Blast from the Past: an interview with a UI Alumni who worked at the Women’s Center


Photos of the Women's Center family. Photo Credit: Linda Mann
Photos of the UI Women’s Center family back in the 70’s. Photo Credit: Linda Mann

By Lindsey Heflin

“How do you feel about Lesbians and gay people?”

Linda Mann sat in her chair during the interview, across from the women who watched her quietly, patiently awaiting a response that could potentially make or break the interview.

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A Mother-Daughter Bond like None Other

Sandi pic
Sandi’s daughter, Molly, posing for a picture with her 6 half-siblings at a reunion last summer, in Spirit Lake, ID. Photo Credit: Sandi Klingler

By Lindsey Heflin

Growing up, like most girls, Sandi Klingler envisioned herself getting married and having kids. It wasn’t until she was about 30 years old that Sandi began to realize that her fertility clock was ticking and while she had great relationships with great men, she hadn’t met the man she wanted to marry, nor have kids with.

That’s when she turned to an alternative method: artificial insemination.

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My Measurements Are . . .

Women in glittering gold cocktail dresses, stand before the audience giving statistics, rather than their waist measurements.
At the Miss Peru 2018 competition, competitors gave statistics on violence against women, rather than the measurements of their waist. Photo Credit: Maine Public

By Lindsey Heflin 

“My name is Luciana Fernández and I represent the city of Huánuco, and my measurements are: 13,000 girls suffer sexual abuse in our country.”

“My name is Bélgica Guerra and I represent Chincha. My measurements are: the 65% of university women who are assaulted by their partners.”

“My name is Melody Calderon and I represent La Libertad and my figures are: 81 percent of attacks on girls under 5 years old are [committed by] people close to the family.”

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The Power of the Painful Pumps

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By Lindsey Heflin 

Beauty is pain, but does it have to be? Like most women, I am often mystified by the beauty of high heels, and when trying them on in front of the mirror, I’m gleeful at the appearance; heels do a particularly good job at showcasing a woman’s calf muscles.

However, after wearing high heels at a recent wedding for only an hour, I found myself detesting the towering height of the shoes. My feet were screaming in pain, and the blisters that followed weren’t so fun either. And the thought occurred to me: I cannot be the only one, right?

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Title Nine – The Story Behind the Store

Seven women, in various Title Nine clothing skiing, climbing, swimming and doing all kinds of active and fun activities.
Title Nine’s models in action. Photo credit:

By Lindsey Heflin

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” – Title IX, Education Amendment of 1972

In 1972, Title IX, one of the most pivotal pieces of legislation to pass in congress, changed the course of history for women in the world of sports.

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Boy Scouts are Now Accepting Girls

Young boys and girls cheering in excitement.
Scouts cheering in excitement. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

By Lindsey Heflin 

On Wednesday, Oct. 11, also known as the International Day of the Girl Child day, the Boy Scouts of America announced that they were breaking tradition and for the first time in the organization’s history, they would allow girls into the program.

The Boy Scouts national board chairman, Randall Stephenson said, “I’ve seen nothing that develops leadership skills and discipline like this organization. It is time to make these outstanding leadership development programs available to girls.”

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Saudi Women Receive the Right to Drive

Saudi man saying, "Here's your car." He passes the keys to a Saudi woman and the car is a self-driving car. Essentially defeating the purpose of driving at all.
Patrick Chappatte is an editorial cartoonist for The New York Times. He published this comic on Sept. 28, 2017.

By Lindsey Heflin

On Nov.6, 1990, almost four dozen women staged a protest in the capital of Riyadh. The women were protesting Saudi Arabia’s ban on women driving. For half an hour, these women peacefully protested by driving their cars in a convoy until police detained them.

The group of women received harsh punishments for their actions, such as being stripped of their foreign travel abilities for a year, fired from any government position many of the women possessed, and all the women became permanently labeled as “immoral women,” whose goal was said to be “destroying all the good workings of the Saudi Aribia government.”

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