Articles

Seven Women Speak: Perceptions of Economic Empowerment Among Women in Cape Town

Published Jan 29, 2016

Abstract The research study described in this paper examines women’s perceptions of their economic opportunities and sense of empowerment in Cape Town. Although the status of women in South Africa has improved since apartheid, there are still significant inequalities among women and men in the workforce. This gender discrimination has reverberating effects on the poverty… Read more

Progress Through Marginalization: Jewish Women at the Forefront of the German Women’s Movement

Published Jan 29, 2016

Abstract German-Jewish women of the late 19th century found themselves sidelined on three fronts. As women in a traditionally patriarchal German society, German-Jewish women were generally limited to the domestic sphere. As Jews in a patriotic German society, German-Jewish women faced virulent anti-Semitism and Judeo-phobia. And finally, as women in the Jewish community, German-Jewish women… Read more

Collective Compositions: From Spaces of Silence to Empowerment

Published Jan 29, 2016

Abstract Feminist studies have demonstrated that co-education can be disempowering for young women. From the onset of puberty, male voices gain ascendency in classrooms, clubs, and co-curricular activities (Bell and Golombisky, 2004). This paper explores the techniques of discursive empowerment created by Speak Out: Exploring Womanhood, a student organization at Rutgers University created to help… Read more

White and Beautiful: An Examination of Skin Whitening Practices and Female Empowerment in China

Published Jan 29, 2016

Abstract In recent years, the prevalence of skin whitening products has increased tremendously among Asian women. The cultural desire for pale skin can be attributed to the phenomenon of colorism, the “discriminatory treatment of individuals falling within the same ‘racial’ group on the basis of skin color” (Herring, 2002). Although social stratification based on skin… Read more

Finding Common Ground: A Feminist Response to Men’s Rights Activism

Published Jan 29, 2016

Abstract The relationship between feminists and men’s rights activists (MRAs) is a hostile one. This paper, which traces the MRA movement’s origins to the men’s liberation movement of the 1960s, demonstrates that it need not be. Putting contemporary men’s rights activism in conversation with feminist theory and praxis, this essay explores points of ideological convergence… Read more

Women’s Declining Happiness in the 20th Century

Published Jan 29, 2016

Abstract Warning to American women in the twenty-first century: your happiness is on the decline, feminism has something to do with it, and yes, it is reversible. This writing shows how the Women’s Movement prompted the decline in the happiness of women relative to men, and how individual and systemic barriers to social equality continue… Read more

Bubblegum Girls Need Not Apply: Deviant Women the Punk Scene

Published Jan 29, 2016

Abstract Certain images surface when considering the history of the punk movement in the United States and England: The Ramones, Dead Kennedy’s, Sid Vicious and with him, the Sex Pistols. Punk is a subculture that prides itself on freedom of expression, and culminates in various art forms including music and fashion. Despite the movements’ unwritten… Read more

Women in Primary and Secondary Education Administration: Navigating Spheres of Subordination

Published Jan 29, 2016

Abstract While women maintain an overwhelming majority of teaching positions at the primary and secondary levels, their presence in administrative roles is extremely underrepresented. Many scholars have identified barriers-to-entry for women to enter these positions of power. Though my research touches on these issues, the overall goal of this article is to better understand the… Read more

Redefining Reproductive Rights in an Age of Cultural Revolution

Published Jan 29, 2016

Abstract Since this country’s founding, women of color have had little control over their reproductive freedom. In 1973 two young African American girls, ages fourteen and twelve, were forcibly sterilized in the state of Mississippi. The lawsuit that followed brought national attention to the issue of coercive sterilization in the United States. This paper explores… Read more

Women’s Reproductive Health: Visual Media Workshops at Douglass Residential College

Published Jan 29, 2016

Abstract Women’s reproductive health care has been, especially in the last year, a very controversial topic highly debated among male politicians legislating women’s bodies. The problem then becomes that women’s voices on their reproductive bodies are ironically condoned. In response, for my Institute of Women’s Leadership Scholar’s Program Social Action Project, I developed and implemented… Read more