Gender and Women’s Studies Program


Uma Blanchard and Rachel Baron Bring NARAL to Bowdoin October 22, 2015, written by Julia Mead ’16

Juniors Rachel Baron and Uma Blanchard are starting a campus chapter of the reproductive rights advocacy group NARAL Pro-Choice America.


Professor Kristen Ghodsee’s Latest Book Receives Prize

Kristen Ghodsee’s latest book, The Left Side of History: World War II and the Unfulfilled Promise of Communism in Eastern Europe, has received a Heldt Prize honorable mention for best book in Slavic and East European Women’s Studies.


Constitution-Day Speaker Addresses Same-Sex Marriage

In celebration of Constitution Day on Sept. 17, Bowdoin welcomed Steve Engel, associate professor and chair of politics at Bates College, to lecture on the research and theory of his forthcoming book, Fragmented Citizens: Changing Recognition of Gay and Lesbian Lives.

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Library Acquires Collection of American Cookery Books, From the 1770s to 1960s

In the Esta Kramer Collection of American Cookery — the library’s new collection of over 700 American cookery books — you can find recipes for federal pancakes, squash pie, flummery (fermented pudding), calf’s head pie and stewed oysters.

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Kylie Moore ’16 Wins Award for Essay on Advertising and Society

Kylie Moore’s essay on the cultural and economic implications of depicting women as “cute” in Japanese advertising has won an award from the American Educational Foundation.


Noliwe Rooks: Because What is Beautiful is Good

Noliwe Rooks’ talk explores the role that black women played at the beginning and the end of the first international Dove brand “real beauty” campaign and how and why that campaign used feminism as an advertising tool.

Professor Scanlon Revisits a Unique Group of Women Printmakers

The printmakers, who were known as the Folly Cove Designers, are now largely forgotten, despite having achieved both interesting art and an unusual art collective in a pre-feminist era.


A Bowdoin Reading List

Somehow, in the midst of all of their teaching and research, professors at Bowdoin also find time to write books. Check out these recent and upcoming titles by faculty members.


Bowdoin Professors on Sabbatical, All Over the Map

This year, more than three dozen Bowdoin faculty members have dispersed to all corners of the map for sabbatical projects. See where they’ve gone.

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Scanlon and Faludi on Helen Gurley Brown and ‘Having It All’ in New York Times Magazine

The New York Times Magazine features insight from Jennifer Scanlon and Susan Faludi in “The Complicated Origins of ‘Having It All,'” an article delving into Helen Gurley Brown’s book.

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Greek Drama Changes the Story About Athenian Women

In high school, you might have learned that Athenian women were an oppressed and marginalized group. However, Laura McClure of the University of Wisconsin believes that Greek drama tells a different story, as she explained in a lecture sponsored by Bowdoin’s Studies in the Mediterranean course cluster.

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Junior Talia Cowen’s Summer: Fighting for Women

As an intern for a Washington D.C. women’s rights organization, Talia Cowen ’16 has been in the thick of a few recent controversial events.


Seven Faculty Members Promoted to Full Professor

Seven Bowdoin faculty members have been promoted from the rank of associate to full professor: Aviva Briefel, Philip Camill, Kristen Ghodsee, Samuel Putnam, Patrick Rael, Shu-chin Tsui, and Tricia Welsch.

Visiting writers 2013-2014: Russ Rymer, Susan Faludi, Sarah Braunstein, and Jaed Coffin

Creative Energy: Acclaimed Writers on Campus

Right now Bowdoin is a writing powerhouse. No fewer than four illustrious writers – Susan Faludi, Russ Rymer, Jaed Coffin, and Sarah Braunstein – are on campus as visiting faculty members.


Acclaimed Author Faludi to Deliver Tallman Lecture

Acclaimed feminist writer Susan Faludi, currently Tallman Scholar in Gender and Women’s Studies at Bowdoin, will deliver a lecture on Feb. 27 as part of her 2013-2014 Tallman residency.

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Tallman Scholar Susan Faludi Advises Students on Op-ed Writing

Students packed into the Bowdoin Women’s Resource Center recently to hear a recent talk from Susan Faludi on one of her areas of expertise: women in the media.

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Alchemy Talk Introduces Medieval-Early Modern Initiative

English Department Chair Aaron Kitch presented “Queer Matter: Science and Sexuality in the Renaissance,” kicking off the faculty lecture series “Science Before Science” by the College’s new Medieval and Early Modern Studies colloquium.

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Bowdoin Welcomes Writer Susan Faludi as Tallman Scholar

On the heels of the 40th anniversary of women at Bowdoin, the college is honored to welcome Susan Faludi as Tallman Scholar in Gender and Women’s Studies for the 2013-2014 academic year.

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Bravo H’13 Talks Leadership in an Evolving Business World

Members of the Bowdoin community flocked to Kresge Auditorium to hear honorary degree recipient Rose Marie Bravo talk with Jennifer Scanlon, professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, about leadership in a changing business world.

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Scanlon Weighs In on ‘Lean In’ Meme (New York Times)

A New York Times article includes input on the “lean in” phenomenon from Bowdoin professor Jennifer Scanlon.