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Tuesday, September 10, 2002

Dartmouth's Center for Women and Gender (formerly known as the Women's Resource Center) sent out a blitz today asking students to vote for their preferred "Visionary-in-Residence" for 2003. Let's take a closer look at the nominees, all of which - surprise, surprise - are women (this information comes from the attachment to the blitz). Everything here, unless indicated, is from the CWG:

1) Julia Alvarez, Writer-in-Residence, Middlebury College. "Her main goal in writing is to make meaning through the telling of stories and to 'remind us.' She crosses class, race, and gender gaps by creating meaning and 'remembering' for all of her readers."

2) Hillary Clinton. [CW: no comments required]

3) Johnetta Cole, Former President, Spelman College. "An advocate for people of color and women everywhere, Cole was named one of America's most outstanding African Americans in the 20th anniversary issues of both Essence magazine and Black Enterprise magazine." [CW: the Review has an article on the occasion of her receiving an honorary Dartmouth degree a few years back]

4) Marcia Ann Gillespie, Editor, Ms. Magazine. "Time Magazine named her 'One of the Fifty Faces for America’s future' and she was voted the March of Dimes’ 'Outstanding Women in Publishing' for her efforts in inspiring all humankind to combat hatred and violence. She has written extensively on issues of gender and race."

5) Amy Goodman, Award-winning Radio Journalist and News Director. "Goodman’s approach to journalism is a type of political activism as she brings awareness to issues that the mainstream corporate media largely ignores and asks the question 'who owns our news?'"

6) Peggy McIntosh, Associate Director, Wellesley College Center for Research on Women. "McIntosh authored the groundbreaking 'White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to see Correspondences through Work in Women’s Studies.' This analysis and its shorter form, 'White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,' have been instrumental in putting the dimension of privilege into discussions of gender, race and sexuality."

7) Cherríe Moraga, Writer. "Speaking from her commitment and experiences as a Chicana feminist lesbian, she has broken the silences surrounding taboo topics such as sexuality and lesbianism, sexism and homophobia in Chicano culture, and racism and classism in the white women’s movement."

8) Mary Robinson, High Commissioner For Human Rights, United Nations. "Her experience as the first woman president of Ireland (1990-1997) has prepared her well for the role as she placed special emphasis during her presidency on the needs of developing countries, linking the history of the Great Irish Famine to today’s nutrition, poverty, and policy issues." [CW: this article on NRO seems relevant...]

9) Loretta Ross, Executive Director, Center for Human Rights Education. "She is an expert on human rights, women’s issues, diversity, hate groups and bias crimes."

10) Sonia Sanchez, Poet and Professor, Temple University. "An activist trained in the Civil Rights Movement, Sanchez was influenced by the dynamism and the oratory talent of Malcolm X. From him she learned about language and delivery and applied it to her poetry discovering that her words and political activism were to be forever joined."

11) Vandana Shiva, Writer and Activist, Third World Network. "Shiva writes: 'Globalisation is threatening to the ecological gains of the past few decades. It is therefore the defining context of our new engagements.'"

12) Terry Tempest Williams, Writer, Naturalist and Environmental Activist. "She says simply, 'I write through my biases of gender, geography, and culture. I am a woman whose ideas have been shaped by the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau, these ideas are then filtered through the prism of my culture and my culture is Mormon. The tenets of family and community which I see at the heart of that culture are then articulated through story.'"

We have 12 women, all of which may be described as left-leaning, some exceedingly so (that Chicana lesbian feminist, for instance!). That's Dartmouth Diversity (tm) for you. Since I do not wish to sound "close-minded," I am going ahead to vote Ms. Shiva, the Indian physicist and anti-globalization activist, as my first choice, with Amy Goodman and Mary Robinson second and third respectively. However, I have a feeling Dartmouth students will go for Hillary Clinton as their first choice.