Nandi is a student staff member in the Women's Center and a Junior English major. Mutual aid, as a concept, is based in anarchism and the work of Petr Kropotkin. His work, “Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution”, is a foundational text for anarchists and other communist movements. But really, you don’t have to… Continue reading Mutual Aid: One for All and All for One
Last week, we had our first Knowledge Exchange of the Fall 2018 semester. With the midterm elections coming up in November, our overarching theme for these Knowledge Exchanges is political and civic engagement. The topic for this Knowledge Exchange was knowing your voting rights, and over the course of the event, we talked about the… Continue reading September Knowledge Exchange Roundup: A Voter Resource Guide
A critical look at the #MeToo movement and its limitations by student staff member, Sydney. Trigger Warning: This blog deals with Harvey Weinstein, Dr. Luke, and sexual violence/harassment; please practice self-care. Harvey Weinstein. He's a huge name in Hollywood but up until a few months ago, myself, and many others did not know who he was… Continue reading Music, Movies, and #MeToo
A blog post written by student staff member, Sydney. It's official! The Women's Center has a new ongoing event starting this spring semester. What is it you ask? Pop Culture Pop Ups! You're probably wondering, "What the heck is a Pop Culture Pop Up?" Well, that's what I'm here to explain. If you frequent… Continue reading What are Pop Culture Pop Ups?! The Golden Globes: Black Out and Oprah
Having grown up right outside of D.C., Women's Center student staff member Hannah has spent most of her life following politics, and uses that passion here to reflect on its lack of gender parity. Did you know that if you say "women in politics" three times while looking in a mirror, Hillary Clinton appears… Continue reading Women in Politics: No Way to Win
The Women’s Center’s Spring Roundtable series has begun! On February 14th, we hosted the first of our three-part roundtable “Underrepresentation of Women in...” series. This roundtable was on “Women in Politics” and focused on the lack of women in the political sphere and the establishment. For this discussion, our panelists were Political Science professor Lisa… Continue reading Women in Politics Roundtable Round-Up
A reflection written by Women's Center Special Projects Coordinator, Amelia Meman So here we are. Another day in this brave new world. Are you exhausted yet? Emotionally, physically, psychologically? If you’re not--congratulations! That’s really good and you are a sweet glowing angel. If you are, though, you’re not alone and you are also a sweet… Continue reading A Time to Resist + A Time to Take Care
A sampling of "what's next" from UMBC community members, curated by Jess Myers, Women's Center Director Last week, I shared some of my hopes and desired outcomes from the Women's March on Washington. While I was looking forward to marching and being in relationship with other women and people at the march, I was (and am) more… Continue reading Women’s March on Washington: We Marched. What’s Next?
A reflection from Jess Myers, Women's Center director Last weekend, I finally decided I would go to the Women’s March on Washington. I’ve been to marches in the past. I drove 18 hours from Baltimore to Ft. Benning, Georgia in my early 20s for the School of Americas protest with a van load of Mercy… Continue reading Women’s March on Washington
Women's Center intern Prachi Kochar discusses the importance of disability in relation to many important issues that are going on today, such as police brutality and the 2016 presidential election. Rather than have disability be an afterthought, it should be brought to the forefront of our discussions about social justice issues. In conversations about social… Continue reading Why do Disability Issues Matter?