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A Woman's Worth Conference Keynote  Reproductive Justice in the Age of Trump

A Woman's Worth Conference Keynote  Reproductive Justice in the Age of Trump

Loretta Ross – Human Rights activist, educator, author. She is the co-creator of the Reproductive Justice framework. Her latest book, Reproductive Justice: An Introduction, co-written with Rickie Solinger, will be available March 2017. Her third book, the SisterSong Anthology Radical Reproductive Justice, will be available November 2017 from Feminist Press.

DATE:  Tuesday, March 14, 2017
TIME:  10:50 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.
LOCATION:  Alumni Hall North


Sponsored By
Women’s & Gender Studies, Pedroso Center, Justice Studies, African & African American Studies, Latino/a & Latin American Studies, Sociology

A WOMEN'S WORTH CONFERENCE:  Women of Color and Reproductive Empowerment Panel

A WOMEN'S WORTH CONFERENCE:  Women of Color and Reproductive Empowerment Panel


Loretta Ross
Human Rights Activist, Educator, Author
Reproductive Justice: An Introduction
Lakeesha Harris, Health Educator
Chicago Women’s Health Center
Brittany Mostiller, Executive Director
Chicago Abortion Fund
Olivia Perlow, Panel Moderator
NEIU Associate Professor

DATE:  Tuesday, March 14, 2017
TIME:  12:15 - 1:30 p.m.
LOCATION:  Alumni Hall North


Sponsored By Women’s & Gender Studies, Pedroso Center, Justice Studies, African & African American Studies, Latino/a & Latin American Studies, Sociology

A WIN FOR DOMESTIC WORKERS: Why Illinois Needs the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

A WIN FOR DOMESTIC WORKERS: Why Illinois Needs the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

The "work that makes all work possible" is the labor that domestic workers, generally women, do to clean houses, care for children and the elderly, and more. Meet the activists from the Latino Union and learn about their successful organizing efforts that resulted in getting Illinois to pass the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.

DATE:  Wednesday March 15, 2017
TIME:  12:55 - 2:10 p.m.
LOCATION:  Main Campus, SU 214


Sponsored by
Angelina Pedroso Center, Womens & Gender Studies and Undocumented, Resilient & Organized Student Club



DATE:  Thursday, March 16th, 2017


1:30 – 3 pm Film Screening “Gender Revolution”

3 – 3:45 pm Panel Discussion and Q & A Moderated by Dr. Vicki Byard

Sponsored by Women’s & Gender Studies, English and Justice Studies

WGS Information

What can you do with a degree in Women’s & Gender Studies?

How can WGS change your life?

Come hear from some of our graduates – majors and minors – about how they are using their WGS knowledge and skills in their lives now.

DATE:  Friday, March 17, 2017
TIME:  9:30 - 11:30 AM


Sponsored by Women’s & Gender Studies

Transgender Domestic Violence: Developing New Strategies to Assist Survivors

Since the rise of the Battered Women’s Movement in the 1970s, the United States has been at the forefront of providing legal protection and services to survivors of domestic violence. Unfortunately, transgender communities remain largely ignored by this movement. Research indicates that, despite experiencing similar or higher rates of domestic violence as compared to the rest of society, transgender survivors are provided with fewer legal protections and needed services. Moreover, when transgender survivors reach out for help, often they are met with transphobic responses. Join our expert panel for a discussion about how we can develop new strategies that will protect ALL Americans from the perils of domestic violence.

DATE:  March 29th , 2017
TIME:  2:30-3:30 P.M.
LOCATION:  Student Union, Golden Eagles


Michael Munson
Executive Director, FORGE
Jessica Punzo, PsyD
Director of Anti-Violence Project, Center on Halsted
Adam M Messinger, PhD
Assistant Professor, Justice Studies Department
and Women’s and Gender Studies Program
Northeastern Illinois University


Milka Ramirez, PhD MSW, Assistant Professor, Social Work Department and Women’s and Gender Studies Program Northeastern Illinois University


Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs
Women’s and Gender Studies



Join us to raise awareness of pay equality in Chicago and around the nation.

DATE:  Tuesday, April 4, 2017
TIME: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
LOCATION:  Daley Plaza (Clark & Washington)


Erica Meiners' New Book:  "For the Children?:  Protecting Innocence in a Carceral State"
Erica Meiners, Professor, EICS and Women's & Gender Studies faculty member has published a book that examines the school-to-prison pipeline and the U.S. prison industrial complex. “For the Children? Protecting Innocence in a Carceral State” is published by University of Minnesota Press. Taking an interdisciplinary approach and building from a scholarly and activist platform, “For the Children?” engages fresh questions in the struggle to build sustainable and flourishing worlds without prisons.

Retired Professor Empowers Women Through Self-Defense

If you were walking around campus this Spring, you may have noticed flyers for WGS-150-1 Women’s Self Defense – a one-credit hour course designed to teach and empower women in the art of self-defense.

Click here to read the full article on the NEIU Independent web page.


northeastern Illinois University Foundation

The Northeastern Illinois University Foundation offers more than 100 scholarships to students each year. These scholarships are made possible through gifts made to the Foundation by individuals and corporations. These scholarships do not need to be repaid, and the vast majority of them are available to students regardless of their residency status. 

View this year’s NEIU Foundation scholarship opportunities and information about how to apply. You can also find these scholarships listed on AcademicWorks, Northeastern’s online searchable database. 

All students are encouraged to apply for scholarship funding. 

Students who are not U.S. citizens are encouraged to inquire about the Aspire Scholarship. Contact Michelle Morrow at (773) 442-4606 or email for more information.  

Congratulations Brooke Johnson

Congratulations to NEIU Sociology and Women's & Gender Studies Assistant Professor Brooke Johnson on the publication of her book: Culture and Structure at a Military Charter School: From School Ground to Battle Ground (2014, Palgrave Macmillan)! Check out the book!


RedEye quoted assistant professor on sociology Olivia Perlow in a cover story from the Ferguson October rally in St. Louis to protest police brutality.

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WGS Faculty and Staff

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