Monthly Archives: March 2010

Flex-Work Helps with Work/Life Balance

Recently, NPR took an in-depth look at women in the workplace through a 3-part series about Flex- Work.  According to the report, women now hold half of all jobs and are faced with the demands of balancing a career and family more than ever.  In order for employers to retain some of their most valuable […]

Owning up to being “single”

“Spinster” “Old Maid” “Oh you are single? Poor you!” These attitudes towards singles are not new to women who hear all the time that finding someone to marry  to start a family with should be her number one concern. Most girls and women I know have felt that wanting a successful career or getting a […]

Barbie’s Positive Influence

Barbie – just the name alone is epic.  Images of a glamorous doll with long blonde hair, a tiny waist, and a big bust, come to mind whenever someone mentions the name. She has captured the attention of so many people for the past 50 years, especially young girls who often want to be just […]

Sex Slavery in the Congo

The sex slavery in Congo has taken the lives of so many innocent women. The war has caused a rape epidemic. Rape is used as a violent weapon in the fight for power and in the instillation of fear in everyone. By implementing fear, soldiers are abusing the women in their country. Women and girls […]

Kiara Jefferson: Coming Out Of My Shell

Hello, Hello! My name is Kiara Jefferson, and I am a freshman here at UMKC! I must say that my college experience thus far has been wonderful! Before coming to college, I was very closed and shy. Since being here, I have really come out of my shell and become a pretty outgoing person. I remember […]

A Long Overdue Salute

The Kansas City Star recently printed a story about women aviators in World War II who, on March 10, 2010, were finally recognized for their service during the war with Congressional Gold Medals, which is the highest civilian honor given by Congress. The women who were honored served as Women Air Force Service Pilots, or […]

Sex Sells in Women’s Sports

A few weeks ago, the Women Center hosted the event, “Throwing like a Girl Since 1972.”  The event focused on Title IX and what it did for women’s participation in sports.  Although Title IX helped equalize the playing field for women’s participation in sports (pun intended) and provided opportunities for girls who wanted to play sports […]

Is Spain moving in the right direction on issues regarding body image? What could we learn?

By now, you’ve probably either read something or heard something about a recent decision by Spain to curb the amount of advertising for cosmetic surgery, weight-loss pharmaceuticals, and certain beauty treatments on their airwaves.  According to a recent article, this decision was based on the government supported effort to help combat “forces that push girls […]

A Night for the Women

The Oscars are by far one of the biggest, if not the biggest, television events of the year. Something like 3 billion people tune in all around the world to watch who will take home the golden statue. I am one of them. I don’t tune in every year and I usually don’t watch the […]

The New Barbie?

Nicki Minaj is a new, emerging rap artist. She calls herself the new “Barbie.” Some little girls are now calling themselves Barbie because they look up to Nicki. Is this the kind of role model you want your daughter to be idolizing? I’ve noticed that some girls want to call themselves “Barbie” like Nicki does, […]