You’re a Feminist If….

By Brenda Bethman

This week’s Blog Prompt Monday focuses on something that we don’t always write about here at Student Affairs Women Talk Tech, but that nonetheless is a major reason for our existence (at least I think so — if my fellow bloggers disagree, we can hash it out in the comments), namely feminism.

Kristen and I definitely had a feminist purpose in starting this blog: to make it impossible to overlook the presence of women working with technology in student affairs. While it may not always be explicitly stated, that feminist foundation supports every post I write. So, without further ado, here are the reasons you might be a feminist (even if you think you’re not):

  • You believe in equal pay for equal work;
  • You believe in women’s right to autonomy over their bodies;
  • You believe that girls can be good at math and boys can be good at nuturing;
  • You don’t believe that women give up their right to self-determination when they get married;
  • You understand that sexism doesn’t operate alone, and that the struggle for women’s rights is also a struggle against racism, heterosexism, homophobia, etc.;
  • You understand that sexism harms men and boys as much as it harms women and girls (albeit in different ways);
  • You believe that wearing short skirts is NOT an excuse for rape.

Those are just a few examples. For more see the Feminist Coming Out Day site. Personally, I am a feminist because — well, because I do not understand how one could NOT be a feminist. How does one look at the whole of human history and not see that women have often gotten the short end of the stick just because they’re women? How can that be fair and just?

What about you? Do you identify as a feminist? If so, why? Let us know in the comments.

You’re a Feminist If….

Blog Prompt Monday

By Brenda Bethman

Welcome to “Blog Prompt Monday”! Here’s today’s prompt:

You might be a feminist if. . . (fill in the blank)

We hope you’ll join us in blogging about these prompts with us. I will be posting my response here later today. If you write a response on your blog, please include it in the comments below and tag it on Twitter with the #sawomenblog hashtag – we look forward to reading your posts!

Blog Prompt Monday

Always On?

By Brenda Bethman

In about half an hour, we will officially be on spring break. As staff, I actually don’t have next week off, but am taking Monday-Wednesday as vacation days. I’ve got a short trip to New Orleans planned and am very much looking forward to being away from the office for a few days. But can I really get away completely? The other night we held a program on “Technology and Modern Families” (see Kristen’s writeup for a description). One tip several of the panelists shared was to turn off push notifications on their phone for their work email accounts. Another said she always leaves her cell phone in her car and only returns calls from there (she has a Bluetooth, so don’t panic!).

I have to confess that the thought of going away for any length of time and not checking in is completely foreign to me. For one thing, I hate coming back to an inbox that’s even more overflowing than usual, so I will usually check my email even if only to delete (ruthlessly, based on subject line, without reading). But I also really, truly love my job and don’t mind being “on” even when I’m gone. (Which reminds me, I have another post coming on why that is a legitimate way to live and how we should stop assuming that people for whom work is life are somehow impoverished. But I digress). That said, I’m feeling more burned-out than usual these days and am thinking that I will try something radical on this trip and not check in on my email. I will bring my laptop to work on some overdue writing projects, but I consider writing fun work, so that’s OK. And I will spend lots of time in the sunshine, eating good things, and drinking good things, with my iPhone safely tucked away. I’m curious to see if I can really manage to ignore my email for that long.

What about you? Do you unplug when you’re away from the office? If so, how? Do you check in occasionally? Or not all?

 

Always On?

Linkage Love

By Brenda Bethman

If it’s Wednesday, it must be time for Linkage Love here at SA Women Talk Tech! This week’s entries follow no theme — I’m just giving you a random collection of what’s caught my fancy over the last week:

ProfHacker on Syncing Applications with Dropbox

Ed Cabellon on Twitter as Relationship Builder

Apple Pulls Christian “Gay Cure” App from Cult of Mac

iPad 2: Worth the upgrade?

ProfHacker: “Ebooks for Scholarly Work

Via Mashable: Over 5 million downloads of Firefox 4 in the first 24 hours. I downloaded mine this morning and like it a lot. You can download your copy here. Before you download, check out this post on getting ready to install a new browser.

It’s still conference season. If you can’t be there in person, check out ReadWriteWeb’s advice on tracking conferences virtually.

Linkage Love

Why Blog?

By Stephanie Wintling

Today’s blog prompt is:

Why blog? Why do you or why do you like to blog (recognizing that these are not always the same thing)?

Over the course of the last year I’ve gone back and forth on this question but one thing is for certain blogging is resourceful and powerful. Now I do not have my own personal blog which may or may not change in the near future. However, this blog and various other blogs have aided me both professionally and personally. Blogging is a great outlet to share resources, validate people, start intriguing conversations, and rally together networks of people with shared beliefs.  How many times have you gone to a blog and felt validated because you found someone with a similar view point as yours? Or clicked a blog and was inspired by the blogger to start something new or do something different?

Since joining this collaborative blog I’ve thoroughly enjoyed blogging. The response back from posts is always encouraging and to see what the other contributors post validates why I joined this blog in the first place. For more information on why I blog, more specifically on this blog, check out my first post where I talk about my struggles as a female in the STEM field. Why do you blog? If you have a personal blog post the link in our comments!

Why Blog?

Blog Prompt Monday

By Stephanie Wintling

Hello and welcome to the SA Women Talk Tech Blog Prompt Monday! I’m just coming off of Spring Break and what better than to start of with a blog prompt!

Here is today’s prompt:

Why blog? Why do you or why do you like to blog (recognizing that these are not always the same thing)?

I’ll be posting my response here later today, and I look forward to reading all of your responses. Just remember to use the #sawomenblog hashtag and post a link in our comments so we can share the love!

 

Blog Prompt Monday

Volunteer

By Colleen Riggle

If you had all the time in the world to volunteer, what would you volunteer to do/where would you volunteer?

Considering that I’m not qualified to be a Secret Millionaire, I’d probably be working at a shelter, whether for people or animals.  Secret Millionaire is probably one of my favorite new shows on television.  And it’s a good change from Criminal Minds, Without a Trace, and C.S.I. which I’ve seen practically every episode.  I love the meaning behind the show, successful business people giving back to a community in a positive way.  Sure, they volunteer for a week and write a check and it doesn’t appear that there is an ongoing relationship but I get the sense that everyone involved is changed by the process.

For me, at the end of every show after crying my eyes out partly because I’m 4 months pregnant and partly because it’s moving to see the excitement in their eyes when they receive the checks,  I say to my husband “I want to be a secret millionaire”.  His reply is usually, “we need to be millionaires” first.  Granted I’m not a millionaire, yet, but recognize there is more  I can do and that’s give my time – something we all have, whether we’d claim plenty of or just a little bit.

But back to the question, when I volunteer I usually find myself drawn to work with women transitioning from a violent situation or work with animals.  I remember one winter away at college,  living in Michigan I’d went with a friend to an animal shelter because she wanted to get a cat and it was the same shelter I’d volunteered at before.  We walked around looking at all the animals, she not finding one, but I ended up being the one headed home with a kitten.  The kitten ironically lived with me, on campus (shhhh) for a few weeks before making an eventful trip down to Florida to stay with my parents for a bit.  For several years while I lived in Florida, I volunteered at the Crisis Center as an NEP nurse and was on call monthly to sit with victims of violent situations.  Additionally, I find working with elderly quite rewarding as well, although defining myself as introverted just being able to sit with someone to give them a little company just warms my heart.

Volunteering can manifesting itself in many ways, whether you give money to an organization, donate your time or whether you raise awareness through conversation.  What I like most about Secret Millionaire is they are working with organizations that aren’t nationally known, and in most cases would probably not give a second look to if you were driving by.  I like that a small soup kitchen started by two women who are now in their 80’s was recognized for the work they do daily in the lives of the people whom they touch through a plate of food.

How about you? Do you volunteer?  What would you volunteer to do?  Where would you volunteer?

Interested in volunteering? Here are a couple site that might help you get started:

http://www.volunteermatch.org/

http://www.serve.gov/

http://www.volunteer.gov/gov/

Volunteer