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Capital University News, California State University, Sacramento
February 20, 2004
Panel to discuss feminism’s ‘Third Wave’
new feminist in town. She’s young. She’s concerned about issues
of globalization, gender, race and class. And she assumes rights and opportunities
that her mother or grandmother only dreamed of. She’s the Third Wave Feminist,
and she’ll be the topic when a panel of women’s rights activists
and leaders close out California State University, Sacramento’s month-long
celebration of Women’s History Month. The free talk will be in the University
Union Orchard Room at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 30.
Panelists include Megan Seely, president of the California chapter of the National
Organization for Women, Michelle Matisons, professor of women’s studies
at CSUS, and Jessica Heskin, women’s educator and advocate at the CSUS
Women’s Resource Center.
“Third Wave Feminism” refers to a new incarnation of the struggle
to achieve economic, political and social parity for women, and may signal a
fundamental shift in the way women view themselves and their place in society.
“It’s a whole different generation,” says Heskin. She considers
herself a “traditional” feminist and is uneasy with some of the
new ideas that are emerging.
But defining Third Wave Feminism is not easy. Matisons says the feminist community
is at odds over what the term means.
“That’s one of the things the panel will address—the usefulness
of the term,” says Matisons. Some see it as a complete break with the
older feminist tradition while others view it as another step in the evolution
For more information, call (916) 278-7388 or visit the CSUS Women’s Resource
Center’s website, www.csus.edu/wrc.
Media assistance is available from CSUS public affairs at (916) 278-6156.
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