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President participates in Washington,
DC press conference on pay equity for women
With more than 60 million women working
at all levels of the workforce and millions of families depending on the
income of working women, college-educated women earn, on average, $11,000
less than college-educated men, reported Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD) at
a pay equity press conference held on Tuesday, September 23 in Washington,
Wells President Lisa Marsh Ryerson
was among the political figures and educational leaders who were part of
the press conference held in the Capitol Building. The group sought to
call national attention to the role of higher education in improving pay
equity and the idea that pay equity is not only a women's issue but a family
In addition to Senator Daschle, Ryerson
was joined by Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Representative Rosa DeLauro
(D-Conn.), Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Susan Bianchi-Sand,
executive director of the National Committee on Pay Equity. Leaders from
the field of higher education were Sister Diana Stano, president of Ursuline
College; Lea Williams, executive director of the Leadership Institute at
Bennett College; and Jadwiga Sebrechts, president of the Women's College
The women's college representatives
announced their institutions will provide leadership in discussing the
issue of pay equity for women as well as the sister issue of gender-based
job segregation. Women's colleges are already leading a public service
advertising campaign that encourages adolescent girls to broaden their
horizons and set their occupational sights higher.
The educators concurred that women's
college campuses will host fora on these important issues. They will invite
their communities to discuss how to expand opportunities for women and
vaporize the barriers that still sex-segregate many of the nation's jobs.
Senator Mikulski, a graduate of Mount
Saint Agnes College when it was a women's college, reminded attendees how
important pay equity is throughout a woman's lifetime and what a direct
impact it has on her retirement. After describing the benefits of women's
education, she encouraged women to stand up and have their voices heard
and refuse to accept anything less than equality.
Are you thinking about applying to graduate
Donald Asher, nationally known speaker
and writer in the field of career change and advancement, will present
tips from his book,
Graduate Essays: What Works, What Doesn't
and Why on Monday, November 3 at 4:30 p.m. in Macmillan Hall's Art
Exhibit Room on the Wells campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Placement expert will present strategies at Wells College
The program consists of strategies
for gaining admission to the most competitive programs in the nation, both
graduate and professional. Anyone thinking about attending graduate school
as well as professional advisors and counselors will find both the presentation
question and answer period valuable.
Asher will talk about questions you
should ask yourself before applying, how the admissions decision is made,
writing tricks that make great essays and what to do during the summer
before you apply.
Based in San Francisco, Asher is a
contributor to the National Business Employment Weekly and Managing
Your Career magazines. He is also the author of From College to
The Foolproof Job-Search Workbook; The Overnight
The Overnight Job Change Strategy; The Overnight
Job Change Letter and Asher's Bible of Executive Resumes.
His visit is sponsored by Wells' Career
Development Services, the dean of the college and leadership programs.
Fulbright Scholar discusses feminism in
India at Wells College
Dr. Anita Nahal Arya, a Fulbright Scholar
from New Delhi, India, and the first in a new program of visiting scholars
at Wells College, will give a series of talks and show films about India.
All events are free and open to the public:
Arya teaches in the history department
of Sri Venkateswara College in New Delhi where she coordinated the Women's
Development Center. She has worked in New Delhi on issues related to poor
women, especially literacy, domestic violence, population control and dowry.
She developed seminars on AIDS and other subjects especially designed for
women. In conjunction with the Crimes Against Women Cell of the Delhi Police,
she organized a women's protection camp teaching martial arts.
Tuesday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the
Sommer Student Center the film Ghandi will be shown. On display
will be an exhibit of materials from the 50th anniversary of the Indian
Wednesday, October 15 at 4:30 p.m. in
Macmillan Hall's Art Exhibit Room, Arya will discuss "Contemporary Feminism
Thurssday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m. in
the Sommer Student Center the film Arth will be shown. (Arth is
an Indian word for meaning.)
Published widely in India, she is the
author of the book, Hawaii: An Ethnic Synthesis, and her articles
appear regularly in
The Hindustan Times newspaper. Her reviews,
commentaries and poems have been printed in National Herald, Choice
India, Women's Era and The Humanities Review. She is
also the author of a volume of poetry entitled Initiations.
Arya received her Ph.D. in American
history from Jawaharlal Nehru University. She earned her M. Phil. and M.A.
from Delhi University, both degrees in American history, and her B.A. from
Lady Shri Ram College with a major in history. She has traveled extensively
in Europe, Africa, Canada and the United States presenting papers at international
Currently, Dr. Arya is conducting research
in American women's history. "Being a woman from a Third World country
and one who has been involved both at the personal and organizational level
in women's development in India, I have always been deeply interested in
comparative studies of women in different parts of the world," she explains.
As a visiting scholar at Wells, she
will visit classes as a guest lecturer, meet individually with students
and work with faculty members to bring her perspective into the college's
liberal arts curriculum.
Open house offers views of college life
Students involved in the college search
and their families are invited to attend an open house at Wells College
on Saturday, October 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This free event is
designed to give prospective students a view of everyday life at a women's
liberal arts college, address academic and career interests and present
information on the application and financial aid process. Call 1.800.952.9355
for reservations and information.
Sponsored by Wells' Admissions Office,
the open house will offer a variety of presentations and panels throughout
the day for students seeking information about majors in the arts, humanities
and social sciences within the context of a women's college. Wells faculty
members, students, alumnae and administrators will participate in the program.
Academic areas represented will include psychology, sociology, education,
dance, political science and visual arts, among others. Current students
will offer their perspective on studying the liberal arts and college life.
A number of sessions will address the
relationship between college study and careers. Representatives from Career
Development Services will discuss internship opportunities. The benefits
of study abroad will also be explored. A number of alumnae are scheduled
to return to campus for the event to talk about how their majors have translated
into careers. Members of the admissions staff will offer presentations
about the college application process and financial aid.
"This open house will serve the needs
of a wide variety of students," says Wells' Associate Director of Admissions
Meredith B. Cook. "If you know you want to attend law school or if you're
interested in a number of different majors, you'll be able to get the appropriate
academic information. The day will also provide numerous opportunities
to learn firsthand about clubs and activities, campus safety and what Wells
women do after graduation."
New CD gives life to the work of neglected
What were Anne Boleyn's thoughts as she
awaited execution in the Tower of London? How did women view the rituals
of courtly love in medieval Europe? A newly released CD by the early music
performance trio Elizabethan Conversation offers a view of medieval and
renaissance life from the perspective of the women composers who lived
during those times. Entitled The Medieval Lady, the album was recorded
and produced by Leonarda Records in New York City, a label internationally
known for its work with women composers.
The compositions found on The Medieval Lady were gathered from reference
books and original manuscripts by Elizabethan Conversation instrumentalist
Susan Sandman. A professor of music at Wells who received her Ph.D. in
musicology from Stanford University, Sandman became interested in early
music by women composers in 1975. "I traveled to Harvard to find some of
the pieces and made my own edition of all the music Elizabethan Conversation
performs," she explains. "I think our real contribution has been performing
The women composers on the CD span
from the 12th through 17th centuries in Europe. Included are compositions
by the German visionary Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1170) who is also known
for her writings on natural science, theology and medicine. Anne Boleyn's
(1507-1536) "O Deathe, rock me asleepe," is part of the collection; she
was the second wife of the notorious King Henry VIII and mother of Elizabeth
I. The song is said to have been written while she was in the Tower of
London awaiting her execution.
The music of medieval women offers
a different perspective on an era that has been mythologized and, unfortunately,
too often stereotyped based upon male models. "Medieval women wrote very
personal tales of love and love lost," says Sandman. "Songs by males are
more formal and more likely to be filled with intellectual tricks and games
because that was part of the medieval style; they're not as personal. The
actual melodies and music are the same as far as I can tell." These fragments
of experience and emotion are all the more valuable because they are so
rare: Sandman reports that nearly all the music that has survived by women
of that era is found on The Medieval Lady.
Sandman has come to know the work of
these distant composers intimately. Where the historical record or musical
notation is unclear, she has reconstructed their music. When asked about
her personal favorites on the new CD, she immediately names the first track,
"A Chantar" by the 12th century composer the Countess of Dia. "I find it
very moving. The melody is haunting and beautiful. I like the text because
it seems so much like a love song that could have been written today."
Thinking a little longer she names the pieces by Hildegard of Bingen.
Elizabethan Conversation was formed
in 1982 by Sandman and musician and instrument craftsman Derwood Crocker.
They began playing as a lute duet specializing in the music of Shakespeare's
time. The addition of soprano Andrea Folan broadened their performance
range, and the group has given many concerts and received much positive
The trio's move to a national label
began in 1988 when Sandman met a producer from Leonarda, Marnie Hall, at
the International Congress on Women in Music at Brooklyn College. "Most
of Marnie's recordings were works by 19th and 20th century women composers,
and she really liked the early music. She played our tape for people and
received positive feedback. She thought it would provide a really nice
balance to her line," says Sandman.
Elizabethan Conversation members had
a particular vision for the recording which has been realized. "We didn't
want it to sound like it had been done in a recording studio where each
instrument was monitored and processed; we wanted a natural, acoustic sound
with the instruments balanced the way they really are. That was very important
to us," says Sandman.
The Medieval Lady also features several
instrumental pieces including "Greensleeves" (17th century, anonymous)
and "Tower Hill" by Giles Farnaby (1563-1640), which briefly moves the
album out of the exclusive domain of women composers. "We did one piece
by a male, Giles Farnaby, because we wanted to record the lute duet 'Tower
Hill'; it adds a connection to the Anne Boleyn song. Also we have no surviving
instrumental pieces by women - except if Anonymous was a woman - and we
wanted to include some instrumental music."
Elizabethan Conversation will appear
in Little Bear's Magic Playhouse Orchestra, an original production
with music, puppets and dance on Friday, December 5 at 8:00 p.m. in Alice
Barler Recital Hall on the Wells campus. Also appearing in this free event
will be the Wells Consort.
For information on The Medieval Lady,
contact Leonarda Productions, Inc., P.O. Box 1736, New York, NY 10025-1559,
phone 212/666-7697 or visit the website: http://music.acu.edu/www/iawm/leonarda/
The CD can also be purchased at the Wells
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