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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence: Nobel Women's Initiative

Another amazing group working on women's rights around the world. The Nobel Women’s Initiative uses the prestige of the Nobel Peace Prize and courageous women peace laureates to magnify the power and visibility of women working in countries around the world for peace, justice and equality. They have a lovely blog for the 16 Days project too!   Not only that, but I will soon have the honor of joining NWI on a delegation to Mexico and Central America . More details when I can post them! Until then, my passport is tapping its foot in anticipation.

Three New Titles from Demeter Press

Demeter Press is pleased to announce the releases of Latina/Chicana Mothering edited by Dorsía Smith Silva Latina/Chicana Mothering provides a glimpse into the journey of mothering within the diverse spectrum of the histories, struggles, and stories of Latinas and Chicanas. Here, the Latina/Chicana mothering experience emphasizes the need for various conceptualizations of mothering, especially in regard to the conditions which shape the lives of Latinas and Chicanas, such as race, gender, sexuality, culture, language, social status, religion, kinship, location, and migration. The book has four sections: testimonios (narratives), links between motherhood and communities, mothering challenges, and literary and cultural images of Latina/Chicana mothers. As the essays in this book unfold, they reveal new images of motherhood and offer ways to transform Latina/Chicana mothering. "Compelling narratives, testimonios, empirical research and literary representations on mothering

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence: The Global Fund for Women

It's the end of the semester and I sadly do not have time to devote to properly participating in "16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence." Instead I am pointing you to the Global Fund for Women's blog where they are doing an excellent job at showing you not just the work they do, but what these 16 days are all about such as: Founded by the United Youth of Philippines – Women, Inc (UnYPhil-Women), this crisis center represents a “safe haven, an empowering place for women and girls” impacted daily by a conflict that has killed more than 150,000 people and displaced two million more.[ link ] For the past 20 years, amidst wars in the former Yugoslavia, Women in Black remains a beacon of nonviolent resistance to militarism, war, sexism and nationalism. Whether standing still and silent on the streets of Belgrade or organizing theatrical performances, advocacy campaigns or street actions, Women in Black is a powerful voice in demanding gender justice

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) at Rutgers University in 1991. Participants chose the dates November 25, International Day Against Violence Against Women, and December 10, International Human Rights Day, in order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasize that such violence is a human rights violation. From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women! Building upon the information gathered from participants during the 2010 campaign, this year’s 16 Days Campaign will delve further into five issues that were identified as priorities for those working on the intersections of violence against women and militarism: 1) Bringing together women, peace, and human rights movements to challenge militarism. 2) Proliferation of smal

THREE New CFP's from Demeter Press (Disabled Mothers, Black Mothers and Gender in Mothering)

Get your typing fingers ready because here are three new Calls for Papers from Demeter Press! All three are for edited collections. CFPs are listed in order of abstract deadlines. So grab your calendar and thinking hat. 1) Disabled Mothers* Co-Editors: Gloria Filax and Dena Taylor Publication Date: 2014 While there are several books on raising children with disabilities, the literature is scant on experiences of disabled women who are raising children OR the experiences of those parented by a woman with disabilities. Bringing together disability with mothering has the potential to challenge dominant narratives of both mothering AND disability. Noticing dominant ideas, meanings, and/or stories/narratives (normative discourses) regarding both 'mothering' and 'disability' expose the limits beyond which disabled mothers live their daily lives. The goal of this edited collection is to add to literatures on mothering and disability through providing stories b

Book Review: Math Dictionary for Kids

When one starts to plan out parenthood, you take into consideration where you are in your career, money, and how many kids you might want in your family. The one thing I clearly did not consider was the massive amount of homework today's kids bring home in their backpacks. And while I am a science nrrd and math was my best and favorite subject, I truly love the copy of Math Dictionary for Kids I received over the summer. The hardest part of helping the kid with her homework, especially math, are definitions. Do you remember what an acute triangle is? Identity property? Can you explain it to a 8-year-old? And that's the hard part, remembering the exact definition and then explaining it so that your child doesn't fail that part of the exam. It's one thing to think you know the answer, it's another when your daughter comes home with a -1 on a test and you know you taught her the wrong thing. We've done that with a few spelling words! Which is why I now look

The Chicago Toy & Game Fair -- Coupon

The Chicago Toy & Game Fair is this weekend, November 19 & 20 at Chicago’s Navy Pier. Admission is $10/adult; $5/children; Free for ages 3 & under According to the press release, it is the largest public toy and game fair in the U.S. Attendees get to preview, play and purchase the hottest new toys and games. You also get to meet the inventors of toys and games on exhibit at the Fair. There should be lots to do for the whole family – Live stage entertainment, free tournaments and contests, Star Wars Breakfast, giant-sized interactive toys and games, costumed characters roaming the Fair. And I get to offer you a coupon for $2 off admission! Click on the image to open a PDF of the coupon. We'll be there Saturday morning, so hope to run into some friendly faces. And if you comment on this post by 10 pm tonight, I'll select someone for a free family pass!

NEW CONFERENCE CFP: Mothering and Reproduction

CALL FOR PAPERS Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI) MOTHERING AND REPRODUCTION featuring an embedded conference on the topic of MOTHERING, SCIENCE, AND TECHNOLOGY October 18-20, 2012, Toronto, ON, Canada We welcome submissions from scholars, students, artists, mothers and others who research in this area. Cross-cultural and comparative work is encouraged. We are open to a variety of submissions including academic papers from all disciplines and creative submissions including visual art, literature, and performance art. This conference will examine the ethical, political, social/cultural, economic, historical, religious, spiritual, and psychological dimensions of reproduction and mothering. While the larger conference will be broad in its interpretation and engagement with the subject of 'Mothering and Reproduction', an embedded conference will be specific to exploring how mothers' decisions and experiences of reproduction and

CFP: Motherhood/Fatherhood and Popular Culture

Call For Papers: Motherhood/Fatherhood and Popular Culture Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)National Conference: 2012 Boston, Massachusetts, April 11- 14 Julie Tharp and Susan MacCallum-Whitcomb write in This Giving Birth: "Ever since a pregnant Demi Moore exploded the beauty myth by posing nude for a magazine cover and Madonna cast off her boy-toy image to sing the praises of maternity, popular culture has also begun to embrace dear old mom." At the same time, Modern Family, Mr. Mom, Thomas Beatie, the At-Home Dads Convention, and Superdad: a Memoir of Rebellion, Drugs and Fatherhood are just a few examples testifying to how popular culture has been embracing dad. Liz Podnieks is looking for papers for multiple panels for the new PCA Area Motherhood/Fatherhood which showcases (from humanities and social sciences perspectives) any aspect of motherhood and or fatherhood in popular culture. Possible topics to consider include, but a

It's Time for Women to Stand Together Against Nukes

A special message from Naomi Watts and former CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson Over the next decade, the US government will spend $600 billion on nuclear weapons. That's while the government cuts budgets for teachers and schools suffer from overcrowding. Then, when our kids are ready to go to college, they'll face ongoing tuition hikes and less financial aid. With education, health care and social services on the chopping block, now is the time for us to speak up.

Viva la Feminista is headed to Atlanta

Friday morning I'll be on a panel with my Girl w/Pen sisters at the 2011 National Women's Studies Association conference .Our panel title is "Gone Virtual: Opportunities & Challenges for Feminist Scholar-Bloggers" is on Friday at 9:45 AM. Which will be a bit of a challenge for me since I'll be getting into Atlanta around midnight because I have class on Thursday nights. Thus I apologize to the 8 am panels that I'll be eating breakfast through. If you will be there, please leave me a comment or @ me on twitter so we can meet up! Internet access is not going to be strong at the conference, so I can't say that I'll be live-blogging/tweeting anything. I will have my phone in order to tweet things when I can. I also have draft 2 of a paper due the Monday I return, so I will have my laptop in order to write. Wish me luck in balancing an awesome conference with homework!

The aftermath

I have tried really hard to keep this blog separate from my work life. For one, I work for the state, so I try to keep my rantings and ramblings about how the state works to politics, not on how my actual employer is doing. So the fact that NBC used my blog as my "title" and not my actual work title meant that far more people know about this blog than before last week. It's not like I was hiding it, just trying to keep things in separate boxes. And despite being a blogger & quite the media hound, I'm terrible at self-promotion. Last year at Leadership Illinois, we had a presenter on social media and I sat there quietly enjoying the presentation. Until one point when I asked a question or responded to someone else's question. The presenter asked me how many followers *I* had and kinda blew his mind. I get stuff done, but I don't flaunt it. Or at least I try not to flaunt it. Also last year a colleague asked me to be on a panel about social media at work.