What “Supporting Survivors” Looks Like in Practice

As the University of Minnesota -and beyond- continues to grapple with the implications of rape culture, it’s worth taking a moment to re-center the people most impacted by sexual assault: victim-survivors. While the media may fixate on high-profile sports teams, and the conversation on social media may zoom in on the back-and-forth of the micro-level…

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Make the world better: End rape culture

Earlier this winter we put together an online resource compilation titled “How will you make the world better?” with ideas for taking care of yourself, getting support, and taking action. And in January, we are hosting an event with the same name, to provide a space for U of M community members to get involved and find…

ICYMI: Feminist Friday – Disability Justice is a Feminist Issue

Huge thank you to Angela Carter, Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, University of Minnesota Graduate Instructor and Ph.D. candidate for facilitating Feminist Friday: Disability Justice is a Feminist Issue! Thank you also to everyone who joined us! In case you missed it, our Feminist Fridays are monthly Women’s Center events dedicated to discussing and…

Women’s Center Director Peg Lonnquist Receives NWSA Lifetime Achievement Award!

Congratulations to our Director, Peg Lonnquist, on receiving the National Women’s Studies Association Women’s Center Lifetime Achievement Award! Peg’s career and volunteer work toward equity includes serving as the Women’s Center Director at the University of Minnesota for 9 years, the Margaret Sloss Women’s Center Director at Iowa State University for 4 years, the Director…

Misbehaving and Making History

Photo by Nathan Kiern One of my favorite quotes is from Laurel Thatcher Ulrich:  “Well-behaved women seldom make history.”  Neither do well-behaved men, for that matter.  So what then are young men and women called to do exactly when we are urged to behave ourselves and, simultaneously, to make history?  Can we truly make the world…

ICYMI Feminist Friday: The Art of Arguing

Does thinking about going home for the holidays leave you feeling anxious, mentally preparing yourself for conversations you wish you didn’t have to have? You may feel right at home with your friends in the city, living in a liberal bubble, agreeing on raising the minimum wage and pro-choice legislation. But if you weren’t raised…

The “Illusion of Knowing” and other ways technological innovation is affecting our values

Blue feed/red feed, courtesy of the Washington Post graphics (http://graphics.wsj.com/blue-feed-red-feed/) Of the many things that this election has highlighted – of which many, more qualified voices than mine have discussed, such as the impact of our words and racism in America – one that I did not consider until recently was the impact of technological…