City, All Saints Church to Offer Update on Recent "Herstory"

Published : Thursday, March 21, 2019 | 7:37 AM

There are numbers, data out there that tell us something of what it means to be a woman in the United States today and Occidental College associate professor Caroline Heldman will share and analyze some of them during a lecture at All Saints Church.

The City of Pasadena’s Commission on the Status of Women is presenting the talk entitled: “Herstory 2019: Status of Women.”

Heldman will sift through numbers such as those driving the election of 100 women to the U.S. Congress or those resulting from the massive demonstrations of women worldwide that met the nascent Trump Administration in 2016.

“I will discuss the #metoo movement and how it has advanced awareness,” Heldman said in an interview. “It will not be a partisan talk, but rather look at how Trump’s rhetoric has inspired women to run for office and to win.”

The Occidental College academic will discuss the state of affairs for women from an intersectional perspective.

“Intersecting identities is  the idea or theory that when you have multiple identities that are marginalized – you are a woman and a disabled woman – that your experience of oppression or of discrimination will be multiplied. It’s a compounding experience of oppression,” explained Heldman.

In other words, there are gaps in the economic progress, health and security not just between genders, but between subgroups of women. For example, Heldman explained, white and Asian American women are likely to earn more pay than Latinx or Black women.

“I’ll be unpacking the different ways in which different systems of oppression intersect with gender,” said Heldman. “It is these gaps in the fortunes of different groups of women which I think important and notable.”

Heldman, who has a doctorate from Rutgers University, specializes in the presidency, media, race and gender in the American context.

March 21, 6 p.m to 8:30 p.m. All Saints Church, Sweetland Hall. 132 North Euclid Avenue. Admission is free and “heavy” appetizers will be served.

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