23rd  Annual


Women & Society Conference


Friday, October 24




12:30- 4:30 Conference Registration & Hospitality—


Henry Hudson Room, 3rd Floor, Fontaine Hall



Concurrent Panels: Session 1   1:15- 2:45


1.A.     Women in Prison: The Experience of Incarcerated Women and Women in

             Relationships with Incarcerated Family and Friends


Randi Blumenthal-Guigui, Marist College

Diana Ortiz, Associate Director at Exodus Transitional Community, Inc.


1.B.     Difference and Taboo in Culture


“Born Imperfect”: Envisioning Physical Difference in Julia Ward Howe’s The


Jane Van Slembrouck, Fordham University

“My Vibrator and I Got Back Together”: An Analysis of Someecards Discourse on


Meredith Morgoch, Clemson University 

Eating Truth to Power: A Much Needed Discussion of Eating as a Tool to Fight

Oppression and the Impact It Has on Our Personal Relationships

Chelsea Chuck, Patrick Graham, Warren Stetler & Lauri Hyers, West Chester



1.C.     We Can Do It? Women in Military

Will the Real “Rosie the Riveter” Please Stand Up? Visual Rhetoric, Archival

Evidence, and the Quest for Historical Authenticity

James J. Kimble, Seton Hall University



Concurrent Panels: Session 2   (3:00-4:30)


2.A.     Performance and Perception


“Her Little Newspaper Fame”: Print Culture’s Influence and Representations of

Gender in Sister Carrie

Liza Zitelli Grabowski, Fordham University 

Helen Keller’s Public Image in Pastoral Photograph 

Charlotte Wills, Fordham University 

Constructing the Female Psychosexual Radical: Anne Sexto 

Patricia Ann Grisafi, Fordham University


2.B.     Media, Culture & Gender

Breast Physics in Video Games 

Ryan Rogers, Marist College

Is Your Son Disruptive…Is Your Daughter Dreamy? Gender Stereotypes in the

Portrayal of Conduct Disorder in the Psychopharmaceutical-Industrial Complex

Paul Isaacson, Bethany Billy, Lincoln Blackwell, Patricia Florian, Olivia Gilarde, Stephanie Lehman, Alyssa Nix, Warren Stetler & Lauri Hyers, West Chester University


Women & Society Buffet & Reception (5-7 pm)


Historic Cornell Boathouse, On the Hudson River, Marist College



Dr. Bernice Sandler, "The Godmother of Title IX"—Keynote Address 

Title IX:  What we gained & how much further we still need to go 

7 p.m., Fusco Recital Hall, Student Center (3rd   Floor)


Keynoter: Dr. Bernice R. Sandler, the "godmother of Title IX“, is a Senior Scholar at the Women's Research and Education Institute in Washington, DC, where she consults with institutions and others about achieving equity for women. As a major player in the development and passage of Title IX, she has given over 3000 presentations, written more than 100 articles, and is well-known for her expertise in women's educational equity in general as well as in sexual harassment, the chilly classroom climate, and her knowledge of policies, programs and strategies concerning women on campus. Having been associated with Title IX longer than any other person, she also serves as an expert witness in discrimination and sexual harassment cases. She was the first person appointed to a Congressional committee staff to work specifically on women's issues and the first person to testify before a Congressional committee about discrimination against women in education. Back in the 1970's she filed the first charges of sex discrimination against more than 250 institutions at a time when there were no laws prohibiting sex discrimination in education.

Dr. Sandler holds a degree in counseling from the University of Maryland . She was the first Chair of the now- defunct National Advisory Council on Women's Educational Programs, having been appointed by Presidents Ford and Carter. She has taught counseling, and has worked as a psychologist, a research assistant, a nursery school teacher, a guitar instructor, and like many women, a secretary.

Her books include: The Chilly Classroom Climate: A Guide to Improve the Education of Women with Lisa A. Silverberg and Roberta M. Hall, Sexual Harassment on Campus: A Guide for Administrators, Faculty and Students with Robert J. Shoop and Peer Sexual Harassment, K-12, with Harriett Stonehill.

Saturday, October 25


9:30-4:00 Registration & Hospitality Henry Hudson Room


9:30 Continental Breakfast    Henry Hudson Room



Concurrent Panels:  Session 3 (10:15-11:45)


3.A.     Cinema and Gender 

Cherchez la Femme: Misogyny and Violence Against Women in a Century of On- Screen Jekyll and Hyde

Leah Richards, LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York 

Gender Bias in Oscar-Nominated Cinema: A Contemporary Application of the

Bechdel Test 

Christine Ryan, Marist College


3.B.     Workshop: Love Your Ugly—5 Steps to Redefining Self Image


Sara Nowlin—Life Coach, Marist College


3.C.     Novels & Rhetoric


Women as Part of the Patriarchy: Masculinity, Women, and Relationships in Virginia

Woolf’s Novels

David Corwin, George Mason University

Bad Women: The Rhetoric of Ann Coulter and the Anti-Suffragists 

Shanna Schultz, Texas State University

Lunch (Henry Hudson Room) 12:00-1:00


Concurrent Panels:  Session 4 (1:15-2:45)



4.A.     Television Progress or Regress?: Gender, Sex and Power

From Diffident Damsel to Dragon Queen: Gender, Sex and Power in Game of Thrones 

Mary Helen Millham & Diana Rios, University of Connecticut

Modern Fairy Tales: Examining Power and Perception of Female Characters in Once

Upon a Time

Shannon L. Roper, Marist College


4.B.     Women Writers, Domesticity and Class 

The Domestic Perspective: Mercy Otis Warren’s Promotion of Herself as Female


Patricia Tarantello, Marist College 

In the Drawing Room: Dorothea’s Architectural Plans in Middlemarch

Megan Witzleben, Hillbert College

4.C.     Ethics & Activism

Fabric and Fairness in Newark: Activists on Behalf of Ethical Manufacturing

Sally Dwyer-McNulty, Marist College

Women’s Grassroots Activism in Contemporary Peru

Emilie Egger, Sarah Lawrence College

Proposal for Women’s Studies Action: Women-at-the-Margins Becoming Women-in- the-Main

Mar Peter-Raoul, Marist College


Concurrent Panels: Session 5   (3:00-4:30)


5.A.     Contesting Gender Identities 

Cross-Voicing: A Sociolinguistic Approach to Gendered Voices in Modernist

American Poetry 

Michelle McSwiggan Kelly, Fordham University 

What’s in a Narrative? A Comparative Analysis of Tomboy Masculinities in Southeast


Andrew “A.J.” Jones, George Mason University


5.B.     Workshop/Information Session: A Call to the W.I.L.D.—Women in Leadership


Alyssa Kauffman & Tania Velazquez, Suffolk County Community College