• CERRU Column,  Op-Eds

    OP-ED: Human Enough to be Vulnerable

    If you’ve ever seen the Disney movie Mulan, you might recall the scene where Shang, the army captain, challenges all his trainees to reach the top of a tall wooden pole and retrieve an arrow. The catch? They must do so while weighed down by two brass disks tied to their arms. All the trainees approach the task viewing the disks as a burden, and are unable to climb the pole. Only Mulan discovers by accident that the disks don’t have to be a burden: when she swings the disks upward and then tugs back on the ropes, they interlock behind the pole – now she’s able to use the…

  • Editorials

    Recognizing Women’s History Month

    March is Women’s History Month, a time that we remember the strong women who have overcome prejudice and sexism throughout the years. We praise the contributions women have made and continue to make that have given them the opportunities they have today. In 1981 Congress passed Public Law 97-28, which declared the first week of March as Women’s History Week. Six years later, after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress declared the month of March as Women’s History Month. During Women’s History Month we recognize compelling women such as Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross; Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly by herself…

  • News

    Feminist Press still relevant after 45 years

    At the CUNY Graduate Center is a small, educational non-profit organization that fought and still fighting for big social changes. The Feminist Press, located at 365 Fifth Avenue, Suite 5406, publishes feminist classics, offers new international pieces, elevates silenced voices and promotes social justice. “FP is not just a business. You have a business with values,” Lauren Hook, managing editor, said. “We’re not just saying how much this book is going to make, but what the book means, what does it represent, why is it important and why does it deserve to be in print.” Florence Howe, an author and professor, founded the organization in 1970 because of the lack…

  • News

    Club Spotlight: IAMTHATGIRL starts a new chapter at QC

    IAMTHATGIRL, a national non-profit organization, was founded in 2008 by Alexis Jones and co-founder Emily Greener to address the growing need for community amongst girls and young women by helping to build self-esteem and realize their full potential. This semester Queens College students started their own chapter of IATG. President Monica Roman, a junior studying English and political science in addition to being a Student Fellow at the Center for Ethnic, Racial, and Religious Understanding, explained how she got involved with establishing IATG at QC. “Late last year, I began to notice that there was a real lack of women’s oriented groups on campus. Considering how Queens College is always hailed as one of the ‘most…

  • News

    Raising awareness about sexual assaults; changing lives

    Trelles Delandro said she has been terrified of being raped since she was 10 years old. The 14-year-old New Orleans native is accustomed to unwanted attention from men as she walks down the street and is surprised that her young age does not faze them. Black and white images of her appeared on the projector as she discussed the rape of her cousin at the hands of a home intruder, an incident that instilled fear in her. “Ever since then I’ve really been afraid. I’m always thinking, ‘is someone going to try and harm me? Is someone going to follow me? Is someone going to say something?’” she said. “If…