Really cool event

I can’t believe I had to go on Feministing to read about a UN event that’s happening on Friday here at Barnard, but, well.  On “the political and social economy of care,” it’s part of the Commission on the Status of Women, and it sounds really cool–in the James Room on March 6: The issue…

Politics of Reproduction

I’m still conflicted about the way the media and feminists alike have been approaching “octomom” Nadya Suleman.  The Barnard Center for Research on Women‘s annual conference this weekend, which explored the politics of reproduction, gave me a chance to think about the issues more deeply.

Throwing away nothing

Apparently there are lots of cool eco-friendly blogs out there.  Here is one written by a guy who pledged to throw away as little as possible for a year, and to document what he did with every piece of his trash.  His year ended last month, but it’s really interesting to look over his old…

A life less plastic

I recently found this fantastic blog about a young woman’s quest to eradicate plastic from her life. From bringing cloth bags to the grocery store to using baking powder as deodorant, she gives really good tips on how to stop using plastic, but without a mightier-than-thou tone: she slips up sometimes, too. I haven’t gotten…

Save Floridita

Columbia’s quest to expand isn’t over yet.  On Saturday afternoon, student and community groups are hosting an event to discuss the ways the expansion will affect the neighborhood, in particular Floridita, the Cuban restaurant which may now be threatened. From the facebook page: The Student Coalition on Expansion and Gentrification in partnership with the Black…

Transpolitics in a Neoliberal Landscape

Dean Spade ’97, law professor and founder of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, gave a lecture last night in the James Room that was, I thought, fantastic. He made some great points about inclusion politics–it’s not just about gay marriage, for example, and equality in the eyes of the law, but about structural and bottom-up…

Women and Finance

I really like Nick Kristof’s column this week.  It opens, “Banks around the world desperately want bailouts of billions of dollars, but they also have another need they’re unaware of: women, women and women.” Sometimes I find him incredibly condescending, but his points about (the lack of) women in the finance industry are spot-on.  He…

The global gender gap

The World Economic Forum recently released its annual gender gap report, which examines gender equality all over the world.  It’s pretty interesting: the top four countries with the smallest gender gap are Nordic, unsurprisingly; Denmark is #7; the United States is #27.  Yemen comes in last. The report looks at four broad categories: economic participation…