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ENG 1023, Texas Woman's University (Fall 2012)

Introducing “Food for Thought” Posts

Now that we are into the research portion of the semester, I want to institute a new type of posts: “Food for Thought.” Occasionally, in my private life, I  stumble over things related to current events and/or our course theme that I think may be of general interest to some of you (but that are not so directly related to what we must do in class/on your writing projects right now that I want to take class time to share them.)  I’d like to start posting some of these to share. You don’t have to DO anything with them (though you are certainly free to comment)–they are here just to explore and think about. If they fit into your research, feel free to use them.

If YOU see things like this you think the others might be interested in, send them to me, and I’ll post them! (…or, if you know of other things related to a given post, share them in the comments.)

(Please note: I am not demonstrating scholarly, MLA style in-text citations here–just trying to identify and link to the source in whatever way seems most expedient for a blog post with no works cited list….)

2012: “The Year of the Girl”/Oct. 11th: “Day of the Girl”

The Girl Scouts, who are celebrating their 100th anniversary this year, have declared 2012 the Year of the Girl, “a move designed to focus national attention on girls and the issues they face” (Girl Scouts of America). As part of this, they have started a new webpage,, which focuses on leadership. Check it out! The “Get the Facts” page should be of particular interest given our conversations.

Another item they’ve published, focused on leadership roles for girls and women, is the book Tough Cookies: Leadership Lessons from 100 Years of Girl Scouts

On a related note, October 11th 2012 was the first international Day of the Girl, which prompted me to check in on one of my favorite projects, The Girl Effect. It also reminded me of Half the Sky (also a book I want to read, and a film I want to see).

first issue of MS. magazine
40th Anniversary of Ms. Magazine

Yep. It sure is. Gloria Steinem, who kind of became the national spokesperson for the women’s movement in the 60s and 70s, recently spoke at the 40th anniversary of MS. magazine (which she founded). HERE are excerpts from her remarks, and HERE is the video of the whole speech. This is notable for the ways she talks about women today, and the issues we still face.

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai is a 14-year old Pakistani girl who spoke up in defense of girls having access to the education, and was shot, just in the last week or so. I thought you should know about her. Her story reminds me of Meena, who began working on the same issues in 1977 and founded RAWA (the Revolutionary Association of Women of Afghanistan). Meena was martyred in 1987.

“My Conversations with Malala Yousafzai, the Girl who Stood Up to the Taliban” (by Pakistani journalist Owais Tohid for The Christian Science Monitor, via Yahoo news, Oct.12 2012)

“Wounded Pakistan Teen is now Face of Girls Education Movement” (LA Times Online, Oct. 13 2012)

Male Decline?

“Does the 21st Century Mark the ‘End of Men’? Not Quite–but Women Are On the Rise” ( book review)

“The Myth of Male Decline” (Op-ed, New York Times)



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