Current Issues in Education: Kentucky Teachers on Strike

By Hannah McCandless Hannah McCandless is a second year Master’s student at Sarah Lawrence in Women’s History. Her research interests include education, women in Appalachia, and the Civil War. Though a completely incorrect assumption, I grew up thinking that there were not that many activists in the state of Kentucky. I thought for some reason that activism happened in large cities, which Kentucky is especially … Continue reading Current Issues in Education: Kentucky Teachers on Strike

Stranger Things, Erica Sinclair, and the Representation of Black Women in the Science Fiction Genre

By Marian Phillips Marian is a second year Master’s student at Sarah Lawrence College in Women’s History. Her interests include popular culture, LGBT+ history, and the history of movements through music.  Spoiler alert: This blog contains spoilers from season three of Stranger Things.  On October 27, 2017, the highly anticipated second season of the Duffer Brothers’ Netflix original series, Stranger Things, premiered. Coated in mid-1980s … Continue reading Stranger Things, Erica Sinclair, and the Representation of Black Women in the Science Fiction Genre

All the World’s a Stage, and All the Women are More than Just Players: A Spotlight on Women in Theatre Production

By Vickie Nidweski Vickie is a second year in the Women’s History Graduate Program at Sarah Lawrence College and has been working in theatre production professionally for almost a decade. This past June marked the 73rd annual Tony Awards. Known as the highest honor in United States theatre, it recognizes excellence on the Broadway stage. As I sat in my own theatre, mere blocks away … Continue reading All the World’s a Stage, and All the Women are More than Just Players: A Spotlight on Women in Theatre Production

How the Intersection of Race, Gender, and Sexuality Influences Stephanie Beatriz as Rosa Diaz on Brooklyn Nine-Nine

By Katie Swartwood Katie graduated from the Women’s History Program at Sarah Lawrence College in May, 2019. A Latina woman named Rosa Diaz stands before a Pictionary drawing pad; her card says “wedding.” Her black marker hits the paper, drawing two feminine stick figures holding hands. Her mother calls out a guess, “friends.” Rosa keeps drawing, adding a heart above the women’s heads. She yells … Continue reading How the Intersection of Race, Gender, and Sexuality Influences Stephanie Beatriz as Rosa Diaz on Brooklyn Nine-Nine

A Love Letter to Michelle Obama

By Hannah McCandless Hannah is a second year student in the Women’s History Graduate Program at Sarah Lawrence College.  Dear Michelle Obama,  You’re a great writer. (I mean really, really good.) I think a lot of people ready your book and it filled them up in a way they didn’t know they needed. It did the same for me and sometimes I still go back … Continue reading A Love Letter to Michelle Obama

Matilda Hamilton Fee: Abolitionist Educator

By Hannah McCandless Hannah is a second year graduate student in the Women’s History Program at Sarah Lawrence College.  Having just returned from a period of exile in Ohio, Matilda Hamilton Fee was putting together the frame of a bed in her home when she heard the firing of cannons. Subjected to nearly four years without a house, moving from place to place in Ohio … Continue reading Matilda Hamilton Fee: Abolitionist Educator

Set in a Bathroom: “Purity,’’ Race, Gender, and Sexual Prejudice in Bathrooms from 1887 to Today

By Emilyn Kowaleski Emilyn is a second year graduate student in the Women’s History Program at Sarah Lawrence College. The distressed eyes of a young white woman pierce through the camera lens and into the hearts of thousands of North Carolinians. “It’s about privacy. It’s about safety,” she assures them. It is 2016. They are watching an advertisement generated by The Institute of Faith and … Continue reading Set in a Bathroom: “Purity,’’ Race, Gender, and Sexual Prejudice in Bathrooms from 1887 to Today