Pittsburgh Gender Scholars Consortium

Zero Weeks

Just Films Series  •  Chatham University •  April 18, 2018  •  6:30PM

Most Americans agree that family comes first. No matter where you work or what zip code you live in, you should be able to welcome a new child, to care for your mother when she has her knee replaced or to heal from cancer without facing financial disaster.

And yet in 2016, only 14 percent of private sector workers in the U.S. reported having paid family leave through an employer; less than 40 percent have personal medical leave through an employer-provided temporary disability program. The United States and Papua New Guinea are the only countries in the world without a paid leave law. Because 44 percent of American households don’t have enough savings to cover their basic expenses for three months, families are often forced to choose between taking time off to care for a partner or parent with an unexpected medical emergency or continuing to work so that they can keep their job and health insurance. The crisis is just as bleak for new mothers. Nearly 1 in 4 mothers return to work within two weeks of having a baby. Without the protections of paid leave, new mothers are 40% more likely to need food stamps or public assistance.

Weaving powerful stories together with insightful interviews from leading policy makers, economists, researchers and activists, ZERO WEEKS lays out a compelling argument for guaranteed paid leave for every American worker. The film looks at paid leave from an emotional, medical, financial and global perspective.

ZERO WEEKS is the fourth documentary by award-winning director, Ky Dickens. As a female director, with a track record for creating poignant work known for shifting policy and public opinion, Dickens is an ideal filmmaker to tackle this project. Dickens was inspired to make a film about paid leave, after facing financial depletion, emotional turmoil and guilt of having “not enough time,” due to a lack of paid leave, after the birth of her first child.

Once a fringe issue, paid leave is now central in the national debate. The issue is not just political, it’s smart economics. The three states that have implemented their own policies — California, New Jersey and Rhode Island— have experienced greater economic stability. Companies like Google, which provide over 16 weeks of paid leave, have seen their rates of attrition fall by 50%. Paid leave is not just good for families, relationships, and the health of seniors, parents and children, but it’s beneficial for business and our nation’s ability to compete on a global scale.


The Revival: Women and the Word

March 21, 2018  •  6:30PM  •  Chatham University

Just Films Series, co-sponsored by the Chatham University Women’s Institute, Gwen’s Girls, Women and Girls Foundation, Women’s Law Project, and the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh.

The Revival: Women and the Word chronicles the US tour of a group of Black lesbian poets and musicians, who become present-day stewards of a historical movement to build community among queer women of color. Their journey to strengthen their community is enriched by insightful interviews with leading Black feminist thinkers and historians, including Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Nikki Finney, and Alexis Deveaux. As the group tours the country, the film reveals their aspirations and triumphs, as well as the unique identity challenges they face encompassing gender, race, and sexuality.
Stay after the film for a very special performance and talk-back with Pittsburgh’s own artist, Vanessa German, who is a Scholar in Residence at the Chatham Women’s Institute this spring.
Vanessa German, Citizen Artist (Speaker)


African Origins of Humanity: A Retrospective of my Time in the Field

March 13, 2018  •  4:30PM  •  Chatham University
Hollander Lecture in Women’s Leadership
Dr. Alison Brooks is a paleoanthropologist and Paleolithic archaeologist who has worked at numerous locations in Africa, France, the Levant, and northern China. A pioneering woman in her field, she is an expert on early modern humans, Paleolithic archaeology, physical anthropology, paleoanthropology, ethnoarchaeology, and geochronology and she is an important figure in the debate over when, where, and why modern Homo sapiens originated.

Dr. Brooks’ lecture is free and open to the public. Registration is requested. (

Cookie and punch reception to follow.

Countering Violent Extremism: What Do Women’s Rights have to do with it?

March 22, 2018  •  Carnegie Mellon University  •  4:30PM

Just Films: T-Rex

February 21, 2018  •  6:30PM  •  Chatham University

T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold is the coming-of-age story of boxing phenom Claressa Shields, who was just 17 years old when she won the Olympic gold medal for women’s boxing in 2012. The film traces her rise as an Olympic athlete from the streets of Flint to the podium in London, and the subsequent challenges and disappointments as Claressa watches fellow athletes receive recognition and endorsements while none come forward to support her, raising questions about race, class, and gender bias. Agents suggest she should soften her image, but Claressa is her own person, ready to push the boundaries while fighting for another gold and a better life.

Film screening followed by panel discussion/ Q&A.


Dr. Kerrie J. Kauer teaches in the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies program at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to her appointment at Pitt, Dr. Kauer was an Associate Professor at California State University, Long Beach in the Sociology of Sport. Her research, teaching, and activism include feminist and queer analysis of sport and human movement, the body and body image, and the intersections of sport and social justice. She’s authored numerous articles and book chapters, and her research has been published in Gender & Society, Sociology of Sport, and The Journal of Lesbian Studies. Dr. Kauer also serves on the editorial board for the sociology division of the Women in Sport & Physical Activity Journal.

Taunya Marie Tinsley, D.Min., Ph.D., NCC, LPC, has over 20 years working in the secondary and college/university academic, athletic and sporting environments. Dr. Tinsley has worked with the National Football Foundation, the National Football League (NFL). Most recently, she assisted the NFL Player Engagement with the mental health presentations at the NFL Rookies Symposium, the enhancement of the NFL Rookie Success Program, and the NFL Clinician Summit. Additionally Dr. Tinsley is the Owner of Transitions Counseling Service LLC and Life Skills Program that includes a ministry division, Love and Basketball Ministries, where she provides individual, marriage, family and group counseling and consultative services. Additionally, Dr. Tinsley is the Clinical Director of the Mount Ararat Baptist Church Counseling Center. Moreover Dr. Tinsley remains active in both the workplace and in the community advocating for and promoting organizations, helping professionals, and their clients. Dr. Tinsley served as the secretary of the Ethnic Concerns Committee of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics. In 2006, Dr. Tinsley collaborated with the American Counseling Association to develop, facilitate, and enhance the Sports Counseling Interest Network.

Karen Hall has spent over 20-years coaching college women’s and men’s basketball at several Division-I institutions, Today Karen works as an ESPN3 College Women’s Basketball Color Analyst. She Produces and host her own TV-Show “The Hall Pass” at Point Park University. She is Co-host of the weekly Neil Haley Sports TV & Syndicated Sports Radio Call-In Show. She is the Associate Executive Director/Communications Director for Ozanam Program, Inc. Public Speaker on topics ranging from Networking, Academics & Athletic, to Embracing Change. Works Men’s and Women’s Basketball Conferences and NCAA Championships. She owns High Performance Hoops. In addition, she is a Physical Education consultant with local area schools.

Intersectional Girlhood

February 12 and 13, 2018  •  University of Pittsburgh



January 16, 2018  •  4:00 PM  •  University of Pittsburgh, 501G CL

A Lecture by Stacy Alaimo
Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Texas – Arlington

Prof. Alaimo is an internationally recognized scholar of the environmental humanities and gender studies. She has published three monographs: Undomesticated Ground: Recasting Nature as Feminist Space (Cornell UP, 2000); Bodily Natures: Science, Environment, and the Material Self (Indiana UP, 2010); and Exposed: Environmental Politics and Pressures in Posthuman Times (U of Minnesota P, 2016). Bodily Natures won the ASLE (Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment) Award for Ecocriticism in 2011 and was featured in a special book session at the International Association of Environmental Philosophy in 2013. Alaimo also coedited Material Feminisms (Indiana UP 2008), and her edited collection Matter is forthcoming in 2017 (Macmillan). She is known for developing the concept of “trans-corporeality,” a concept widely in circulation and included as a key term in Rosi Braidotti’s The Posthuman Glossary (2017). Her current book project is entitled “Blue Ecologies: Science, Aesthetics, and the Creatures of the Abyss.”

Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century

February 2, 2018  •  1PM  •  Chatham University

Women’s Leadership Lecture Series with Dr. Tera Hunter, Professor, History and Center for African American Studies, Princeton University

“Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century”

Dr. Hunter will speak on her new book, “Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century.” It is the first comprehensive history of marriage among African Americans in the 19th century. Setting their own standards for conjugal relationships, enslaved husbands and wives were creative and, of necessity, practical in starting and supporting families under conditions of uncertainty and cruelty. Laws passed during Reconstruction, ostensibly to secure the civil rights of newly freed African American citizens, were often coercive and repressive. Informal antebellum traditions of marriage were criminalized, and the new legal regime became a convenient tool for plantation owners to discipline agricultural workers. Recognition of the right of African Americans to enter into wedlock on terms equal to whites would remain a struggle into the Jim Crow era, and its legacy would resonate well into the twentieth century.


Dr. Tera W. Hunter specializes in African American history and gender in the 19th and 20th centuries. Her research has focused on African American women and labor in the South during that period. Her first book, “To ‘Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women’s Lives and Labors After the Civil War,” focuses on the experiences of working-class women, especially domestic workers, in Atlanta and other southern cities from Reconstruction through the 1920s. The book won several awards, including the H. L. Mitchell Award in 1998 from the Southern Historical Association; the Letitia Brown Memorial Book Prize in 1997 from the Association of Black Women’s Historians; and the Book of the Year Award in 1997 from the International Labor History Association.

She has taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at Carnegie Mellon University. She has received numerous fellowships and grants, including a Mary I. Bunting Institute fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University from 2005 to 2006; a Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowship from the Center for Research on Women at the University of Memphis from 2001 to 2002; and a Smithsonian Institution Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Museum of American History from 1993 to 1994.

Sponsored by: Chatham University Women’s Institute, The Heinz History Center, The Office of Multicultural Affairs, and The Black Student Union.

More information and registration here.

Ready to Run Campaign Training for Women

January 27, 2018  •  8AM – 5PM  •  Chatham University

Ready to Run™ Pennsylvania provides bi-partisan political training to encourage women to run for government leadership positions. The day-long program targets women considering or recently deciding to run for political office, providing training and mentoring by campaign professionals, political women, and officeholders.

Ready to Run™ Pennsylvania is part of the Ready to Run™ National Training Network of the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University (NJ).

Register Online


Fee : $65 dollars – Early Bird Registration fee
Location : Mellon Board Room


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