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    Kathryn Chicone Ustler Hall restoration celebration
        Page 1
    Academic program
        Page 2
    Faculty news
        Page 3
    Faculty focus
        Page 4
    Around the Center
        Page 5
        Page 6
    Student spotlight
        Page 7
    Other news
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Kathryn Chicone Ustler Hall

Restoration Celebration

On March 1, members of the Women's Studies
and University community gathered for a symbolic cer-
emony marking the beginning phases of restorations to
the Women's Gym which will be the new home for the
Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research in
Kathryn Chicone Ustler, UF alumnus, contributed
funds that have been matched by the state in order to
make the restoration possible. The building which bears
her name is the first UF building named for a woman,
as well as the only free-standing building dedicated to
Women's Studies in the country. When complete, the
building will include faculty and administrative offices,
seminar rooms, classrooms, a gallery and a garden.
Remarks were given by UF President, Dr. Bernie
Machen, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean,
Dr. Neil Sullivan, and Kathryn "Kay" Chicone Ustler.
Each reflected on the various purposes the building has
served since it was built in 1919. Kay Ustler noted, "My
family has always been interested in historical preserva-
tion. It's great that you can take an old building, reno-
vate it and make it practical for a new use."
The Woman's Gym has served as a dance hall,
movie theater, chapel, and women's athletic center.
The University set out to demolish the building in 1979,
but a group of faculty members petitioned and saved
the building, and the Woman's Gym was placed on the
National Register of Historic Places in 1988.

From left to right: Craig Ustler, Dr. Angel Kwolek-Folland, Kathryn
Chicone Ustler, and UF President Dr. Bernie Machen
(Photo by Jane Dominguez)


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Dr. Diana Boxer, Juanita Harrison, Dr. Angel Kwolek-Folland, and Dr. Carol Murphy
(Photo by Jane Dominguez)

Academic Program

From the Director
Dr. Angel Kwolek-Folland

In the United States, March is Women's
History Month. Around the world, March 8th
also marks International Woman's Day.
Both ask us to pause and reflect on the
status of women and the state of gender
equity. A recent visitor to UF, Agn6s Hubert,
Conseillere, European Parliament
Commission on Women's Rights, recently
told me that because of the attention given to women's issues
internationally in the past 30 years, many policymakers she
deals with believe that gender equality now exists. I was
struck by the fact that many undergraduates I encounter in
my own courses also believe that the fight for gender equity
is over, and "we won." Dr. Hubert shared my concern that
this complacency can undermine the political will to address
the inequities that hamper women's access to resources and
choices. "There is still a fear," she said, "that women will
have too much power!" Thus, when we look at the situation of
women in the world, what comes to mind is that French prov-
erb about change: Plus ca change, rien ne change pas.
It is true that women's situation in many areas of the world
has improved. For example, women's representation in the
European Union Parliament has increased from 6% to 31%
(largely thanks to gender quotas). In South Africa, the end of
apartheid and resulting creation of a new government led to a
rise of women in parliamentary seats from 1% to 30%. As of
2000, women in Egypt have the same divorce rights as men,
and women's life expectancy continues to be better than men's
everywhere in the world.
But gaps remain. The proportion of women in full-time
employment in Europe has not increased in 30 years. The
Indian Ministry of Women and Child Development recently
reported that one woman is raped every hour in India, and that
14 wives are murdered there by their husbands' families every
day. Literacy rates for girls and women continue to lag behind
those of boys and men throughout the developing world, and
in Latin America unsafe abortions account for about half of all
maternal deaths.
To put these discrepancies into our own institutional con-
text, a recent article in our local newspaper noted that of the
10 vice presidential positions at UF, only two are filled by
women, that there are no female graduate research professors
at UF, and that of the 37 eminent scholars at UF, only two are
women. Out of 940 full professors, 154 are women. Figures
from the Office of Institutional Research show that women's
salaries at every faculty level are below those of men's, and
women's time to tenure and promotion is slower. Given that
women have been in the faculty pipeline in some numbers for
over 30 years, and assuming women are no less talented and
deserving than men, those figures should be better. The fact
that UF is not unusual in this regard points to the breadth of
the problem and the complexity that underlies the continuing

lack of gender equity. Obviously we cannot address
these discrepancies single-handedly or with simple
solutions. The inequities of gender difference are
deeply entrenched and widespread. The role of
Women's Studies in this remains what it has always
been: to uncover the particulars of inequality, to
understand the sources and implications of gender
difference, and to encourage change for a more
humanitarian and equitable world. Clearly, we still
have work to do.

News and Views
Volume 14, Issue 2

Angel Kwolek-Folland, Ph.D, Director
Kimberly Helm, Co-Editor/Graphic Designer
Paula Ambroso, Co-Editor
Yelizaveta Batres, Assistant Editor
Katie Leung, Assistant Editor
News and Views is published each semester to inform faculty,
staff, students and Women's Studies supporters of activities at the
CWSGR at the University of Florida. For further information about
upcoming events, please visit our website at: http://web.wst.ufl.

Thanks to Goerings Book Store for
sponsoring the Friend's of Women's Studies Holiday Book

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Faculty News

Nora M. Alter, Germanic and Slavic Studies, was
awarded an Alexander von Humboldt research fellow-
ship and is currently in Berlin, Germany.

Diana Boxer, Linguistics, and Elena Gritsenko,
Professor at the Linguistic University of Nizny
Novgorod, Russia and former Fulbright scholar in WS,
have been awarded a Rockefeller Foundation Grant
for collaborative research in residence at the Bellagio
Center, Italy for summer 2004. They will be working on
their project, "What's in a (sur)name?: Women, mar-
riage, identity and power across cultures."

Kendal Broad, CWSGR/Sociology, published two arti-
cles, one with Kristin E. Joos, "Online Inquiry of Public
Selves: Methodological Considerations" in Qualitative
Inquiry (in press), and the other with Sara Crawley
'"Be Your[Real Lesbian]self: Mobilizing Sexual Formula
Stories through Personal (and Political) Storytelling" in
the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography.

Marsha Bryant, English, published "IMAX Authorship:
Teaching Plath and Her Unabridged Journals," which
will appear in May in Pedagogy; the essay cites several
students in her recent undergraduate course on Plath.

Amanda Davis, English, had her essay "On Teaching
Women's Prison Writing: A Feminist Approach to
Women, Crime, and Incarceration" selected for pub-
lication in the Winter 2004 issue of Women's Studies
Quarterly. She also has a review of Sister Circle: Black
Women and Work forthcoming in Feminist Theory.

Tace Hedrick, CWSGR/English, published "Ana
Mendieta" in Notable American Women, and "Mae
6 para isso (Mother is for This): Gender, Writing and
English-Language Translation in Clarice Lispector" for
Luso-Brazilian Review. She also presented "'There is
the Quiet of the Indian about Us': Mexicans, Modernity
and Gloria Anzaldua's Borderlands/La frontera" at
Multiethnic Literatures of the United States (MELUS)
conference in San Antonio, TX, March 2004.

Kristin Joos, UF Honors Program, lecturer in
Women's Studies, was recently appointed as the
Honors Advisor & Coordinator of Admissions, Preview,
and Student Activities in the UF Honors Program.

Debra Walker King, English, was nominated and
ran for a seat on the Modern Language Association
Delegate Assembly. She will serve a three year term
as region five (southern) assembly representative,
January 2004-December 2006.

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Irma McClaurin, Anthropology, is on leave from UF and cur-
rently serving as the Mott Distinguished Professor of Women's
Studies at Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, NC,
where she will be helping to design a women's studies pro-

Bonnie Moradi, Psychology, received a National Institute
of Mental Health Grant for a project Examining Minority
Stress and Mental Health, and a Wayne F. Placek Grant for a
Longitudinal Examination of Minority Stress and Mental Health
of Lesbian and Gay Persons. She also published several

Judith W. Page, English, presented a paper titled "Grace
Aguilar and the Politics of Cultivation" at the British Women
Writers Conference in Athens, GA in March.

Sandra Russo, International Center, and Jim Barham,
GEAP graduate assistant, traveled to Ghana, South Africa,
and Ethiopia to deliver gender training programs to the U.S.
Agency for International Development (USAID) Missions in
March and April. Participants in the programs were Mission
staff and partners from 18 African countries. The purpose of
the training is to mainstream gender into USAID's develop-
ment assistance programs in economic growth, agriculture and

Malini Schueller, English, published "Postcolonial American
Studies" in American Literary History, and "Articulations of
African-Americanism in South-Asian Postcolonial Theory:
Localism, Globalism and the Question of Race" in Cultural

Stephanie Smith, English, had an article called "Genetics"
published in Glossalalia, edited by Julian Wolfreys (Routledge,
2003); her next book will be out Spring 2005, Household
Words: Composing Common Sense for a Democratic Culture
(Minnesota); She was also elected to the MLA Elections

Anita Spring, Anthropology, was elected to the Committee on
Ethics of the American Anthropological Association for a three-
year term.

Mary Ann Burg, Kevin McCarthy, Phyllis Meek, Constance
Shehan, Anita Spring, Nina Taylor-Rosenzweig, and Betty
Taylor collaborated to write Women at the University of Florida
published by the UF Sesquicentennial Committee. Copies of
the book can be purchased through Wild Iris Books, Inc.


Faculty Focus page 4


Professor Travis is a specialist in American literature and culture, cultural studies, and the
history of the book. She is currently working on two books, Recovery and Reading: The New
Middlebrow Culture, and Reading Matters: Books, Book Men, and the American Century. Dr.
Travis will bring her expertise on the study of masculinities to the Center and will be teaching WST
3015 Interdisciplinary Perspectives of Women and WST 3930 U.S. Women's Literature in the Fall.

I admit it: I came to a formal study of Women's and Gender Studies rather late in the game. Perhaps because I'd
grown up the only child of a single mother, with feminism as my default setting and a fair amount of disdain for the
workings of patriarchy, I didn't pursue an organized inquiry into Women's or Gender Studies in college and graduate
school. The research into literary and publishing history that formed the core of my dissertation, however, revealed to
me a persistent gender dynamic within mid-twentieth-century popular fiction, one that cast the largely female reading
audience as a threat to the masculinity of the largely male culture of publishing. This seemed odd, as those same elite
white men are typically represented as the absolute center of WASP patriarchal power in the U.S. How could a bunch
of women writing fan letters and going to reading groups seem an encroachment on that power? A rich and diverse lit-
erature exploring and explaining the denigration of women readers already existed; less was known about male cultural
producers and their sense of themselves as gendered beings, or about their relations-individually and collectively-to the
institutions and underpinnings of contemporary power. To understand the history that shaped the literature, I needed to
understand the gender norms and expectations and pressures that shaped the history. I became a feminist scholar of
men and masculinity.
Why organize a class around the study of men, students often ask me, when the default setting for so much of our
curricula is and always has been men? I have two answers to this question. In the first place, despite the advances
made by feminism in the last hundred years or so, men still hold a disproportionate amount of power-economic, politi-
cal, and cultural-in advanced industrial societies. The way men negotiate that power, and the way it finds expressions
in culture, are interesting to me because they are exotic, quite different from the kinds of power I wield as a woman.
Secondly, while as a callow youth I believed my feminism meant I didn't need to pay attention to gender, I've come to
realize that in fact I study men because I'm a feminist. Once I thought about it, I realized that I'd learned to think about
the social mechanisms of gender thanks to second-wave feminism.
What I mean by that is that much of the women's studies scholarship that came out of the Second Wave insisted
on the exploration of women's issues as structural, not merely personal, issues. As the Statement of Purpose for
the National Organization for Women (1966) put it, "we reject the assumption that [women's] problems are the unique
responsibility of each individual woman, rather than a basic social dilemma which society must solve." Feminist and
women's studies, then, urge us to consider the social category of women and womanhood, not merely individual women.
Men and masculinity need the same scrutiny; if we want to understand men, and the patriarchy that they constitute, I
think we need to study them as social categories, not as a series of discrete exemplars. While it's true that the bulk of
the canon of the humanities and social sciences has centered on men in the past (and that in many places it continues
to do so), it has done so unselfconsciously, by default. Women have been seen as genderedd," while men are... well,
just men.
Male subjectivity has been the unexamined norm against which female subjectivity is measured. Women might be
elevated above men, like the saintly Little Eva in Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, or relegated to the depths
below them, like the mindless socialites who "come and go/Talking of Michelangelo" in T.S. Eliot's "Lovesong of J. Alfred
Prufrock." In either case, women's deviance from a male norm has been used to explicitly define and rigorously cat-
egorize the female, and to naturalize, normalize, and mystify the male. The tacit assumption that maleness is somehow
"natural," "normal," or "above" scrutiny contributes to the disempowerment of women. Even more perniciously, I think,
it blinds all humans to the fact that gender-a socially constructed set of performances and expectations based in eco-
nomic and political reality-shapes all of our lives, whether we want it to or not.

Around the Cenler

page 5

Women's Studies Receives Endowment From

L. Calvin "Cal" Yeomans
L. Calvin "Cal" Yeomans, a self-employed real estate investor, land developer, and playwright, passed away in
October 2001, leaving behind a generous legacy not only in Citrus County, but also at the University of Florida.
Cal Yeomans endowed the Vada Allen Yeomans Fellowship and the Vada Allen Yeomans Professorship in Women's
Studies through the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research in honor of his mother Vada Allen Yeoman. Ms.
Yeoman was born in Lecanto, FL in 1896, taught school in Crystal River, and served as foster mother to several of Cal's
cousins. The great-granddaughter of Citrus County settler John Earl Allen, she inherited the responsibility of manag-
ing L.C. Yeomans', Cal's father's, empire after his death at a time when few women went into business. Cal Yeomans
described his mother as "a feminist before her time."
In addition to the endowments left to the Center, Cal Yeoman also established the Lee C. Yeomans Fisheries and
Aquatic Sciences Fellowship in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences in tribute to his father's years as a key fig-
ure in the fishing industry. He also donated many of his personal papers to the UF Library archives and endowed a fund
at the library called the Calvin Yeomans Special Collections Enrichment Fund.

Bonnie Moradi Receives the
Dr. Madelyn M. Lockhart
Faculty Fellowship

The Dr. Madelyn M. Lockhart Faculty Fellowship in
Women's Studies is designed to simultaneously assist
faculty research programs and the development of
graduate students' teaching portfolios. Funds for the
fellowship are available to help departments pay for a
graduate teaching assistant to teach one course as a
replacement for faculty release time. The fellowship is
administered by the Center for Women's Studies and
Gender Research.
With the cooperation and support of the UF
Counseling Center, this year's recipient, Dr. Bonnie
Moradi, and her collaborator Dr. Jamie Funderburk will
be working on a project that addresses several impor-
tant gaps in the literature on the relationship between
women's reported experiences of sexist events and
psychological symptomatology.
Their study will examine the sexist events-symptoms
relationship in a sample of women who are seeking
mental health services. This is particularly important
in light of the lack of empirical research with such a
sample and the fact that women seeking therapy are
likely to be experiencing greater distress than those not
seeking therapy.
Their study will also examine self-esteem, social
support, and empowerment as potential moderators of
the sexism-symptoms link. Identifying potential mod-
erators of the relationship between sexist events and
psychological symptomatology can point to important
areas for intervention in therapy with women. The find-
ings from this research have the potential to expand
scientific understanding of women's experiences of sex-
ism and mental health and can inform the development
of appropriate treatment and service delivery to women
who are seeking mental health services.

Visiting Professor
Rose Shayo co-
teaches Transnational

Dr. Rose Shayo, a specialist in gen-
der and development economics from
the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Dar
es Salaam, is the Tanzanian coordinator of the University of
Florida's new faculty exchange program, as well as a partici-
pant in the program. Dr. Shayo is co-teaching "Transnational
Feminisms" with Dr. Stacey Langwick this semester. Dr.
Shayo is currently working on a book titled The Impact of
Structural Adjustment on Formal Sector Employment in
Tanzania: Empowerment or Disempowerment.

Gender and Development Faculty Exchange
The Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research
and the Center for African Studies and at the University of
Florida have begun a new Gender and Development Faculty
Exchange Program with the University of Dar es Salaam
in Tanzania (East Africa). This program has been created
to stimulate curriculum development at both universities as
well as offer faculty members time to write. Therefore, this
three-year program supports three UDSM faculty members
and three UF faculty members to participate in an exchange.
Each academic year one Tanzanian faculty member will come
to co-teach with a UF faculty member here. The following
summer that UF professor will spend six weeks in Tanzania.

If you are interested in participating in this program,
please contact:
Dr. Rose Shayo at shayorose@hotmail.com or
Dr. Stacey Langwick at langwick@anthro.ufl.edu

Around the Center page 6

Girl Scouts of Alachua County Participate in
Women's History Month Art Show

Jasmine of Troop 1255 Ne-teria (left) and Anikeyawna (right) Dr. Stephanie Evans (center) at the
(photo by Susan Patrick) from Troop 1255 reception for the girls (photo by Paula
(photo by Susan Patrick) Ambroso)
I n honor
of Women's History Month, area Girl Scouts created their own unique artwork based on this year's UF theme "What
Women Want" during recent workshops held at the Girl Scout Hut. The art supplies were purchased with a mini-grant
written by Paula Ambroso and sponsored by the Women's History Month Committee, a division of Dean of Students
Office. The artwork was on display throughout the month of March on the second floor of the Reitz Union. The girls
were presented with certificates by Dr. Stephanie Evans and Women's Studies t-shirts at a reception by the CWSGR on

Artistic Impressions

The Beauty of Nature
by Virginia Chen

,On display in the Center
frorn May to August 2004.
Please join us for a recep-
lion on May 19th from
4:30-5:30 pm in 3324
Turlington Hall.

Dualities: Portraits of the Maya
by Deborah Rodman

A photo exhibit of the Maya
and their Ladino neighbors,
who live side by side in a
town in Guatemala yet try
to maintain separate lives.
On display in August 2004.
Deborah Rodman is a PhD
student in Anthropology and
taught in the Center in Fall.
r ,

Student Spotlight

Women's Studies Major,
Megan Sapp, Shares Her
Internship Experience

I began considering an internship
at the end of the Spring 2003 semester
because I am passionate about advocating
for women's rights to quality health care and reproductive
choices. I looked over the list of possible internships that I
had obtained from the Women's Studies office and decided
that the midwifery school was an organization that might
meet my interests in women's health. At the time, I consid-
ered it somewhat of a compromise. I did not think that the
midwifery school would be inspirational for me because, to
be honest, I just was not too interested in soft, warm baby-
mommy type stuff. I could not have been more wrong.
The Florida School of Traditional Midwifery (FSTM) is
a socialist, egalitarian, feminist, woman owned-and-oper-
ated, non-profit organization that teaches women of all
ages, races, and background how to be midwives, childbirth
educators, doulas, lactation counselors, and midwives' assis-
tants. These sorts of educators and practitioners support
women in gaining the most personal, most thorough, and
most considerate care available. FSTM believes that birth
is a natural, not a medical condition, and that it should be
treated as such.
My goals in coming into this internship were to better
understand the operation of a not-for-profit women's health
organization and to be competent in some of the administra-
tive duties that are necessary for running this sort of facility.
My goals were met and exceeded. Right away, I learned
how to file official reports such as licensing requests and
accreditation renewals. One of the most important skills for
a non-profit worker is being able to raise funds. The school's
Executive Director, Jana Borino, made me her right-hand
woman on the school's largest fundraising campaign that
will supply money for the building of a community center to
house the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery and the
Birth Center of Gainesville. Through this, I have gained the
ability to employ just the right language for obtaining dona-
tions in a tasteful and non-obnoxious manner.
Working in this environment has helped me to realize that
I feel dedicated to women's health issues. I am now certain
that I want to pursue a career in a non-profit women's health
organization. Many of the women involved with the school
have experience in different types of activism, and I have
been inspired by their activist dedication. I am so glad that
I completed my internship requirement at FSTM. I could not
have hoped for a better experience. I would recommend
interning at the midwifery school to any women's studies
student who is interested in women's health and is open to
working hard and learning new things. I feel privileged that
the directors have asked me to carry on as a paid member
of their staff. --Megan Sapp

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Yelizaveta Batres, Women's Studies student assistant,
is graduating with her B.A. in both Political Science and
Russian. In the Fall, Liz will attend UF Levin College of
Law where she will focus on International Law.

Kim Helm, Graduate Research Assistant in Women's
Studies, will graduate with her M.A. in Women's Studies.
Kim is taking a year off to travel with her band, and will
continue her graduate work in Fall 2005.

Katie Leung, student assistant in the Women's Studies
office, is graduating with her B.A. in Political Science.
Katie was one of four students from UF accepted into the
Teach for America program through Americorps. Katie will
teach middle or high school Social Studies in Charlotte,
North Carolina.

Student News:

Lovey Chan and Jennifer Paelmo, Women's Studies
majors, were accepted into the UF Scholars Program for
2004-2005. Dr. M.J. Hardman will mentor them through-
out their year-long project.

Virginia Hamner, Graduate Student in Women's Studies,
participated in a rountable on "Global Sex Rights" at the
Southeastern Women's Studies Association Conference
in March.

Kimberly Helm, Graduate Student in Women's Studies,
received a travel grant to attend the Southeastern
Women's Studies Association conference in March and
to participate in a roundtable discussion on "Global Sex

Laura Minor, Graduate Student in Women's Studies,
presented a paper titled "Too Confessional to be Cool,
Too Confessional to Rule: A Feminist Analysis of
Reception and the Confessional Women Poets" at the
Graduate Student Conference at UCLA in March. She
also received a travel grant to attend the Southeastern
Women's Studies Association conference where she par-
ticipated in a roundtable on "Global Sex Rights" and pre-
sented a paper on Dolly Parton.

Christina Reitz, Graduate Student in Musicology and
Women's Studies student, presented a paper at the
Southern Regional Conference of The College Music
Society titled "Maria Szymanowska: Marriage of Music
and Literature" and won outstanding student paper.










Transgender Activist Janice Carney
Speaks as Part of
People Awareness Week

Janice Carney, the Executive Director of the Florida
Gender Equality Project, gave a talk titled "The Need
for Transgender Inclusion in Human Rights Ordinances"
sponsored in part by a mini-grant written by Paula
Ambroso. The grant was awarded by the People
Awareness Week mini-grant committee, and was spon-
sored by CWSGR, PRIDE Community Center of North
Central Florida, UF Dean of Students Office, and UF Vice
President of Student Affairs Office. Ms. Carney spoke
to a room of about 45 students, faculty, and community
members about the the many difficulties faced by trans-
gendered individuals on both public (political) and private

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