Special reporting by Brianna Willis and Maria Belen IturraldeArt by Caitlin RoarkShe was the only African American in her high school class of 63 students. Her friends often invited her to social gatherings to protect them because she looked scary; she was always placed in the back of the dance team; the administration chose a white student for homecoming queen, even though she … [Read more...] about If It Isn’t Intersectional, It Isn’t Feminism
Spring 2020: Everyday Feminism
Art by Elizabeth BrummerWhile academia has made great strides to include women’s voices, most syllabi are still centered on male perspectives, especially in the Pepperdine Humanities Department. For many of the current professors, the syllabi from which they learned often excluded women. English Professor Julianne Smith said in her undergraduate years at Abilene Christian … [Read more...] about Where are Women in Class Curricula?
Art by Madeline DuvallIn a world where girls have historically been limited in opportunities, diverse and powerful female characters serve as much needed role models. As a child, senior English major Anemone Hansen felt most drawn to storylines with strong female leads who were confident in themselves despite not adhering to traditional gender roles or expectations."She’s … [Read more...] about Seeking Average-Sized Damsel, Not in Distress
Photo courtesy of Ron Hall | Design by Logan Wood It is hard to miss the many awards that fill the walls of Cyndia Clegg’s office. But perhaps one of the most striking is a 1999 certificate from Pepperdine naming Clegg a distinguished professor of English. “I was the only woman distinguished professor until about the last decade,” Clegg said.Pepperdine grants … [Read more...] about Cyndia Clegg: Breaking Barriers on Campus
Art by Elizabeth BrummerThere are countless paths that women can venture down throughout a lifetime — motherhood, career, volunteering, traveling, learning, the list goes on. But despite this freedom, there comes a pressure to be checking off certain boxes.Even though women make up almost half of the current workforce, 77% of Americans say that women face high pressure to … [Read more...] about Unapologetically Her: Defying Expectations of Motherhood