Iowa State University 

Margaret Sloss Women's Center 

May 2016
Upcoming Events
Campus Events
Spring 2016 People of Nia Celebration
When: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 starting at 6:00pm
Where: Memorial Union South Ballroom
What:The purpose of the People of Nia Celebration is to recognize graduating students of African descent who have completed their undergraduate or graduate education at Iowa State University.

19th Annual Lavender Graduation
When: Thursday, May 5 from 3-5pm 
Where: East State Gym (Historic side of State Gym)
  What: Graduating members of the Iowa State lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and ally community are recognized during this special event.
Latinx Graduation Celebration
When: Saturday, May 7 at 6pm
Where: Scheman Building, Room 220-240
What: Hosted by Latinx Student Initiatives. You are cordially invited to join them to celebrate the achievements of latinz students as they proudly graduate from Iowa State University. Contact Jennifer Velasquez at for more information. 
WS 488/CL PS 488 Research on Women and Leadership
This course will examine research on women and leadership in several content areas (e.g., athletics, business, education, politics and public service, and popular culture). Students will have the chance to research women leaders through an intersectional identity analysis (race, class, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, dis/ability, etc.). Following an overview of quantitative and qualitative methods and critical analyses of scholarship on women and leadership, students will work in groups to research, write, and present an academic journal-quality paper. This 3-credit course will be taught by Dr. Alissa Stoehr, Lecturer in Women's and Gender Studies, and can count as a capstone for the Leadership Studies certificate or as an elective for both the certificate and Women's Studies minor. The only prerequisite for the course is that you are a junior or above. The course will be taught online during Summer Session II: June 13-August 5, 2016.
For more information about a major or minor in Women's and Gender Studies, please contact Christiana Langenberg, Advising Coordinator for Women's and Gender Studies at 294-1655 or
For more information about the certificate and/or minor in Leadership Studies, please contact the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at 294-3181 or
What's been happening?
The Gender and Sexuality Equity Awards

The Margaret Sloss Women's Center and the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Student Services Center collaborated on the annual Gender & Sexuality Equity Awards Reception which occured on Wednesday, April 6th from 3-5pm. The Margaret Sloss Women's Center presented scholarships to Kayalae Carrott, Ashley Kubby, Amber Morgan, Kat Case, Brenda Smith, Mindi Bartell and Lindsay Fitzgerald. The Margaret Sloss Women's Center presented Sarah Chase Crosby and the Womyn of Colour Network (Camara Curry, Britney Williams, and Carmen Ballagan) as the recipients of the Gender Equity Award.
  Sexual Assault Awarenesss Month

Sexual Assault Awareness Month went very well. There were 13 events throughout the month of April that provided the ISU and Ames community with resources, support, and education about sexual assault. Most of the events were coordinated with ACCESS, and a few donated their proceeds to ACCESS.

Take Back The Night was also a success. The marches were able to pick up a few people just walking along. They convened at the rally in which ISU staff and Ames community members spoke and there were campus and community resources present.
Zine Release Party

The Margaret Sloss Women's Center, the Writing and Media Center and Iota Iota Iota hosted the Zine Release Party at the Sloss House on Thursday, April 21st! We collaborated to create a Zine which is a grassroots, unpublished magazine that is a collection of stories, artwork, poems, etc. that focus on furthering equity and touch upon issues of privilege and oppression. Some entries in the Zine overlap with The Gender Monologues submissions.
Volunteer Appreciation Party
The Margaret Sloss Women's Center put on a party for our volunteers to show them how much we appreciate them! We ate pizza, talked, and made really fun crafts (feminist magnets and buttons). We are very appreciative of our volunteers because we wouldn't be able to do half the work we do without them! Thanks to all our volunteers!
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 monologue should revolve around gender. The monologues will be shared on the Margaret Sloss Women's Center website and social media.

Submit your monologue at this link:
In This Issue
Alumni Spotlight
Ahna Kruzic (She/Her) 
Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture, Department of Sociology
M.S., Sustainable Agriculture and Sociology (as of May 5th!)

The Margaret Sloss Women's Center is the catalyst that finally helped me to make sense of my anger and frustration regarding gender inequity and oppression. Ultimately, MSWC helped me heal by providing the physical and intellectual space to take social action. From a caring staff that helped me make sense of my anger to a warm living room and a cup of coffee to fuel the making of protest signs, MSWC was my home during my time as an undergraduate student. Today, I'm finishing my graduate degree in sustainable agriculture and sociology, and will continue working to dismantle oppression in its many forms upon my graduation. I have the Margaret Sloss Women's Center to thank for the support, encouragement, (and coffee!) along the way.
"Whether you're a Marvel enthusiast or even a comic book supporter or not, you should be a fan of the Women of Marvel (WOM) podcast. Along with promoting Marvel productions that focus on women, they also celebrate female fans, and encourage girls and women to join the comic industry and other related fields. The weekly, free podcast features interviews and discussions, most often led by host Judy Stephens, but also involves the work of Sana Amanat, Adri Cowan, Emily Shaw, and others.'"
Who Needs Feminism
The Margaret Sloss Women's Center brought the "Who Needs Feminism?" campaign to Iowa State University because we want 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.

For more information about the national "Who Needs Feminism?" campaign, check out their tumblr, website, twitter, and facebook.

For information on how you can participate, email Som Mongtin at or complete the form .
Get Involved!
There are many opportunities for you to volunteer. Our volunteers have the opportunity to work in a supportive feminist environment that emphasizes the development of your interests and skills, and utilizes your talents. The MSWC believes your involvement should be valuable and rewarding for you. Participating in one of the many events, lectures and programs we coordinate throughout the year is another great way to get involved. Sign-up to get involved here :
Have a great summer!
The Margaret Sloss Women's Center (MSWC) would like to wish you a very happy summer break! Congratulations to those students who are graduating and becoming alumni of Iowa State University! The Sloss House is open all summer from 8-5pm so come visit the MSWC staff or hang out in the house! Let us know if there is anything you may need!
Feminist Quote
Reporter: "Why do you write strong female characters?"
Joss Whedon: "Because you're still asking me that question."