CWO Elections!!!

We interrupt your normally scheduled procession of GBM content posts to give you the good news:


We’re sending out applications and office descriptions in the weekly email so make sure you’re on our list. Being a part of the CWO board enables you to be a bigger part of decisions and to have a say in what we do as an organization. In board meetings, we discuss upcoming events and how they’re being handled, possible collaborations, assign responsibilities to board members, and bounce ideas off of each other for potential events. Being on the board is a great opportunity to learn how to be a leader in a campus organization. It’s also a chance to meet and work with the university’s administrators and to enact real change on our campus. Send us an email stating you’d like to run at

Here’s the low down on the stuffs:

  • When: March 29th, 9pm, WPU 837
  • Eligibility: You must have attended one general body meeting to vote and two general body meetings to run for a position.
  • The positions open to all members are all co-chair positions and office administrator.
  • The roles of President and Vice President must be filled by people who have already held positions on the board (sorry, not sorry).

Look ahead for more specifics:

President: The President of CWO serves as the figurehead for the organization. They organize and chair Steering Committee meetings and facilitate general body meetings while at all times considering the vision and mission of the organization. The President fills the roles of vacant officers until new ones are appointed and upholds, supports, and implements all decisions made by the Steering Committee. In addition, the President signs all official forms, delegates duties to other officers and assists with event coordinators and officers as needed. The President also oversees the Office Administrator, Vice President, and Business Manager as well as weekly meetings with the Advisor.
Vice President: The Vice President of CWO assumes the role of President if the President is unable to attend meetings. The Vice President mediates issues between Outreach, Public Relations and Political Action chairs and their vice chairs. In addition, the Vice President maintains a working relationship with the President through bi-weekly meetings.
Business Manager: The Business Manager of CWO maintains the financial reports and submits budgets requests in October and March. Additionally, the Business Manager prepares and submits all supplemental requests and budget modification requests.
Office Administrator: The Office Administrator of CWO records minutes of all Steering Committee meetings and emails the minutes to other Board members within 48 hours of the Steering Committee meeting. In addition, the Office Administrator is in charge of all room reservation requests, as well as tech set up and food donations. The Office Administrator is in charge of sending out weekly emails to CWO members with information about upcoming events and community activities.
Public Relations Co-Chairs: The Public Relations Co-Chairs of CWO promote and produce flyers and advertisements for CWO events. The Public Relations Co-Chairs are also in charge of distributing these flyers and maintaining the Facebook page and group. They look for new and innovative ways to promote CWO events.
Community Outreach Co-Chairs: The Community Outreach Co-Chairs of CWO are ambassadors for the organization and set up co-sponsorships and collaborations with other organizations. Additionally, the Community Outreach Co-Chairs are responsible for being informed about university and community events and informing the members of CWO. They work to recruit new members and stay in contact with organizations throughout Pittsburgh, such as Pittsburgh Action Against Rape and Planned Parenthood.
Political Action Co-Chairs: The Political Action Co-Chairs of CWO create and execute political campaigns unique to CWO’s mission statement with the help of national coalition partners (such as Choice USA, Feminist Majority Foundation). In addition, the Political Action Co-Chairs of CWO are responsible for staying informed of federal and state legislation and reporting this information back to board members.
So, will you answer the call?
-Pitt CWO

Critical History of Feminism

From Tuesday, March 1.

The Waves

The “Wave Model” was first established by Martha Lear of NYT, 1968
First Wave (19th-early 20th cty)
Focus on women’s suffrage
Prohibition was a feminist concern

Second Wave (1950s-1980s)
Reproductive rights & wage/job equality
Can women “HAVE IT ALL?”

Problems with the Waves
Overwhelmingly catered to white women
Assumed that women want to “have it all”
Erases  women’s movements that happened in between the waves
What problems do YOU have with the waves?

Some More Waves
Third Wave (1990-???)
whether we’re still in the “third wave” is widely debated
focus on rape, sexual assault, patriarchy
“Riot Grrrl” movement in punk music
female empowerment!
tried to tackle intersectionality, especially issues brought up by colonialism

White Feminism
Describes feminists that use ideology that serves only middle to upper class, cis, straight, white women
Assumes that white women experience misogyny in the same way all women experience misogyny
EXAMPLE: After Viola Davis gave her acceptance speech at the 2015 Emmys, she experienced backlash from her fellow actress, Nancy Lee Grahn, who claimed she’d never been discriminated against

Feminist Icons
Simone de Beauvoir
Susan B Anthony
Angela Davis
Gloria Steinem
Alice Walker
Laverne Cox
Françoise d’Eaubonne
Gloria Anzaldua
Amandla Stenberg
Rowan Blanchard
Zendaya Coleman

Dorothy Height
Major civil rights leader
Grew up in Pittsburgh suburb
Served as president for the National Council of Negro Women from 1957 – 1997
Did major work on the Belmont Report, a response to the Tuskegee Syphilis Study
Received Presidential Medal of Freedom (1994) and Congressional Gold Medal (2004)

Kakenya Ntaiya
Earned a doctorate in education at Pitt
Founded the Kakenya Center for Excellence in Kenya, which focuses on girls’ education and the harmful practices that prevent girls and women from shaping their own destinies, such as genital mutilation and child marriage
The center provides quality education, comprehensive support for their daily needs and a community-focused approach to empower girls and women to take control of their lives

Alternatives to Feminism
a social change perspective based upon the everyday problems and experiences of black women; seeks methods to eradicate inequalities not just for black women, but for all people

school of thought that favors equality for all people; all people should be treated as equals and have the same political, economic, social, and civil rights.

Backlash against feminism
Men’s Rights Movement (started 1970s)
Focuses on false rape accusations, criminalization of marital rape, adoption, domestic violence, suicide
Meninism  (started early 2000s)
Focuses on misandry, father’s rights, disproportionate prison sentences, suicide
Independent Women’s Forum
Promotes traditional family roles
other examples include the Women Against Feminism movement happening on social media

An anti-suffrage headquarters in 1911


What are some shortcomings of contemporary feminism?
Continuing in the legacy of past waves, the microphone of feminism continues to be given to white, privileged, cis women.
Feminism can fails to overcome the misconceptions surrounding it.
Continues to be division between different “types” or “sects” of feminism.

Are we “All in this together?”
Should all approaches to women’s rights and the rights of gender minorities be united or grouped under the term- feminism?


Why do we need feminism?
Many of the issues that feminists have fought for in history continue into today.
Even with its traditional flaws, feminism starts a really important conversation.
See also quotes like this:
“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down” -Todd Akin (commenting on pregnancy resulting from rape)

Final Thoughts…
Our feminism should prioritise trans women, queer women, WOC, disabled women, poor women, intersex women, fat women, and all of the different ways these identities (and more) intersect because throughout history they have never been a priority for anyone else