Women's Studies Celebrates Women's History Month

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences Women's Studies Program, and MSU's Women's Center are hosting a series of events and lectures in celebration of Women's History Month. Here are some of the upcoming events to be held here at Montclair State. Events are free and open to the public:

Unmarried and Unequal: Single Mothers in the Crosshair of Poverty and Patriarchy

Professor Gwendolyn Mink
A Sheldon Pollack Lecture
Thursday, March 2, 2006
7:00 p.m., University Hall room 1070,

Professor Gwendolyn Mink is a nationally recognized political scientist and feminist activist who currently holds the Charles N. Clark Professor of Women's Studies at Smith College, Northampton, MA. Professor Mink is the author of significant works on welfare, gender issues, and discrimination: Welfare's End (Cornell UP, 1998); Hostile Environment: The Political Betrayal of Sexually Harassed Women (Cornell UP, 2000); The Wages of Motherhood: Inequality in the Welfare State, 1917-1942 (Cornell Paperbacks, 1996), and Old Labor and New Immigrants in American Political Development (Cornell Paperbacks, 1986). She is the editor of Whose Welfare? and co-editor of Poverty in the United States: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics and Policy, Welfare: A Documentary History of U.S. Policy and Politics, and The Reader’s Companion to U.S. Women’s History. Professor Mink has written commentaries for The New York Times, Newsday, and the San Jose Mercury News.

From 1995 to 1997, Professor Mink co-chaired the Women's Committee of 100, a feminist mobilization against punitive welfare reform and has also worked on the Women’s Committee's project to change welfare policy. In 1999 she became a member of the board of the Institute for Public Accuracy and a member of the coordinating committee of Scholars, Artists, and Writers for Social Justice. Women's Enews named her one of "21 Women Shaping the 21st Century" in January 2001.

In her book Welfare’s End Mink says, "Welfare has always been the terrain of racial and class politics. We don't call it that, but there has been a concerted effort conducted under the guise of 'welfare reform' that has left poor women with children very few options."

Join us for a lecture on public policy, discrimination, and political activism with a leading feminist scholar.

A reception will be held from 6-7:00 p.m. in the University Hall Courtyard Lounge room 1106. The lecture will be held at 7:00 p.m. in University Hall, the Phyllis and Gerald LeBoff Lecture Hall, room 1070.

Feminist Responses to Disasters

Monday, March 6, 2006
5:30-8:00 p.m.
University Hall room 1050

A panel discussion will explore the connections between hurricanes, tsunamis, war, and women. Find out how feminist activists are responding to the traumas reaped by Hurricane Katrina, the war in Iraq, and the tsunami in Sri Lanka.

Panelists include:
Nicole Fleetwood, American Studies, Rutgers University
Courtney Lee Adams, Code Pink-NY
Yifat Susskind, Communications Director of MADRE- an international women's human rights organization

Cosponsored by the Agenda for Education in a Democracy.

For more information, please contact Alicia in the Women's Studies Program at Montclair State University. Email: WMST@mail.montclair.edu Phone: 973-655-7911. Or visit our website at: www.montclair.edu/WomensStudies