Grow with me!

Image of my cousin and I at a peace rally holding signs that say "mi casa es su casa" and "when people show you who they are believe them"
This is me (pictured left) and my cousin (pictured right) at a peace rally in response to Trumps travel ban in 2016.

By Katrina Arellano

Hey there, Katrina here! I am so excited to not only be writing for the Women’s Center, but to also have many conversations with you all! There are various social issues I care about and having this opportunity to detail my thoughts and hear what you have to say should be a lot of fun. To give some more background on myself, I am a 24-year-old senior with a severe case of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). I do not let my ADHD hold me back and instead I embrace my diagnosis as a gift and perhaps a super power. Before I was diagnosed at the age of 21, I had no idea how to manage my behaviors and impulsivity.

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Bailey Jean is Not Your Lover

Bailey at the women's march, smiling, and holding a sign with a uterus on it that says, "Grow a Pair."
Me at the 2019 Spokane Women’s March

By Bailey Brockett

Oh, hello! My name is Bailey Brockett, and I will be one of the contributing writers for the Women’s Center Blog this semester. I would like to introduce myself a bit more in depth to all of you. Bailey Jean Brockett is my full name, and it is frequently compared to the famous Michael Jackson song, Billie Jean. Other nicknames include Bee, and Jailey Bean – a play on “jelly bean.” I am a second-year English student in my undergrad here at the University of Idaho. I would eventually like to teach English at the secondary level. Some of the most inspiring people in my life have been my English teachers, and I genuinely hope I can carry on that legacy.

Outside of school, when that rarely happens, I fulfill my burning desires for all sorts of odd hobbies and activities. On the more normal end of the spectrum, I write for my personal blog, which I have had for a year now, and for others. I’ve had a piece published in Vandalism, the university’s undergraduate journal that is produced by Sigma Tau Delta. I’m attempting to rekindle the passionate flame I once had for reading, but it is proving difficult as my attention span has decreased immensely since middle school. I try to create art when I’m feeling inspired, but this is a rare occurrence and I often just binge Bob’s Burgers.

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I Go By Addie

By Madeleine Clow

The first time I went on stage by myself to perform, I had written a piece about my older sister being sexually assaulted. It was F-Word Live! in my sophomore year. I had finally found the spark I needed to ignite my passion for writing and activism.

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Visiting Banff Natl. Park this summer

I am a senior English major with an emphasis in creative writing for poetry. This year, I work on campus at the Information Desk, and last year, I worked with the Center for Volunteerism and Social Action as an Alternative Service Break Coordinator. My sophomore year I also work-studied for the Women’s Center, where I got to deepen my feminist ideals and meet other like-minded individuals that are hard to come by in a small rural town in Idaho. Through my four years at the University of Idaho I have harnessed my passion for writing poetry and become confident in my worldview and sharing it with others. Continue reading “I Go By Addie”

Intro to the Editor

Me, the editor, in a gender bent cosplay of Ryuji Sakamato from Persona 5.

Hello there! I’m Amy Alfredson, the editor of the Women’s Center Blog. It is my pleasure to introduce myself to you in the hopes you understand a bit more about me when reading some of the articles here. I am a first year M.A. English student here at the University of Idaho. I received my B.A. in English at the University of Oregon in Eugene and came into my current personal and political ideologies there. As a developing literary critic, I like to look for queering or ambivalence of gender and sexuality in literature, specifically in novels from the 18thand 19thcenturies. I find there is no better motivation for studying and researching than being able to claim and prove a character is highly progressive in an older text. 

Slightly outside of the realm of class and studies, I participate in the U of I marching band. This is my first year marching with this band, but I have marched trumpet for the last six years in high school and at my last university. I am absolutely in love with the music we play, especially the fact that we play both Nintendo and Foo Fighters in the same field show. I’m also a beginning member of the fencing club on campus. It has been my dream for so long to learn how to fence, and it is nice to see a large presence of women in a sport that was originally created for duels between men. 

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Practicing in the Mirror

By Kate Ringer

Note: The following piece is a fictionalized account of real events.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Real Big Deal

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg, otherwise known as RBG, is the second woman ever to be appointed to the Supreme Court. She was appointed by Bill Clinton in 1993 and after the first woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court, Sandra Day O’Connor, retired, she was the only woman on the court for a while. In 1972, Ginsburg co-founded the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and, in 1973, she became the ACLU’s general counsel.

The Women’s Rights Project and related ACLU projects participated in over 300 gender discrimination cases by 1974. All the while, RBG was a wife and mother. Within the first few years of this project, Ginsburg fought six cases of discrimination before the Supreme Court, and won five. She chose to focus not just on problems faced by women, but demonstrated that gender inequality was detrimental for both men and women. She took part in expanding the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to include women. She also argued for a widower with children who, when his wife passed, was unable to collect any benefits to help him support his dependents. She’s part of the reason that jury duty became mandatory for women as citizens of this nation, and why women in Oklahoma could legally drink at the same age as men. Continue reading “Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Real Big Deal”

Inspiration by Impact: A Highlight of Three Modern Female Musicians

three female musicians framed alongside one another
Left to Right: Liz Harris, Quay Dash, Kelly Moran

By Remington Jensen

For decades the work of female musicians has been undermined by the work of their male counterparts, yet in the 90s, 00s and now the 10s that will soon move into the 20s the music industry — and music as a whole — is straying away from an ongoing landscape that has been long dominated by men. The transition however could not be possible without forward thinking and passionate musicians, and in this article I have decided to take note of a few of these creative female producers that to me are pioneering this changing battleground of sound!

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