A professor at Mount Allison University says the Women and Gender studies program is being cut. Students and faculty alike are organizing to save the popular program
From Academica Top Ten - Wednesday, February 4, 2016:
Mount Allison to cut women and gender studies program, says acting director
The acting director of Mount Allison University’s women and gender studies program recently sent an email to students notifying them that the program will not receive funding for the 2016-17 academic year. "I am writing tonight with disappointing news," the email reportedly said. "The dean of arts informed me today that due to decisions made in the budget process the university has cut the budget for the WGST program next year.” CBC has reported that students of the program have already begun organizing an effort to ensure it remains in place. "We are not going to let this go down without a fight, and our voices are going to be heard," said third-year student Katharyn Stevenson. A prepared statement from Vice-President of Advancement at MTA, Gloria Jollymore, states that no formal review has taken place, and that the university has not “announced any intention to cut the program.”
Summary from Academica Top Ten - February 11, 2015
OUSA "bachelorette's degree" campaign highlights gender wage gapThe Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) will launch a campaign to tackle the significant pay gap between men and women in Ontario. Citing Statistics Canada data that show that women make an average of $300,000 less over their lifetime than men, OUSA announced that it will roll out a campaign centred around the idea of a fictional "bachelorette's degree." "Talking about the 'Bachelorette's Degree' is an attempt to satirize the way women's education is undervalued in our society. It's ridiculous to think that our universities would issue his-and-hers degrees to graduates–that would be degrading and obviously wrong. Yet research shows that your gender identity has a very real impact on your ability to leverage your education in the workplace," said OUSA Steering Committee Member Shawn Murphy. The campaign will focus on Ontario, but OUSA President Jen Carter says that she hopes it will initiate a dialogue across Canada.
Jessica Valenti: Anti-abortion activists claim that legal restrictions are in the best interests of women, but they never are
"There is one thing that suicidal rape victims need: immediate assistance.But for one young woman in Ireland who was pregnant and seeking an abortion after reportedly being attacked, the only thing her government offered was the slow, bureaucratic violation of her humanity."
"Over the past few years, big brands have been reaching out to Muslim women like me. The Muslim influence on the fashion industry has coined a new term: “modestwear”. Two years ago, DKNY launched a Ramadan range that included floral jumpsuits, long flowing tops and full sleeve maxi dresses that I would personally love to have in my wardrobe. H&M made headlines in September last year by featuring their first Muslim model in a hijab, who starred in a video that promoted a fashion-for-all campaign with the motto: “There are no rules in fashion”. Even the designer label D&G produced their own range of hijabs and abayas (long flowing robe-like dresses) targeting women in the UAE.
Bergé and Rossignol’s real bugbear is that it is Muslim women’s clothing we’re talking about here. To divorce fashion from identity, faith and culture is missing the point. Fashion can be empowering, it opens up self-expression. Plus, you can be beautiful and cover up at the same time, despite Bergé’s comments that: “Designers are there to make women more beautiful, to give them their freedom, not to collaborate with this dictatorship.” Oh please, Monsieur Bergé, save your hypocrisy, it’s so last season.
Laurence Rossignol provokes anger by comparing women who wear burqas to ‘negroes’ who supported slavery in the US
The bigger problem is the analogy she stands behind that is as racist as it is Islamophobic. And why the distant gaze over to the US? Slavery is as important in the history of France. It was as institutionalized then as open contempt for women wearing hijabs and burqas is now. It's no less misogynistic coming from a French woman minister.
Exclusive: Five women suffered prolonged miscarriages, severe infections and emotional trauma at Mercy Health Partners when staff neglected patients’ health to uphold religious directives against inducing delivery, report reveals
"Alaa Murabit's family moved from Canada to Libya when she was 15. Before, she’d felt equal to her brothers, but in this new environment she sensed big prohibitions on what she could accomplish. As a proud Muslim woman, she wondered: was this really religious doctrine? With humor, passion and a refreshingly rebellious spirt, she shares how she discovered examples of female leaders from across the history of her faith — and how she launched a campaign to fight for women's rights using verses directly from the Koran."
Emotion should be seen as a sign of health, not disease.
"WOMEN are moody. By evolutionary design, we are hard-wired to be sensitive to our environments, empathic to our children’s needs and intuitive of our partners’ intentions. This is basic to our survival and that of our offspring. Some research suggests that women are often better at articulating their feelings than men because as the female brain develops, more capacity is reserved for language, memory, hearing and observing emotions in others.
These are observations rooted in biology, not intended to mesh with any kind of pro- or anti-feminist ideology. But they do have social implications. Women’s emotionality is a sign of health, not disease; it is a source of power. But we are under constant pressure to restrain our emotional lives. We have been taught to apologize for our tears, to suppress our anger and to fear being called hysterical."
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