Archive for the ‘Current Events’ Category

Women’s & Gender Studies and Academic Freedom @ UIUC

Even before the 2014-2015 academic year started, controversy has already been roiling within our higher ed circles. The heat, it seems, is just getting hotter. Specifically, the controversy I’m referring to involves the contentious un-hiring of Dr. Steven Salaita from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) American Indian Studies (AIS) Program’s roster of faculty […]

In the News: Facebook Takes A Stand With Free Access To Women’s Rights Info In Africa

via TechCrunch: “No one should be denied understanding of their human rights just because they can’t afford a mobile data plan. Now women in Zambia won’t be, as Facebook and Internet.org’s new app gives them free Internet connection for accessing women’s rights resources like MAMA  (Mobile Alliance For Maternal Action), WRAPP (Women’s Rights App), and […]

Anti-Feminism in the Digital Age

In case you haven’t heard, the interwebs is alight with controversy, yet again. Well, more accurately, when is it not alight with controversy, right? There are myriad controversies that abound within the spaces of social media and the corners of the internet. Most relevant to us on this blog and ACRL-WGSS is Women Against Feminism […]

Sometimes It Doesn’t Pay to be Modest

According to a recent analysis* of JSTOR articles from the past 60 years commissioned by The Chronicle of Higher Education, women are 56% less likely to cite themselves than men are. Moreover, it’s getting worse. Analysis of articles from just the past ten years showed men to be 64% more likely to cite themselves. The overall […]

Three Hashtags Discussing Issues Relevant to Women and Gender Studies

Image from Kindle, an online magazine from Kolkata, India. It comes from the article #Hashing It Out: Democracy and Discourse in Twitterverse by Koli Mitra (October 2, 2013) According to the ACRL WGSS website, our section “was formed to discuss, promote, and support women’s studies collections and services in academic and research libraries.” I agree […]

#NotYourAsianSidekick: Asian American feminist online conversations

Last Thursday, January 16, 2014, 18MillionRising (18MR) had its first public forum online for their  #NotYourAsianSidekick campaign through Google Hangouts. The topics: the #NotYourAsianSidekick trend on Twitter, which started in mid-December 2013, women of color and feminism, and using social media for activism and community organizing. The forum consisted of Asian American panelists, moderated by […]

Food for Thought: The Shriver Report

The new issue of The Shriver Report is available for view/download now,  A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink, was developed in partnership with the Center for American Progress.  From the Report‘s site, “The report is a groundbreaking investigation into the millions of women who are doing it all and barely scraping by, struggling to […]

Fall 2011 Newsletter – Call for Submissions

  This is an open call for members to send in anything which you’d like to share with your colleagues, but the editors are encouraging individuals to submit write-ups about their experiences at ALA Annual. Suggestions for submissions about Annual include: Committee reports/updates Reports about the WGSS co-sponsored annual program Information about the WGSS poster […]

Stanford and Ms. Magazine Essay Contest

Join the conversation on the future of feminism in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Ms. magazine. Stanford University and Ms. magazine invite you to enter an essay contest. Check out 40 iconic Ms. covers from four decades of feminist reporting. Write a 150-word essay that reflects on how it captured an era or moment, or how it may […]

Join the discussion: Women’s World Cup & Title IX

Women’s World Cup, Title IX And What It Means For Girls by Cynthia Kounaris, on Huffington Post. “You can debate Title IX all you want but you’d be hard-pressed to argue against the looks on little girls’ faces when they talk about what the US Women’s Soccer team means to them…”