Spring Quarter Femtastic Friday: Week 1

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Happy Friday!

We hope your Week 1 was off to a stellar start. To top it off, here’s your roundup of feminist wonderfulness!

What’s up at the WCC?

We’re hiring!

We are currently seeking applicants for our 2017-2018 WCC Staff!

Find more info and the application at this link.

2017 Stanford Women’s Leadership Conference

Courage to Bloom: Embracing Your Roots and Planting Seeds for Change

April 8, 2017 9:45AM-3:30pm in Tresidder Memorial Union

Check-in for registered attendees begins at 9:45AM and ends promptly at 10AM. Please arrive early to help us stay on schedule, to sign up for mentor tables, and to ensure that you receive swag!

See the schedule and more here. Please let us know if you can no longer make it.

New Episode of the Feminist Voices Podcast!

Episode 4 | Featuring Dr. Jeanine Staples

Curated by Mysia Anderson and Nya Hughes

Click here to listen!

Community Resource Guide Brainstorming Session

3:30-4:30PM Thursday, April 13 | WCC Main Lounge

Featuring boba from Teaspoon!

We are creating a WCC Community Resource Guide to preserve institutional knowledge within our vibrant community. The guide will be available to all students, and will feature advice on topics such as how to get to know professors, recommendations for excellent Stanford experiences, ways to branch out of your friend group, can’t-miss classes, and more. Because it’s a community guide, we want *your* input via this fun brainstorming session with boba from Teaspoon!

Uplifting Feminist News and Articles

This week, astronaut Peggy Whitson completed her eighth spacewalk and set the record for number of spacewalks by a female astronaut!

“Powerhouse ballet dancer Ashley Bouder is no stranger to making headlines and spurring conversation, including last year when she was documented rehearsing dance moves mere days before giving birth to her first child. This year and right in the middle of Women’s History Month, she put together a program to point out the imbalance in ballet when it comes to the gender of choreographers and composers.” Read about it here.

Louisiana might be the next state to get rid of the “tampon tax.” Read more here.

There are currently record numbers of women and folks of color running for office in Los Angeles. Read more here!

We hope you have a great weekend!

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Femtastic Friday: Week 8

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Happy Friday!

We hope that your quarter is finishing out strong! Please remember to take times for yourself during this busy time.

What’s New in the WCC

The Feminist Voices Podcast

Check out the newly released Episode 3 in collaboration with Three Unicorns!

Listen Here

The Ambassador Program’s

“Practicing for Life: A Series on Ordinary Courage” Discussion Series

Rising Strong: Practicing Ordinary Courage

March 10th at 4 pm

Women’s Community Center

Snacks provided!

We welcome people of all genders, identities and backgrounds!

Upcoming Events

TERRA BITES**: MOONLIGHT Screening

Friday, March 3rd at 5PM

Terra [Directions]

Facebook Event

Self Care Night

Saturday, March 4th from 8-10PM

Women’s Community Center

To Thrive in the Academy, ROAR!

Lead by Karan L. Watson, Ph.D., P.E., Provost and Executive Vice President, Regents Professor, Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Texas A&M University

Thursday, March 9, 2017 from 5:15 – 6:30 p.m.

Tresidder Union, Oak West

To attend, please register by March 8

Moving LGBTQ+ Youth Research Beyond the “Safe” Paradigm

Lead by Queer Perspectives Speaker of 2017: Michael Sadowski

March 9th at 4:00PM

Spilker 232

Chai Chat: Just a Piece of Cloth – Women and the Hijab 

 Thursday, Mar. 9 at 5:30 – 7 pm

The Markaz Resource Center

Dinner will be catered!

Gender Passing and Official Panic in Qing Dynasty China

Lead by Matthew Sommer, Professor of Chinese History, and Madihah Akhter, PhD candidate in modern South Asian history

Tuesday, March 7 from 6-8pm

Stanford Humanities Center Board Room.

RSVP here

Dinner will be served!

Interesting Reads and Other News

On March 8th, there will be a national “Day Without Women” strike! Read more about the movement here!

Check out this article on the woman behind Beyonce, Rihanna, and Issa Rae’s music videos and TV shows!

Have a great weekend!

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Event Recap — ‘Practicing for Life’ Event #3 on Being ‘Enough’

Hi all!

 

Just wanted to post 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 in what areas of our life we felt we were ‘not enough’. We followed that up with a reading from Brene Brown’s book Daring Greatly on scarcity mentality and feeling like we will never be enough. After the reading, here are some questions we discussed:
What makes us feel like we are not enough?
 
Can feeling ‘not enough’ ever be motivating, or is it only damaging?
 
How does the act of deciding which activities to engage in set us up for feeling like certain activities will leave us feeling like we are enough?
 
What are some practical ways to begin from a place of feeling like we are enough?
 
Some important takeaways included that we can use healthy competition, not scarcity mentality, to improve ourselves while still feeling like we are enough. If you would like a PDF of the reading, please reach out to Lucas at blawrenc@stanford.edu for a scanned copy.
Please come through for our last event next Friday, 3.10 at 4 PM to talk about Brene Brown’s book Rising Strong.
 
If you have any questions, concerns or feedback, please email Lucas at blawrenc@stanford.edu.

Femtastic Friday: Week 7

Happy Friday!

It’s Parents’ Weekend! If your parents are here, have a restorative time with them. If not, take some time to call home or friends from home to reconnect.

What’s New in the WCC

The Feminist Voices Podcast

Curated by Mysia Anderson and Nya Hughes

Listen Here!

The Ambassador Program’s

“Practicing for Life: A Series on Ordinary Courage” Discussion Series

[IN 15 MINUTES] Daring Greatly: Taking Risks and Making Mistakes 2/24 at 4 pm

Rising Strong: Practicing Ordinary Courage 3/10 at 4 pm

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We welcome people of all genders, identities and backgrounds!

Upcoming Events

Navigating Non-Profit Careers

Monday, Feb 27th 12:30-1:30 PM

@ The WCC (1st floor of the Firetruck House)

Lunch will be provided!

RSVP Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/587908504735924/

Panel Discussion and Q&A with Senator Wendy Davis

Tuesday, Feb 28th 8-9:30 PM

@ CEMEX Auditorium

RSVP REQUIRED

Week 8 is Wellness Week, and the WCC is hosting a wellness event!

Self Care Night

Saturday, Mar 4th 8-10PM

@ the WCC

Interesting Reads and Other News

Merriam-Webster tweets about the definition of feminism

Have a great weekend!!

Femtastic Friday: Week 6

Happy Friday! Congratulations on making it through Week 6! You are strong, you are valued, you are important.

What’s New in the WCC

The Feminist Voices Podcast

Curated by Mysia Anderson and Nya Hughes

Recording with Three Unicorns coming soon!

Listen Here

The Ambassador Program’s

“Practicing for Life: A Series on Ordinary Courage” Discussion Series

Daring Greatly: Taking Risks and Making Mistakes 2/24 at 4 pm

Rising Strong: Practicing Ordinary Courage 3/10 at 4 pm

We welcome people of all genders, identities and backgrounds!

Upcoming Events

Navigating Nonprofit careers

Monday February 27th, 12:30pm

Stay tuned for more details coming soon!

Interesting Reads and Other News

Consider what enjoyment might mean in a time where political engagement is more important than ever in this article by The Guardian.

Want to get to know feminism better? Here’s a place to start thinking.

Femtastic Friday: Week 5

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Happy Friday! We hope you’ve been taking care of yourselves during this rainy week!

What’s New in the WCC

The Ambassador Program’s

“Practicing for Life: A Series on Ordinary Courage” Discussion Series

Daring Greatly: Taking Risks and Making Mistakes 2/24 at 4 pm

Rising Strong: Practicing Ordinary Courage 3/10 at 4 pm

We welcome people of all genders, identities and backgrounds!

Upcoming Events

Impact on Campus

Self defense workshop with Impact Bay Area

Monday, February 13th

4:30-6 PM

Women’s Community Center

Bridging Medicine + Social Impact

Monday, February 13th

12:30-1:30 PM

Women’s Community Center

*Lunch included!

Microaggressions

Monday, February 13th

El Centro Chicano y Latino

Academic Skills Session

Tuesday, February 14th

12:30-1:30 PM

Women’s Community Center

*Lunch included

Feminist Discussion Nights

Every Sunday night!

8-10 PM

Women’s Community Center

Interesting Reads and Other News

Check out an article from The New Yorker titled “The Case Against Contemporary Feminism” that talks about Jessa Crispin, “who believes that the push to make feminism universally palatable has negated the meaning of the ideology writ large” and her new book “Why I Am Not A Feminist”

Looking for a new (or updated) view on feminism? Check out the Transfeminist Manifesto!

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Femtastic Friday: Week 4

Happy Friday! Congratulations on making it to the end of Week 4!

What’s New in the WCC

The Feminist Voices Podcast

Curated by Mysia Anderson and Nya Hughes

Episode 1 | featuring A-lan Holt

Listen Here

The Ambassador Program’s

“Practicing for Life: A Series on Ordinary Courage” Discussion Series

I Thought it Was Just Me (But it Isn’t): Shame Resilience 2/10 at 4 pm

Daring Greatly: Taking Risks and Making Mistakes 2/24 at 4 pm

Rising Strong: Practicing Ordinary Courage 3/10 at 4 pm

We welcome people of all genders, identities and backgrounds!

Upcoming Events

People’s State of the Union: Story Circle Workshop

Friday, February 3rd

4:00-6:00 pm

Women’s Community Center

Apply to the Advancing Gender Equity Fellowship

Information about the fellowship is available online at bit.ly/GenderEquityFellowship.

Applications are due Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 11:59pm.

We welcome those of all genders, identities, and backgrounds to apply!

American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus

Friday, February 3rd

4:00-5:00 pm

Florence Moore Main Lounge

Stanford Women in Business Shark Tank Challenge

Tuesday, February 7th

6:30 to 7:30 PM

Women’s Community Center

RSVP at www.tinyurl.com/SWIB-STC

Art of Negotiation

Wednesday, February 8th

5:30 pm

Women’s Community Center

Food is provided!

https://wcc.stanford.edu/events/art-negotiation-0

Interesting Reads and Other News

Help cheer Stanford Women’s Basketball to victory this Friday and get Coach VanDerveer to 1000 career wins this Friday, Feb. 3 vs. USC at 6 PM at Maples Pavilion! There are only three coaches in basketball history (men’s and women’s) to achieve this milestone. Join in the celebration! You can read more about this historic moment here.

People took to social media in response to President’s Trump comments about women needing to “dress like women.” Check out how people showed what #DressLikeAWoman really means.

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 3

Happy Friday! We hope you’re all taking time to take care of yourselves. We at the WCC are committed 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. 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

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 focuses on the importance of healing practices and creation during these troubling times.

WCC Event Recap

The WCC hosted its Grad Winter Welcome event on Wednesday, January 25th. It was a lovely afternoon of finger painting as the graduate students took some time to decompress after completing the first few weeks of the quarter.

Upcoming Events

Microagressions: Empowerment for the Career World

The WCC is happy to co-sponsor this workshop with El Centro Chicano y Latino. It will focus on solutions to the experience of microagressions in an academic or professional setting. It has been planned with graduate students in mind, but all students are welcome to join us.

Women in Tech + Social Impact

Wondering how to combine your passions for tech with social justice? Come hear from three women who are making waves at the intersection of tech and social justice and hear their insights on constructing a fulfilling career path during this panel discussion!

Friday, February 3, 2017

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

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

LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED! 🙂

Interesting Reads and Other News

It is estimated that over three million people marched at the Women’s Marches worldwide last Saturday in response to Trump’s inauguration. Take a look at this inspiring piece by Black Lives Matter leader and writer Alicia Garza on directions for moving forward.

If you’re looking for something to do over the weekend, Fun Home, based on the New York Times Best Seller graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, is playing at the Curran Theatre in SF now until February 19th.

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.