November 2015
Upcoming Events
MSWC Events

The Vagina Monologues Auditions
When: November 11th 5-7pm, November 12th 11am-1pm, and November 13th 5-7pm
Who: All people who identify as women are eligible to audition.
What: The Vagina Monologues is made up of a varying number of monologues read by a varying number of women.
Those who audition must be available to perform during Early to Mid February 2016.

Final MSWC Volunteer Training Session
Where: Sloss House  
When: Thursday, November 12th from 5:00-6:30pm 
What: Mandatory volunteer training for 2015 MSWC

Campus Events
Privilege Race
When: Thursday, November 4th at 5:00pm
Where: Sloss House West lawn
Who: Iota Iota Iota - Iowa State Chapter
What: An intersectional, physical depiction of privilege on campus and across our society.

Women's Leadership Retreat 2015
When: November 7th from 9am-5pm
Where: The Memorial Union
What: The Women's Leadership Retreat brings students together to network with each other, as well as female leaders at Iowa State and the Central Iowa community. 

The Plight of Homeless LGBTQ+ Youth with Ryan Berg
When: November 9th 8:00-10:00pm
Where: Great Hall, MU
What: Ryan Berg, author of "No House to Call My Home: Love, Family, & Other Transgressions," will talk about his work as a counselor with LGBTQ teenagers in foster care, especially those who are about to age out of the child welfare system.

WGS Brown Bag Lunch Series: Q & A with Amy Slagell and Joanne Powell-Coffman
When: November 12th from 12:10-1:00pm
Where: 208 Carver Hall
What: This format-breaking session will feature an informal question and answer session with Associate Dean Amy Slagell and Professor and Chair JoAnne Powell-Coffman of GDCB.

When: November 12th-15th
Where: Milwaukee, WI
What: "Our annual conference regularly draws more than 1,600 attendees and is the only annual meeting in the US exclusively dedicated to showcasing the latest feminist scholarship."

Trans Day of Remembrance
When: Monday, November 16th from 7-9pm
Where: The Campanile Room in the MU
What: This event is a memorial followed by a discussion.

LGBTA Alliance Meeting
When: November 18th from 7:30-9:30pm
Where: 0268 Carver Hall
What: This meeting will cover Trans communities and the need for more coverage in these communities. 
What's been happening?
Walk A Mile in Their Shoes
Alpha Chi Omega hosted their fall philanthropy: Walk a Mile in Their Shoes, an awareness event dedicated to increasing education about sexual assault and domestic violence in our community. Walk a Mile in Their Shoes featured free breakfast for participants and a raffle with prizes such as a poster signed by the Iowa State Men's Basketball team and an ISU football signed by Coach Rhoads! The Margaret Sloss Women's Center asked participants to write out why they were participating in the event and why they cared about ending domestic/relationship violence. Walk a Mile in Their Shoes took place on October 11th from 10am-12pm. 
Violence Leaves an Empty
Chair at the Table
Violence Leaves an Empty Chair at the Table  was a visual representatio n of chairs that lined the walkway from the Sloss House to the  Memorial Union.  Each chair had the story of the lives that have been lost due to domestic/relationship abuse (with more stories shared inside the Sloss House) since January 1995. Student Assistance and Outreach, Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support (ACCESS) and the Margaret Sloss Women's Center staff were present at the event. Violence Leaves an Empty Chair at the Table took place on October 13th from 11am-2pm.

Pictured: Adina (Left) and Grace (Right)
Fall 2015 Volunteer Training

Required volunteer training for Margaret Sloss Women's Center volunteers took place on October 6th and October 8th. The volunteer training sessions included a comprehensive description of all aspects of volunteering with the Margaret Sloss Women's Center so that our volunteers can be ready for volunteering for any event and/or program. Volunteers were taught about the Margaret Sloss Women's Center and our programs, and also about feminism, relationship violence, stalking and sexual assault.  Our third and final volunteer training is November 12th from 5:00-6:30pm. Please RSVP to Ashley Maitland at if you are interested!  If you are interested in volunteering with us in the future, fill out our volunteer application
Volunteer Spotlight
My preferred name is Sarah Chase Crosby, with the gender pronouns she/her/hers, and I'm a proud teacher and feminist on campus.

I was introduced to the MSWC during my first class at ISU, Dr. Schaal's Women's Literature course. Since I live in Des Moines, I wanted to discover a way to be a part of campus life and went to the MSWC Open House to learn more. The space became a home-away-from-home and the staff made me feel like a welcome part of my new community. Since then, I've continued to contribute blog entries and volunteer at various events such as Take Back the Night and the Vagina Monologues. These experiences have given me opportunities to practice my interest in social justice and solidified my interest in the Women's and Gender Studies Program.

My volunteering, therefore, led me in part to my current position as teaching assistant for WGS 160: Gender Justice. I couldn't be happier with this position because it combines my passion for social justice with my love for teaching. Additionally, I have the pleasure to serve as a Graduate Student Representative for the WGS Steering Committee and assist with the WGS newsletter.  

I will graduate with my MA in English Literature program and a Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) minor in May of 2016.
My interest in teaching with a gender emphasis and using popular culture, graphic novels, and film within the classroom has also led to a focus on gender and film for my thesis. This work, "Letting Gendered Spaces Go: Trending Toward Gender and Nature Balance through Bonding in Disney's Frozen & Maleficent," focuses on problematically gendered, dualistic spaces within these two films-emphasizing ecofeminist and third wave feminist elements that arise through increased female empowerment and bonding.

Why am I passionate about feminism, gender equity, etc? Despite the presence of many proud, hardworking feminists, gender equality and equity are not current realities. Therefore, the fight for our rights as fellow humans is not over and overlaps with so many other important issues of race, sexuality, etc. I enjoy volunteering and teaching as ways to act on my social justice activist and ally values and to spread my third wave feminist beliefs with others around me--inspiring as many people as I can to join this worthy cause!

See an example of Sarah's blog posts below!
Women's Words Blog
The United Nations Development Fund for Women claims: "Women's economic empowerment works. We can prove it" ( And they are working to do so by empowering women's entrepreneurship, access, and connections between food security and agricultural production. Women are known to be the primary food growers around the world (although not often landowners), making issues of food security & sovereignty an important issue for transnational and ecological feminisms...
Continue reading...
Who Needs Feminism

Who Needs Feminism was started by 16 women in Professor Rachel Seidman's Women in the Public Sphere class at Duke University. They wanted to fight back against the popular misconceptions surrounding the feminist movement. The movement gained national attention and is being adopted by institutions and organizations across the country.

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 information on how you can participate, email Dominique Gant at or learn more here!
Important Notice- "Roof Construction Project"
Margaret Sloss Women's Center "Roof Construction Project"
During the month of November, the Sloss House will be getting some much needed TLC.  Our roof is being replaced!!!  The project will begin on Monday, November 2 with an estimated completion date of November 30.  While the construction team will do their best to limit the noise and/or disruption throughout the project, we are asking for your patience.  If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Lorraine Acker, Director, Margaret Sloss Women's Center at or call (515) 294-4154.
Assault care center extending shelter and support (ACCESS) advocates will be in the Sloss House on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-12pm through the end of the school year. The Sexual Abuse Program advocate will be at the Sloss House on Tuesdays and the Domestic Abuse Program advocate will be at the Sloss House on Thursdays.  Walk-ins are welcome, and there is no need for students to determine which program staff is best for their needs, as all of ACCESS advocates are cross trained.

The primary staff covering are Lori Allen ( and Anasia Sturdivant (
Feminist Quote
" If any female feels she needs anything beyond herself to legitimate and validate her existence, she is already giving away her power to be self-defining, her agency." - bell hooks
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