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Brooklyn Museum: Writing Women Back Into History

Wikipedia has a gender problem. Alexandra Thom is heading up a project to add entries and substance to Wikipedia on all the women included in Judy Chicago’s “The Dinner Party” which is permanently installed in the Sackler Gallery at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York. Not only are entries on the women of history lacking but female editors to Wikipedia are also much fewer than non-female. What’s up? It’s no surprise that men write mostly about men. Well, ladies, start your engines.

Thom writes, “The Dinner Party is an icon of feminist art, which features the names of 1,038 women in history…”

She found many of the names had only “stub” entries and almost 100 others had no mention at all. You can follow Alexandra’s project through the Brooklyn Museum blog starting with the two links below.

Brooklyn Museum: Community: bloggers@brooklynmuseum » Writing Women Back Into History.

Ending the ongoing cycle of omission

Bravo, Ms. Thom! Wikipedia is so heavily used by folks around the world. How many more women will your work inspire to become editors of Wikipedia to fill out this gross omission. I know I’m on board.

2011 — LUNAFEST Film Festival Tuesday April 12 UConn Storrs

News from the University of Connecticut Women’s Center.  Event starts at 6. Parking is free after 5 pm!


Event date: April 12, 2011 6:00 PM
Location: UConn Storrs Campus, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, Storrs, CT | Map

The LUNAFEST Team and the Women’s Center present the Annual LUNAFEST Film Festival here at the University of Connecticut. This year’s LUNAFEST will take place on April 12, 2011 in the Konover Auditorium in the Thomas J. Dodd Center. The mission of LUNAFEST is to celebrate and inspire women through the art of film and community fundraising. LUNAFEST is a national film festival that features short films by, for and about women. LUNAFEST was established in 2000 by LUNA, Makers of the Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, to simultaneously promote women filmmakers, raise awareness for women’s issues, and support worthy women’s nonprofit organizations.

Funds raised for this event will support the Breast Cancer Fund and UConn Women’s Center. LUNAFEST provides a very unique and diversifying experience for UConn students and the surrounding community.

This year we will be joined by one of the filmmakers, G. Melissa Graziano, who directed Love on the Line and is originally from Connecticut. Tickets may be purchased online. For more information about the films, please visit http://www.lunafest.org/the-films.cfm

The Konover Auditorium is wheelchair accessible. For additional accommodations, please contact the Women’s Center at 860-486-4738.

Pre-sale ticket prices:
Student $5.00
Regular $7.00

Night of the event prices:
Students – $7
Regular – $10

Peggy Seeger at UConn Storrs 3/21/2011

“A Feminist View of the Image of Women in Anglo-American Traditional Songs.”  A conversation with Peggy Seeger

Peggy Seeger

A Conversation with Peggy Seeger



Date: Monday, March 21,2011

Time: 11:30 AM

Where: Louis J. von der Mehden Recital Hall

To celebrate National Women’s History Month, the University Libraries’ Diversity Advisory Team is sponsoring a program with Peggy Seeger, a member of America’s foremost folk music families. She is considered to be one of North America’s finest revival singers of traditional songs and has recorded over 22 solo discs. In addition to composing and singing her own songs, Ms. Seeger plays 5-string banjo, guitar, Appalachian dulcimer, autoharp, English concertina, and piano.

This workshop will explore the images and roles of women in traditional Anglo-American songs dating from the 17th century onward. Ms. Seeger will delight us with a mix of singing and conversation and will welcome questions from the audience during and after this event. The workshop is open to everyone and runs over the course of two hours.  We encourage you to come for all or part of the program as your schedules allow. The event will be followed by a reception.

Cool **GUYS** don’t look at explosions

Great piece of satire on our media culture.   And I can think of many more films they didn’t catch here.  Message? Kill the bad **guys**. It’s okay.  No innocent women, men, or children were hurt during this explosion…

Cool guys don’t look at explosions…

real men have the nuts to walk away…

the more you ignore it, the cooler you look…

flames are hot but the heart is chill…

and don’t think about the people you kill…

March 8 : International Women’s Day

Plan an event for International Women’s day. Lots of ideas at  their site.

International Women's Day

International Women’s Day 2011 Theme

Each year around the world, International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. Hundreds of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women.

Organisations, governments and women’s groups around the world choose different themes each year that reflect global and local gender issues.

Some years have seen global IWD themes honoured around the world, while in other years groups have preferred to ‘localise’ their own themes to make them more specific and relevant.

THEME: So while many people may think there is one global theme each year, this is not always correct. It is completely up to each country and group as to what appropriate theme they select.

Below are some of the global United Nation themes used for International Women’s Day to date:

– 2011: Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women

arrow right I especially like the historical chronology on their About page. Suffragettes declared the first International Women’s day in 1911. Bravo! And in some countries, IWD is celebrated as a holiday.

Of course, this is not a single day or month of the year.  But it is a time to regroup, plan new goals, target new accomplishments, celebrate the work of the many women who came before us.  If you do plan an event, post it to the comments section. We’d love to know.

Socially Conscious Gifts 2009

Updated for 2009!

Some folks already have everything they need and you just don’t want to add to their load of stuff. Consider making a donation in their name to a good charity. If you don’t have a favorite local, national, or international charity, use the Charity Navigator to find one. It lists a great many — like Oxfam, Women for Women, Care, and many more. It also rates these and lets you see how much of their money is spent on salaries, expenses, if they hire fundraisers, etc.

If you’d like to be a more socially conscious consumer, here are some organizations, some local, some online, where you can purchase gifts while making a difference in the lives of real people. These suggestions come from two of our UConn professors who teach and embody the ideals of these organizations. The sites are listed alphabetically! No order intended. If you have some other suggestions, please add them via a comment to this blog. And pass these on to your friends and family!

A Greater Gift from SERRV:

A Greater Gift is a program of SERRV International, a nonprofit alternative trade and development organization. Our mission is to promote the social and economic progress of people in developing regions of the world by marketing their products in a just and direct manner. Our goal is to alleviate poverty and empower low-income people through trade, training and other forms of capacity building as they work to improve their lives. SERRV has worked to assist artisans and farmers for more than 55 years through the following:

  • Marketing their handcrafts and food products in a just and direct manner.
  • Educating consumers in the United States about economic justice and other cultures.
  • Providing development assistance to low-income craftspeople through their community-based organizations.

SERRV International was one of the first alternative trade organizations in the world and was a founding member of the International Fair Trade Association (IFAT). We offer our artisan and farmer partners up to 50% advance payment on orders. This advance helps them to purchase raw materials and have a more regular income so they can avoid high interest rates from borrowing locally.

CoOp America

About Co-op America Co-op America is a not-for-profit membership organization founded in 1982. Our mission is to harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. Our Vision We work for a world where all people have enough, where all communities are healthy and safe, and where the bounty of the Earth is preserved for all the generations to come.

CREA: Center for Reflection, Education and Action (based in Hartford):

“Believing that the earth is home to all, CREA facilitates analysis of human, social and economic policies from the perspective of their effects on human lives, beginning with the lives of people who are poor.”

Dean’s Beans (fair trade coffee):

We only purchase beans from small farmers and cooperatives, largely made up of indigenous peoples working hard to maintain their culture and lifestyles in a hostile world. We do not buy beans from large estates and farms. We’ve been there, and have seen the conditions of chronic poverty and malnutrition within which these farms produce those other coffees. Look in your kitchen – do you know where your beans come from? Each player in our cycle of production and distribution, from the farmer to the consumer, participates in socially just and environmentally responsible trade. We hope that all other coffee companies will follow our lead. We are proud to be a founding member of Cooperative Coffees, Inc., the first roaster’s cooperative created to buy direct, Fair Trade coffee from farmer coops, and make it available to any small roaster who wants to participate in the Fair Trade movement. We are also active members of the Fair Trade Federation, an international organization of dedicated Fair Traders (no poseurs allowed).

Global Exchange

Why Fair Trade? Our consumer spending choices affect people’s lives around the world. The products we enjoy are often made in conditions that harm workers, communities and the environment. But increasingly consumers are demanding more humane, more environmentally sensitive products. In today’s world economy, where profits rule and small-scale producers are left out of the bargaining process, farmers, craft producers, and other workers are often left without resources or hope for their future. Fair Trade helps exploited producers escape from this cycle and gives them a way to maintain their traditional lifestyles with dignity.

Heifer International

Heifer’s Mission to End Hunger Heifer envisions… A world of communities living together in peace and equitably sharing the resources of a healthy planet. Heifer’s mission is… To work with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the earth. Heifer’s strategy is… To “pass on the gift.” As people share their animals’ offspring with others – along with their knowledge, resources, and skills – an expanding network of hope, dignity, and self-reliance is created that reaches around the globe. Heifer’s History This simple idea of giving families a source of food rather than short-term relief caught on and has continued for over 60 years. Today, millions of families in 128 countries have been given the gifts of self-reliance and hope. Read more about Heifer’s History.

Ithaca Fine Chocolates

FAIR TRADE Ithaca Fine Chocolates is proud to be the first U.S. chocolate company to offer fair trade certified chocolates, and we continue to offer ONLY organic and fair trade certified chocolates. Our cocoa beans are carefully selected from the El Ceibo Cocoa Coop in Bolivia. Fair trade fosters self-reliance in small-scale cocoa farmers, which effectively raises their living standards. ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT The cocoa beans used in Art Bars are cultivated using sustainable, shade-grown, organic practices that help to protect the health of the earth’s ecosystem. The outer wrapper, art cards, display boxes and gift boxes are all made from recycled paper.


Mission We want to give artists and artisans around the world a global platform to express their true artistic talents and to spur their creativity. And, we want to provide you with access to unique, hard-to-find items at great values that only the Internet infrastructure can allow. At the deepest essence of our philosophy, we want to create a bridge between you and the many talented artisans across the globe. We want you to know about who you’re buying from. We want you to feel that attachment to the product and to the hands that created it. In the spirit of the Internet, let us bring you together. NOVICA. The World is Your Market.

10,000 Villages

Our Principles of Operation At Ten Thousand Villages we add our own principles of operation to the IFAT key principles of fair trade:

  1. We honor the value of seeking to bring justice and hope to the poor.
  2. We trade with artisan groups who pay fair wages and demonstrate concern for their members’ welfare.
  3. We provide consistent purchases, advances and prompt final payments to artisans.
  4. We increase market share in North America for fairly traded handicrafts.
  5. We market quality products that are crafted by underemployed artisans.
  6. We build sustainable operations using a variety of sales channels, including a network of stores with a common identity.
  7. We choose handicrafts that reflect and reinforce rich cultural traditions, that are environmentally sensitive and which appeal to North American consumers.
  8. We encourage North American customers to learn about fair trade and to appreciate artisans’ cultural heritage and life circumstances with joy and respect.
  9. We use resources carefully and value volunteers who work in our North American operations.

Save the Children Holiday Gift Catalog

With 75 years of history and more than 41 million children and 25 million adults benefiting from our programs, Save the Children has built a name that children and communities can trust. It is because of our commitment to children that Save the Children is ranked high among other non-profit organizations. For the sixth year in a row, Charity Navigator has awarded Save the Children its highest four-star rating, reflecting the agency’s continued high standards in financial management. Save the Children also stands out in Charity Navigator’s list of “Best Charities Everyone’s Heard Of.”

Tropical Salvage Old wood. New use. Positive change.

Tropical Salvage practices a simple business model. We salvage old deconstruction and rediscovered wood and put it to new imaginative use. In doing so, we contribute to positive economic, social and environmental change. Old wood, new use, positive change. The disappearance of old-growth tropical forests in the developing world is largely influenced by the developed world’s demand for exotic wood products, its demand for wood pulp to supply industrial paper production, and its demand for industrial commodity quantities of agricultural products whose cultivation converts biologically diverse ecosystems into vast monoculture plantations. Salvaged wood provides all the same benefits, without the high environmental costs. Tropical Salvage offers a conduit to access accurate information about logging industry practices in southeast Asia and an opportunity to buy responsibly, thereby choosing reform of needlessly destructive policies and practices.

Fair Trade Federation Fair Trade Federation

UConn Human Rights Conference and Film Series

October 22-24, 2009: Human Rights in the USA Conference sponsored by the Human Rights Institute and UConn School of Law

The “Human Rights in the USA.” Conference at the University of Connecticut in Fall 2009 will evaluate how international human rights laws and norms are presently applied in the USA and will suggest recommendations for the future. It will focus on human rights litigation and recent legal innovation, and contextualize the law by examining the wider impact of human rights campaigns on gender violence, racism, poverty and health care. Significantly, it will seek to integrate the perspectives offered by disparate social movements and connect law, politics and social policy in ways that can provide greater scope for the realization of human rights.

In conjunction with the conference:

2009-2010 Human Rights Film Series: Human Rights in the USA

Sponsored by the Human Rights Institute and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

Starting on September 8, here are the first few films in the series:

Tuesday, September 8, 2009
4:00 PM
Konover Auditorium
Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

Film: Living Broke in Boom Times: Lessons from the Movement to End Poverty (2008)

Followed by a Q & A and reception with filmmaker Peter Kinoy and poverty rights activist Willie Baptist

“… a wonderful documentary, heart-rending in its depiction of homelessness and desperation, yet inspiring in what it shows about the magnificence of people fighting back, organizing, refusing to accept their situation, trying to build a national movement.” — Howard Zinn, Professor and author of A People’s History of the United States

>>Check the website for time and place for the following:

Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Film: The Least of These (2009)

The Least of These explores one of the most controversial aspects of American immigration policy: family detention. As part of the Bush administration policy opened a former prison turned immigration facility to house children and their parents from all over the world who are awaiting asylum hearings or deportation proceedings. The film explores the government rationale for family detention, conditions at the facility, collateral damage, and the role (and limits) of community activism in bringing change, while demonstrating how core American rights and values – due process, presumption of innocence, upholding the family structure as the basic unit of civil society, and America as a refuge of last resort – are currently being denied to immigrants, and particularly children.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Film: Ask Not (2008)

This documentary examines the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” military policy which was resulted in the dishonorable discharge of gay and lesbian members of the armed forces. The film portrays the personal stories of Americans willing to risk their lives for a country that criminalizes the act of coming out. Current and veteran gay soldiers reveal how “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” affects them during their tours of duty, as they struggle to maintain a double life.

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