Culture & Identity

Sexism still permeates culture through the pervasiveness of gender stereotypes as well as misogynistic, negative and violent imagery in mass media. Perceptions of identity and gender roles are influenced, reflected and reinforced through myths, narratives and stories. Cultural cues about appropriate gender roles can have a negative and harmful impact by, for example, defining strength and rationalism as ”masculine” and submissiveness and emotionalism as ”feminine.” NCRW and its members are promoting awareness through research and critical analysis that uncover the tensions and assumptions involved in identity and gender roles.

Sex, Sports and Ethics Roundtable


Panelists include: Ara Wilson (Associate Professor in Women's Studies and Director of the program in the study of sexualities), Robyn Wiegman (Professor, Women's Studies and Literature), and Doriane Coleman (Duke Law School).

Location: Breedlove Room
Sponsored by the Kenan Institute and the Program in the Study of Sexualities.
*Refreshments will be served.

Inside/Out: Exploring Gender and Space in Life, Culture, and Art

04/15/2010 - 04/16/2010

Inside/Out” will bring together artists, public intellectuals, and scholars in the fields of design, the humanities, and the social sciences to consider the dynamic interaction between two notions: how gender affects the way we experience, construct, and use spaces, and how the notion of space influences the way we think about gender.

In cooperation with the Harvard Graduate School of Design

Registration is required by April 5; click here to register.

Location: Radcliffe Gymnasium, 10 Garden Street, Radcliffe Yard, (617) 495-8600

Women Making Gains on Faculty at Harvard




Published: March 12, 2010



"Christine Jorgensen: Transsexuality and a Transnational Media Spectacle in the 1950s and 1960s": a lecture by Susan Stryker


Susan Stryker is Associate Professor of Gender Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. She earned her Ph.D. in United States History at UC Berkeley in 1992, and subsequently held a postdoctoral fellowship in Sexuality Studies at Stanford University, as well as distinguished visiting positions at Harvard University, UC Santa Cruz, Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, and Macquarie University in Sydney. She is the Emmy Award-winning director of Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria, a public television documentary about a 1966 riot against police oppression by transgender prostitutes in San Francisco.

Annual Benefit: Celebrating Change

04/27/2010 - 04/28/2010

Tickets are now available for Celebrating Change, our annual evening benefit to support the International Museum of Women! Join us on the evening of Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at the Metreon City View, a spectacular venue with the night-time skyline of San Francisco as our glittering backdrop. Celebrating Change will include multi-media exhibits, live performances, a DJ and Dancing, and food, wine and spirits from leading women chefs and producers.

Location: City View atop the Westfield Metreon, San Francisco, CA, USA



Dr. Susan Wicklund: The Perils of Providing Abortions

Just one month after the death of Dr. George Tiller, the Center for Reproductive Rights released a chilling report that shows abortion providers and their clinics are under siege. A four-month investigation in six states revealed that death threats, break ins, and assaults continue to impede women's access to clinics. Rather than use Tiller's death to make the case that doctors and their patients should be protected, the federal government has done very little. So how should those who believe in a woman's right to have an abortion respond?

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Nancy Falchuk interviews Noam Shalit

An emotional interview with Noam Shalit, the father of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was kidnapped by Hamas on June 25, 2006. Gilad has been held captive in the Gaza Strip since his abduction.

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Friends in deed

By Dalia Itzik

The Jerusalem Post

17/01/2010 19:35

One cannot put a price tag on the dedication of an army of 300,000 volunteers in the Diaspora.


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