Around 55 per cent of all students and 34 per cent of all faculty at UBC are women. From the growth of the UBC Needs to Feminism Facebook group to rallies against rape culture to events celebrating the feminist cause, 2013-2014 has been a busy year for discussing and dissecting gender and sexuality on campus.
In this year’s women’s supplement, we explore what it’s like to raise children while attending class, hear a personal reflection on the importance of intersectionality within gendered discourses and more.
This is by no means exhaustive of the breadth of debate and discourse or the variety of aims and accomplishments occurring on campus, but merely one of many attempts at giving a platform to unique voices and broaching particularly difficult topics.
- Margareta Dovgal, Guest Editor
Why celebrating women is important: Some people, however, have questioned the need to celebrate women on a campus where there is in fact a higher percentage of female students than male. My response is: that’s exactly the problem.
Why ‘intersectionality’ is essential to women’s rights: [My mother] repeatedly asks when I’m getting married. … One day, tired of the whole routine, I asked, “Would you still ask me that if I was your son?” Her hesitation in response told me all I needed to know.
The ‘love professor’ talks single motherhood: In addition to being a sessional lecturer of economics at UBC, Marina Adshade is also a single mother of two. How has she juggled a career in academia with raising a son and daughter?
Inside the world of UBC’s student-parents: For many undergraduate students, the question of how you would raise a child while attending classes may not have even occurred. But while it may look as though it rarely happens, the reality is that at a university as large as UBC it is inevitable.
Why I organized ‘I Am a Feminist’ Day: I got the idea for the I Am a Feminist campaign back in December, following various conversations about my new identity as a feminist with my friends.