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It’s time to vote in the 2013 Elections

Cast your vote by logging in to AnthroGateway, click on the “My Information” page, and then click on the “Vote Now!” button.

This month we’ll take a look at the candidates.

Today’s feature are the candidates for undesignated seat #4 of the Committee on Gender Equality in Anthropology. Responsibilities of the committee members include:

  • Monitor gender discrimination within the discipline
  • Pursue greater parity for women in the discipline by means of:
    a. monitoring, including gathering information that illuminates issues that effect the diverse women in anthropology as well as efforts to obtain existing comparable survey data,
    b. advocating, including bringing findings before the Association’s members, in the form of resolutions, when appropriate and
    c. educating, including distributing brochures, meeting with department chairs, setting up an interactive presence on the internet/web and writing periodic updates for the AN.
  • Identify forms of sexual harassment in all settings where anthropologists work and learn including the varieties of biases that complicate issues regarding race/ethnicity, gender stereotyping and preferences, class, and disabilities.
  • Interact on an ongoing basis with the Association’s long range planning process on issues of gender parity.

Click here to learn more about the Committee on Gender Equality in Anthropology.

Rebecca GalembaRebecca Galemba

My research examines the ethics of extra-legal practices at the Mexico-Guatemala border in a context where the poor are excluded from the “legal” economy. My interest in this position, however, stems from coming from a family of women who advocated for gender equality in education. Discussions with fellow feminist academics have influenced me to examine how the economic downturn, corporatization of the university, and the increasing reliance on non-benefited and insecure positions affect gender equity in terms of attaining and retaining positions, and how this breaks down according to class, race/ethnicity, and citizenship. I am particularly concerned with how these structural changes affect women in their childbearing years, as they encounter inconsistent and often, insufficient, family policies. For example, Mary Ann Mason (2011) shows that women with children are twice as likely as their male counterparts to work in contingent positions. I will advocate for gender parity in the discipline by comparing university protocols for family support and gender equity to focus attention on our own institutional structures. I believe that the AAA can be a vital public voice in advancing gender equality within anthropology and beyond, including supporting comprehensive attention to gender and family issues at the policy level.

Christina_Beard MooseChristina Beard Moose

I am so pleased to be selected as a candidate for a seat on the Committee on Gender Equity in Anthropology.  Since I began my academic career, I have been interested in and working toward gender equity in both academia and society-at-large.  As a feminist anthropologist and a women’s studies professor at the community college level, I have the opportunity to introduce my mostly young, mostly naïve students to the world of women.  Because I am still disturbed with the fact that our discipline – along with most others – does not give serious thought and presence to women’s place, women’s roles, or what many largely consider “the war against women,” I find myself wanting to make an ever-greater effort toward equity.  Please consider viewing my personal website, http://drbeardmoose.com, for a look at how I work with my students, my further publishing, and my work in anthropology.  Thank-you.

Log-in to AnthroGateway to vote today!

It’s time to vote in the 2013 Elections

Cast your vote by logging in to AnthroGateway, click on the “My Information” page, and then click on the “Vote Now!” button.

This month we’ll take a look at the candidates.

Today’s feature are the candidates for undesignated seat #2 of the Committee on Gender Equality. Responsibilities of the committee members include:

  • Monitor gender discrimination within the discipline
  • Pursue greater parity for women in the discipline by means of:
    a. monitoring, including gathering information that illuminates issues that effect the diverse women in anthropology as well as efforts to obtain existing comparable survey data,
    b. advocating, including bringing findings before the Association’s members, in the form of resolutions, when appropriate and
    c. educating, including distributing brochures, meeting with department chairs, setting up an interactive presence on the internet/web and writing periodic updates for the AN.
  • Identify forms of sexual harassment in all settings where anthropologists work and learn including the varieties of biases that complicate issues regarding race/ethnicity, gender stereotyping and preferences, class, and disabilities.
  • Interact on an ongoing basis with the Association’s long range planning process on issues of gender parity.

Click here to learn more about the Committee on Gender Equality.

Cathy_CostinCathy Costin

Gender and equity issues are at the center of my professional life, both in my research and in my service to my University and professional organizations.  For more than two decades, I have studied the gendered division of labor and its intersection with the political economy, power, and social stratification.  As Chair of the Department of Anthropology at CSUN, it is imperative that I maintain a discrimination- and harassment-free work environment.  I served on several personnel and search committees, each of which received training on equity issues.  On campus, I have served as the Equity and Diversity Officer for the Liberal Studies Program and on the Integrated Teacher Education Program Working Group on Diversity.  I served two terms on the Society for American Archaeology’s Committee on the Status of Women in Archaeology and Chaired that organization’s Women in Archaeology Interest Group.  Finally, as part of my general community service, I served on the Windward School (Los Angeles, CA) Task Force on Diversity.  While we have made great progress since the days I was a graduate student and was told by a senior member of the faculty that “women should not be archaeologists,” there is much work that remains, and I look forward to ensuring a more equitable future for the next generation of anthropologists.

Laura MillerLaura Miller

Laws about equity appear to ebb and flow over the years, but lived experiences of gender, race and class inequality have remained rather steady. Rather than be discouraged by the stories, the statistics and the reports, I would like to join the CoGEA committee in their continuing efforts to monitor and report on issues of gender, race and class in the discipline. What has changed in recent years is the degree to which the feminization of contingent non-tenure-track faculty has increased and has become normalized. Gender disparities also persist in rates of promotion and in leadership positions within departments. As a body that is charged with the role of raising awareness and motivating change, CoGEA must consistently reconsider the same issues and carry on monitoring of the discipline. Because the last large-scale online survey on the status of gender, race and class  parity in anthropology was conducted in 2005-6 (and published in 2008), it is time to consider constructing a new survey of the status of  anthropology’s academic climate, work environment, work-family issues, and  gender issues experienced by both female and male anthropologists.

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