Category Archives: Arzie Umali

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The previous blog mentioned the Women’s Center’s upcoming book discussion this fall on Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy.  I just finished reading the first book in the trilogy, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and I can’t wait to read the other two books.  Larsson’s development of the character Lisbeth Salander is brilliant.  She’s mysterious, yet […]

The State of Women in the Arts in Kansas City

On Tuesday, April 27, a group of about 30 local arts supporters gathered at the Diastole in downtown Kansas City to discuss the state of women in the arts in Kansas City.  The event was billed as an “Artist Salon” where informal conversation about a shared topic of concern could take place amongst the diverse, […]

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 […]

Kate Clinton Brings Lesbian Humor to UMKC

Last night, Kate Clinton performed in UMKC’s Pierson Auditorium.  Co-sponsored by Willow Productions and the Women’s Center, the event drew more than 300 people to campus.  The publicity for this event described Kate as a “faith-based, tax-paying, America-loving political humorist and family entertainer”, but in Kate’s own words, she is a “fumerist” or feminist humorist, set out to […]

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 […]

Art Imitates Life

Jeanne-Claude de Guillebon passed away recently at the age of 74 and was eulogized in an article in the Wall Street Journal.  Sadly, many people do not know who this person is. But what I find more disturbing is that, despite being one of the most creative minds in the last half of the twentieth […]

National Coming Out Day

Today is National Coming Out Day. Activities will be taking place at UMKC and across the country to recognize this important day. Around the world, conversations will be taking place concerning LGBTQ issues. Additionally, people are encouraged to take that “next step” towards living openly and powerfully, as their genuine selves – something many of […]

Dr. Mae Jemison Encourages Women to Seek Brilliant Futures

What is it like to float in space? What if the view out your office window was the earth, glowing in a swirl of blue, green, and white? What do you think space smells like? Last Thursday evening at UMKC, over 250 people received answers to these questions from Dr. Mae Jemison, the first woman […]