Friday, April 22, 2011

"Real Men Don't Buy Girls"

Yesterday in front of Old Main there were red and white streamers, tables, signs and people with a passion to end modern day slavery; human trafficking. Students gathered to hear the eye opening speaker who told tales of real people he has worked with and how though it may seem like a never ending fight, each and every person listening has the power to make a difference to end the battle against human trafficking.

Everyone has a voice, it all depends on whether you choose to use it or not. I can proudly say that Kutztown University students use their voices and stand up against human trafficking by signing the 2011-2012 PA Human Trafficking Legislation Endorsement Form. This Form urges PA legislators to strongly support and enact the following efforts:

Posting of the National Human Trafficking Hotline HB235 and SB338

SPONSORS:Representative Clymer and Senator Leach

-This legislation would require the posting of the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline (888-3737-888) in key locations to provide assistance, tip reporting and training on human trafficking to victicms, community members and law enforcement

Clarification of Sex Trafficking

SPONSORS:Senator Leach

-The clarification of sex trafficking in PA's Criminal Code will explictly define sex trafficking as a criminal offense under the human trafficking law. This clarification of sex trafficking as a crime would also define criminal activity within the Criminal Code that is currently not defined under the existing law.

Human Trafficking Victim Support-Vacating Convictions

SPONSOR: Senator Leach

This bill would provide a process for victim of human trafficking to petition the court to have convictions for prostitution related offenses vacated from their criminal record if those convictions occured while they were a victim of sex trafficking as defined under state or federal law.



-There Are An Estimated 27 Million People Trapped In Slavery At This Moment

-There Are An Estimated 13 Million Children Trapped In Slavery At This Moment

-The Average Age Of A Young Woman First Being Trafficked Is 12-14 Years Old

-75% Of Human Trafficking Is For Sexual Exploitation

-75% Of All Victims Of Human Trafficking Are Female

-Over 50% Of All Human Trafficking Victims Are Children

-As Many As 30% Of Human Trafficking Victims Will Have An Encounter With A Healthcare Professional DURING The Time That They Are Being Held In Slavery, And Virtually None Of These Individuals Will Be Recognized As Victims By Their Healthcare Provider

Learn more



Raise awareness! Educate others! Speak to your legislation! If you are a Kutztown Student/Faculty Member/If you know where the Women's Center is come sign the PA Human Trafficking Legislation Endorsement Form. You CAN make a difference.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

End Campus Violence Week

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This year's theme is "It's get involved." The campaign encourages witnesses of sexual assault to speak up and get involved in their communities.

The campaign also focuses on speaking up to prevent sexual violence in our neighborhoods, communities, workplaces and schools. From April 12th to April 16th Kutztown University students are taking a stand against sexual assault and campus violence with a week of events and educational visuals for "End Campus Violence Week." You can get involved and take part in these great events.


Movie Night in the Women's Center Oasis Old Main Room 3 "Once Were Warriors"


Visual Performance of how many people are affected by Sexual Assault on the SUB lawn, 11 a.m.


"Where's your line?" Enlightenment series workshop, 8 p.m. in the Multicultural Center.


9a.m.-5p.m. The Clothesline Project in the Bell Tower.

7 p.m. Take Back the Night in the Bear's Den in the Student Union.


Day of Silence

Some Sexual Assault Facts!!!

---In 2007, there were 248,300 victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.1 (These figures do not include victims 12 years old or younger.)(RAINN)

---Every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted.(RAINN)

Important KU Contacts

Public Safety
Emergency 610-683-4001
Non-Emergency/Escort 610-683-4002
Health & Wellness 610-683-4082
Counseling Services 610-683-4072
Berks Women in Crisis 610-372-9540
Women's Center 610-683-4655

Learn more about this year's campaign!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Breaking the "Gender Gap"

In 1984 Geraldine Ferraro became the symbol of Women's equality when she was the first woman nominated for vice president by a major party. An inspiration to women to all, Ferraro sadly passed away Saturday at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston due to complications from multiple myeloma, a blood cancer, which was diagnosed in 1998.

Ferraro was a savvy Democrat from New York with her candidacy that was seen as a potentially powerful weapon to turn the emerging "gender gap" to the advantage of the advantage of the Democratic Party.

Despite the troubles that faced her during her four month campaign she never gave up. She faced marital issues and media chiding her for pro-choice beliefs. "People always ask me, was it worth it? Of course it was worth it!"

Ferraro broke a huge gender barrier and in the next two decades other powerful women have achieved milestones in national politics; Hillary Clinton waged an intense fight for Democratic presidential nomination against Barack Obama and Sarah Palin became the second woman on a major party ticket.

Ferraro was a grade school teacher and prosecutor, dubbed a "tough Democrat" Ferraro never gave up. When she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma she was told she had three to five years to live. However, she never gave up. Obama recognized Ferraro's spirit and passion and said that his daughters, "will grow up in a more equal America because of the life Geraldine Ferraro chose to live."

Ferraro broke many molds and she is an inspiration to us all.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Guerrilla Girls Come to Kutztown! by Merlene Oswald

The Guerrilla Girls are feminist masked righter’s of wrongs who use facts, humor and outrageous visuals to expose sexism, racism, and corruption in politics, art, film and pop culture. They use “culture jamming,” a form of disruption that plays on viewers emotions, to spark conversation. They try to attract their audience with their unique text and graphics that present feminist viewpoints in a humorous style.

The Guerrilla Girls were created after several women attended an art show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and discovered the majority of featured artists were men. Out of a concern for the under-representation of women in modern art the Guerrilla Girls were formed. In the inception they designed posters, for the streets of New York, expressing strong disapproval of the gender and racial imbalance of artists represented in galleries and museums.

Established in 1985, their name was chosen to relate with the fear of guerrilla warfare and make people afraid of whom they might be. They call themselves “girls” instead of “women” to reclaim the belittling usage of the word. Their gorilla disguise was introduced at one of their first meeting, when an original member misspelled "guerrilla" as "gorilla." When performing they take the names of deceased female artists as pseudonyms.

Members claim no one knows their identities, with the exception of close family members. The actual group membership has never been revealed and the group suggests there are supporters all over the world.

The Guerrilla Girls became noticed in 1989 with their poster campaign asking, "Do women have to be naked to get into the Met. Museum?" After counting the number of male and female nudes in the artwork at the Metropolitan Museum, they found 85% of the nudes were female. This poster came to existence after they were asked to design a billboard for the Public Art Fund in New York. Their poster idea was rejected, so they advertised on New York City buses.

Since those early days the Guerrilla Girls have preformed over 200 performances and workshops around the world. They also have published several posters, stickers, advertised in creative ways (on buses, in bathrooms), and have written five books, the most recent "The Hysterical Herstory of Hysteria and How it Was Cured From Ancient Times Until Now." Their most popular book is an art history book, The Guerrilla Girls’ Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art, which has been used in college curriculums. In an interview from NPR’s Fresh Air a Guerrilla Girl said, “We never imagined that we would become a model for feminist activists and would become part of women’s and gender studies curriculums all over the world!”

The Guerrilla Girls continue to be leaders for feminists transforming mass media with their use of sarcasm and ridicule. A quote from the Guerrilla Girls web site, “It’s our honest hope that all this attention to our work and the issues we raise adds up to changes for women artists and artists of color."

The Guerrilla Girls will be performing in the McFarland Student Union Room 218 March 20th!

Buy their book and bring it to the event for the Guerrilla Girls to Sign!!!!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Woman's "Place" is Everywhere.

March is just around the corner and everyone knows what that means, it’s a time to celebrate! It’s Women’s History Month! March 8th is “International Women’s Day”, a time to remember and honor all the remarkable women of days past who have served as role models and inspirations to the women of today.

Notable Women in History

Frida Kalho
-Mexican Painter
-Known for her self portraits that capture her "pain and passion" and its intense vibrant colors
-"I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best. I was born a bitch. I was born a painter."-Kalho

Kathe Kollwitz
- German painter, printmaker, and sculptor whose work offered an eloquent and often searing account of the human condition in the first half of the 20th century.
-Her empathy for the less fortunate, expressed most famously through the graphic means of drawing, etching, lithography, and woodcut, embraced the victims of poverty, hunger, and war.
-Initially her work was grounded in Naturalism, and later took on Expressionistic qualities.

Amelia Earhart

--American Avaiton Pioneer
--First woman to receive the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross
--Awarded for becoming the first aviatrix to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean
--She was also a member of the National Woman's Party, and an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment.

Alice Paul
-American suffragette and activist
-Along with Lucy Burns and others, she led a successful campaign for women's suffrage that resulted in the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920.

Wilma Rudolph
-Received bronze medal as a member of the American 400-meter relay team.
-She also received golds in the 1948 Olympics in the 200 and 100 meter dash.
-Wilma was remembered for overcoming polio as a child, and becoming a track star.

Elizabeth Cady Staton
-was an American social activist, abolitionist, and leading figure of the early woman's movement.
-Her Declaration of Sentiments, presented at the first women's rights convention held in 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York, is often credited with initiating the first organized woman's rights and woman's suffrage movements in the United States.

Georgia O'Keeffe
-She is chiefly known for paintings of flowers, rocks, shells, animal bones, and landscapes in which she synthesized abstraction and representation.
-O'Keeffe played a central role in bringing an American art style to Europe at a time when the majority of influence flowed in the opposite direction

Monday, February 14, 2011

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

The Kutztown Women's Center is proud to present, in conjunction with Women's History Month, a series of speakers that are Professionals in their fields.

The Series will run on March 2, 16, 18, 22 and 30 to help Kutztown students “Learn from those who have walked that line before.” All lectures begin at 4:30 in the Academic Forum and offer students the chance to ask questions about the field they wish to pursue.


Let’s Talk Business! The first speaker in this series, Dr. CJ Rhoads, published author and consultant on business strategy has a varied career background ranging from entrepreneurial ventures to board-level decision making at Fortune 500 companies. Among her many accomplishments, Dr.Rhoads is also the CEO of ETM Associates Inc. Dr. CJ Rhoads will speak in the Women’s Center “First Steps Speaker Series,” on March 2 at 4:30 in the AF 102.

Buy her Book!!

Microsoft Office 2007 in Business: Core

Case Closed!- The second speaker in the Kutztown Women’s Center Speaker Series “First Steps,” will be presenting on March 16 at 4:30pm AF 102. Donna Steslow, is an Assistant Professor of Business Law here at KU, however before coming here she served as a law clerk and was employed as an associate attorney.

Open your mind and explore your thoughts within- Dr. Hamlet is an assistant professor in the department of Counseling and Human Services who will speak on behalf of the psychology department on March 21 at 4:30pm in AF 102. In addition to teaching Dr. Hamlet is also a licensed psychologist who has been working in school and community counseling for the past 20 years.

Express yourself with Shoshana Gosselin! Interior Decorator Shoshana Gosselin has been designing for residential and commercial spaces since 2002. Shoshana’s designs have been published in The Morning Call and Lehigh Valley Style magazine. She appears on WFMZ-TV 69 News at Sunrise monthly, and her DIY ideas and projects have been featured on March 23 4:30 pm AF 102 Shoshana will speak in the Women’s Center “First Step’s Speaker Series” for those looking for a little flair.

What Can I do with an English Major?The opportunities available for students majoring in English are versatile, but can also be challenging to find. KU Assistant Professor Dr. Carissa Pokorny-Golden
has been a high school teacher and is currently serving as a Navy officer. Her
academic and career journey is unusual and could help those wondering how to
utilize their English degree in their professional lives.

Education 101- Dr. Darlene Schoenly is the last speaker in the Women’s Center “First Steps Speaker Series.” Dr. Schoenly has been in the education field for 40 years and has held numerous roles and positions. She will lecture on March 30 at 4:30pm in the AF 102

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Page turners

I know I already blogged about Valentine's Day, but here's some interesting things I found while internet shopping that I thought I should share...

so, curl up with a nice book and a box of chocolates and you have a nice Valentine's Day right there!