All posts tagged: women

Jane the Virgin continues to break down barriers for women and Latinas everywhere

Written by Kimberly Aguilar, Staff Writer As Jane the Virgin takes on its third season, it continues taking on a “beautifully nuanced approach to women’s sexuality.” Magazines, such as Cosmopolitan, are naming it CW’s best show ever and it’s for all the right reasons. The show captures one of the greatest facts that television fails to portray: not all Latina characters are maids or women like Sofia Vergara. Our Los Angeles population consists of nearly 48% women and girls of Latina descent and they are also the youngest female ethnic group in California. Jane the Virgin tackles many issues Latinas face from their virginity to immigration, and the best part about it is that the show does not shy away from how vocal they want to be about it. Some of the best scenes take place in the midst of the crisis, which is usually when things unravel. In an episode where Jane Villanueva (played by Gina Rodriguez) finds out she is pregnant, her mother, Xiomara Villanueva (played by Andrea Navedo) asks her if having …

California’s first black professor taught at the Mount

Written by Victoria McCargar, University Archivist SKIMMING THROUGH THE 1957 YEARBOOK, we noticed that among the 10 smiling members of the Nursing Department faculty was an African-American woman identified as Mrs. Betty Williams. We wondered whether that was unusual — how many faculties at California colleges and universities had black faculty in those days? It didn’t take Google long to produce an answer: Our Betty Smith Williams was the first black professor in California — male or female, in any subject, anywhere in higher education. It says so right here.   Should we be surprised? After all, the Mount graduated a young African-American woman, Vivian Burgess ’52, from its first-in-California bachelor’s in nursing program. The brilliant Sister who made that happen, Rebecca Doan, CSJ, was still chair of Nursing in the fall of 1956 when Betty Williams broke the color barrier and joined the faculty. Williams herself had already broken that same  barrier when she became the first African-American to earn a master’s in nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio in 1954. She taught at the Mount for …

When The Ignorance Is A1

Written by Kimberly Quitzon, Vice President For those of you who may not know, foot binding, also known as “lotus feet” is a ritual in China where parents wrap their daughters’ feet so tightly in efforts to form a point-like shape. The painful practice causes bone deformity, causing some women to lose their ability to walk because their feet become so small. This long and painful procedure is endured by many girls and women for the attraction of men, as small feet are a beautiful feature in the culture. I bring this to your attention to inform those who may have seen Amber Rose’s IG post this morning. In a meme, the model laughed at a picture of a woman’s foot who had been bound that read “When the head is A1,” laughing at the idea of your toes curling up. As a proud feminist, I was completely offended. For Amber Rose to claim to be a part of the feminist community is a joke after this post. I assume she does not know what …

Democracy is only as strong as participation

Written by Cindy Carrillo, President This year’s Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California emphasized a recurrent message by all speakers, but one in particular phrased it as: “democracy is only as strong as participation.” President Ann McElaney-Johnson introduced the first speaker Mayor Eric Garcetti who was followed by Nancy Kirschner-Rodriguez, Maria Echaveste, and Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro. The conversation ended with a panel led by Mary Melton, editor-in-chief of L.A. Magazine, with Rodriguez, Echaveste, and Kanyoro that allowed the audience to ask questions via Twitter. At the end of every speaker’s speech, a similar message was delivered; a call to action accessible to everyone willing to create change and be a part of a better tomorrow. But how many asked. Mayor Eric Garcetti advised not to “look into big titles for change,” but rather, “[m]ake change where you are.” Students were encouraged to look into their neighborhoods to make a change in the local level and slowly move up. Nancy Kirschner-Rodriguez suggested reaching out to local women’s centers or any other organization …

When unique opportunities exceed comfort zones

Written by Jessica Lopez, student submission  It is an eye-opening experience to step out of your comfort zone. Personally, this means not limiting myself to set paths within my major. As a business major, I never considered the idea of participating in the public policy program until this year, my senior year. It wasn’t until I started talking to people who I found out that the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) is not only for political science majors but for everyone. I thought: How can a program based off of public policy in Washington, D.C. be for me? Simple, in my years here at the Mount, health equity has been one of the public policies in which I have become an avid advocate. So much that one of my closest friends and I are in the beginning stages of creating our nonprofit on health equity. Starting a nonprofit requires a lengthy amount of research and a lot of dedication. As my senior year comes to an end, I have not given 100% of my dedication …

Tomorrow’s female surgeons

Faces of the Mount Student: Ashley Major: Biology   My advisor asked me, “What made you want to be in this major? Who inspired you?” I was like, I did. Women aren’t really focusing on this major. Where do you see women surgeons nowadays? You don’t see that. Especially heart surgeons. I understand that it’s really difficult and we don’t get that much attention or support but I feel like all that matters is focusing on us. If we can do it, we can do it. I had friends who were in the program but because it was tough, they quit. I’m [trying to] persuade younger people to be in the program. People find it very challenging so I wanted to take that challenge. I want to be a surgeon. This is my choice.

The unbelievable Ronda Rousey loses by knockout

Written by Liz Charre, Staff Writer It’s always exciting to see Ronda Rousey inside the UFC ring because of how dominant she is in defeating her opponents. However, Saturday was a completely different story. As undefeated champs, both Holly Holms and Ronda Rousey made the match even more enjoyable to watch. Unfortunately for all you Ronda Rousey fans, it was one for the books. The ultimate champion was knocked out cold in the second round by Holly Holms. Everybody was on their feet in Melbourne as they all witnessed one UFC’s greatest female competitors knockout, not to mention her first ever. Also, there has been only one other fight that Rousey fought past the first round and that was back in December 2013 where it exceeded to round three.

BUNCH magazine editor on why “She who dares wins”

Written by Jessica Flores, Treasurer  “She who dares wins,” is how Lizzy Okoro lives her daily life. With that being one of her favorite quotes at the moment, and her bio on Instagram, you could imagine what kind of woman she is. I had the opportunity to talk to Lizzy over coffee and the loud background noise at Starbucks about everything: childhood memories, inspirational quotes, relationships with parents, creatives, and career changes.

Equal pay once and for all

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.”