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Thursday, October 1, 2015

GWS Student Spotlight: Georgie Morgan

Name: Georgie Morgan

Year in school: Senior

Majors and minors: English major, GWS and economics minors

Hometown: New Canaan, Connecticut

Favorite place you’ve ever traveled to: Iguazu Falls in Argentina

Favorite GWS class: Women in the Economy

Why do you study GWS/why is it important to you? I believe looking at issues with a gendered lens is something that cannot be neglected in this day in age. It's a good perspective to be conscious of in all walks of life today whether it be business, social settings, or otherwise.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Sex Trafficking Information and Resources

In preparation for the GWS event this Thursday, October 1 with Erin Giles, Founder of End Sex Trafficking day, check out some resources and information concerning sex trafficking.

For a “Global Sex Trafficking Fact Sheet” : http://www.equalitynow.org/node/1010

To read about the FBI’s initiatives for sex trafficking: https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/civilrights/human_trafficking

For resources, see the National Human Trafficking Resource Center: http://www.traffickingresourcecenter.org/states

The United Nation’s webpage on human trafficking: https://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/human-trafficking/index.html?ref=menuside

Thursday, September 24, 2015

GWS Student Spotlight: Emily Tifft

Name: Emily Tifft

Year in school: Senior

Majors and minors: English, GWS, Honors

Hometown: Elmira, NY

Favorite place you’ve ever traveled to: Oxford, England

Favorite GWS class: Philosophy of Women

Why do you study GWS/why is it important to you? There are countless reasons why I love being a GWS major. Studying gender is inherently intersectional and relational to every aspect of lived experience. As a future lawyer, my GWS major has offered me a lens through which I can view oppression, discrimination, and injustice-- and gain the confidence and leadership skills necessary to work to enact change. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Women in Peace and Conflict Panel Discussion 9/28/15 at Swarthmore

“Women in Peace and Conflict: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow”

Monday, September 28, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Scheuer Room, Kohlberg Hall
Swarthmore College

A panel discussion with Jody Williams, 1997 Nobel Peace Prize recipient and chair of the Nobel Women’s Initiative, and Wendy Chmielewski, George R. Cooley Curator, Swarthmore College Peace Collection. Professor Marjorie Murphy, will serve as panel moderator.

Moderated by Marjorie Murphy, James C. Hormel Professor in Social Justice

Jody Williams received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for her work to ban landmines through the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, which shared the Peace Prize with her that year. At that time, she became the 10th woman - and third American woman - in its almost 100-year history to receive the Prize. Since her protests of the Vietnam War, she has been a life-long advocate of freedom, self-determination and human and civil rights.

Like others who have seen the ravages of war, she is an outspoken peace activist who struggles to reclaim the real meaning of peace - a concept which goes far beyond the absence of armed conflict and is defined by human security, not national security. Williams believes that working for peace is not for the faint of heart. It requires dogged persistence and a commitment to sustainable peace, built on environmental justice and meeting the basic needs of the majority of people on our planet.

Wendy Chmielewski, has held the position as George R. Cooley Curator of the Swarthmore College Peace Collection since 1988.  Trained as a historian, she has specialized in the history of women, social movements, and social reform.  Chmielewski received her Ph.D. in American History from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1989, and her dissertation explored issues of feminism and women’s roles in U.S. communal societies and utopian literature of the nineteenth century.

A reception will follow the panel discussion.

The Defunding of Planned Parenthood

This past week, the House of Representatives voted to defund Planned Parenthood for one year. For many women, particular minority and low-income women, Planned Parenthood is the only affordable access to reproductive healthcare. To better understand the consequences of this vote, please read the following articles.

To learn about the possible effects of defunding Planned Parenthood, check out the links below:

To learn more about Planned Parenthood and the work they do, visit their website here: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/ and NPRs breakdown of Planned Parenthood fund allocation: http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/08/05/429641062/fact-check-how-does-planned-parenthood-spend-that-government-money.


Monday, September 21, 2015

GWS Event October 1: Erin Giles - ACS APPROVED!

Erin Giles, the founder of End Sex Trafficking Day, is coming to campus Thursday, October 1! She will be speaking in the Connelly Cinema at 5 PM. This event is ACS APPROVED!

From food stamps to freedom fighter, Erin Giles is going to be talking about how keeping it real and getting uncomfortable is the jumping off point to doing something that inspires change.

You will learn:
1. How she started EST Day and how her biggest vulnerability became her biggest turning point.
2. Why NO excuse should hold you back from inspiring change.
3. That we’re all leaders and why being vulnerable attracts followers
4. How you can stand up for freedom with Erin


Erin Giles started End Sex Trafficking Day in 2012 while on food stamps. She’s passionate about inspiring change and standing up for freedom. She’s been seen on USA Today, Marie Claire, Inc., and spoke at TEDx about her work with EST Day. You can find her online at eringiles.com and instagram at erinmgiles.

Check out the flyer below for all of the information on this important event!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

GWS Student Spotlight: Julia Tich

Name: Julia Tich 

Class: Junior 

Majors and Minors:  GWS with a concentration in Peace and Justice and a minor in Africana Studies I am originally from 

Hometown: Fallston, MD which is just outside of Baltimore

Favorite class: One of my favorite classes that I have taken at Villanova was a criminal justice course through the Peace and Justice department in which I gained incredible knowledge and perspective when it came to gender. Through the class I was able to tutor at Graterford Prison. My experience there really brought the issue of the prison industrial complex to a personal level and I was able to see how the intersection of race, age, and gender all play a huge role in targeting certain groups of people in a system of oppression. Beyond the system however, I witnessed how incredibly long sentences and lack of personal interaction have the potential to destroy the will and spirit of a human being.

Why is GWS important to you? I have enjoyed being a part of transgender and gender non-conformity advocacy on campus. My hope for Villanova is that regardless of gender identity or expression, students can feel and be free, safe, and have suitable accommodations- especially when it comes to housing and bathrooms. The study of GWS is not only important to me in terms of my major. I honestly believe my study of these topics has change my life and made me less judgmental, more loving, and more motivated to continue learning and advocating.gws