SWS at the United Nations – 65th Commission on the Status of Women – March 19 and 20 Programming

 

The 65th annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) sponsored by the United Nations (UN) is currently underway and SWS is sponsoring two amazing parallel events this year. Over the next 10 days of the UN CSW, NGO CSW/NY has organized hundreds of events that inform, engage and inspire grassroots efforts and advocacy needed to empower women and girls (for more information, click HERE, or go directly to this site: https://ngocsw.org/

Support SWS members and learn about some incredible feminist research.

Prior to attending you must register as an “advocate.”  You can do that here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ngo-csw65-forum-advocate-registration-tickets-137312871495.

This will allow you to create a profile (to network with others or highlight your work) and create a schedule of all the events you would like to attend over the two weeks.

Search the schedule here: https://ngocsw65forum.us2.pathable.com/agenda

Please direct questions to SWS ECOSOC Delegate, Nicky Fox: nicole.fox@csus.edu 

Friday, March 19 from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EDT

PANEL 1: Women’s Mobilization, Feminist Claim-Making and the Fight for Social Change 

  1. Maro Youssef, PhD Candidate, The University of Texas at Austin. Women’s Political Participation After Revolution in Tunisia 
  2. Esha Sraboni, PhD Candidate, Brown University. Women Making Claims on the State: The Role of Community Based Groups in Rural Bangladesh 
  3. Fauzia Husain, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto. Women, Public Authority and Spectacular Agency
  4. Andrea Boyles, Professor of Sociology, Tulane University.Black Women’s Activism:  Leading the Progressive Movement at the Intersection of Political Participation, Backlash, and Victimization 
  5. Katie M. Gordon, PhD Candidate, Stony Brook University. Running as Resistance: Collective Action Framing and Women’s Candidate Emergence, 2016-2018 

Saturday, March 20 from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EDT

PANEL 2: Barriers to Gender Equity and Feminist Strategies of Resistance 

  1. Katherine L. Maldonado-Fabela, PhD Candidate, University of California, Santa Barbara. System-Impacted Motherwork: Homegirls Dodging Criminalization 
  2. Morgan Richards-Melamdir, PhD Candidate, Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Gender Equality, Instrumentalized Empowerment, and Decoupling in World Bank Discourse and Project Implementation.
  3. Molly M. King, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Santa Clara University & Megan E. Frederickson, Associate Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto. The Pandemic Penalty: The Gendered Effects of COVID-19 on Scientific Productivity.
  4. Selina R Gallo-Cruz, Professor of SociologyCollege of the Holy Cross and Renée Remsberg, Wellesley College How They See Us, How We See Ourselves, and How We See Peace’: Reflections on Liberian Women’s Post War Experiences with International NGOs.
  5. Jessica Cabrera, Ph.D. CandidateUniversity of California, Irvine. The Feminist Playbook for Winning Back Title IX.

Learn more about the SWS International Committee HERE

 https://socwomen.org/about/international-committee/

Call for Applications for Campus Visit – 2020 Feminist Activism Award Winner, Dr. Ophra Leyser-Whalen

Call for Applications for Campus Visit

2020 Feminist Activism Award Winner

Dr. Ophra Leyser-Whalen

Deadline: May 1, 2021

Committee Chair: Dr. Rebecca Hanson (r.hanson@ufl.edu)

Selection Subcommittee Chair: Dr. Ghassan Moussawi (moussawi@illinois.edu)

Photo of Dr. Ophra Leyser-Whalen

During the 2021-2022 academic year, 2020 SWS Feminist Activism Awardee, Dr. Ophra Leyser-Whalen, Associate Professor of Sociology at The University of Texas at El Paso, will make one campus visit. Dr. Leyser-Whalen’s research focuses on reproductive health, weaving in medical sociology, health disparities and gender. Dr. Leyser-Whalen is committed to working with three non-profit organizations: Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, West Fund and El Jardín Birth & Family Resource Center, all of which are dedicated to reproductive justice, LGBTQ rights, and women’s rights. Situated at an institution that is on the U.S. – Mexico border, Dr. Leyser-Whalen addresses border politics in her activism and teaching. Dr. Leyser-Whalen also incorporates activism into her teaching leading to mutually beneficial collaboration for her students and the local community.

Applications from all types of institutions are welcome. Priority will be given to campuses with departments with a focus on feminist activism, social movements, sociological practice, and/or activist research. The selection subcommittee will look especially favorably on campuses that are committed to gaining the widest possible audience for these visits. This may be demonstrated by evidence of:

  • collaboration with other departments and programs on campus
  • multiple-campus cooperation
  • community partnerships

SWS will fund a portion of the expenses for the campus visit, thus institutions should not let resource scarcity prevent them from applying. SWS will fund up to $750 toward domestic travel and a maximum of $1500 toward international travel. The host campus is responsible for the costs associated with meals and lodging for the duration of the campus visit.

If you are interested in hosting a campus visit, send your application by May 1, 2021 to:

SWS Awards Committee Chair: Rebecca Hanson

email: r.hanson@ufl.edu

Please put “SWS Feminist Activist Campus Visit” in the email subject line.

The application should include the following information:

  1. An explanation of your interest in hosting Dr. Leyser-Whalen and the merits of awarding a campus visit at your institution.
  2. A description of the type of presentation you are interested in hosting
  3. The number of days you will ask the awardee to stay.
  4. The target audience or audiences for Dr. Leyser-Whalen’s presentation.
  5. A description of how local costs (lodging and meals) will be met.
  6. Tentative dates for Dr. Leyser-Whalen’s visit.

Note: Due to public health concerns and travel challenges relating to COVID-19, we are committed to working with Dr. Leyser-Whalen and the campus visit host institution to identify suitable dates. SWS can extend the timeframe beyond the 2021-2022 academic year for this visit to occur if travel and programming are not possible within this timeframe.

 

 

 

Call for Applications for Campus Visit – 2020 SWS Distinguished Feminist Lecturer, Dr. Katie L. Acosta

Call for Applications for Campus Visit

2020 SWS Distinguished Feminist Lecturer

Dr. Katie L. Acosta

Deadline: May 1, 2021

Committee Chair: Dr. Rebecca Hanson (r.hanson@ufl.edu)

Selection Subcommittee Chair: Dr. Kimberly Kelly (kkelly@soc.msstate.edu)

Photo of Dr. Katie L. Acosta

During the 2021-2022 academic year, 2020 SWS Feminist Lecturer Dr. Katie L. Acosta, Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Graduate Studies, Georgia State University, will make one campus visit. Dr. Acosta’s research centers the intersections of gender, sexuality, Latinx Studies, race/ethnicity, family, and immigration. The campus visit is intended to celebrate and enhance feminist scholarship and social activism on college campuses. A key goal of the program is to provide a feminist voice on campuses where such a perspective is unusual and/or unwelcome.

Applications from all types of institutions are welcome. Priority will be given to campuses that are isolated, rural, located away from major metropolitan areas, underfunded and without the resources needed to invite guest speakers, and/or are characterized by hostility to feminist scholarship.

The selection subcommittee will look especially favorably on campuses that are committed to gaining the widest possible audience for these visits. This may be demonstrated by evidence of

  • collaboration with other departments and programs on campus
  • multiple-campus cooperation
  • community partnerships

SWS will fund a portion of the expenses for the site visit, thus institutions should not let resource scarcity prevent them from applying. SWS will fund up to $750 toward domestic travel and a maximum of $1500 for international travel. The host campus is responsible for the costs associated with meals and lodging for the duration of the campus visit.

If you are interested in hosting a campus visit submit your application by May 1, 2021 to:

SWS Awards Committee Chair: Rebecca Hanson

email: r.hanson@ufl.edu

Please put “SWS Distinguished Feminist Lecturer Campus Visit” in the email subject line.

The application should include the following information:

  1. An explanation of your interest in hosting Dr. Acosta and the merits of awarding a campus visit to your institution.
  2. A description of the type of presentation you are interested in hosting.
  3. The number of days you will ask the awardee to stay.
  4. The target audience or audiences for Dr. Acosta’s presentation.
  5. A description of how local costs (lodging and meals) will be met.
  6. Tentative dates for Dr. Acosta’s visit.

Note: Due to public health concerns and travel challenges relating to COVID-19, we are committed to working with Dr. Acosta and the campus visit host institution to identify suitable dates. SWS can extend the timeframe beyond the 2021-2022 academic year for this visit to occur if travel and programming are not possible within this timeframe.

SWS Congratulates the 2021 SWS Undergraduate Social Action Awardees

Congratulations to the 2021 SWS Undergraduate Social Action Awardees!

Alexandria Hernandez. Reagan Williams. Molly Roach

The Undergraduate Social Action Award is given annually to recognize students or a team of students making a substantial contribution to improving the lives of women in society through activism. SWS initiated this award in 2003. The work honored by this award is central to the SWS goal to foster activism for women. SWS recognizes that action “for women” does not mean that the work was done “with women” or even “by women.” Substantial need exists for social action working with working with men, boys, LGBTQ communities and other groups where change will benefit women and can be understood as feminist action. Therefore, SWS recognizes work done in this spirit regardless of applicant gender identity. In 2021, each of the Undergraduate Social Action Awardees will receive an award of $500 to acknowledge and celebrate their social activism. They will also receive 2021 SWS Membership. We celebrated our Undergraduate Social Action Awardees at the 2021 Winter Meeting Awards Reception. A special thank you to the SWS 2021 Undergraduate Social Action Subcommittee: Dr. Ruth M. Hernández-Rios (Chair), Dr. R. Plante and Cierra Sorin.

Photo of Alexandria Hernandez on left

Alexandria Hernandez is attending the University of Texas at El Paso and is working towards receiving her BA in Marketing. She plans to use her degree to work with non-profit organizations and help them reach an audience and show their full potential. A reflection of this passion is the organization she put together known as Frontera Folx for Reproductive Justice, an on-campus organization working to provide a safer space for our community through educating, providing recourses and representation. Within its first official year Frontera Folx’s actions have varied from community gatherings to virtual seminars. Alexandria hopes that Frontera Folx will be a community resource and guide for others for many years to come.

Frontera Folx took part in solidarity in El Paso Pride and other LGBTQ events, engaged with US Congresswoman Veronica Escobar, tabled at health fairs, and supported the community in ways not directly related to reproductive health, such as officially joining the “El Paso Strong” march, which showed community support after the deadly August 3, 2019 Walmart shooting by a racist individual from Dallas who targeted Hispanics. Frontera Folx has also helped raise political awareness and registered people to vote. Among other activities, they also ran a menstrual product drive for individuals living in homeless shelters and organized a clothing swap for trans folx. At the state-level, Frontera Folx has engaged in advocacy through lobbying for reproductive rights at the Austin, Texas State Capitol and they have sent several members to a youth leader empowerment training in Dallas. Dr. Ophra Leyser-Whalen of the University of Texas at El Paso nominated Alexandria for this award.

Photo of Reagan Williams on Right

Reagan Williams is a senior at the College of Charleston majoring in Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies with a minor in Political Science. She began her activism in Charleston, South Carolina by becoming a student executive board member of the Gender & Sexuality Equity Center. Later, she went on to conduct New Faculty Inclusivity Orientation Trainings, Restorative Justice Circles and other workshops centered around equity. Reagan co-founded a student organization, Mental Health in Melanin, in the Spring of 2019 in order to advocate for mental health care awareness and combat collective trauma often experienced in communities of color. She has served many campus roles as committee member of the Intersectional Cougar Action Network (I-CAN), a coalition of student organizations and campus activists to fight injustice, and committee chairman of the WGS Student Advisory Committee.

I-CAN has served as a catalyst for significant changes on the College of Charleston campus, including application of consistent pressure on the upper administration to address specific instances of bias and discrimination, as well as systemic issues such as lack of attention to LGBTQ+ student needs or a dearth of critical race studies on campus. Under Reagan’s leadership, Mental Health in Melanin has regular events with high-profile speakers, holds candid conversations, and offers community-building spaces for students of color at this predominately white institution (PWI). The spaces and resources that are available to students through this organization foster belonging and inclusion in ways that were not available before. And as part of her commitment to issues relating to marginalized identities and mental health, Reagan also took the initiative to become a LGBTQ+ Affirmative Therapy Training Instructor. Dr. Kris De Welde of the College of Charleston nominated Reagan for this award.

Photo of Molly Roach on Left

Molly Roach is a recent graduate of Framingham State University with a major in Criminology and a minor in Psychology. She is an organizer with RacismFreeWPS in Worcester, Massachusetts. She aspires to go on to graduate school to earn her PhD in Criminology with a focus on sexual and gender violence. Her career goals lie in academia and research.

Molly was born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts. She attended the public-school system from preschool to 12th grade. She was a member of the Burncoat High School band and orchestra for 6 years and was Vice President of orchestra for 1 year. Her time spent in the public-school system has inspired her current activism work with RacismFreeWPS. Within the RacismFreeWPS organization she is a member of the press team, co-facilitator of Zoom planning meetings, and runs the onboarding process for new members.

She currently works as a bookseller at Barnes & Noble, and as a Peer Health Educator/Social Media Coordinator for the Health and Wellness Center at Framingham State University. In her free time, Molly is a bibliophile who usually reads a book a day while curled up with her pit bull. She is also interning with Dr. Elizabeth Whalley as a research assistant, and they are working together to institute a new sexual education training for new students at Framingham State University.

Photo of Molly Roach with RacismFreeWPS members on Right

RacismFreeWPS is a grassroots organization of about 15 core members, made up of current and former WPS students, that began in July of 2020. The members were encouraged by the swell in activism that was started by the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and decided that there was no better time than the present to push for radical change. They started out on a social media platform with the intent of collecting and publishing anonymous student testimonials of racism within the Worcester Public School system. This quickly grew into students, alumni, educators, and parents submitting stories about sexual violence, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, classism, and other forms of oppression. At this point, they shifted their goal: they became focused on ending all forms of oppression in Worcester Public Schools. Their social media following has grown to over 3,000 users, and they have published over 300 testimonials. The social media aspect of their organizing is immensely important, but they all realized that they wanted – and needed – to do more. It was one thing to expose what is happening in the schools, but they wanted to make the step toward making changes. Both Dr. Virginia Rutter and Dr. Elizabeth Whalley of Framingham State University nominated Molly Roach for this award.

 

For more information on the SWS Undergraduate Social Action Award, please go to this website: https://socwomen.org/awards/undergraduate-social-action/

The next application deadline is October 1, 2021.

April 8, 2021 Programming Sponsored by SWS Social Actions Initiative Award – Break the Cycle Addressing Housing, Economic Security, and Self-Efficacy of Survivors of Gender-based Violence

Break the Cycle

Addressing Housing, Economic Security, and Self-Efficacy of Survivors of Gender-based Violence

April 8, 2021 from 2:00 pm Central Time – 5:00 pm Central Time

Sponsored by the SWS Social Actions Initiative Award

Dr. Ziwei Qi, Fort Hays State University

Break The Cycle Brochure

SWS Congratulates the 2021 Winter Social Actions Initiative Award Winners – Dr. Brittany P. Battle, Dr. Ziwei Qi, and Dr. Kelly Grace

Congratulations to the 2021 Winter SWS Social Actions Initiative Award Winners

Dr. Brittany P. Battle, Dr. Ziwei Qi, and Dr. Kelly Grace

In 2016, SWS Council approved the Social Action Committee’s (SAC) proposal to support more direct social action of SWS members. The Social Actions Initiative Awards provide a way for the SAC to directly support and encourage the social activism of SWS members.  Awards are given out twice per year on a competitive basis until funds run out. The social actions represented by this initiative are central to advancing the mission of SWS. All three of the award winners this funding cycle will receive $1,000 to support their social activism projects. Special thanks go to the Social Actions Initiative Award Subcommittee: Dr. Ruth M. Hernández-Rios (Outgoing Chair), Rosalind Kichler, and Dr. Kristy Kelly.

Photo of Dr. Brittany P. Battle

Dr. Brittany P. Battle is a scholar-activist and an Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. Her research interests include social and family policy, courts, social justice, and carceral logics. She teaches courses on social justice in the social sciences, reimagining the criminal legal system, and courts & criminal procedure. She is currently working on a book manuscript (under contract with NYU Press) titled “They’re Stealing My Opportunity to Be a Father:” The Child Support System and State Intervention in the Family, which examines the experiences of parents involved in the child support system using courtroom observations and interviews. The project illuminates the ways that the child support system functions as a neoliberal construct at the intersection of the welfare and criminal justice systems. Dr. Battle is also the co-founder of Triad Abolition Project, a grassroots organization working to dismantle the carceral state, and the Forsyth County Police Accountability & Reallocation Coalition, a collective of grassroots organizations in her area working to defund law enforcement budgets and refund the community. In the summer, Triad Abolition Project organized a 49-day occupation in downtown Winston Salem to secure changes in the county law enforcement agency in response to the murder of John Neville by sheriff’s deputies in the local detention center.

The award will fund the “Defund, Transform, Abolish?: Reimagining Justice in the Era of Mass Incarceration Workshop Series.” This series of workshops will train local community organizers and supporters in the traditions of restorative justice (micro-level), transformative justice (macro-level), and abolition. Approximately 15 participants including university undergraduate and graduate students, K-12 educators, activists, and community members will receive materials to read and engage with during the 10-week series. The workshops will serve as a transformative educational and training experience to provide participants with foundational frameworks for understanding abolition and practicing restorative justice. This education and training will ultimately contribute to the community-building needed to support new methods of accountability that move away from carceral systems of punishment and expand communities of care.

 

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Photo of Dr. Ziwei Qi

Dr. Ziwei Qi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas. She has a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University of North Dakota and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from St. Cloud State University. Dr. Qi has been actively engaged in research involving gender-based violence, rural criminology, restorative justice, and social entrepreneurship in the criminal justice system. She is one of the co-founders of the Center for Empowering Gender-based Violence, a research and service center based in rural Kansas.

The award will fund the “ Breaking the Cycle of Violence—Addressing Economic Independence for Survivors of Gender-based Violence in Rural Communities.” Four organizations will lead the one-day teach-in virtual workshop in April 2021. They are Colorado/Kansas-based and survivor-centered social enterprises providing housing, job training, and employment to women survivors. During the workshop, we introduce ways to provide both employment and residential assistance to survivors, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the end, audiences will participate in the discussion and propose ideas to providing sustainable support through job training, employment, and safe housing to help survivors to regain control of their life in Hays, Kansas, and beyond.

 

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Photo of Dr. Kelly Grace

Dr. Kelly Grace is an independent researcher, consultant and visiting scholar at Drexel University focusing on gender issues in education in Cambodia.  She holds a PhD in Comparative and International Education from Lehigh University, where her dissertation used structural equation modeling (SEM) to analyze the impact of early childhood education programs on Cambodian mothers’ justifications of child abuse.  Her primary research interest examines barriers related to gender in early childhood education and primary school programs, with an interest in Chbab Srey, or rules for women, and how this impacts educational experiences.  She also works broadly in the area of gender in education K-12 and university settings. Dr. Grace supports the development of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) systems for education programs, specializes in project data management and analysis, and develops and implements trainings in both gender and M&E in educational settings.  While her contextual area of expertise is the Cambodian education system, she also works with large international organizations on cross-context projects.

The award will fund the first Society of Gender Professionals (SGP) Circles Symposium in March 2021. SGP “Circles,” or chapters of members, work in specific thematic/geographic areas, to network, collaborate and provide professional development for feminist academics/practitioners/activists. Circles conduct applied research, develop South-South collaborations for feminist action, and work together to raise the profile of gender expertise around the world. Circles membership is international, with leadership mostly from the Global South, who work in underserved contexts and with minoritized communities. Together, they bring marginalized voices to international arenas.

 


Social Actions Initiative Awards: The Social Action Initiative Awards is the Social Action Committee’s effort to directly support and encourage the activism of SWS members. Awards are given out twice per year. The next deadline is April 1, 2021.
Here is the direct link to apply: https://sws.memberclicks.net/awardsapril2021
To learn more about SWS awards please visit our website https://socwomen.org/awards/

SWS Member Chaniqua Simpson to receive $20,000 from Black Voices for Black Justice Fund to use to build an anti-racist America

Congratulations to SWS Member, Chaniqua Simpson one of 19 Black Activists Working to Advance Racial Justice 

Black Voices for Black Justice Fund Announces Awards to 19 Black Activists Working to Advance Racial Justice

Click HERE to see the January 2021 Press Release.

  • A group of prominent Black leaders today announced 19 awards to Black leaders, bringing the total number of awardees to 50 leaders across 18 states
  • New awardees are concentrated in Colorado, Georgia, North Carolina and Washington, DC — and are focused on housing justice, voting rights, civic engagement, and education
  • Black Voices for Black Justice Fund (BVBJ) is unique in its approach – letting awardees use their financial awards in whatever way they believe will make the most impact in advancing racial justice

Chaniqua Simpson (Raleigh-Durham, NC) is a queer feminist sociologist, writer, caregiver, and educator based in Raleigh, NC. She is a PhD Candidate in sociology at NC State University, with expertise in how Black organizers make sense of their work within the historical and contemporary cultural and political contexts, including drawing attention to systems of power stemming from class, gender, and sexuality, and how they shape the lives, experiences, and organizing work of young Black activists. Simpson is an affordable housing advocate and is part of the Movement for Black Lives Electoral Justice League Fellowship, where she works with organizers to help build coalitions and support to push for affordable housing in Raleigh. As Program coordinator at the Women’s Center at NC State, she works to incorporate sociology into campus community programming. She is co-chair of the political education committee of the Durham Chapter of Black Youth Project 100, a national membership-based organization of Black organizers and activists ages 18-35.

Chaniqua Simpson is a past SWS awardee. Chaniqua received the ASA Minority Fellowship, sponsored by SWS in 2019 and in 2017, Chaniqua received the Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green Scholarship.

 

Columbia University’s Black Heritage Month Series Highlights SWS President, Dr. Mignon Moore

Columbia University’s Black Heritage Month Series Highlights SWS President, Dr. Mignon Moore

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 7:30 pm EST

Black Alumni Council of Columbia University (BAC) Programming

For the third event in our Black Heritage Month series, we’ll be hosting a Fireside Chat with some of our distinguished Heritage Award Honorees.

@columbiabac 
Register HERE

“A DRINK WITH A GENIUS” Celebrating Tressie McMillan Cottom’s 2020 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship

SAVE THE DATE

“A DRINK WITH A GENIUS”

Thursday, January 28, 2021

6:45 pm EST – 8:30 pm EST

Programming to Celebrate Tressie McMillan Cottom’s 2020 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, “Genius Grant”

Image of Tressie McMillan Cottom
Photo Credit: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Tressie McMillan Cottom holds a BA (2009) from North Carolina Central University and a PhD (2015) from Emory University. In July 2020, she joined the faculty of the University of North Carolina as an associate professor in the School of Library and Information Science and senior research faculty in the Center for Information, Technology and Public Life. She was affiliated with the Department of Sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University from 2015 to 2020 and has been a faculty affiliate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University since 2015. McMillan Cottom’s additional publications include the edited volumes Digital Sociologies (2016) and For-Profit Universities: The Shifting Landscape of Marketized Higher Education (2017), and she has been a contributor to Slate, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and Inside Higher Ed.

Schedule of Programming

6:45 pm EST – 7:05 pm EST

Multi-certified mixologist, philanthropist and industry educator, Alexis Brown of Serving Life Behind Bars and the founder of Causing A Stir, a Chicago-based organization dedicated to educating and empowering underrepresented individuals in the hospitality industry will guide us as we mix up a bourbon-based cocktail (Tressie’s favorite!) in addition to a non-alcoholic mocktail to help us to properly prepare for the celebration. Check out the grocery list so that you will have all the items on hand that you’ll need to help us toast to Tressie!

7:05 pm EST – 8:30 pm EST

Celebration of Tressie McMillan Cottom’s 2020 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship “Genius Grant”

Shaping discourse on highly topical issues at the confluence of race, gender, education, and digital technology for broad audiences.

Tressie to speak, and then we celebrate!

Here’s a LINK to Tressie’s website: https://tressiemc.com/

Note: All SWS 2021 Winter Meeting Programming (January 28-31, 2021) is open to all SWS Members. Please stay tuned for the forthcoming registration form.

SWS Supports Establishing Office for Gender Equity in Department of Education, Letter to Biden-Harris Transition Team

SWS Recommends Establishing Office for Gender Equity in the Department of Education

See Letter Sent to Biden-Harris Transition Team

To view this letter on the Feminist Majority Foundation website, click HERE.

FEMINIST MAJORITY FOUNDATION

January 8, 2021

Linda Darling-Hammond, Director of the Biden-Harris Education Transition Team and the Transition Team

Dear Dr. Darling-Hammond and the Department of Education Transition Team,

The undersigned organizations, all of whom support greatly increased attention to educational equity, recommend that the Biden-Harris Department of Education (ED) prioritize establishing an Office for Gender Equity reporting to the Secretary of Education as soon as possible. This Office is the first priority in a longer letter sent to the transition teams by the National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education.

Creation of an Office for Gender Equity is critical in restoring and ensuring opportunity, safety, and gender equity in education particularly as the Department of Education rectifies the 2020 changes to the Title IX Regulations and withdrawal of important Guidance documents by the Trump Administration and as it advances initiatives to ensure educational opportunity for all. The Office for Gender Equity is immediately needed to obtain public input on revising theTitle IX regulations relating to sexual harassment and assault and other rescinded guidance on transgender individuals and Title IX Coordinators. It is also crucial that the new Biden-Harris Department of Education show proactive gender equity leadership to help establish an effective national infrastructure of Title IX Coordinators and other gender equity experts to implement full eradication of long-standing sex discrimination with attention to compounded discrimination based on race, disability, English Language Learners, immigration, pregnancy/parenting, and LGBTQ status in education. An Office for Gender Equity is also needed to coordinate policy and make high quality gender equity resources including research, policies, training, and student materials available to the public by re-establishing a Gender Equity Web-based Resource Center to serve all levels from pre-k to higher and adult education.

We recommend that the Department create the Office for Gender Equity administratively, with its Director reporting to the Secretary of Education. This office is also proposed in the Gender Equity Education Act (GEEA), and a Special Assistant for Gender Equity was authorized in the Department of Education Organization Act. A proactive ED Office for Gender Equity would also complement the parallel offices charged with leadership and coordination on gender issues in federal health agencies, Department of Labor, and the U.S. Department of State.

The gender equity community has been a long-time supporter of the GEEA and its predecessor, the Women’s Educational Equity Act (WEEA), which was the only federal legislation specifically focused on implementing Title IX. The current version of GEEA– the Patsy T. Mink and Louise K. Slaughter Gender Equity Education Act of 2019-20

(S. 1964, HR 3513) sponsored by Senator Mazie Hirono and Representative Doris Matsui outlines the many responsibilities of the Office, such as policy making, training, dissemination, and federal coordination within ED as well as with other government offices. It also emphasizes the need for intersectional approaches to gender and other civil rights protections.

Hopefully, when the 117th Congress passes GEEA, the existing Office for Gender Equity would assume responsibility for implementing the GEEA grants program to expand the necessary gender equity infrastructure, including well-trained Title IX Coordinators and gender equity experts. As appropriate, the Office for Gender Equity would also be home for other legislative gender equity programs, dealing with sexual harassment and assault, STEM, athletics and of course it would coordinate closely with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and White House equity initiatives.

Establishing an Office for Gender Equity at the beginning of the Biden-Harris Administration is an important and unmistakable signal of support for gender equity leadership. It gives the Biden-Harris Administration a head start on strengthening the Department’s capacity to address gender equity and will be an important asset in securing passage and needed implementation funding for GEEA and other civil rights legislation.

We urge the Transition Team to recommend the establishment of an Office for Gender Equity in the Biden-Harris Department of Education as soon as possible. Thank you for your consideration.

Cordially,

Feminist Majority Foundation-Eleanor Smeal, President and Sue Klein, Ed.D, Education Equity Director.

Organizations that signed as of 1-8-21: (117 organizations)

1st Amendment-1st Vote, Inc.
Activism Caucus of the Association for Women in Psychology
Alcyone LLC
Allies Reaching for Equity
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Arkansas Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, Equity Assistance Center Augustus F. Hawkins Foundation
Autistic Self Network
BHS Stop Harassing
BRAV Consultations
California National Organization for Women
Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@Network for Healthy Families and Communities Catholics for Choice
Center for Advancement of Public Policy
Center for Partnership Studies
Central New York NOW Chapter
Champion Women
Charlottesville National Organization for Women Claremont Graduate University-Applied Gender Studies Clearinghouse on Women’s Issue
Coalition of Labor Union Women
Collin College
Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing Democratic Womens Club of The Villages, FL Disability Rights New York
Displaced Homemakers Network of New Jersey, Inc. Durham NOW, Pauli Murray Chapter
East Valley Indivisibles
Education Law Center-PA
Equal Means Equal
End Rape on Campus
ERA Coalition
Feminist Majority Foundation
Florida NOW
Florida NOW Education Fund
Gender & Sexuality Studies Program at The University of Miami Girls Inc.
Girls on the Run International
Guam Department of Education
Healthy Teen Network
High School Title IX Consulting Services, LLC
Hollywood Chapter, National Organization for Women
Illinois Accountability Initiative
Indiana NOW
Institute for Women’s Policy Research
Japanese American Citizens League
Jewish Women International
Justice for Migrant Women
Langelan & Associates
Legal Momentum, the Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund Liberal Ladies Who Lunch of SE Kansas
Loudoun County NOW
MANA, A National Latina Organization
Maryland Commission for Women
Maryland National Organization for Women
Maryland Women’s Heritage Center
Michigan NOW Fund’s Heritage Center
Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health (MOASH) Monmouth County Democratic Women’s Caucus
Monroe County NOW
Multicultural Dimensions
National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE)
National Center for Transgender Equality National Congress of Black Women, Inc National Council of Negro Women, Inc. National Equal Rights Amendment Alliance, Inc National Organization for Women
National Organization for Women, Alaska
National Organization for Women, Baltimore City/County
National Organization for Women, Columbia (MO) Area
National Organization for Women, Seattle Chapter
National Organization for Women, Texas
National Partnership for Women and Families
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
National Women’s Law Center
National Women’s Political Caucus
New Moon Girls
Ni-Ta-Nee NOW (Centre County PA National Organization for Women)
North Jersey Sierra Group
Northern New Jersey NOW
Ohio National Organization for Women
Oregon Safe Schools and Communities Coalition
Picture Social Justice, Inc.
Pinellas County National Organization for Women
Racial Unity Team (RUT)
Renew California
Reproaction
Saving Democracy Team of the Villages, FL
Shift Cultures: One Student
Shrewsbury, New Jersey, Democratic Club
Sociologists for Women in Society
South Jersey NOW-Alice Paul chapter
Southwest PA National Organization for Women
Sport Equity
Stop Sexual Assault in Schools
Tacoma NOW
The Hub Project
The Global Community of Women in High School Sports
The Goddess Temple of Palm Springs
The Unity Council
US National Committee for UN Women
University of Hawaii at Manoa, Dept. of Women’s Studies and Dept. of English Urban Learning Teaching and Research: American Ed Research Assoc: SIG ULTR Virginia NOW, Inc.
VoteERA.org
Washington State National Organization for Women Westchester NY National Organization for Women
Wild West Women, Inc.
Women Enabled International
Women Leading in Education Across Continents Women’s Equal Justice Project
Women’s Media Center’s
Women’s Sports Foundation
Women’s Studies Department, Old Dominion University YWCA USA

Additional Well Known Individuals who signed:

Lawrence Bloom, former Chicago City Council Member
Letty Cottin Pogrebin, co-founder of Ms. Magazine, writer and activist