist talk at 5pm.

Date: Tuesday, April 14th
Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Place: Green Street Teaching and Learning Center, 51 Green Street, Middletown

Ladies Who Laugh: A Comedy Show

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Live from Middletown, CT, it’s Anna Bisikalo ’17:

From the heavens above who brought you Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the most #blessed of mothers who birthed Mindy Kaling, Sarah Silverman,and Margaret Cho, and the genius that decided to give Chelsea Handler her own talk show comes THE event of the year…

~~A variety comedy show brought to you by the WoMeN of Wesleyan’s comedy groups!~~

Female-identified members of Lunchbox, Desperate Measures, WeSNL, Gag Reflex, Vocal Debauchery, Punchline!, and New Teen Force will titillate you with a mashup of sketches, long and short-form improv,stand-up, and more. We’re celebrating women in the comedy world, and we would love for you to join us!

Saturday, April 26th. 6:30 PM. 200 Church Lounge.

Come laugh with us.

Bring your diva cups.

Date: Saturday, April 26th
Time: 6:30 – 7:30
Place: 200 Church Lounge
Cost: Free if you laugh!

Women in Science: Why So Few?

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Alex Irace ’15 is asking the important questions:

The Astronomy Department has invited Professor C. Megan Urry, the President of the American Astronomical Society and the Director of the Yale Center for Astronomy & Astrophysics, to speak at the annual Sturm Memorial Lecture this year. She will address sexism and gender equity in astronomy, science, and academia more generally. Urry is not only an expert in this field, but she is also notably the first tenured female faculty member in the history of Yale’s Physics Department.

Poster says it all!

Online Petition: Gender Resource Center

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From Planned Parenthood Intern Lily Kong ’16:

Do you think we need a Gender Resource Center/Women’s Center on campus? TELL US WHY! The Planned Parenthood interns, in conjunction with various student groups, are working towards the creation of a Gender Resource Center on campus. Please help gather support by signing our petition and providing testimonials for our proposal!

Thanks so much!

Date: Do it NOW
Link: herehere

A Closer Look at “The Shmagina Dialogues”

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If you stop by the WestCo lounge on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday night, you may catch some members of the Wesleyan community talking about vaginas. It should look nothing like last week’s production of The Vagina Monologues. And that’s the point.

“I have always really not liked The Vagina Monologues, but not because I don’t like the people who are involved in the show here,” explains producer Olivia May ’14. “The show itself never felt welcoming to my experience, and I can really imagine how it would feel less welcoming to a whole lot of other people.” Co-producer Emma MacLean ’14 adds, “I’ve always felt that there is more to be said than what gets said in The Vagina Monologues.”

No Evidence of Disease Film Screening: Raising Awareness about GYN Cancers through Music

From Emma Kemler ’15:

Interested in women’s health care causes? The healing power of music? Come be inspired by the story of six gynecological oncologists from across the U.S. who have formed a rock band, No Evidence of Disease, to raise awareness about “below the belt” women’s cancers. No Evidence of Disease’s original music has become a lightning rod for gynecologic cancers, bringing this shockingly neglected cause out of obscurity. This boldly energizing film also focuses on the intrepid patients who struggle with their diagnoses and traumatic treatments.
Refreshments will be served and fact sheets about what every woman should know will be up for grabs!

Date: Thursday, November 7
Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Place: PAC 002

Cupcakes and Mocktails Tonight!


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Courtesy of Lynna Zhong ’15:

Join Wesleyan’s women and women of color community for some dancing, chatting, music, and of course, fabulous cupcakes and delicious mocktails.

DRESS TO IMPRESS!!

It’s that time to pull out that dress you’ve been saving to wear and show off those HOT new shoes you just bought.

Sponsored by Women of Color Collective, Women of Color House, and Womanist House.

Date: Saturday, September 28
Time: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Place: Women of Color House – 227 Pine Street
Cost: Free!

Guest Post: Yes, It Is a Problem That There Is Not a Single Woman in the Spring Fling Lineup

Bernstein ’13, a senior and former member of Spring Fling Committee, reflects on male domination in the Wesleyan music scene—and how it can be changed.

Riot grrrl supergroup Wild Flag performs at Eclectic in October 2011. Photo by Rachel Pincus ’13.

Ally Bernstein ’13 offers a critical view on the 2013 Spring Fling lineup, weighing in on an argument that appeared in the comments section of Thursday night’s announcement post:

As I struggle to match words to my experience, I recall the last time someone wrote an article critical of the gender imbalance in the Wesleyan music scene. Avery Trufelman ’13 wrote a Wespeak in 2010 in response to our general feelings of malaise as well as an upsetting incident of sexual assault at a Titus Andronicus concert. And while she wrote it during the beginning of our sophomore year, as a senior, I wonder how much has changed. At the recent, excellent Potty Mouth concert in the WestCo Café, an overwhelmingly male audience turned out to watch four punk ladies from Northampton churn out sweetly melodic lo-fi tunes. Spring Fling Committee is 72% male. The Spring Fling lineup is 100% male. The majority of campus bands are still male.

Since the Potty Mouth show, I’ve tried to figure out why. Why don’t more female Wesleyan students attend shows, and why don’t more female Wesleyan students play shows? Why are women not engaged by what Wesleyan has to offer? In 2012 I visited a friend living in Olympia, Washington, birthplace of riot grrrl and home base of Kathleen Hanna, who spoke at Wesleyan in 2010. I attended a show at my friend’s house, and every single band out of the four that played had at least one non-male member. Many had more. Not only did these ladies kill it, but the atmosphere in the crowded living room was electric. Men and women and non-binary folks were all feeding off the positive energy of dedicated people making good music. During that trip, I sat in on some band practices where people of all genders were collaborating and sharing and just figuring things out. The attitude was infectious.