By Caitlyn Keeve As the only women’s university in Los Angeles, and as our Unstoppable mission suggests, we are a community that persists towards the line of equality. In the past year, a number of Centers have been introduced with that same underlying spirit of daring advocacy. The Center for the Advancement of Women is a welcome addition to our campus-wide commitment to extend the conversation surrounding gender parity and activism. Dr. Emerald Archer, the Center Director, sees it as the first “outward and public-facing” space for both faculty and students at Mount Saint Mary’s University. In short, all the events and unique programming hosted by the Center for the Advancement of Women are meant to be both interactive and thought-provoking for students, faculty, staff, alumnae and community members. Although the message of empowerment is never far away from any one office or classroom, so far in her first year, Dr. Archer has worked with faculty and staff to produce our major gender equity initiatives on campus. Leadership, Research and Advocacy are the three …
By Simone Soriano February (the shortest month of the year) is known for being Black History Month, but it is also Women’s History Month as well. While numerous black women deserve mention in this article, here are just five black women that deserve recognition. 1) Ida B. Wells (1862 – 1931) Long before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus, Wells refused to give up her seat on the train. When a gang of men forcibly removed her from the compartment, she later sued the company and won. Her most significant achievement was her anti-lynching journalism- documenting lynches down in the south and exposed them for the horrors that they were. 2) Marsha P. Johnson (1945 – 1992) Johnson was transgender, a drag-queen, and a significant player in the LGBT rights movement. Johnson helped led the Stonewall Riots of 1969 in New York when police officers raid the Stonewall Inn to arrest people for the grand crime of being Gay(Tm). 3) Bessie Stringfield (1911 – 1993) Beginning in the 1920s, Stringfield …
Women have gone through an amazing journey to get where they are. Although many face obstacles from birth they continue to push past barriers and improve the lives of the women who follow. In my final piece for The Circle, I share with you a journey of The American Woman.
Women’s Issues, The Circle Series It was not long ago when women gained the right to vote in this country. It took 72 years for the suffragettes to convince congress to grant voting rights to women across the nation. Organizations rallied, protested and stood up for the rights of women in order to give voice to the issues they faced.
Women’s Issues, The Circle Maternity leave was implemented when women began entering the workforce, even before a bill passed to mandate it for employees. In 1993, Congress passed the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) which “entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons,” according to the U.S. Department of Labor. In regards to Maternity leave, parents have the right to leave and bond with a newborn child, however, it “must conclude within 12 months after the birth or placement.” This topic is important to address because families are fighting to maintain their homes and feed their children. In America, we should be able to work hard and feel safe, but as a country we are ranking low in comparison to others. NPR released a graph showing the differences in countries and the U.S. ranked the lowest in advanced economies on this issue.
Written by Kimberly Quitzon, The Circle On June 10, 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed The Equal Pay Act (EPA) to grant women the right to earn as much as their male counterparts. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the act “prohibits sex-based wage discrimination between men and women in the same establishment who perform jobs that require substantially equal skill, effort and responsibility under similar working conditions.”
Written by Kimberly Quitzon, The Circle series As a women’s college, it is important that we understand the challenges women have faced to be where we are today. Who knew that as a gender we would go from fighting for the right to vote, to running for president.