By Kathy Fischer, associate director, Women's Center at the University of Connecticut
As my women’s center colleagues and I compared notes at the 2006 National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) conference, it became clear to us that social networking sites, Facebook in particular, were here to stay. My colleagues and I were amazed at how integral Facebook had become to the lives of our students, and although we found certain uses of the site disturbing, we saw its popularity as presenting a unique opportunity. Using Facebook, we could meet students in their social world, and incorporate a feminist presence and critique into a space that can be prone to sexism, racism, and homophobia. In fall 2006, the University of Connecticut (UConn) Women’s Center started a Facebook site of its own. Over the past year, we have used Facebook for community building, organizing, marketing, and disseminating feminist critique, and learned about how to deploy Facebook effectively.
Women Harnessing the Power of Internet Publishing
By Genevieve Brown, dean of the College of Education, and Beverly J. Irby, professor and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling--both at Sam Houston State University
As academic administrators who are dedicated to women’s rights and social justice, we are always seeking new ways to help women strengthen their professional standing. In 1996, looking for a new forum for women to publish their research and new ways for experienced women leaders to share information with their junior colleagues, we decided to create a journal for women in leadership. Wanting to avoid any hindrance caused by a lack of funding, we opted to take our journal online.