"For what is done or learned by one class of women becomes, by virtue of their common womanhood, the property of all women." -Elizabeth Blackwell (first U.S. female physician)

February 1: The Roads to Homelessness in Our Community

SUB 168  Noon-1 p.m.

Who is that person on the corner holding a sign? If I give that person money, won’t they just go and purchase beer? Are all the homeless in Bozeman transients? I see several jobs in the paper, shouldn’t everyone be working? Are there women and children in our community who are homeless?  Why do people become homeless? What can be done about homelessness in Bozeman?

HRDC’s Warming Center is Bozeman’s only homeless shelter. Each night, throughout the coldest months of the year, the Warming Center offers a warm, safe place to 35 – 40 men, women, children, and families. Without this life saving shelter, our neighbors in need would be left to face freezing temperatures each night. Join Tonya Horn, the Warming Center's Outreach and Operations Manager, and learn about the Center and those that we serve. Let’s have a conversation and open dialogue about homelessness!  

February 22: Improving Body Acceptance of Self and Others: The Montana Research

SUB 168 Noon-1 p.m.

In celebration of National Eating Disorders Week, Lynn Paul, EdD, RDN,MSU Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist and Galen Eldridge, MS Research Associate will present this program on improving body acceptance among females. ”Poor body image impacts health by leading to eating disorders, eating less healthfully, and reduced self-esteem and self-worth. A parent-only child obesity prevention program in Montana resulted in reduced body dissatisfaction and improvements in body esteem and appearance attitudes for the 8-12 year old children. In a study of rural Montana adults participating in the Strongwomen Strength Training program, women improved their body image after the 10-week twice-weekly program. As a result of these programs, Montana children and women improved thoughts about their appearance and body. Children also decreased their endorsement of societal appearance ideals. 

March 1: Turf Wars and Professionalism: The Battle for Expertise and Legitimacy in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

SUB 168 Noon-1 p.m.

Who is a professional? Which occupations are able to provide “expertise?” These questions contain terms that are contested and rooted in shifting historical, cultural, and gendered discourses. Professions dominated by women frequently struggle with issues of professional recognition and legitimacy due to their designation as “women’s work.” Join Kristin Smith, PhD student in MSU Earth Sciences, as she explores how the field of dietetics has been enabled and constrained by its gendered history. Kristin will also discuss the strategic rhetorical devices that today’s RDs – of whom 96% identify as women – employ in their struggle to claim legitimacy, professionalism, and expertise.  

March 8: Women in the Spanish Civil War

SUB 168 Noon-1pm

Join professor John Patrick Thompson for International Women's Day to learn about the most radical feminist revolution in the history of human kind occurred in Spain in 1936. When the fascists rose up against the Spanish Second Republic on 18 July 1936, an anarchist revolution broke loose in Catalonia and Aragon. Women demanded to be a part of the revolution in order to have equal rights after the revolution. But fascism won the war and murdered hundreds of thousands, still disappeared. The Franco dictatorship was supported by the US and lasted until 1977. The Amnesty Law, passed the same year, held no one accountable for political crimes, thus fascists continued to form part of the system. This is the reason why today there is no far right wing party in Spain; fascist ideology is ensconced in the supposedly center right Partido Popular (PP). After explaining women’s revolutionary role in the Second Republic and Civil War, I discuss the annihilation of women’s rights during the dictatorship; and I point out the profoundly misogynistic elements of the PP, which is the current governing party. 

March 29: Intersections of Indigenous Feminism and Native Women’s Reproductive Healthcare 

SUB 168 Noon-1 p.m.

As feminism advances in both theory and policy, it is important to consider that reproductive healthcare has specific implications for minority women and that particularly, reproductive justice for American Indian and Alaska Native women concerns itself with many concepts, issues and ideas not necessarily a part of mainstream discourse. Join graduate student Abbie Bandstra for a presentation and discussion that considers how Indigenous feminism can help us to understand what is at stake for Native women in questions of reproductive justice within the healthcare system and how to advocate for meaningful change in these arenas.  

April 5: Addressing  Montana’s Rape Kit Backlog

SUB 168 Noon-1 p.m.

Across the country, cities and states are undertaking the task of processing previously untested rape kits.  In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the VOICE Center will present on their work with the Attorney General’s Statewide Taskforce on Untested Sexual Assault Kits in Montana.  Join us to find out what Montana is doing to process the 1,400 previously untested kits to help bring justice to survivors.

April 12: “Insane Love”: Constructing Violence Narratives in the Press, 1910-1920

SUB 168 Noon-1 p.m.

As wife homicides became more numerous in Butte, Montana, in the 1910s, Butte headlines repeatedly turned to “Jealousy Cause,” “Mad Jealousy,” and “Jealous Husband” to account for the monstrous actions of husbands or ex-husbands. Focusing on this media generated narrative,  Dr Natalie Scheidler argues that while jealousy may have been a contributing factor in particular crimes, jealousy, as an explanation, was put forth as an understandable motive at particular times depending on beliefs about masculinity, femininity, marriage, and infidelity. Tracing the development of this narrative from the front page of the newspapers to its use in the courtroom in the 1920s, I further argue that the jealous husband narrative in Butte illustrates the power of reproduced narratives to construct the perpetrators they purport to describe. As witness testimony and case outcomes demonstrate, by the 1920s, the jealous husband narrative was no longer merely a media generated justification provided for general public consumption. Rather individuals came not only to believe in the narrative’s rationalization of male violence, they utilized it as a means to legally excuse those actions.

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 "What I am proud of, what seems so simply clear, is that feminism is a way to fight for justice, always in short supply." -Barbara Strickland

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