Microfinance and Its Discontents: Women in Debt in Bangladesh

Bangladeshi women count money for repayment to a microcredit bank. Author Lamia Karim’s new book asks why we know so little about microfinance’s consequences. Image source. In 2006 the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh won the Nobel Peace Prize for its innovative microfinancing operations. Lamia Karim, associate professor of cultural anthropology at the University of Oregon, … More Microfinance and Its Discontents: Women in Debt in Bangladesh

Discovering the History of Women in Public

BY JESSICA ELLEN SEWELLAssistant professor, American and New England Studies and the Department of the History of Art and Architecture, Boston University In his novels Spook Country and Zero History, Bruce Sterling popularized the idea of locative art—digital art tied to specific locations—using GPS and internet-connected devices. He imagines a viewer of locative art holding … More Discovering the History of Women in Public

The Monstrous Feminine*: Lady Gaga in a Meat Dress

Sharon Irish holds a joint appointment in the School of Architecture and the Community Informatics Initiative/Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign. She is the author of Suzanne Lacy: Spaces Between (Minnesota, 2010) and Cass Gilbert, Architect: Modern Traditionalist. *Title is an ode to Barbara Creed’s The Monstrous-Feminine: Film, … More The Monstrous Feminine*: Lady Gaga in a Meat Dress

What’s next — Pink Cigarettes for the Cure?

Samantha King is associate professor of kinesiology, health studies and gender studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She is author of Pink Ribbons, Inc.: Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy. This article first appeared on the Breast Cancer Action Montreal‘s Fall 2010 bulletin. ——- With the annual pinkfest that marks October — Breast … More What’s next — Pink Cigarettes for the Cure?

She’s unmarried. She plays softball. And she’s a successful academic in the media spotlight. So what, exactly, is Elena Kagan being accused of?

Today’s post is by Deborah Cohler, associate professor of women and gender studies at San Francisco State University and author of Citizen, Invert, Queer: Lesbianism and War in Early Twentieth Century Britain. —– Why do we care if Elena Kagan plays softball? Are women who smoke cigars lesbians? This isn’t the first time that a … More She’s unmarried. She plays softball. And she’s a successful academic in the media spotlight. So what, exactly, is Elena Kagan being accused of?

Ecofashion link round-up: Ethical Fashion Show promotes awareness of what we wear.

Professor, author and “ecofashionista” Regina Root has not only been selected to serve as president ad honorem of Latin America’s largest fashion congress, Ixel Moda. This College of William and Mary professor has also pioneered a new “Ethical Fashion” course that promotes knowledge about fair-trade apparel and discusses topics related to the global fashion industry. … More Ecofashion link round-up: Ethical Fashion Show promotes awareness of what we wear.

In postcolonial Argentina, this fashionable hairstyle had the last word.

Author Regina Root was interviewed this month by Página/12, one of Argentina’s most prominent newspapers, about the ultimate symbol of female independence in postcolonial Argentina: the comb. Root tells the paper: “This accessory, whose popularity lasted nearly two decades, became an emblem. There is no doubt that women with combs were seen as participants in … More In postcolonial Argentina, this fashionable hairstyle had the last word.

String, Felt, Thread: Challenging distinctions between art and craft

We’re sorry we’ve been a little quiet on the blog lately. Fortunately, we have something to show for it: A few months ago, we were thrilled when Elissa Auther, author of String, Felt, Thread: The Hierarchies of Art and Craft in American Art, agreed to work with us to develop a video about the book … More String, Felt, Thread: Challenging distinctions between art and craft

"Architect Barbie" may have lost, but the campaign for women in architecture continues

**SEE STORY UPDATE BELOW** Author Despina Stratigakos may not have won her campaign for Architect Barbie in Mattell’s “I Can Be” contest. But she is picking up some serious credit, including an appearance on Architect Magazine’s website, for her role in encouraging females to think of themselves as architect material. “Discussions about diversity in architecture … More "Architect Barbie" may have lost, but the campaign for women in architecture continues

Interview: Sharon Irish on Suzanne Lacy (includes footage from The Crystal Quilt, Minneapolis, 1987)

Author Sharon Irish has filmed a wonderful book video that documents her initial interest in artist and political justice activist Suzanne Lacy. She briefly discusses how hers is a book about relationships, and narrates archival footage of Lacy’s The Crystal Quilt, which was performed by hundreds of women at the IDS Tower in downtown Minneapolis … More Interview: Sharon Irish on Suzanne Lacy (includes footage from The Crystal Quilt, Minneapolis, 1987)