Libby Nutt Williams
MARK YOUR CALENDARS for MARCH 25-27, 2014!
The 15th Annual WGSX Colloquium is titled “Overworked and Underpaid: Gendered Labor in the 21st Century.” The colloquium will feature Dr. Mary Hawkesworth (Women Studies and Political Science at Rutgers University and editor of Signs), Dr. Maliha Safri (Economics at Drew University), and a retrospective of the first 15 years of colloquium topics featuring the art designs of Jim Gallagher (who designs our colloquium posters). We are close to finalizing the complete schedule and third speaker, so more details will be forthcoming!
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 5:00-7:00 PM--Montgomery Upper Commons
Exhibition Opening and Reception: “In Graphic Detail: WGSX Colloquia Posters, 2000-2014”
Since the first Colloquium in 2000, “Women of Science/Science of Women,” the WGSX Colloquium has become one of the premiere scholarly traditions at St. Mary’s College. On the fifteenth anniversary of the colloquium, this exhibition of the posters created for each event recalls the intellectual excitement generated by the event as well as recognizes the artistic contribution of James Gallagher, who has designed our posters since 2004. Remarks will begin at 5:30.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 4:45 PM—Cole Cinema
Maliha Safri, Drew University
"Victims or Heroes? Women-led Migration, Agency, and Class"
While half the world's migrants are women, the dominant representations limit them to either 'heroes' who bring in monetary remittances, or 'victims' of a global capitalist economy. Such representations foreclose the spectrum of experiences that characterize their economic lives inside and outside the household. Drawing on a more fluid theory, their experiences can instead be seen through a lens that reveals their participation in diverse class practices. This new perspective has implications for three areas of inquiry: globalization, economic development, and a household politics
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 8:15 PM—Cole Cinema
Mary Hawkesworth, Rutgers University
“Feminization, Commodification, Invisibilization: Gendered Labor in the 21stCentury”
In her plenary address to the 1995 United Nations World Conference on Women in Beijing, Noeleen Heyzer, then-Director of UNIFEM, the United Nations Development Fund for Women, pointed out that “women work two-thirds of the world’s working hours, but earn only one-tenth of the world’s income and own less than one-tenth of the world’s property.” The striking disparity between hours worked and remuneration received reflects various factors. Two-thirds of the work women do is unwaged (compared to one-quarter of men’s work). Occupational segregation by sex concentrates women in the lowest-waged and least-secure positions. Slightly more than 20% of all economically active women are employed in the industrial sector, while 75% are employed in the far less-well paid service sector. Women are overrepresented in the subsistence and informal (unstructured and unregulated) sectors of the economy and underrepresented in the formal sector, where pay levels are higher and fringe benefits may be provided. Women also constitute three-quarters of the part-time labor force, working for very low pay without any job security and little hope of upward mobility. Women continue to suffer systemic pay discrimination. Even in nations with equal pay legislation on the books, women earn less than men. This talk will explore contemporary gendered labor practices and consider their implications for meaningful work, individual self-development, and equitable economies in the twenty-first century.
Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 4:15—Cole Cinema
Susan F. Feiner, University of Southern Maine
“From Flintstones to Jetsons: Consumerism, Overworked Women and Economic Stagnation”
Professor Feiner will explain the connections between the commodification of household life on the one hand, and the tendency toward economic stagnation on the other. She will show how the naturalization of domestic exploitation (the production and extraction of surplus labor within families) works to naturalize an ever-expanding menu of manufactured wants. Consumption—fulfilling those wants—has become such a large share of GDP (in the OECD the average is 54.7%, with the US leading this group of nations at 70.5%) that absent bubbles (dot com, housing) economies can’t sustain decent levels of employment at decent wages. But generating full employment via bubble driven consumption does not reduce household exploitation. Feiner challenges us to think about ways to enhance social well being without driving consumption to even higher levels. The central elements of such changes are greater income equality, less work and greater democracy in our workplaces.
THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2011 at 8:15 PM—COLE CINEMA
Roundtable: Moderator Sahar Shaqat will be joined on stage by Colloquium speakers Feiner, Hawkesworth, and Safri discuss issues raised by their presentations followed by a reception and book signing in the Aldom Lounge
Annual WGSX Colloquium
The first annual Women Studies colloquium was held March 22-24, 2000. With the support of the Alice McLellan Birney Women Studies Fund, the cross-disciplinary study area in Women, Gender, & Sexuality presents a colloquium each spring in connection with Women's History Month. Please explore below for past and future events and join us each spring as we bring together speakers on a variety of topics related to women and gender.
Last Colloquium Topic
Annual Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Colloquium
and Lives: Abortion After Roe v. Wade”
March 19-21, 2013
Over the past thirteen years, the WGSX Colloquium has become an established tradition at St. Mary’s College. This very successful annual program has regularly drawn large audiences to events that have offered powerful interdisciplinary combinations of scholarly discourse and artistic expression (including film screenings, theatrical performances, and exhibitions) to discuss a topic critical to the lives of women.
Although abortion law in the United States stretches back to the 1820s, no reproductive rights legislation or precedent is as cherished, loathed, debated, and controversial as the Supreme Court decision of 1973, Roe v. Wade. And while politicians and lawyers argue over the morality of the procedure, the choice to have an abortion continues to affect the real life of women worldwide. According to the Guttmacher Institute, around 50% of American women will experience an unplanned pregnancy, and by the time they are 45, almost 33% of women in the U.S. will have had an abortion. 40 years after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision, this year’s colloquium, entitled “Choices and Lives: Abortion After Roe v. Wade” will provide a timely and critical discussion of the legal, historical, medical, and cultural implications of the case and women’s fight for reproductive rights in this country.
Annual Colloquium - 2013
Choices and Lives: Abortion After Roe v Wade
Annual Colloquium - 2012
Going Viral: 30 Years of Living With HIV/AIDS
Annual Colloquium - 2011
Women in War: Object/Subject
Annual Colloquium - 2010
(En)GEndering Political Change
Annual Colloquium - 2009
Caution: Women at Work
Annual Colloquium - 2008
Gender B(l)ending: Beyond the Binary
Annual Colloquium - 2007
Hitched: Marriage in America
Annual Colloquium - 2006
The War on Women's Rights: Money / Body / Movement
Annual Colloquium - 2005
Representations of Sex(uality): Pornography, Obscenity, Deviance