Iowa State University 

Margaret Sloss Women's Center 

April 2017
Equal Pay Day is Which Day? by Som Mongtin

April 4, 2017 is Equal Pay Day - a date symbolizing how far into the year white women must work to earn what white men made in 2016.
Som Mongtin meeting Lilly Ledbetter on 9/28/16

The pay gap is even worse for Latinx, Black, and Native women and there is not much data on identities including, but not limited to, LGBT, persons with disabilities, and non-US citizens.

As an Asian American woman, my identity is often not included in the conversation of equal pay. Asian American and Pacific Islander's (AAPI) equal pay day was March 7. Wow! That's almost a whole month before white women, what do AAPI women have to be concerned about?

Feminism is not about centering narratives around white women's experiences! Quit silencing the experiences of AAPI women to ignore the fact that AAPI women earn 85 cents for every dollar a white man earns. AAPI women are not homogenous. Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander women have some of the highest wage gaps compared to other racial and ethnic group. Bhutanese women makes 38 cents to a white mans dollar, meaning they have to work more than 2.5 years to earn the $33,163 loss in wages.

As a Southeast Asian woman, I make it a priority to negotiate my salary. Negotiating can be scary. Connect with your mentors for advice. Iowa State Career Services Offices are also great resources for tips and practice! Make sure that you get equal pay for equal work!

by Nick Stanford 
Walking down the sidewalk with someone I thought I knew.
It smells like rain.
It's dark, and I want to get home before too late. My roommates are already worried.
 The next thing I know, I am pushed into an alley.
Just past the glow of a dim streetlight.
I kick, scream, fight, try to get away.
Nothing worked. No one came.
Trusting someone had never been so hard.
Every now and then I come back to that sidewalk, under the glow of the dim streetlight.
 Looking for them,
for closure,
for an answer,
for that part of me they took away.
"do not look for healing
at the feet of those
who broke you"
-rupi kaur
milk and honey

Who Needs Feminism
Check out the latest submission for the "Who Needs Feminism?" photo campaign from Andrea Wheeler!

The "Who Needs Feminism?" campaign aims to debunk myths about feminism and decrease negative associations with the word. Our hope is that the campaign will inspire dialogue about feminism and its importance in our everyday lives and encourages students, faculty, and staff to stand up and speak out.

If you are interested in participating, please visit the website!

At the Intersection of Feminism and Marxism: Alexandra Kollontai
by Alex Young
It may surprise some to hear but in the 19th century, one of the leading nations within the arena of women's rights was in fact communist Russia. On the front-lines  of this advancement was the pioneer and trendsetter Alexandra Kollontai. Alexandra was a well-known diplomat, politician, author, and social agitator whose legacy would reshape the way the world looked at sexuality, the family, and our understanding of politics.

Alexandra spent the early part of her life in the privilege and comfort that was common of the aristocratic social class to which she was born. However, Alexandra was a free spirit and wanted to break out of the roles given to her because of her sex. She wanted to be in politics and to play a part in revolutionary Marxism, a philosophy that focused on the liberation of the working class and equality for all. 

Fueled by outrage at the treatment of the women she saw around her she devoted her life to being a champion for the rights of women. She would instigate protests, organize strikes, and coordinate other public acts to empower women to stand for their rights. It is thanks to her activism that Russia saw great improvements in the lives of women including maternity care, educational opportunities, an equal place in the workforce, and access to healthcare for everyone. Many of the changes she helped institute in Russia would not be realized in the rest of Europe for decades.

One of the key lessons to take from the life of Alexandra is that she was able to create such change all while being a woman and without being a member of the ruling political party. Through her radical, and sometimes socially damning activities, she was able to not only amplify the voices of the silenced but also catch the attention of those in power. The fruit of her efforts would improve the lives of millions and millions of people across the globe. This lesson is one that I encourage all those reading this to take to heart. It is possible to create change, even when we feel that we are standing on the outside and feeling powerless. In addition, we must remember, revolutionary change in the way society operates necessitates just as revolutionary action. Action, which might not always be popular.

Celebrating Judy Elsberry
Judy has worked for Iowa State University for 18 and ½ years. For many of those years she has served us here at the Margret Sloss Women's Center.

Family is very important to Judy she has many siblings but most importantly to Judy are her grandchildren. She hopes to keep spoiling her grandchildren as she goes into retirement. Judy has worked hard for many years and as part of her retirement she desires to find a part time job to continue to give back to her community.

While working hard she still knows how to put a smile on everyone's face around her with her uplifting spirit.

One fun fact about Judy is that every day she enjoys drinking a cold Diet Coke.

Staff Spotlight:  Nick Stanford

Nick is a practicum student with the Margaret Sloss Women's Center. Here is is working on developing a curriculum for a Men and Masculinities programming initiative. Outside his role with the Women's Center, Nick works as an academic adviser in the College of Business at Iowa State.

Nick graduated from the University of Northern Iowa (go Panthers!) in May 2015 with a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology and a minor in Political Science, and is now in his last semester of his graduate program pursuing a Master's of Education in Higher Education Student Affairs. He is passionate about student learning and development, student engagement, and leadership.

When Nick isn't working, you can find him telling bad jokes...and that's about it. He really doesn't do much besides work and tell bad jokes that he thinks are hilarious.

The Gender Monologues
The Gender Monologues are monologues, poems, or short essays regarding gender oppression, identity, and privilege. Other intersecting identities may also be a focus, but the basis of the monologues should revolve around gender. The monologues will be shared on the Margaret Sloss Women's Center website and social media. 

Feminist Quote
"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any."" - Alice Walker
In This Issue
Campus Events
Lecture: Former U.S. Ambassador to Libya Deborah Jones
When: April, 8 PM
Where: Great Hall, MU

Lecture: Planned Parenthood: The Pink Exposed
When: April 4, 7 PM
Where: 1148 Gerdin

Eco-Theatre: The Intersection of Arts, Politics, and Environmental Science
When: April 4, 8 PM
Where: South Ballroom, MU

Lecture: Native American Representation in Pop Art
When: April, 7 PM
Where: Kocimski Auditorium, 101 College of Design

Lecture: A Doctor to Her Tribe and a Warrior for Her People
When: April 10, 7 PM
Where: 127 Curtiss Hall

Lecture: A Conversation with TIAA President Roger Ferguson
When: April, 4 PM
Where: Sun Room, MU

Lecture: Politically Correct: Do Our Language Choices Matter?
When: April, 7 PM
Where: Sun Room, MU

Lecture: GI's and Jews after the Holocaust
When: April 17, 7 PM
Where: Sun Room, MU

Lecture: The History and Politics of Russian-American Hacking
When: April 18, 7 PM
Where: Great Hall, MU

Lecture: Securing Health and Education: Hopes and Realities of Iowa Latino Immigrant Families
When: April 26, 11AM-12 PM
Where: 167-175 Scheman