What does the overlap of art and activism look like?

A year ago, I was working at the Howard County Arts Center when Diana Marta, one of the resident artists,  bought an antique dress form.  While looking at the mannequin in her studio,  she "wondered what an ordinary women's wardrobe would look like through time."  I remember talking to her after she purchased the form and discussing this topic… Continue reading What does the overlap of art and activism look like?

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2013

Today is the 15th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.  TDOR was originally held to honor Rita Hester, whose unsolved murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. The purpose of TDOR is… Continue reading Transgender Day of Remembrance 2013

On double standards and women. A guest post by a Women’s Center community member.

It was nighttime when I pulled out my favorite dress to wear. There was no special occasion; it just made me feel gorgeous. Nevertheless, I was experiencing an all too familiar nagging feeling as I examined the material. The dress was cut so as to expose the back, and was short in length. Years of… Continue reading On double standards and women. A guest post by a Women’s Center community member.

It’s that time of year again! Halloween Costumes! by Narges Fekri Ershad, Student Staff

It is that time of the year again! Pumpkins are out in the fields and costumes are back in the stores! It is the time of the year that people can wear anything, be anyone or any object and they won't be judged! While searching the internet I came across many points about Halloween that… Continue reading It’s that time of year again! Halloween Costumes! by Narges Fekri Ershad, Student Staff

My Body and Me: The Original Arranged Marriage. A guest post by Ashley Sweet.

This was originally posted on Unruly Bodies a group blog for UMBC’s Gender and Women’s Studies course, Unruly Bodies.  As long as I’ve been alive, I’ve been some version of overweight. I was my mom’s biggest baby. There was the “baby fat” phase (which I tried to ride to middle school, much to my embarrassment); the “I’m… Continue reading My Body and Me: The Original Arranged Marriage. A guest post by Ashley Sweet.

A New Way to Connect: The Returning Women Mentoring Program

This fall, the Women's Center will be launching a new program for women who are a part of the Charlotte W. Newcombe Scholarship program, .  Today, adult students comprise a large portion of the enrollment at most colleges and universities, with a majority of these non-traditional students being mature women. In 1981, the Newcombe Foundation created scholarship programs… Continue reading A New Way to Connect: The Returning Women Mentoring Program