Towson University Women's Studies

Kyla Bender-Baird, WMST Graduate
July 27, 2010, 8:34 am
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After graduating from Towson University with an MS in Women’s Studies, Kyla moved to NYC, joining the Policy Institute of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force as a Vaid Fellow.  During this prestigious fellowship, Kyla collected background research for what became the largest national study of transgender discrimination to date.  Preliminary findings from this study, which the Task Force conducted in partnership with the National Center for Transgender Equality, can be found here: Upon completion of her fellowship, Kyla served as a consultant for the National Council for Research on Women on their Big Five Campaign, collecting research and writing fact sheets so that the issues that matter most to women and girls were front and center in the 2008 elections.  Kyla later joined NCRW’s staff and is currently their Research and Programs Manager. In this position, Kyla is the on-staff researcher for program development and communications outreach, manages the Council’s social media–including their blog, The Real Deal–and is an essential team member of both the Communications Department and Research and Programs Department. You can read her work in the second edition of Getting Bi (Bisexual Resource Center) and in Privilege and Prejudice: Twenty Years with the Invisible Knapsack (Cambridge Scholars Publishing). She also has a forthcoming book with SUNY Press based on her master’s thesis research conducted at Towson University.


Jeff Lunnen in Mexico
July 22, 2010, 7:56 am
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Women’s Studies grad student Jeffrey Lunnen (Women in an International Context) traveled to Mexico City in early June 2010 to participate in the 2nd country meeting of the Road Safety in 10 Countries Project (RS10).  Jeffrey–an intern with the International Injury Research Unit (IIRU) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health– met with ministry of health officials, members of the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization, the Global Road Safety Partnership as well as with local stakeholders from the states of Jalisco and Guanajuato.  The meetings, which took place over 2 days, resulted in the coordination of the consortium’s efforts to improve road safety in Mexico.  The trip concluded with a field visit to Guadalajara, Jalisco where Jeffrey spoke on behalf of IIRU at a formal reception attended by local lawmakers.

19th Annual USM Women’s Forum Conference
July 20, 2010, 12:43 pm
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Mark your calendars to join us for the 19th Annual USM Women’s Forum Conference!

This year’s conference, Beyond Sisterhood – Enlightened Women of the 21st Century, will be held at UMUC Friday, October 22, 2010. The event features lunchtime mentoring sessions, designated tracks for staff and faculty, a special after-hours onsite networking event, and much more!

Register by October 1, 2010 for the discounted rate of $65 (prices increase to $75 after October 1).

Book lodging (onsite through Marriott) by September 17, 2010 to reserve the special USMWF discounted rate of $109/night.

Visit us online at for additional conference information, including registration forms and lodging reservations

Young feminists online
July 20, 2010, 12:31 pm
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Here is a link to a piece written by Stephanie Herald about young feminists’ use of technology and the internet.

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ChristieLyn Diller, WMST Graduate
July 20, 2010, 11:11 am
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ChristieLyn taught Women in Perspective at Towson for a few semesters. She is currently working at Planned Parenthood of Maryland as the Communications Manager. This past year was exciting for Planned Parenthood of Maryland, as they helped pass legislation in Baltimore City requiring Crisis Pregnancy Centers to disclose to their patients that they will not provide information on or refer for birth control or abortion. ChristieLyn organized the first Planned Parenthood of Maryland team for the Baltimore Women’s Classic 5k (road race benefitting GYN cancer care), and the team took home the prize for the largest team!

Jen Reger, WMST Graduate
July 20, 2010, 11:02 am
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Jen Reger, who completed her MS in Women’s Studies, is currently living in Philadelphia. Since completing her Masters, she taught a few Women’s Studies classes served as the board director of a younger women’s task force in Philadelphia. Currently, she works in higher education with international and transfer students at Philadelphia University. In addition to her work at Philadelphia University, Jen works with Christina Pirello, Emmy Award-winning television chef, vegan and cookbook author and host of Christina Cooks.  Jen’s the website manager and oversees communications with viewersJen has her own blog, Holistic Health Junkie

Call for Papers–Mothers and the Economy: The Economics of Mothering Conference
July 14, 2010, 12:47 pm
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Here is a CFP for a conference being held October 21-23, 2010, in Toronto, Canada. Abstracts (250 words) and bios (50 words) are due by AUGUST 1st, 2010. Send abstracts to Submissions are welcomed from scholars, students, activists, and workers, artists, mothers and others who work or research in this area. Cross-cultural, historical and comparative work is encouraged. We encourage a variety of types of submissions including academic papers from all disciplines, workshops, creative submissions, performances, storytelling, visual arts and other alternative formats.

One must be a member of Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI) to present at this conference. Membership will begin May 1, 2010.

 Topics can include (but are not limited to):

the economics of maintaining sustainable family systems; mothering, appropriate technology and economics; mothering and microcredit; mothering and economic activism; mothering and economic activism through the arts; mothering with reduced resources; social and economic supports for mothering; mothering within the neoliberal context; motherwork and valuation of motherwork, mothering and the economics of unpaid labour; mothers-as-providers, mother-led cooperatives; the effects of privatization/commodification on women; mothering and the economics of raising children with disabilities; the economics of maternal mortality rates; the “selling” of mothering and the economics of consumerism;  consumption and the marketing of mothering; the economics of reproductive technologies and surrogacy; structural adjustment policies and mothering; the financial implications for mothers of family law reforms and welfare state developments, the economic impacts of environmental degradation on mothering; quantifications of mothering/caregiving/parenting as a part of the base structure of the economic productivity of society; children as economic assets/burdens; the actual value of domestic/unpaid labour; motherhood and the gender pay gap, mothering and the feminization of poverty; mothering, occupational segregation and the wage gap; the impacts of economic globalization on mothering and kinship networks; the envisioning and articulation of more human-centered economic systems and policies to enhance mothering/caregiving practices; Continue reading