By Ginna Royalty
Roughly one-third of American women will have an abortion by the age of 45. 70% of the people living in poverty across the world are women. These are just some of the facts and topics discussed in the “Seeing Gender” panel held on Feb. 15. EFFECT and the Council on Civic Engagement sponsored the panel.
Five Elon professors came together to explore the knowledge and insight society can gain by using gender as a lens. Each professor spoke for seven minutes on a different subject while still using gender as a lens in her talk.
Panelists included Dr. Naeemah Clark, associate professor of communications, Dr. Aunchalee Palmquist, assistant professor of anthropology and sociology, Dr. Toddie Peters, professor of religious studies, Dr. Laura Roselle, professor of political science and policy studies, and Dr. Leigh-Anne Royster, director of inclusive community well-being. Dr. Ann Cahill, professor of philosophy, moderated the panel.
“Elon students from all disciplines really benefit from these conversations because they help us gain valuable tools and insight into thinking about our society,” said Gia Pineda, senior at Elon. “Using a critical gendered lens can help us uncover some of the roots of deep societal issues that we are facing today.
Topics ranged from reproductive rights to sexual violence to media images of slavery. Students of all years were in attendance as well as faculty and staff members. Nicole Kister, freshman, learned a lot from the hour-long panel.
“I was shocked to find out that after using birth control for a year it isn’t as effective anymore as well as how much mothers being a part of different demographics (women, minorities, socioeconomic class) affect their children’s health and wellbeing,” Kister said.
The panel ended with questions from the audience and a Coffee Klatch to continue these important conversations.