Upcoming events in Lincoln

Lincoln has a lot to offer! Check out these other upcoming events: 

Mom Baby God – This play at the Haymarket Theater offers an outsider’s perspective of the pro-life movement based off her insider’s view she gained after following pro-life conferences, undercover, for two years. Tickets for students are $10 and the show starts this Friday.

Earthstock Music Festival – This concert is an event of UNL’s Earth Day and features AZPA Ferocious Jungle Cat, and THIRST THINGS FIRST as they promote living sustainably in the community with the celebration of great music. 

Women on the Run 2014 - Another great event sponsored by the Women’s Foundation of Lincoln and Lancaster County on April 24th to meet, celebrate and support Democratic women in this election. This is at Zen’s Lounge and $5 for students. 

 

Women in the Workplace…Register Now!

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Did you know that women make up 19% of highest level executives, 24% of Senior Vice Presidents, 27% of Vice Presidents, 35% of Directors and only 49% of Managers? As college students you have likely already had experience in the workforce and will so even more in coming years. For these reasons you should consider attending the Women in the Workplace Conference on Saturday April 26th from 8:30-12:00 at NWU. There will be workshops, speakers, and important networking with professionals. Breakfast is included. 

AND the NWU Gender Studies Department will give our scholarships to cover the $10 registration fee for students. Registration ends April 22 so email Gerise Herndon to get signed up! 

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Sexual Abuse, Consent, and Culture

If you have not yet heard of Hank Green, watch this, and change that ASAP. He is a wonderful nerd (and half of the Vlog Brothers) who discusses so many important topics in fun and easily understood ways. This video is Green explaining what sexual abuse and consent are, and why in our culture we really seem to have some problems with these.

Women in the Workplace

After reading this NYT book review of ‘What Works for Women at Work,’ by Joan C. Williams and Rachel Dempsey, this book has been pushed to the top of my post-graduation reading list. Mother and daughter, Williams and Dempsey, detail four patterns as the major problems women face in the male dominated work force and how to overcome them. These include:

1. “Prove-It-Again!,” a descriptive bias that requires women to constantly demonstrate their competence

2. “The Tightrope,” a prescriptive bias that forces women to find a balance between the competing poles of masculinity and femininity

3. “The Maternal Wall,” which pushes working mothers to be at home rather than in the workplace

4.“The Tug of War,” which compels women to defend their own coping strategies and condemn those of others

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According to The White House, shared on this week’s National Equal Pay Day, women still earn 77 cents to the male dollar. Also as Millennials we face an unemployment rate that is over that of the national average. So as young people, and especially as young women, there is a lot to consider when entering the workforce.

Also consider attending the Women in the Workplace Conference at NWU on April 26th. This is being put on by the Women’s Foundation of Lincoln and Lancaster County. It will include workshops on these issues and great opportunities to network with Lincoln’s engaged women. 

The Young Women’s Circles Program

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I wanted to take a minute to share my latest project with all of you, one I am very proud of. My friend Alex and I, along with the YWCA are creating a new group called the Young Women’s Circles Program. This program will focus on the empowerment of young women, specifically those in the 8th grade as they make the often uncertain transition into high school. The YWCP will take place over five weeks and we will meet with the small group of women and discuss the happy, scary, uncertain, and exciting parts of life by focusing on self-reflection, leadership skills, goal setting and lots and lots of dialogue. We hope that every woman can be happy being themselves and that is why we decided to start this program. With larger issues of gender inequality and violence against women on the tip of our tongues, we believe the way to lessen these issues us by empowering one young woman at a time. Alex and I will host our first session soon so please follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

 

Nebraskans take a stand

I hope all of you have already heard about this and have already taken action. But if you have not, today the Nebraska School Activities Association banned Michael Barth from sharing his award-winning poem on  NET’s Best of the Best. After winning a statewide speech contest, the NSAA “read through it and they declined it because the executive director of the NSAA believes that it was advocating transgender rights and that demographic of people,” Barth told The Huffington Post Wednesday.  Quickly after this happened, word spread. Really quickly. Thankfully NSAA has released a statement allowing Michael to share his poem on the Best of the Best. Although I am proud of Nebraskans for their quick action on this discrimination and violation of freedom of speech, I remain alarmed that a group that supports students would do this. Michael’s beautiful poem was about being yourself and how as a man you do not need to adhere to “masculinity” as it has been taught to us. His poem was about defying typical and harmful gender stereotypes. I hope this reminds us all to continue speaking out against discrimination towards gender and sexual orientation in Nebraska.