Pittsburgh Gender Scholars Consortium

Gender Scholar Job Posting

Full-Time Lecturer Position in Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies  •  University of Pittsburgh

The Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies (GSWS) program at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a non-tenure-stream Lecturer position to begin fall 2020. We are seeking a dynamic, innovative teacher who works at the intersection of critical race/ethnicity studies and gender/sexuality studies. The initial appointment is for one year, followed by a three-year renewable term. The teaching load is three courses per semester.

See job posting here.

Outside the Academy Series: Marian Aguiar on “Arranging Marriage”

November 12, 2019  •  7PM  •  Alphabet City

Outside the Academy Lecture Series: Aguiar (who is a member of the Pittsburgh Gender Scholars Consortium) will present research from her recent book Arranging Marriage and answer audience questions. More information and free tickets here.

Arranging Marriage: Conjugal Agency in the South Asian Diaspora provides the first sustained analysis of arranged marriage as a transnational cultural phenomenon, revealing how its meaning has been continuously reinvented within the South Asian diaspora of Britain, the United States, and Canada. Aguiar identifies and analyzes representations of arranged marriage in an interdisciplinary set of texts—from literary fiction and Bollywood films, to digital and print media, to contemporary law and policy on forced marriage. Aguiar interprets depictions of South Asian arranged marriage to show we are in a moment of conjugal globalization, identifying how narratives about arranged marriage bear upon questions of consent, agency, state power, and national belonging.

Marian Aguiar is an Associate Professor of English in Literary & Cultural Studies in the Department of English at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Aguiar’s fields of expertise include culture and globalization, postcolonial studies, and feminism, with particular interest in the study of South Asia and the South Asian diaspora. Her most recent book, Arranging Marriage: Conjugal Agency in the South Asian Diaspora (University of Minnesota, 2018) looks at gendered cultural narratives produced in transnational contexts, identifying how narratives about arranged marriage bear upon questions of consent, agency, state power, and national belonging. Her work now continues to explore both transnationalism and the imagination of movement with her current book project Refugee Mobilities and as co-editor of the Palgrave McMillan book series Studies in Mobilities, Literature and Culture.

5th Annual Gender Equity Symposium

November 2, 2019  •  Chatham University

Free and open to the public. Childcare provided. Registration required.


This year’s symposium offers our community the time and space to do a deep dive together into the white paper, “Pittsburgh’s Inequality Across Gender and Race.” Released recently by Pittsburgh’s Gender Equity Commission, this groundbreaking report on gender and racial inequality in our city found serious disparities for all women, and especially for Black women and girls. Conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, the report looked at 50 different outcomes related to health, income, employment, and education.

The findings are stark, including: Pittsburgh’s Black maternal mortality rate is higher than 97 percent of other cities. Pittsburgh’s Black women are also less likely to be employed and more likely to live in poverty than Black women in 85 percent of cities. And Black men are experiencing higher occupational segregation, homicide rates, cancer and cardiovascular disease compared to Black men in other cities.

For many of Pittsburgh’s Black residents, these statistics are not surprising. However, this report does more than tell us what many already know. It does two new things that no analysis has offered before. First, the report uses an intersectional approach, looking at both gender and race together. This is the first gender analysis in the country to produce an empirical report on residents’ wellbeing that examines both of these at once. Second, the researchers created a brand new tool that compared Pittsburgh’s livability to 89 other cities. Even more important, the tool demonstrates where local factors are particularly impacting inequality, which suggests where interventions will be most effective.

As the report makes clear, Pittsburgh must address the reality that it is less livable for Black residents, and particularly Black women and girls, than the majority of U.S. cities. The factors described in the report are impacting real people, right now. Black women and girls are not just numbers or statistics, and the entire city has an obligation to act. This symposium is one opportunity to be involved. (To learn more about the Gender Equity Commission and the next steps it will be taking, please see the GEC Statement here.)


During the morning’s plenary session, the University of Pittsburgh scholars will walk us through the data and major findings. We will also have a moderated panel and audience Q&A. After their presentation, the audience will then move to break out sessions facilitated by community leaders, members of the Gender Equity Commission, and faculty members of the Pittsburgh Gender Scholars Consortium. When you register, you will choose one of four thematic areas from the report for your break out session (Health, Income & Poverty, Employment, and Education). The break out sessions will offer participants the opportunity to ask questions and engage in robust conversation around the issues raised in the report. The goal is to use our time together to tap the depth and breadth of expertise in our community with the aim of presenting actionable items to the Gender Equity Commission, which will be making policy recommendations to the City.


8:30AM Registration, coffee, networking

9:30AM Opening session / morning keynote, featuring University of Pittsburgh research team

11:00AM Moderated panel and Q&A

12:00PM Breakout sessions with lunch

1:00PM Wrap up


The symposium is open to all gender scholars, students, organizational leaders, policy makers, and community members committed to issues related to women, girls, and gender equity. For the past several years, the symposium has “sold out” within minutes. This year, we are adding seats and changing the format to accommodate more people. Thanks to sponsorship from the Women’s Institute at Chatham University, the symposium will remain free and open to the public with registration. Lunch is included. Childcare is available upon request with registration.


The morning sessions will feature scholars who co-authored the report,
“Pittsburgh’s Inequality Across Gender and Race”:

  • Junia Howell, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. Howell’s research focuses on how cities can foster equity for all residents.
  • Sara Goodkind, Ph.D., M.S.W., is Associate Professor of Social Work, Sociology, and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on social service programs and systems that work with young people.
  • Leah A. Jacobs, Ph.D., M.S.W., is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh. She studies criminal justice involvement and behavioral health, focusing on related socio-structural risk factors and points of intervention.
  • Dominique Branson, is a graduate student in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Pittsburgh. She studies the correlation between African American Language and the social outcomes of Black Americans, particularly in the U.S. Criminal Justice System.
  • Liz Miller, M.D., Ph.D. is Professor in Pediatrics, Public Health, and Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh and Director of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Her research addresses interpersonal violence prevention and adolescent health promotion in clinical and community settings.

Intersectionality: Gender, Race, and Systemic Implications for Black Girls

September 26-27, 2019  •  University of Pittsburgh

Gwen’s Girls and the Black Girls Equity Alliance, in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh, present the 4th Annual Equity Summit & Awards Reception, Intersectionality: Gender, Race, & Systemic Implications for Black Girls. Day One will begin with an update on systemic issues impacting Black Girls locally and nationally, followed by an exclusive screening of “PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools,” a documentary film by Monique W. Morris, Ed.D. and Women in the Room Productions. A panel discussion with Dr. Morris will follow the documentary screening. Day Two will be filled with plenary sessions, panel discussions, and breakout sessions with local and national experts focused on advancing equity for Black Girls. Featured speakers include: Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, Leading Authority in the area of civil rights, Black feminist legal theory, and race, racism, and the law; Dr. Venus Evans-Winters, Therapist, Author, and Researcher with a focus on educational policy analysis and racial trauma inside and outside of schools; and Dr. Jamilia Blake, Clinical Psychologist, Researcher, and leading voice on the construct of Adultification of Black Girls. Additional information about the summit can be found here.

EMILY’s List and the Legacy of Women Supporting Women in Politics

September 25, 2019  •  6PM  •  Chatham University

The Hollander Lecture in Women’s Leadership

“Women Supporting Women in Politics: The Legacy of EMILY’s List”


Betsy Crone ‘67, one of the Founding Mothers of EMILY’s List

in conversation with

Ashleigh Deemer ‘05, Co-Founder, Women for the Future of Pittsburgh

Marita Garrett, MAP ‘15, Mayor, Wilkinsburg, PA

Register and more information here:


Just Films 2019-2020 Season

September 2019 – April 2020 • Chatham University

Announcing Season Four of the Just Films series! Eight new documentaries about gender and intersectional social justice issues, most screening for the first time in Pittsburgh: September 2019 through March 2020.

Sponsored by the Chatham University Women’s Institute, Gwen’s Girls, the Women and Girls Foundation, the Women’s Law Project, and YWCA Greater Pittsburgh.

Free and open to the public. Please register to receive important information about each screening (not required for attendance, but it helps you and us!)

Unless otherwise noted, all screenings at 6:30PM at Chatham University’s Shadyside campus.

Each film will be followed by a panel discussion or talk-back session to keep the dialogue going.

Climate, Gender, and Sustainability: From Local Activism to Global Reform

September 19-20, 2019 • University of Pittsburgh

Global Town Hall on “Climate, Gender, and Sustainability:  From Local Activism to Global Reform.”

Leading into the Town Hall will be a screening of Taking Root:  The Vision of Wangari Maathai.  Maathai, a Pitt alum, won the Nobel Peace Prize for her work founding the Green Belt Movement.  Her daughter Wanjira Mathai, Chair of the Wangari Maathai Foundation and Co-Chair of the World Resources Institute’s Global Restoration Council, will be a keynote speaker at the Town Hall on Fri. Sept. 20 at 1 pm.
The Global Town Hall officially begins with a lecture Thurs. Sept. 19 at 5:30 by Paulo Magalháes, “Common Home of Humanity:  Creating the Legal Environment to Meet Climate and Nature Emergencies.”  FREE tickets and live-streaming are available at
TakingRoot Flyer 3.0

Summer Writing Retreats!

Dear Pittsburgh Gender Scholars,

Need to get some writing done this summer? Our mini-writing retreats have been very successful in helping folks write (entire books have been published!). 

You are cordially invited to join your colleagues from the Pittsburgh Gender Scholars Consortium for structured writing time, with feedback and encouragement from peers, time to learn about each other’s work, and lots of coffee. Thanks to support from Chatham University, we are able to provide lunch. We meet on the lovely Shadyside campus and there is free parking.

You are welcome to come to any or all dates that work for you — but please register asap as room is limited! You may rsvp to Melody Harris ( who also keeps a waiting list for each session and will contact you if space opens up. Please also let her know of any dietary restrictions or accommodations you might need.

Tuesday, May 28, 9:15AM – 3PM

Thursday, June 13, 9:15AM – 3PM

Thursday, June 27, 9:15AM – 3PM

Thursday, July 11, 9:15AM – 3PM

Thursday, July 25, 9:15AM – 3PM


If you are signing up for a date, please be sure you can attend for the full time, as late arrivals or early departures create a distraction for everyone. We will use this schedule:

9:15am ­­– 9:30am            Coffee, establish personal goals for the day, settle in

9:30am – 11:00am          In chairs working

11:00am – 11:15am        Break

11:15am – 12:30pm        In chairs working

12:30pm – 1:00pm          Lunch break and discussion of work

1:00pm – 2:45pm            In chairs working

2:45pm – 3:00pm            Wrap up, sharing, feedback

Please be sure to RSVP to Melody right away, and let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing you — and learning more about your project(s)!



Jessie B. Ramey, Ph.D.
Director, Women’s InstituteAssociate Professor, Women’s & Gender Studies
Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
o: 412.365.1446
m: 412.880.7200
My pronouns are she / her
I am also Chair, Gender Equity Commission, City of Pittsburgh

Medical Bondage and the Birth of American Gynecology

March 28, 2019 •  4:30PM  •  Carnegie Mellon University

The 13th Annual Margaret Morrison Distinguished Lecture in Women’s History

Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens
Associate Professor of History at Queens College, CUNY

4:00 Reception
4:30 Talk

Simmons A
Tepper Quad
Carnegie Mellon University

In Medical Bondage, Cooper Owens explores how, in the nineteenth century, experimental surgeries on enslaved and laboring women enabled the rise of American gynecology as a medical specialty, and shaped Americans’ understanding of race. Merging women’s, medical, and social history, she makes Black and Irish women’s lives—not just their bodies—part of an origins story of American medicine, one that has largely been told with an exclusive focus on white male historical actors.

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