From the NYU Stories archive—a collection of videos and articles to revisit for Women's History Month.

And from the events calendar: A lineup of discussions around women's equality this March at NYU.

 


 

On Feminism: The Word, the History, and the Case Against Leaning In 

archival photo of a women's liberation march from Farragut Square to Lafayette Park, Washington, D.C., 1970. Women are holding signs that say "women demand equality" and "GWU women's liberation" Library of Congress.

Perhaps the book’s greatest triumph, beyond introducing readers to dozens of influential activists we didn’t read about in history class, is its firm rejection of the popular criticism that feminism has always been a movement by and for white, upper-middle class women. In chronicling leadership roles of a generation of “social justice feminists” who agitated for higher wages for low-income earners of all colors and sexes, the authors place the roots of modern feminism squarely in the labor reform movement of the 1930s-60s. And, in a stinging critique of Sheryl Sandberg’s advice to fellow career-minded strivers, they dismiss the so-called “lean-in” philosophy as “trickle-down feminism” that celebrates the achievements of the few without improving the lot of the many. They argue that it’s collective action—not individual bargaining power—that has historically worked to change society in ways that benefit women of all classes. [Read more]


"Stout," "Full-Figured," or "Fat"? A Look at the Neglected History (and Politics) of Plus-Size Fashion 

collage: 18th-century portrait of Madame de Saint-Maurice by Joseph Siffred Duplessis with purple filter over it, closeups on face and arms

“When you see exhibitions of beautiful historical garments pinned to really, really, tiny mannequins, it’s easy to get the impression that this was the norm—that people used to be smaller,” says costume studies master’s student Julie Smolinski. “But people have always come in different sizes.” And people of all sizes have always needed something to wear. But what? This is the topic Smolinski and six fellow co-curators explore in Beyond Measure: Fashion and the Plus-Size* Woman, an 80WSE exhibition that traces the complex and ever-evolving relationship of the fashion industry with the non-slim, from the 18th-century right up through Project Runway. [Read more]

 

Old School? Not Ruth Bader Ginsburg! 

photo: headshot of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in judge's garb with text superimposed: "All them fives need to listen when a ten is talking"

People really find her politics powerful. She’s standing up to the conservative majority, who also happen to be men. So here’s this liberal feminist voice from the court, writing with a lot of force—and she’s also a 90-pound Jewish grandmother. She is an image of feminist rebellion, while still being a demure, quiet person in real life. [Read more]

 

What's the Big Deal About Vocal Fry? An NYU Linguist Weighs In

collage: archival images of two women (one Victorian, one from the 1940s speaking into a telephone) with speech bubbles

After the first breathless headlines (watch out—it’s an epidemic!) came successive waves of fact-checking and debate: Was the phenomenon really new? Was it really just women who were “guilty” of vocal fry, or did men do it too? What about old people? And was it bad for you, physically or emotionally? [Read more]

 

What Does It Feel Like to Be the Only Female Head Coach of a Men's College Soccer Team? "Pretty Cool." 

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“A Woman’s Might”: Rethinking Rape and Power Through Shakespeare 

photo: in foreground, woman in a dress onstage. in background, woman in a men's soldier uniform looks on.

It might be that when you picture Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, there are no women in the starring roles.  In a play where male characters insult each other by pointing to “womanish” traits or youthful inexperience, these mighty words are almost always reserved for strong-jawed, middle-aged male politician-types. But it’s seven women in their early 20s who bring the bloody story of power and betrayal to life for Gallatin’s Roman Tragedies Festival, which also features a dramatization of the narrative poem The Rape of Lucrece, Shakespeare’s retelling of the brutal assault on the matron Lucretia by the Roman king’s son Sextus Tarquin. [Read more]

 

“I Smite You Back, Sir!”—NYU’s Women Leaders on How They Got Here and What They’ve Learned 

collage: archival images of women working in front of yellow triangles.

Moderated by NYU Deputy President Diane Yu, the candid conversation featured women faculty members, deans, and administrators sharing personal stories about their paths to power within the university. Panelists included Ann Marie Mauro, G. Gabrielle Starr, Alison Leary, Elizabeth Wolfe Morrison, Erica Foldy, Allyson Green, and Lynne Kiorpes. The overarching theme? There’s no single right way to lead. [Read more]

 


 

Events

Tisch's Fusion Film Festival celebrating women in film, television, and new media honors Carol producer Christine Vachon as its Woman of the Year.

The Center for Student Activities presents "Bleeding Freely," a panel discussion about combating the "tampon tax."

Steinhardt's Department of Humanities and Social Sciences celebrates International Women's Day with a screening of The World Before Her, a documentary about Indian beauty pageants and militant fundamentalism. A Q&A with producer Nisha Pahuja follows.  

The Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House and the Women's National Book Association present a discussion by a panel of women writing about sex and desire.

Tandon hosts the 5th annual Women in STEM Summit.

Tisch's Department of Art & Public Policy and Institute of Performing Arts and Fales Library present Memories of the Revolution: Locating Lesbian Culture in the Age of Queer, a panel discussion about WOW Café Theater —a venue for feminist, lesbian and trans performers to foment cultural revolution since 1982.

The Silver School facilitates "Feminism is for Everybody," a discussion featuring representatives from diverse cultural backgrounds, including China, Morocco, Spain, and Thailand.

A panel featuring women working in media examines the (in)visibility of women in this field.

NYU and the Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce co-sponsor a panel on experts from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors talking about their career journeys as women. Wasserman hosts a salary negotiation seminar for women, a panel featuring women with careers in sports, and TORCHTalks on identifying mentors and navigating male-dominated work cultures.

The School of Law hosts an International Women's Day discussion on challenges facing female refugees, a talk on extremist violence by and against women and girls, networking lunches for women in litigation and international arbitration, and a Law Women reception for alumnae.