Thursday, September 30, 2010

Meryl Streep Speaks Out For The National Women's History Museum

No Women's History Museum for you Ms. Streep!

Coburn, DeMint Block National Women’s History Museum Because ‘Quilters’ And ‘Cowgirl’ Museums Already Exist


Two senators put hold on women's museum

And finally...
Take an on-line tour of the museum's virtual exhibit.

If we lived in Germany, we'd be featured in this magazine

Thanks Jezebel for always finding us cool links.

Be sure and scroll through all of the lovely images.

By: Daphne Strassmann

Debrief: Girls' Groups Project - Spring 2010

During the Spring, Assistant Professor Amy-Rutstein Riley organized Lesley's first Service Learning course: Girlhood, Identity, and Girl Culture. The course was designed to combine the theory of Girls' Studies with an experiential learning component. Twenty Lesley undergraduates successfully planned, organized and facilitated two girls' groups for middle school girls from Cambridge.

Group 1, Week 2

Lesley students worked with middle school students in small groups to make media collages. The collages reflected positive vs. negative images that are portrayed about women in the media and was a powerful introduction to media literacy for both Lesley students and the young girls. The girls presented their completed media collages to the larger group.

Group 1, Week 4

At the beginning of our discussion on cliques, the girls were asked to write something mean they have said about someone on a poster. Group members were able to talk about cliques and how it was hurtful to be excluded at school. At the end of the session, the girls ripped up the "mean word" poster to demonstrate progress.

Group 1, Week 4

Skits were created and performed by small groups on the topic of bullying. Scenarios were acted out in front of the larger group on issues like spreading rumors and stereotypes. The skits allowed group members to act as a team toward a common goal and generated discussion about bullying.

Group 1, Week 5

Old shoe boxes, magazine clippings, and glitter were used to create Identity Boxes. The outside of the box was designed to reflect how the girls are perceived on the outside, and the inside of the boxes represented their genuine identities.

Celebration, Week 7

The last meeting was dedicated to celebrating the girls and the work that they had done. The event took place at Alumni Hall and an intimate group from Lesley and Cambridge were invited to attend. The girls' artwork was displayed to form a gallery walk. Both Lesley and middle school girls were asked to speak about their experience. Each girl was presented with a book which had pictures and excepts from the girls'

By: Marie LaFlamme

Links to Marie's previous project posts:

November 2009:

February 2010:

Contact Amy Rutstein-Riley at with any questions about this project!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Oh! some men like their women more '50 years ago-like'

“For me, they were like a princess,” she said. “And I kept those pictures in my mind, and I made a wish that one day I would like to be one of those ladies.” So begins the article. Read more here:

By Daphne Strassmann
Via Jezebel from NYT and The Nation

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Amazing Graceful Intelligent Articulation

I read Jezebel frequently. I actually go to it as many times, if not more, than I do Google news. There are many reasons for parking brain on Jezebel's blog. I get witty Tim Gunnquips from Project Runway, I feast on photo-shopping disasters, get a bit of tabloid trash, but most importantly, I hook on to links that describe a woman's world outside of my living room couch. Today, I found a gem, which I need to share with you. Listen and learn from Melissa Harris Lacewell, while being thankful that women like her have a brain and influence on higher learning.

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Posted by: Daphne Strassmann

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Lesley faculty and staff writer's group returns

It is that time again. We're going to have a wonderful kick-off to our group this fall 2010 semester. Celia Jeffries will be leading the group in a productive workshop which will re-spark your semester's resolutions for all of your writing projects.

The workshop:

Back in the Saddle

Is it time to ‘re-vision’ your writing project? Time to take a closer look, a different perspective, time for a jump-start? In this first session we’ll discuss revision as an on-going part of the writing process and use one or two exercises to begin that process.

About Celia:

Celia Jeffries, MA Brandeis, MFA Lesley University, has an extensive background in education, journalism, and publishing. She is an Amherst Writers and Artists Affiliate and trainer and led workshops in the Boston area for over six years before moving to Western Massachusetts. Her work has appeared in several publications, including the anthology Beyond the Yellow Wallpaper and Westview, Writer's Chronicle and Celia is the managing editor of Patchwork Journal, has served in the Writer-in-Residence program at Forbes Library, and on the faculty of Lesley University in Cambridge Massachusetts. She is currently on the faculty of Writers in Progress in Northampton, Massachusetts.