Category: MIIS Update

Women Communicating for Social Change is Way of Life

by Brittany Lane and Nükhet Kardam – USA – Entrepreneurship, or the process of starting a business or organization, has long been essential for healthy and growing economies. For the past several years, however, the burgeoning field of social entrepreneurship

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Looking for the Feminine Vision at Tribeca Film Festival

Twenty-five years ago Jane Campion, the Academy Award winning screenwriter and first woman director to win the Palme d’Or at Cannes, told the Philadelphia Enquirer she was “lucky to be making movies in Australia … To deny women directors, as I

What Makes a Hoosier?

by Kelley Calvert – USA – Hoosiers are a proud lot even if we cannot always explain where the term came from. Most people lose interest anyway, right after asking, “Where exactly is Indiana again?” They do not know that

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What Would César Chávez Do?

This past Tuesday, March 31, 2015, marked the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Delano Grape Strike and the second annual César Chávez Day (officially declared by President Obama last year). All week, communities across the country held celebrations and set

Truth in the Media

The WIP Executive Editor, Kate Daniels Kurz, is interviewed on Wagner & Winick On the Law, a legal talk radio program broadcast on KSCO AM 1080 on Saturday afternoons from 4-5 p.m. (PST). For more information, visit

The WIP Celebrates “Women, Media and Social Change” for International Women’s Day

Sunday, March 8, 2015, marked the 104th observance of International Women’s Day. According to the United Nations, the day was initiated in Copenhagen to honor the movement for women’s rights and build support for universal suffrage. Now, International Women’s Day

Documenting the Dark Side of Maternal Mental Health

by Danielle Steer -USA – Suicide is a common postpartum complication. When I first heard that 1 in 7 women suffer from a maternal mental health complication like pregnancy depression or postpartum depression and that 1 in 1000 will suffer

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Iran’s Nuclear Program: A Generational Divide

by Ghazal Rahmanpanah -Iran/USA- In the summer of 2013, three decades after the end of the Iranian hostage crisis, the windows of the former United States embassy in the heart of downtown Tehran were washed once again and colorful murals

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Forced Migration and Humanitarian Aid Lecture with Dr. Dawn Chatty

The division of Social, Behavioral and Global Studies (SBGS) of California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB), The Women’s International Perspective (The WIP), and the division of Humanities and Communication (HCOM) of CSUMB are proud to welcome Dr. Dawn Chatty on

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi: A Remarkable Afghan Change Agent

On October 29, the MIIS Community met Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, a self-described ‘social entrepreneur’ from Afghanistan. Immersed in The WIP nearly every day, it is rare to meet a woman who can and does change the course of what I feel a