Monthly Archives: December 2009

Pioneering Women in Medicine

Women have made great strides in the history of medicine.  As a medical student myself, I have been challenged by entrance exams and maintaining a high degree of academic achievement.  But I never really thought about my gender restricting me from my dream to enter the medical profession.    A recent article about the history of […]

Make Cakes, Not War!

The holidays are upon us, and even though I’m a bit of a humbug when it comes to the holidays, there is one thing that still excites me about this time of year: TOYS! I’m a big fan of toys (mainly giant robots), and during this time of year I like to stroll down the […]

De-stress to Stay Well

This is a very stressful time of year for many of us.  The holidays and finals can add a lot to our already very full plates.  A recent article that I read stated that stress has a different affect on women than on men. Women are more likely to become stressed because they deal with […]

A Better Princess Movie

This weekend I took my 10-year-old daughter and 8-year-old niece to see Disney’s The Princess and the Frog. I’ll have to admit, we were pleasantly entertained.  As a feminist, I have always had issues with Disney’s  princess movies and their portrayal of women as helpless, beauty-obsessed, females whose ultimate dream is to find a prince […]

The High Costs of Being a Woman

I recently read an interesting article about the higher costs women pay for products used by both sexes. Being a man, I never really gave much thought to this, but began noticing it after I got married in 2003. I always figured that people invested about as much of their income on hygiene and beauty products […]

Meet Jerina Cleveland

Hello everyone!  My name is Jerina Cleveland and I just joined the Women’s Center staff.  I am a senior here at UMKC.  I am working on obtaining a Bachelors of Liberal Arts degree, with a minor in communication studies. I transferred to UMKC from Wayne State University where I was majoring in Social Work. I […]

Eating Disorders: Getting Past the Myths

Many people are aware of the serious nature of eating disorders, but sometimes stereotypes and myths can distort our perception of the illnesses.  We think that individuals with eating disorders should look or act a certain way because of what we see or read in the media or what is most often discussed in conversations.  […]

Women and AIDS

On December 1st the world celebrated World AIDS Day, an international day of unity that brings awareness to the fight against HIV/AIDS.  HIV/ AIDS has had a dramatic effect on people all over the world since the early 1980’s.  But the statistics about its effects on women are alarming. A recent study shows that at […]

Women and Caffeine

Finals are coming up fast and everyone is ready to start downing that caffeine. We all know that too much caffeine can be bad for you, but is it really as bad as everyone thinks? Moreover, does caffeine affect men and women differently?  There are positive and negative effects from caffeine for both men and […]