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Dr. Jean Kilbourne: The Naked Truth- Advertising's Image of Women


The Naked Truth

Date: Thursday, March 30, 2023

Time: 1:40 pm

Dr. Tho Advertising is an over $250 billion a year industry. We are each exposed to over 3000 ads a day. The ads sell a great deal more than products. They sell values, images, and concepts of success and worth, love and sexuality, popularity and normalcy. Sometimes they sell addictions. Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D., internationally acclaimed media critic, author, and filmmaker, is known for her ability to present provocative topics in a way that unites rather than divides and that encourages dialogue. With expert knowledge, insight, humor and commitment, she moves and empowers people to take action in their own and in society's interest.

The Central Ruthe Boyea Women’s Center and Central Student Government presents the 2021 Virtual Elect Her Campaign!

Elect Her Poster

Date: Friday, March 12, 2021

Time: 1:00pm- 3:30pm



We build community and & provide ongoing support. ElectHer is a one-day nonpartisan training women on how to run for student government and political office. Participants will learn campaign strategy and leadership skills, like public speaking and networking. Participants will meet elected women role models from our community and leave with a plan to run for student and/or political office.

"Are You a Queen Bee or a Virtuous Woman: Women's Development of Leadership Styles"

Bernice Ledbetter Event Poster

Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Time: 12:15pm


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Event Description: Opportunities for women to lead in various sectors, roles and contexts are increasing and this is worthy of celebration. However, as more women take the lead, we sometimes try to compete with one another and thereby diminish the progress made to advance more women into leadership positions. This session will examine the intersection of women's leadership style and influence and consider how we can use our power to promote others.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Bernice Ledbetter serves as Chair of the Master of Science in Leadership and Management degree program at the Graziadio Business School at Pepperdine University, where she teaches graduate-level courses across a range of leadership topics. She is an award winning teacher, and recipient of the Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence, and the George Award for Outstanding Faculty Member.

Dr. Ledbetter's professional background includes serving as a Vice President at Right Management Consultants, internationally known career transition and organizational consulting firm, and co-founding the De Pree Leadership Center dedicated to promoting values-based leading.

Dr. Ledbetter is an active member of the International Leadership Association and regularly presents research at academic conferences. She has authored several articles and book chapters and co-authored the book, Reviewing Leadership: An Evaluation of Current Approaches. Her most recent article "A Values Approach to Advancing Women in Leadership: Using Talent Management to Change the Equation" appeared in the Graziadio Business Review. Dr. Ledbetter is a recognized expert on the topic of women in leadership, she is a regular contributor on the Huffington post Blog, offering practical advice to women in leadership, and has been quoted in the Los Angeles Times, and LA Business Journal. Dr. Ledbetter is a frequent key note speaker on advancing women in leadership to industry groups and large organizations including Fortune 500. Dr. Ledbetter led a team in securing a Waves of Innovation grant to launch the Center for Women in Leadership at Pepperdine University where she serves as the Center's director.

Attorney Extraordinaire Wendy Murphy: From Suffrage to Equality - Where Are We ... Really?


Wendy Murphy Event Poster

Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Time: 12:15pm


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In the late 1800s, women were excluded from important constitutional amendments, including the right to vote and the right to equal protection of the law. The fight to establish these rights for women began almost immediately, but it would take decades before women won the right to vote, and we have yet to win full equal protection rights. How did we get here and where are we now?

Speaker Bio:

Attorney Murphy teaches Sexual Violence and Law Reform at New England Law|Boston, where she also co-directs the Women's and Children's Advocacy Project (WCAP) under the Center for Law and Social Responsibility. WCAP runs the Judicial Language Project, which entails students using sociolinguistic research to critique the language used in law and society to describe violence against women and children. WCAP also writes amicus briefs, and engages in public interest litigation to advance the rights of women and children. In addition, WCAP runs the JD/PhD project which brings together a JD student and PhD student, who work across disciplines to critique the methodological reliability of scientific research to either enhance or prevent its admissibility in legal proceedings, hence affect its impact on law, policy and human behavior. On January 7, 2020, WCAP filed a federal lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts to ensure validation of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in the aftermath of ratification by Virginia as the 38th and last state needed to add the ERA as the 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

A Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School from 2002-03, Wendy also served as the Mary Joe Frug Assistant Professor of Law at New England Law|Boston from 2001-2002. Wendy prosecuted child abuse and sex crimes cases for several years, during which time she observed systematic discrimination and injustices against victimized women and children which, in 1992, led her to form the first legal organization in the nation to provide pro bono legal services to victims of violence involved in the criminal justice system.

Wendy is an impact litigator whose work in state and federal courts has changed the law to better protect the constitutional and civil rights of abused women and children. Wendy writes and lectures widely on the constitutional and civil rights of women and children, and criminal justice policy. She is also a columnist for the Boston Herald.

Wendy has published numerous scholarly articles including a landmark piece explaining the legal relationship between sexual assault on campus and Title IX. Dubbed the “Goddaughter of Title IX” by the “Godmother of Title IX,” Dr. Bernice Sandler, Wendy’s impact litigation in the area of campus sexual assault, beginning in the early 1990s, includes groundbreaking victories against Harvard College in 2002, and Harvard Law School and Princeton University in 2010, which cases led to widespread awareness and reforms, and produced the well-known April 2011 Dear Colleague Letter.

Reclaim Shame: March Against Revenge Porn with Leah Juliett


Wendy Murphy Event Poster

Date: Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Time: 1:40pm


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Leah Juliett (they/them) is an award winning writer, speaker, organizer, and activist from Connecticut. Leah is the Founder and Executive Director of March Against Revenge Porn, an international

501(c)3 advocacy nonprofit and political action campaign combating image abuse and sexual cyber-harassment through global organizing, media advocacy, victim support services, legislative action, national protest marches, research and curriculum, and a legal defense fund. Leah is also co-host of the podcast March Against Revenge Porn: March Across America on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. Leah is a 2020 L'Oreal Paris Woman of Worth, 2018 Glamour Magazine College Woman of the Year, an "Activist to Follow" by MTV, recipient of the Rising Star Award from GLAAD and the Accelerating Acceptance Grant from Delta Air Lines. Leah graduated from Western Connecticut State University in 2018 with an honors degree in Political Science, and is currently pursuing an MA in Social Justice and Community Organizing from Prescott College. Leah has discussed social justice on national and international press outlets like NBC, CNN, BBC, MTV, BuzzFeed, Teen Vogue, the Huffington Post, The Daily Mail, TED, Seventeen, and Glamour Magazine. When Leah is not actively working, they are enjoying time with their

cat-children Piper and River Jane. For more information, please visit: or Instagram: @leahjuliett

The Bro Code: How Silence Affects Women and Men
Featuring Dr. Thomas Keith


Dr. Thomas Keith Event Poster

Date: Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Time: 1:40pm


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Dr. Thomas Keith teaches philosophy and gender studies at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and Claremont Graduate University, where he received his Ph.D. in 2001. Dr. Keith specializes in American philosophy and pragmatism with an emphasis on issues of race, class, and gender.
In 2008 and 2011 respectively, Dr. Keith wrote, directed, and produced the bestselling Media Education Foundation films, Generation M: Misogyny in Media and Culture, and, The Bro Code: How Contemporary Culture Creates Sexist Men, which are used in classrooms around the world. His film “The Empathy Gap: Masculinity and the Courage to Change” was released in October, 2015. In 2019, Dr. Keith released the film Bullied, which enjoyed a successful film festival run, garnering 12 international film awards including a New York Film Award and a Los Angeles Film Award for best-picture in the documentary feature category. Bullied is now available on Tubi TV and other digital platforms for viewing.
In 2017, Keith's book, Masculinities in Contemporary American Culture: An Intersectional Approach to the Complexities and Challenges of Male Identity (Taylor & Francis) was released, and this past December, Keith's new book,The Bro Code: The Fallout of Raising Boys to Objectify and Subordinate Women(Taylor & Francis) was released.

Dr. Keith also works with School on Wheels in Southern California, providing tutoring and mentoring to children living in homeless and domestic violence shelters.

Anti-Asian Hate Crimes: Virulent Hate Project with Dr. Melissa Borja

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Time: 1:40pm


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The recent murder of six Asian American women in Atlanta has brought increased attention to the problem of racism and violence experienced by Asian Americans, especially Asian American women, who have been targeted in a disproportionate share of attacks in the past year. This presentation will put the racialized misogyny experienced by the Asian American women in Atlanta in broader context. First, it will offer a historical overview of racism and violence experienced by Asian Americans, especially Asian American women. Next, it will discuss contemporary anti-Asian racism, with a focus on the findings of Stop AAPI Hate and the Virulent Hate Project, a University of Michigan research team that has studied anti-Asian racism and Asian American activism during the Covid-19 pandemic. Finally, this presentation will show how Asian American women have not only experienced most of the attacks, but have also been leading calls for change at the local, state, national, and international levels.


Dr. Melissa Borja, a core faculty member in the Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies Program, earned a PhD and MPhil in history from Columbia University, in addition to an MA in history from the University of Chicago and an AB in history from Harvard University. She researches migration, religion, politics, race, and ethnicity in the United States and the Pacific World, with special attention to how Asian American religious beliefs and practices have developed in the context of pluralism, migration, and the modern American state. She is an affiliated researcher with the Stop AAPI Hate Reporting Center, a partnership that unites scholars and community organizations to document, analyze, and prevent hate incidents targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. She is part of a national research team that received support from the Louisville Institute to study Filipino American theology and religious life.

2021 Virtual Take Back the Night March

with keynote speakers: Kayla Cotten & Kat Scianneaux

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Time: 7:00pm


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Take Back the Night (TBTN) is an international march and rally that started in the 1970s as a protest and direct action against rape and other forms of sexualized violence.

Today, TBTN provides a symbolism of an individual's walk-through darkness and a united front against fear and sexual violence. TBTN is open to any survivor and allies. We speak out against violence and raise community awareness while seeking to end sexual violence, intimate partner violence and all other forms of violence for all people regardless of gender. This year's event is unique because it is being done virtually through Zoom. There will be the two keynotes sharing their stories of survival and triumph, as well as a "speak out forum" where students are welcome to share their stories. Through our pre-registration, students can submit stories anonymously as well as attend the event under an alias through the event sign-in. We will have services standing by such as counseling and wellness to offer support to anyone who might be struggling with this triggering subject.

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland- She Stood for Freedom: The Untold Story of a Civil Rights Hero


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Date: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021

Time: 12:15 pm

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Her Freedom Ride mugshot has been called one of the most iconic in American history. By the time she was 23 years old, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland participated in more than 50 sit-ins and demonstrations including Freedom Rides, the Jackson Woolworth's sit-in, the March on Washington, the Meredith March, and the Selma to Montgomery March. Her path has crossed with some of the biggest names in the Civil Rights Movement: Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers, Fannie Lou Hamer, John Lewis, Diane Nash, and Julian Bond to name a few. Trumpauer Mulholland will join us to discuss her fight for civil rights throughout her lifetime. She advocates for use of a multi-faceted approach in teaching individuals through having an expanded education about racism and shedding light on the parts of American history that's often misunderstood and overlooked. Join us as we learn her story. The story is centered around the differences between being an ally, an advocate and an activist.

How a Lunch Counter Sit-In Became an Iconic Civil Rights Moment — SFA

(Official Trailer) An Ordinary Hero: The True Story of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland

An Ordinary Hero: The True Story of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland (2013) | Documentary | Luvaughn Brown

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The Women’s Center is open for virtual appointments.

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Girls and STEM Expo

The Women’s Center, along with the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Funds, sponsors an annual Girls and STEM Expo at Central Connecticut State University. This expo is held on our campus for selected high schools girls in CT is one of the many annual events sponsored by us to engage young women in the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics). Led by Central Connecticut State University women faculty, staff, and students, these high schoolers are engaged in hands-on workshops and team building exercises that will encourage and inspire a career in STEM.

With the assistance of CWEALF and the Central Staff and students, each girl will leave with a better understanding of STEM careers and STEM related materials including an activity guide, STEM career information, jeweled safety glasses, a fun t-shirt and new friends!

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