Richard Whitmire, popular journalist for USA Today, has taken it upon himself to delve into the “gender imbalance” issue on college campuses. In his 2008 article, “A Tough Time to Be a Girl: Gender Imbalances on College Campuses,” which appeared in the Chronicle for Higher Education, Whitmire chose JMU has its subject of study. The […]Read More Richard Whitmire’s “Coverage” of Gender Imbalance Issues on College Campuses:
This semester Dr. Louise Temple (ISAT) and Alysia Davis (WMST) “team-taught” a cross-listed Women’s Studies/ISAT course called Gender and Science. I met with these professors to ask them a few questions about their unique course and teaching strategy that combines two groups of students from different schools of thought. The course is focused on the […]Read More WMST/ISAT 485: Gender and Science—A Cross-Listed Course that Crosses the Boundaries of Gender Norms in the Sciences
Kinesiology is an area of study that is often considered male-oriented, but on this campus, a center has been created that reaches out specifically to women in campus and in the community to get involved in physical activities in their daily lives and careers. The Morrison-Bruce Center (MBC) holds several fund-raisers and events throughout the […]Read More Women in Motion: The Morrison-Bruce Center for the Promotion of Physical Activity for Girls & Women
At first glance, I was immediately offended by Jamie Lose’s article, “Why It’s OK To Be That Girl,” which appeared in last week’s issue of The Breeze. The article asks that all JMU women take a look inside themselves at their own tendencies to categorize other women into “That Girl,” stereotypes, and here they are: […]Read More Why Satires Should Be Carefully Constructed: A Response to The Breeze’s Recent Article, “Why It’s OK To Be ‘That Girl’”
JMU’s campus is full of talented women wielding paintbrushes, acrylic paints, and sculpture’s clay, but where is their art displayed? There are two student-run galleries that feature the art of male and female student artists on campus. The artWorks Gallery is located on the second floor at 131 Grace Street, just a quick walk across […]Read More Women Artists on Campus: JMU’s artWorks and Sawhill Galleries
On March 30, Peach Freeman visited JMU’s Festival Ballroom to deliver a reading from her book, “Diary of an Exercise Addict.” Freeman also gave a lecture and held a question and answer session, urging the women in the audience to speak up, claiming, “Honesty is kind of how I roll.” The tone of the book […]Read More “Diary of an Exercise Addict:” Mind Over Matter Is Out! Matter Over Mind Is In!
Walking around the campus bookstore I’m surrounded by Alice in Wonderland paraphernalia and the Twilight Saga in its entirety. It’s not until I reach the back of the first floor book section that I stumbled across a smaller section labeled “Faculty Books.” It was a great find—I had never realized how many of our JMU […]Read More Professors & Role Models: Faculty Women Authors at JMU
Are you interested in unique stories, poems, photographs, and essays by JMU women? Are you interested in learning facts about womanhood, women’s health, and women’s experiences? Are you interested in sharing your own experiences with others? If so, then Sister Speak’s literary zine is the place to look. Recently, I had the awesome experience of […]Read More Sister Speak: More Than a Women’s Literary Zine!
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Stopping Violence Against Women Last night, February 15th, Sister Speak and NOW sponsored a performance of The Vagina Monologues at the Memorial Hall Auditorium. I had heard about Eve Ensler’s play several times, but I had never caught a performance myself. As soon as I walked in, I chose a seat away from the crowd. I […]Read More A Blunt Discussion About Body Image: The Vagina Monologues!