Enlightened sexism

Feminist scholar Susan J. Douglas to speak Monday, March 21, at Columbia College.


Best-selling author and Catherine Neafie Kellogg Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Michigan Susan J. Douglas will speak on "Enlightened Sexism" on Monday, March 21, 7:30 p.m., Launer Auditorium, Columbia College.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the lot at Tenth and Rogers streets or in the lot at Eighth and Hickman streets. Visit our campus map

Women’s History Month at Columbia College
The lecture is part of a month-long celebration of Women’s History Month on the main campus of Columbia College. For a complete schedule of events, visit the Women's History Month page on our site.

Dr. Tonia Compton, assistant professor of history, was instrumental in bringing the events, which include the lecture, a softball game and a showing of “With a Song in My Heart” (the story of alumna Jane Froman, a TV, Hollywood and recording star) to the college.

"As an historian I believe it is essential to take advantage of large public moments that celebrate the contributions of groups who have often been neglected," said Compton. "And Women's History Month is a wonderful opportunity to do just that. This also gives us the chance to make connections between the historical past and modern-day issues by drawing the campus community into a discussion of important ideas. That is why we're focusing on the theme of feminism and asking students to think about what that means to them."

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Compton added that the history of Columbia College as a leader in women's higher education makes this celebration an important way to recognize the college's heritage and to celebrate the achievements of the many talented women whose lives have shaped and been shaped by their experiences at Christian and Columbia College.

About Susan J. Douglas
In "Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message That Feminism’s Work Is Done," Douglas analyzes the mixed messages surrounding women and the struggle she sees in the media between embedded feminism on the one hand and enlightened sexism on the other. She takes on the myth that women “have it all” and that full equality for women has been achieved.

Douglas is also the author of “Where the Girls Are” (chosen one of the top 10 books of 1994 by National Public Radio, Entertainment Weekly and The McLaughlin Group); "The Mommy Myth: The Idealization of Motherhood and How it Undermines Women;" "Listening In: Radio and the American Imagination," which won the Hacker Prize in 2000 for best popular book about technology and culture; and "Inventing American Broadcasting, 1899-1922." Douglas has also written for The Nation, In These Times, The Village Voice, Ms., The Washington Post, TV Guide and The Progressive.

Each year, March is designated as National Women’s History Month to ensure that the history of American women will be recognized and celebrated in schools, workplaces and communities throughout the country. The stories of women's historic achievements present an expanded view of the complexity and contradiction of living a full and purposeful life.

Read President Barack Obama's 2011 National Women's History Month message.

For more on Women’s History Month, visit the National Women's History Project website.

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