Event Recap: ‘Practicing for Life’ Event 1: The Power of Vulnerability

Just wanted to send out a recap for any of y’all who weren’t able to attend the event on Friday.
We started out with a check-in about messiness and what in our lives left us feeling vulnerable. We followed that up with Brene Brown’s TED talk “The Power of Vulnerability”. After watching the video, here are some questions we discussed:
What is the difference between insecurity and vulnerability?
 
What are some practical ways to acknowledge and practice vulnerability?
 
How is vulnerability gendered?
 
Some important takeaways included the idea that vulnerability is a daily practice and that by being vulnerable first, we make space for others to practice vulnerability. Thanks to everyone who came, and if you couldn’t make it, consider watching the TED talk anyway!
Please come through for our next event next Friday, 2/10 at 4 PM for a discussion about resilience.
If you have any questions, concerns or feedback surrounding this series of events, please email Lucas at blawrenc@stanford.edu.

Femtastic Fridays: Week 2

Today’s Femtastic Friday coincides with the final day of the Obama administration and the inauguration of Donald Trump.  It comes shortly after this Monday, when we celebrated the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. 

As Dr. King famously said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” President Obama reflected on this profound statement in his farewell letter, stating “And when the arc of progress seems slow, remember: America is not the project of any one person. The single most powerful word in our democracy is the word ‘We.’ ‘We the People.’ ‘We shall overcome.’ ”

No matter your views on today’s political climate, these words serve as a reminder that you are not alone. Whatever your feelings are on this momentous occasion, know that you are not the only one feeling them. No matter what you are fighting for, you are not fighting single-handedly. 

If you are looking for a reassurance of this togetherness, please join us at the WCC as we hold space to be in community with one another.

What’s new at the WCC:

Feminist Narratives Podcast! 

The Feminist Narratives podcast seeks to amplify, share, learn, and educate listeners about stories of feminist resistance and innovation through the podcast medium. 

Our inaugural interview with artist A-lan Holt focusing on the importance of healing practices and creation during these troubling times.

We’ll be playing it in the WCC’s Self Care Corner today at 4pm!

Feminist Discussion Nights

Sundays at 9-10:30pm

Women’s Community Center

Come by for some stimulating discussion, tea, and snacks!

Coordination for Bay Area Women’s Marches

Stanford students are going to be coordinating rides up to various marches for the weekend. Check out the public Facebook link here

Marches are being held across the country to unify and empower everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for all. Stand together in solidarity for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.

Oakland – Meet at Oakland’s Madison Park (9th and Madison) at 10:00 am, with the march culminating at a12:30 pm rally at Oscar Grant/Frank Ogawa Plaza (14th and Broadway, downtown) with speakers, art and music. More info

San Francisco – Rally with speakers, arts and music from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at Civic Center Plaza. Then join a 5:00 pm candlelight march down Market St. to Justin Herman Plaza. More info

San Jose – Meet at San Jose City Hall at 10:00 am, with an 11:00 am march to Cesar Chavez Plaza where there will be a rally with speakers and music. More info

WCC Event Recap:

Women’s March Safety Meeting 

On Wednesday, the DGen Office sponsored an event to provide anyone participating in activist marches this weekend with the information to do so safely and responsibly. To learn more, view the notes from the meeting in the attached document below. 

Feminist News:

Hundreds of thousands of women will be marching in solidarity this weekend. You can learn more here

We applaud the significant work President Obama has done while in office to advance gender equity. Check out his best feminist quotes (https://www.bustle.com/p/the-best-barack-obama-feminist-quotes-during-his-time-in-office-26257) and this writer’s thoughts on what it meant to have a feminist president (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/our-feminist-president-barack-obama_us_58755eeae4b092a6cae3a393)

If you’re looking for something else to do this weekend, check out the film Hidden Figures, which tells the true story of three pioneering African American women whose calculations for NASA were integral to several historic missions, including John Glenn’s successful orbit of earth. Full review here. 

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/01/hidden-figures-review/512252/

A Note from the WCC Directors from Election Day: 

“Dear WCC community,

We see you. We love you. We are here for you. You matter.

Please take care of yourselves. Please take care of each other.

If you can’t stop by, we invite you to remember these easy self-care practices:

1. Breathe. Inhale for five counts through the nose, exhale for five counts through the mouth. Repeat.

2. Drink a glass of water.

3. Take a shower.

4. Stretch for 30 seconds, or more.

5. Take a walk to your favorite spot on campus (lake lag? cactus garden?). Leave your phone at home or on do not disturb and don’t check it til you’re back.

Now, more than ever, we must do what we can to sustain ourselves and each other. We are here for you.

Faith & Marta”

WCC Community: We stand with you. You matter, and your voice matters. 

Femtastic Fridays: Winter Quarter Week 1

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Welcome back to campus all! We hope you had a relaxing break filled with self-care.

What’s new at the WCC:

Feminist Narratives Podcast! 

The Feminist Narratives podcast seeks to amplify, share, learn, and educate listeners about stories of feminist resistance and innovation through the podcast medium. It launches ~next Friday!~

Feminist Discussion Nights

Sundays at 9-10:30pm

Women’s Community Center

Come by for some stimulating discussion, tea, and snacks!

Coordination for Bay Area Women’s Marches

Stanford students are going to be coordinating rides up to various marches for the weekend. Check out the public Facebook link here.

Marches are being held across the country to unify and empower everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for all. Stand together in solidarity for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.

Oakland – Meet at Oakland’s Madison Park (9th and Madison) at 10:00 am, with the march culminating at a12:30 pm rally at Oscar Grant/Frank Ogawa Plaza (14th and Broadway, downtown) with speakers, art and music. More info

San Francisco – Rally with speakers, arts and music from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at Civic Center Plaza. Then join a 5:00 pm candlelight march down Market St. to Justin Herman Plaza. More info

San Jose – Meet at San Jose City Hall at 10:00 am, with an 11:00 am march to Cesar Chavez Plaza where there will be a rally with speakers and music. More info

WCC Event Recap:

To Be Resilient

Today, we were thrilled to have Adina Glickman of the Stanford Resilience Project join us for a workshop on resiliency in academic and personal life. 

Some key takeaways were that resilience comes in stages, and that it’s important to be gentle with yourself. 

Feminist News:

Senate votes overnight to remove contraception coverage, potentially affecting millions of women. Check it out here.

Check out these ten female directors to watch in 2017!

Wishing you a wonderful week 2 ahead!

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Femtastic Fridays: Week 9

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Happy Friday! Welcome back to campus everyone, we hope you all had a restful break!

What’s New in the WCC

As finals week approaches please remember to take time for relaxation, laughter, and self-care. If you’re looking for a place to find all of that and more, be sure to stop by the WCC to spend time in the self-care corner or chatting with the staff!

Feminist Discussion Nights

Sundays at 9-10:30pm

Women’s Community Center

*Feminist Discussion Nights will resume the Sunday following Thanksgiving Break

Hume Writing Tutors

Tuesdays and Wednesdays

7-9 pm

Women’s Community Center

Upcoming

Stanford Community Group to Join Women’s March on Washington

For those that are interested, a peaceful Women’s March on Washington is planned for Saturday, January 21, 2017, the day after the inauguration. The organizers have stated: “This is an inclusive march, and everyone who supports women’s rights are welcome.” A group of Stanford faculty are organizing students and faculty that would like to attend.

For more information, visit the Stanford Community Facebook page for the event.

New Feminist Gender and Sexuality Studies Course Offering!

FemGen 107M: College Culture & Masculinity

Units: 1-2

Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit

Instructors: Hanlon-Baker, P., Lamboy, L., Peña, C.

Interesting Reads and Other News

Disney’s Moana is being hailed as “the most unapologetically feminist princess yet.” Check out this article to learn more about the team behind the animate film and how it compares to other popular children’s movies out right now.

Attorney Carrie Goldberg is taking up the mantel to advocate for victims of revenge porn. Here’s a feature article about her work from the New Yorker that’s definitely worth reading!

Meet the three women, Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, and Linda Sarsour, leading the charge on the Women’s March on Washington. The march will be a peaceful protest for women’s rights taking place on the day of the inauguration. Learn about how the women joined the project as national co-chairs to advocate for inclusivity in the movement.

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Femtastic Fridays: Week 8

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Thanksgiving break is finally upon us! We wish upon you all a week of rest.   As we confront the challenges of the world around us, we also hope that you take pause to care for yourself and take care of your communities.  Expressing gratitude in the face of difficult circumstances is never easy. It is through the strength that we find in ourselves and our support from those close to us that we may confront these difficulties with passion and grace. No matter what you may be dealing with, we hope that you can take time to recognize the people who love you, and the spaces which welcome you.

What’s New in the WCC

Come out to the WCC on Sunday nights for

Feminist Discussion Nights

9 – 10:30pm

Women’s Community Center

*Feminist Discussion Nights will resume the Sunday following Thanksgiving Break

Hume Writing Tutors

Tuesdays and Wednesdays

7 – 9 pm

Women’s Community Center

Event Recaps

Recognizing and Responding to Microaggressions

In Monday’s workshop, Recognizing and Responding to Microaggressions, Dr.Meag-gan Walters gave numerous examples of what microaggressions can look like in everyday life while validating individuals’ experiences, and gave tips for responding to them while emphasizing that the focus remain on self-care. Thank you for all who attended and supported this event!

WCC Fall Gathering

Thank you to all who attended and supported our Fall Gathering!

Interesting Reads and Other News

In the wake of the election, here is a crowdsourced list of things to do re: health, immigration status, family, money, digital security, and more.

Going home can mean many different things to us. Here is an article on dealing with the challenges we may face as we go home for the holidays.

For folks needing ideas on self and community care during this post-election period, check out Wired’s article, “The Critical Role of Self-Care for Handling Post Election Stress.”

Looking for a thought-provoking read for the break? We’ll be reading Arlie Russell Hochschild’s “Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right,” Zadie Smith’s “Swing Time,” and Jessica Bennett’s “Feminist Fight Club.”

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Femtastic Fridays: Week 7

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We made it to Friday! We hope you’re all taking time to take care of yourselves after this election. We at the WCC are committed, now more than ever, to serving the Stanford community as a place to process, to learn, to develop skills, and to take action toward a more equitable and just world. We have a range of events next week – including a workshop on tools to respond to micro-aggressions, a policy briefing on the future of reproductive freedom, and a fall gathering to ground ourselves in gratitude for this space and for each other – and we hope you’ll join us. This space is your space, and we are here to be in community with one another.

What’s New in the WCC

Come out to the WCC on Sunday nights for

Feminist Discussion Nights

9 – 10:30pm

Women’s Community Center

Hume Writing Tutors

Tuesdays and Wednesdays

7 – 9 pm

Women’s Community Center

Upcoming Events

Come join the WCC community to learn tangible tools for recognizing and dealing with microaggressions!

Recognizing and Responding to Microaggressions Workshop

Led by Dr. Meag-gan Walters of CAPS

Monday, November 14, 2016

4:30pm – 6 pm

at the Women’s Community Center, 1st Floor, Firetruck House

FOOD WILL BE PROVIDED! 🙂

Find out more and RSVP here

The 2016 Election: What it Means for Reproductive Freedom

with the National Policy Director of NARAL Pro-Choice America

Tuesday, November 15 at 4pm at the WCC

More info & RSVP here

Disrupting the Discourse on Motherhood & Leadership: Women in Higher Education Administration

Thursday, November 17 at 12pm at the WCC

More info & RSVP here

WCC Fall Gathering

Thursday, November 17, 2016

3:30pm – 5:30pm

at the Women’s Community Center, 1st Floor, Firetruck House

Our events are open to all members of the Stanford community. All identities/backgrounds/experience levels welcome and encouraged!

Interesting Reads and Other News

The number of women of color in the Senate has quadrupled as a result of this election.

For folks still grappling with recent events, here is an op-ed piece by Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist.

Finally, read this touching letter by Emily Doe, the sexual assault survivor of the Brock Turner case.

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Femtastic Friday: Week 6

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Happy Friday!

What’s New in the WCC

The WCC is gearing up for an amazing year! Make sure to stop by and meet our amazing staff and interns!

Join the Women’s Community Center on Sunday nights for

Feminist Discussion Nights

9 – 10:30pm

Women’s Community Center

Looking for help on your PWR essay?

Hume Writing Tutors at the WCC

Tuesdays and Wednesdays

7 – 9 pm

Women’s Community Center

Events

Upcoming

WCC Fall Gathering

Thursday, November 17, 2016

3:30pm – 5:30pm

at the Women’s Community Center, 1st Floor, Firetruck House

(433 Santa Teresa Street, Stanford, CA)

Enjoy treats with us as we celebrate a new year and a newly redesigned space. Enjoy a special student performance at 4:30pm, and gather to meet artist Evelyn Anderson, who we recently commissioned to paint two new murals.

Boba from Teaspoons and fall treats will be served.

Don’t forget to cast your ballot this Tuesday, November 8th!

Consider taking FEMGEN 118: Transgender Cultural Studies!

 “In the United States, we seem to be in a ‘transgender moment,’ or we’ve reached what Time magazine has called the ‘transgender tipping point.’ In this Course, we will explore what this cultural moment means for the representation of transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people.]

Interesting Reads and Other News

With all the stress of the upcoming election, don’t forget to practice self-care and community care. So many of the challenges of this electoral season feel deeply personal. Here are some resources for learning more about election stress, and strategies for practicing care!

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Femtastic Friday: Week 5

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Happy halfway-through-fall-quarter Friday!

What’s New in the WCC

With this past weekend being homecoming, the WCC saw many alumni visiting and seeing the changes in the space since their time at Stanford.

We were thrilled to hear stories about their time as WCC staff and show them the work we are doing now.

Events

Recap

The event of the week: Solange coming to campus!

On Oct. 27, the Institute for Diversity in the Arts welcomed Solange and Melissa Harris-Perry

to CEMEX auditorium to talk about #BlackGirlMagic.

Upcoming

Faces Screening

Not a freshman? Somehow missed Faces during NSO?

This year’s Faces of Community is being screened this afternoon!

Friday, October 28, 2016

3:00pm – 5:00pm

Cubberley Auditorium

Report of the Provost’s Task Force on Women in Leadership: What’s Next?

All members of the Stanford community are invited to discuss the findings of this task force.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

4:30 pm

Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center

More information here!

Interesting Reads and Other News

In South Korea, a controversy was started by a magazine cover showing the bare, bound legs of a woman in a car trunk.

In a country where a feminist movement is just emerging, the attempt to protest this cover has not been without backlash.

TV show to binge watch this weekend: Insecure, created by Issa Rae (Class of ‘07).

Click here to find out why one critic loves it.

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[Promotional image for TV show Insecure with close up of creator and star Issa Rae]

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Femtastic Friday: Week 4

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Happy Friday!

What’s New in the WCC

Stop by to check out the new artwork in the space by Stanford alumnae Evelyn Anderson! Two of her pieces will be hanging in the WCC, the first of which is now hanging in the self-care corner. We hope the beauty in the space will encourage you all to take care of the beauty within you!

Events

Event Recap

Yaa Gyasi, ’11 Book Talk

On Oct. 12, 2016, author and Stanford alumnae Yaa Gyasi spoke at Stanford’s Women’s Community Center in a well-attended Q&A moderated by Mysia Anderson, ’17.

Upcoming

“Why are some STEM* fields less gender balanced than others?”

with Sapna Cheryan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Washington

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

4:30 – 5:45 p.m.

Room 201, William R. Hewlett Teaching Center

Limited seating. To attend, please RSVP here!

Artist’s Salon

The Clayman Institute for Gender Research is featuring Irene Carvajal a multidisciplinary Costa Rican-American artist who will be speaking and showing her work.

Monday, October 24, 2016

4:15 – 5:45 p.m.

Assembly Room, Bechtel International Center

The event is open to the Stanford community!

Get involved with the WCC Ambassador Program!

Find out more information here!

Interesting Reads and Other News

Rumor has it that the United Nations is set to appoint Wonder Woman its “Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls.” Though the choice is not without push back, Wonder Woman will be the face of a new social media campaign for the UN.

Donald Trump’s “nasty woman” comments about Hillary Clinton on Wednesday ignited the trending hashtag #IAmANastyWomanBecause in a show of feminist solidarity.

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Femtastic Friday: Week 3

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Happy Friday! We hope you’re excited :)!

Please stop by and meet our new staff! Our office hours are 11 AM – 6 PM from Monday to Friday.

Events

Every Wednesday from October 19 – November 16, Stanford students will be invited to watch and discuss Oprah Winfrey’s BELIEF Film Series. Special guests will be in attendance each week, to be in conversation on the topics raised in each episode. Viewings and discussions will be held at 8 PM in CIRCLE, third floor, Old Union.

Check out http://events.stanford.edu/events/635/63581/ for more info!

Be on the lookout for an announcement of our new interns and for more details about the Campus Ambassador program!

Interesting Reads and Other News

A new documentary, “We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World,” premiered on CNN on October 12. It depicts the visit of the first lady, the actors Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto, and the CNN correspondent Isha Sesay to Morocco and Liberia to meet with girls fighting to stay in school. Andra Day’s anthem “Rise Up” is the theme song.

Michelle Obama also gave a passionate and inspiring speech recently in New Hampshire, in which she denounces Trump’s bigotry and his comments about women. Read here.

This analytical article, “Election Update: Women are Defeating Donald Trump,” predicts what the polls would look like if just men or just women voted in the presidential election.

Check out this valuable video, “Building Effective Networks,” posted by Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research.

The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report seeks to measure “the relative gaps between women and men across four key areas: health, education, economy and politics” for over 140 economies. This report has been released for a decade, so it can help measure progress of different countries over time.

Finally, here is a beautiful, inspiring video on self-confidence, “Soy Yo,” by an eleven-year-old girl in Bomba Estéreo.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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