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Gender Matters - Women's Resource Center

Challenging the status quo

to achieve gender equity

Gender Matters

Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity

Upcoming Events

Free Self-Defense Training

Saturdays: November 16th

1-3:30 pm KU Rec Center

Tuesdays: December 3rd

4:30--5:30pm KU Rec Center

Email us to register!

Graduate Women’s Forum

November 18th 3-4:30 pm

Centennial Room, KS Union

Mastering the Dialogue of

Negotiation (WIMS)

December 3rd 12-1 pm

1023 ORR KU Med

Educating Women, Beyond the Classroom

Women now make up about 58% of college students in the United States and are

graduating at much higher rates than their male counterparts. Today, women also

outnumber men in graduate and doctoral programs across the country. After reading

these statistics one can see just how far women have come, but numbers without

context can be misleading. Although women make up the majority of college

students, they still lag behind once they hit the job market. As of July 2013, only 22 of

the Fortune 500 companies are ran by women. Furthermore, a recent article by

thinkprogress.com reported that women hold only 8% of the country’s top earning

jobs and we all know that there is still a large wage gap between men and women in

the workforce.

So with all of this education, why are we still underrepresented at the top of fields

such as engineering, business, and politics? Perhaps the answer falls outside of the

classroom. We need to spend more time teaching our daughters, sisters, and friends

how to follow their dreams both at work and home, assert themselves without fear of

being deemed too ‘masculine’ and that you can have it all— but maybe just not all at

the same time.

Men of Merit Nominations

Know a man of merit at KU? Nominate

him today! Nominations are due by

5pm on November 15th. Forms are

available at:

emilytaylorcenter.ku.edu/men-merit

The Center, along with the Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Department, is hosting a forum on November 18th to help address these

outside-of-the-classroom concerns with graduate women. The next step?

Take a few minutes each day to show another woman her worth, power,

and potential.

— Nicki Rose, ETC4WGE Intern

Volume 2 Issue 3 Pg. 1


Gender Matters Pg. 2

Letter to the Editor: A Freshman Feminist’s Perspective

Growing up as a liberal feminist in Kansas has been a challenge to say the least. That is why I was so excited to come to

college. I thought I would finally be surrounded by like-minded people. It was a huge surprise to me when people started

getting angry with me for being a feminist. “Feminists are all manhaters!” I knew this sentiment existed among older

generations, but to find so much anti-feminist mentality in people my own age was very surprising. That got me thinking

about why so many people my age still have such a strong sentiments against feminists. Do they listen to a biased news

source? Have they been raised by parents who are bitter about the mistakes made in the second wave of feminism? I

have thought about this for a long time and I was never able to come up with an answer, only theories.

Once I realized there wasn’t one uniform answer for why so many people disagree with feminism, I realized it is less

important to figure out WHY they dislike feminism. Instead, it is more important to be a feminist who helps restore

feminism’s image. How feminists can act to help restore feminism’s image will mean different things to different people.

Some simple answers are to give good men the credit they deserve, lead by example and to have your beliefs and hold

them close, but to never force them on others. I recognize that many feminists already do these things, but there is

always room for improvement.

Some people may also ask “why do feminists need to restore their image?” Honestly, we need broader support in order

to continue to make positive changes. If people respect feminism they will listen to our ideas, and we can start making

more progress towards things like making sure more rapists see jail time and helping society move away from its victim

blaming mentality. Feminism is still important, feminists can still affect change, but it is critical that more people realize

this. So I am calling on all feminists to continue being strong, and to show the world through our actions that we have

progressed and we are important, and hopefully then we can affect greater change in society.

— Kathy Olcott, Freshman in Social Welfare

Christie Garton is one of the newest members of the Emily Taylor Center’s Advisory Board, and

an impressive professional role model for young KU women. She is a mother, CEO, active

volunteer, philanthropist and KU business school lecturer. Professionally, Garton has been a

social entrepreneur since she was 19 when she started Music Mentors here at KU. While in law

school she started another entrepreneurial venture— UChic. UChic is a media brand and book

series for college women whose mission is to ensure that any young woman in the U.S. with big

goals for her life has the support, resources and experiences she needs to achieve them. Garton

is a supporter of the KU Women 4 KU Women Fund and Founder of the Open Doors Foundation

which helps women pursue their academic and career goals.

We aim to

Inform

Involve

Empower

Resources

ETC4WGE: www.emilytaylorcenter.ku.edu

The Office of Diversity and Equity: www.diversity.ku.edu

Kansans Advancing Women: www.kawpac.org

University Chic: www.uchic.com

Gender Matters Vol. 2 Issue 3 Pg. 2

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