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Amazing women

This week, I got the opportunity to meet several inspiring women. Dr. Nancy Folbre, professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and member of the International Association For Feminist Economists, came to Reed on Tuesday to give a lecture called "The Qualities and Inequalities of Care." I am a student volunteer on the committee that brings public policy speakers to campus, so I was able to go out to dinner with Dr. Folbre, two other Reed students, and three feminist Reed professors on Tuesday night.

Anyway, the focus of Folbre's work is care work--both paid and unpaid--and how women disproportionately suffer as a result of entering into caregiving relationships. She argues that the US government needs to provide better protection for people (who tend to be women) entering into care relationships for dependents, like children and the elderly. I'm probably not summarizing her work eloquently at all, so here is the link to her new blog:

where you can read about her work directly.

Also, in honor of Women's Day, one of the student groups on campus hosted a celebratory dinner and discussion with Diane Rosenbaum, the Speaker Pro Tempore of the Oregon House of Representatives. Rosenbaum has worked to pass legislation that protects women's access to contraceptives, family planning, and health care. It was quite inspiring to hear her talk about the successes that she and her team have achieved in the Oregon legislature and certainly renewed my sense of hope about the future for women's rights.

Next week Lewis & Clark, a college near my own, is hosting its annual Gender Studies Symposium with many events and many more wonderful speakers, including the lovely Maria Jett. So many exciting things happening all at once!


Maria Jett's picture

Thanks Annika...

for sharing your learning and for the update on local events. Looking forward to seeing you at Lewis and Clark. It should be an interesting discussion. We'll be talking about the challenges and solutions to funding nonprofit, mission-driven projects in today's media environment... Do come and ask questions!

Maria Jett, Online Community Manager

Jennifer Ruwart's picture

Can anyone attend?

Maria and Annika,

Can anyone attend the symposium? I'd love to see my colleague in action. She's got a mind that doesn't quit!

If so, please provide details for local Portland members.

(Although I am part of the World Pulse team, the opinions I express on PulseWire are my own.)

Annika's picture

Jennifer, Here is the link

Here is the link to the webpage for the symposium:

Information copied & pasted from that page:
"3:30-5:00, Council Chamber, Templeton Center
Featured Event: Publishing, Politics, and Popular Culture
A Conversation with Local Feminists
Andi Zeisler, co-founder and editorial director, Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture
Maria Jett, managing editor, World Pulse
Amara Perez, program director, In Other Words Books and Resources, Portland's non-profit feminist bookstore
Moderated by Daena Goldsmith, LC Associate Professor of Communication"

Hope this helps!

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