Weekly Feminist Happenings April 12th-18th

Utah's Gendered Pay Gap

Tuesday, April 12th

Calling All Women–An Homage to Equal Pay: Join the Women’s Caucus for a FREE panel discussion to honor and discuss the gender wage gap on Equal Pay Day 2016! This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.

Panelists include:

  • Senator Jani Iwamoto
  • Mike Weinholtz, Former CEO & Chairman & 2016 Gubernatorial Candidate
  • Dr. Gunseli Berik, U of U Economics
  • Shauna Scott-Bellacomo, Women’s State Legislative Council President
  • Kari Scott, young woman who did a “gender wage” bake sale at her school.

Details: Starts at 6 p.m. at the Salt Lake Acting Company (168 W 500 N, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103).

Wednesday, April 13th

Utah Women’s Artist Exhibition: The works of 56 women artists from the entire state will be featured and displayed from March 10-April 20, 2016 at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center (1355 W. 3100 South, West Valley City).

Thursday, April 14th

Food Studies Seminar Series: Food Insecurity and Obesity Risk Among Culturally Diverse Women: Food Insecurity, defined as, “limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways,’ (Anderson, 1990), is a persistent problem in the United States, where between 10-12 percent of households report that their members are food insecure in any given year. Although studies have found a link between obesity and food insecurity especially in women, the current literature lacks detailed descriptions of these relationships in underrepresented cultural and social groups. We examine the level of women’s food insecurity in five carefully defined minority communities, African immigrants, African Americans, Latinas, American Indians, and Pacific Islanders who are all participating in the Utah Women and Girls (UWAG) Study. Our analyses of approximately 500 baseline surveys assess the relationship between food insecurity and obesity risk while controlling for other potentially important confounding factors. In the discussion we draw out the implications for targeted weight-related public health interventions. Details: From 4-5 p.m. in the University of Utah Union.

Screening of How to Change the World: The documentary How to Change the World, which chronicles the roots of the environmental activist group Greenpeace through rare archival footage. Presented by the Utah Film Center. Details: Starts at 7 p.m. at the Viridian Event Center (1825 W. 8030 South, West Jordan).

Friday, April 15th

Ideologue: The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (20 South West Temple) will present “Ideologue,” Feb. 5-July 23, 2016, a group exhibit of nine international and national contemporary artists. “Ideologue” explores relationships of power in both the cultural and political realms, employing humor and hyperbole to address platforms of ideology. Visit here for more information.

Sustainability Book Group Discussion: Join us for a discussion of “The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture” by Wendell Berry. Details: From noon to 1 p.m. at the University of Utah, room 1726A Marriott Library.

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Weekly Feminist Happenings April 5th-11th


Tuesday, April 5th

The Public Lands Initiative–Is It Right for Us?: What is the Public Lands Initiative? Will it protect Utah’s wilderness lands? Will it promote economic development? Who will win and who will lose? Can the right balance be found? The Project for Deeper Understanding will host a free, open public conversation about the P.L.I. for all citizens on Tuesday, April 5th. Panelists include representatives of the environmental and outdoor recreation communities and both Rep. Bishop’s and Rep. Chaffetz’ offices. Details: St. Luke’s Church – 4595 N. Silver Springs Dr. in Snyderville (Park City) Time: 7:00 to 9:00 PM For more info, call Charles at 435-901-2131.

America and Islam: Peace and Justice in an Age of ISIS and Islamaphobia: Dr. Omid Safi is a Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University, the Director of Duke University’s Islamic Studies Center, and a columnist for On Being. Born in Jacksonville, Florida and raised in Iran, Safi fled Tehran in 1985 with his family and resettled in the United States. He has served on the board of the Pluarlism Project at Harvard University and is currently the co-chair of the steering committee for the Study of Islam and the Islamic Mysticism Group at the American Academy of Religion. Details: Starts at 7 p.m. at the Marmalade branch of the SLC Public Library.

Wednesday, April 6th

Screening of Spotlight: A Talk to a Survivor powered event, presented in partnership with The Utah Film Center and The City Library. Details: 5:45p–Visit tables of Start by Believing community partners- and consider taking the Start by Believing pledge. 7:00 p.m. Spotlight. 9:20: Survivor Question and Answer panel, including Phil Saviano, the real SNAP survivor portrayed in the Spotlight. Salt Lake City Public Library (210 E 400 S, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111).

Rock N’ Roll Camp for Girls Fundraiser: For more information on the camp: www.rockcampforgirlsslc.org Secily Saunders, Hillary McDaniel (of Canyons) and Talia Keys are founding members of the first ever Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls – Salt Lake City. We are raising funds to make this camp the best environment it can be for empowering young girls through music.

Canyons – www.facebook.com/canyons801
Talia Keys – www.facebook.com/TaliaKeysMusic
Mary Tebbs – www.facebook.com/Mary-Tebbs-Entertainment-129852540401366
Elytra (formerly Medusa’s Cross) – www.facebook.com/medusascrossmusic

Details: Purchase tickets here. Tickets: $5 – 100% of the proceeds go to the Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls – Salt Lake City

Thursday, April 7th

Screening of Peace Officer: “Peace Officer” is a feature documentary about the increasingly militarized state of American police. The story is told through the perspective of William “Dub” Lawrence, a former sheriff who established and trained his rural state’s first SWAT team only to see that same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff 30 years later. Sundance Film Festival co-founder and Department of Film and Media Arts producer-in-residence, Sterling Van Wagenen, and executive producer of the film, will be in attendance for the screening. The directors, Brad Barber and Scott Christopherson, will also be in attendance and will join Van Wagenen in a Q&A with the audience following the screening. Details: From 6:30-7:30 at the Post Theater  (245 S. Fort Douglas Blvd).

Screening of Gen Silent: SAGE Utah (Service & Advocacy for GLBT Elders) proudly presents a public screening of the film
Gen Silent (2011). This critically-acclaimed documentary follows the trials and triumphs of six diverse LGBTQ older adults as they share their experiences of growing older and healthcare systems that often continue to marginalize them. A community question and answer period will follow. Everyone who is interested in the health and well-being of our heroic LGBTQ elders is invited. Details: From 6:30-9:00 Salt Lake City Downtown Library Auditorium (210 E 400 S). Attendance is FREE but please register in advance as seating is limited.

Rape Awareness Event: Sage Williams and Elise Otteson will be presenting Dr. Julie Valentine’s (of the College of Nursing) findings on rape and sexual assault in Utah. The founders of Honey (a local sexual assault awareness organization) will present as well. The event will be hosted by Bri Garrido, Miss Eastern Utah, who is also a huge advocate in the community for rape awareness. If you have ever experienced rape or sexual assault, know someone who has, or want to know more about these issues, come! You will become more educated and inspired by these issues and learn how to help and support those who have experienced rape or sexual assault. This is a great way to kick off Sexual Assault Awareness Month! Details: Starts at 8 p.m. at Brigham Young University JKB 1102.

Friday, April 8th

Utah Pacific Island Film Festival: Utah Pacific Island Film Series hosted by Kava Talks promoting awareness of Aprils Sexual Assault Awareness Month screening, Pacific Island pop culture film, Once Were Warriors. Film is Rated R. See film description. Panel discussion will follow moderated by University of Utah’s Ulysses Tongaonevai with panelists from UCASA, YWCA, Rape Recovery Center, and Pacific Island Behaviour Health Coaltion. Resources onsite to answer any questions. Details: Register for tickets here. Starts at 7 p.m. at the Sorenson Unity Center (1383 S 900 W, Salt Lake City).

Saturday, April 9th

UHPCO Be A Superhero 5K Fun Run/Walk: Utah Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is raising hospice awareness and honoring Hospice Volunteers who serve those who are declining in health or who are near the end of life. Participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite superhero (or come dressed as the superhero you already are!) Details: From 9 a.m. to noon at Liberty Park.

I Am Salt Lake LIVE Podcast: Guests include: Jimmy Martin (Geek Show Podcast, Big Movie Mouth-Off, Utah’s Classic 103.5 The Arrow, KSL 5 TV, SLUG Mag, and The Mediocre Show); Kat Martin (Kat Martin Artist); Leigh George Kade (Geek Show Podcast, and Frisch); Rachel Arent Kade (Frisch). Details: Saturday, April 9th at Club at 50 Westt. 50 West Broadway, Salt Lake City. This is a FREE show. Doors are at 8pm. We will be recording a live podcast and opening it up to audience questions at the end. This show is sponsored by our friends at SLUG Mag.

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Weekly Feminist Happenings March 29th-April 4th

Trans Day of Visibility

Tuesday, March 29th

Beyond Farm to Table–Community, Culture, and Food: We are excited to welcome Jen Castle and Blake Spalding, the chef-owners of Hell’s Backbone Grill and Farm as keynote speakers in this semester’s Social Soup lecture on March 29 from 12-1 p.m. in the Gould Auditorium at Marriott Library. The lecture, Beyond Farm-to-Table: Community, Culture & Food, will focus on the benefits, struggles, and empowering experiences of owning and operating a farm-to-table restaurant. Plus, vegetarian soup will be served. Best of all, it is free. Details: From noon to 1 p.m. in the Gould Auditorium at the University of Utah.

Wednesday, March 30th

Managing Climate Risks in Resilient Cities: This lecture is in conjunction with the Wallace Stegner Center 21st Annual Symposium- Green Infrastructure, Resilient Cities: New Challenges, New Solutions.

“Preparing for and managing climate change-related risks will require whole communities to act to increase their resilience, regardless of what the future brings. … Local decision-makers and their communities must make the changing climate a key factor in their everyday decisions about infrastructure investment, issuing of development permits, administration of zoning and building codes and judgments about land conservation.” –Lawrence Susskind Details: From 12:15-1:15 at the SJ Quinney School of Law.

Pioneering Women Tour: This special tour weaves Utah’s unique state history into the story of women’s battle to gain leadership and suffrage. Learn about the pioneering women, historic and modern, who are depicted in the artwork and exhibits throughout the State Capitol building.

The Vision Not Victim: Jordan photography exhibition, will feature compelling photos of Syrian and Jordanian girls who dare to dream. The photos are a visual call to action and highlight how the IRC empowers women and girls to build a better future for themselves and their communities. Proceeds from the sales of the artwork will support the IRC’s life-changing work in Salt Lake City and the Vision Not Victim program. Details: From 6-8 p.m. at Zions Bank (1 S Main St, Salt Lake City). Space is Limited. RSVP is required. RSVP to Amy Meyer at GenRSLC@rescue.org.

Details: From 6-7:15 p.m. at the Utah State Capitol. Questions? Please contact Emmylou Manwill (emanwill@utah.gov) – who will guide the tour and is a member of the YWCA Young Women’s Leadership Council.



Thursday, March 31st

Transgender Day of Visibility: Did you know 80% – 90% people don’t know a transgender person? Here in Utah that’s around 2.5 million people who don’t know a transgender person in their daily lives. Well when we heard your ideas of what would improve the lives of transgender people one idea came up more than any other, awareness building. Teaching people what it means to be transgender and humanizing ourselves to the general public.

One key to building awareness is actually really simple, visibility. It’s that spirit that transgender day of visibility was started and happens March 31st of every year. The Transgender Inclusion Project is proud to be celebrating this day at the Utah Pride Center. We will be unveiling Voices, a film project telling the stories of everyday transgender Utahns.

So trans people, gender non-conforming people, and our allies, join us. Let’s show the world just how visible we can be, and in the process build real and lasting transgender power in Utah. Details: From 6-8 p.m. at the Utah Pride Center (255 E 400 S, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111).

Love the Rape Recovery Center with Saucy Skillets: If you love Utah then you love the Rape Recovery Center. For over 40 yours the Rape Recovery Center has worked to make Utah safer for everyone. And now, you’ve got a special day to show your love – and a special way. Join us from 11:00 a.m. – 2: 00 p.m. for a celebration of our community; with speakers, music and food by the Saucy Skillet. All of the proceeds from Love UT Give UT and 10% of the Saucy Skillet sales will go to Rape Recovery Center’s mission of prevention and services towards sexual assault. Details: From 11 a.m to 2 p.m. at the Rape Recovery Center (2035 South 1300 East, Salt Lake City).

Unequal Voices – The Politics of Inequality: Hosted by the Utah Chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network. The event will be a day-long symposium on inequality in Utah and the U.S., with a focus on gender- and income-based inequalities, and their causes and consequences.
Details: From 9:30-11:45 a.m., two morning panels at the Hinckley Institute of Politics will feature scholars from Utah and around the country presenting their research on these topics. In the afternoon, from 2:30-4:00pm, at the City Library, there will be a roundtable discussion featuring some of these same scholars, State Senator Jani Iwamoto, City Councilman Derek Kitchen, and representatives from Voices for Utah Children and Center for Community Change.

Friday, April 1st

How Did Utah Women Fare this Legislative Session: Join the Utah Women’s Coalition and the Hinckley Institute of Politics for a conversation with legislators about the 2016 legislative session, the impact it had on Utah women, and where progress needs to be made moving forward.

– Representative Becky Edwards
– Senator Jani Iwamoto
– Representative Angela Romero
– Representative Carol Spackman Moss

Discussion moderated by Dr. Susan Madsen, Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership & Ethics, and Director of the Utah Women & Leadership Project.

Details: From noon to 1 p.m. at the Hinckley Institute of Politics (260 Central Campus Dr, Rm 253, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112).

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Weekly Feminist Happenings March 15th-21st

The Improvables

Tuesday, March 15th

Partnering for Better Health–Bringing Utah’s Patient Voices to Research: Patients, researchers, providers, policymakers, and payors are invited to the event to:

  1. Identify and prioritize questions related to patient-centered outcomes for Utah that are important to all stakeholders,
  2. Share best practices that facilitate patient engagement and increased identification and utilization of patient reported measures
  3. Disseminate patient-centered awareness and improve understanding of the value of integrating researchers in the health care community to address the patient, provider, payor and community perspectives
  4. Promote health services research in Utah
  5. Facilitate interaction and communication among individuals interested in patient-centered health services research

Details: From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of Utah Health Sciences Building (20 N 2000 E ).

Ben Lesser–Holocaust Survivor and Author Speaking at Riverton High School: Ben Lesser, Holocaust survivor and author of the book “Living a Life that Matters” will be speaking at Riverton High School on Tuesday, March 15th at 6:00PM. This event is free and open to the community. Details: From 6-8 p.m. at Riverton High School (12476 S. Sivlerwolf Way).

Wednesday, March 16th

Sense/Ability Tour: Created in collaboration with Easy to Love, Hard to Raise, SENSE/ABILITY aims to foster an accepting and understanding museum environment, in which sensory-sensitive children and their families will feel comfortable and included while discovering social concepts found in our exhibitions. Details: From 10-11 a.m. at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (20 S. West Temple). Space is limited to 15 families. Please RSVP to Jared.Steffensen@utahmoca.org

How to Be A Bitch: Join us for another Taboo Talk on Wednesday, March 16. This time with special guest professor Kim Zarkin, giving a preview for her class offered this May Term! Details: From 6-8 p.m. at Westminster College.

Friday, March 18th

The Improvables–Femme Funny: The girls are back in town! It’s our 2nd annual Ladies’ Night show and we are so excited to gather 12 of the wittiest women on the Wasatch Front together to bring you an unforgettable night of laughter and fun! Plus, it’s for a good cause – all proceeds will go to the YWCA Women in Jeopardy Shelter Program. Help us help them by coming to the show!

Details: Show starts at 10 p.m. at the CenterPoint Legacy Theatre (523 N. 400 W., Centerville). Tickets cost $6 at the door and additional donations are more than welcome. If you have a KSL Deals Voucher, we will also be accepting those, but would appreciate an additional donation to help the cause. Doors open at 9:40 PM and all seating is on a first come, first served basis.

Monday, March 21st

The Hunting Ground screening and panel: Free and open to the public. Details: From 4-6 p.m. in the College of Social Work, Okazaki Community Meeting Room (SW 155-B).

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Weekly Feminist Happenings March 8th-14th


Thursday, March 10th

Showing Up for Racial Justice: In this first meeting we have an ambitious agenda for an estimated 90 minutes:

  • We will introduce the organizing work and mission of SURJ
  • We will have a short educational component along the lines of “white anti-racism 101”
  • We will break up into working groups to strategize our work going forward and talk about the specific logistics of a public campaign.

Our goal is to make space for anyone who is interested in developing an anti-racist analysis and doing anti-racist action, whether they feel themselves to be experts about anti-racist work, or complete newcomers. As stated on the SURJ national website: “Through community organizing, mobilizing and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability.” There will be light snacks and water at the meeting. Participants do not need to bring anything except a willingness to engage authentically with others. Details: From 7-9 p.m. at the Salt Lake City Public Library (210 E 400 S, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111).

Friday, March 11th

YWCA Young Women’s Leadership Summit: Pursue Your Goals. Use Your Voice. Change the World.

Join the YWCA for an inspirational day of encouragement and engagement with established and emerging female leaders. Created specifically for women ages 18-35, this year’s Summit will focus on pursuit of goals, entrepreneurship, and building confidence. You must regsiter to attend the event. Details: Registration is required. The Day’s Schedule:
8:00 Breakfast and Meet the YWCA Young Women’s Council
8:45 Welcome
9:00 Keynote Address: Karen Gunn
9:45 Break
10:00 Panel: Overcoming Self-Doubt and Building Confidence
10:45 Break
11:00 Negotiate the Wage You Deserve: Addressing the Pay Gap
11:45 Lunch: Discussions and Perspectives with Women Entrepreneurs
12:45 Closing Remarks
5:30-6:30 Reception at Zest Kitchen & Bar (275 200 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101). 

The Well-Being of Women in Utah: Join the Utah Association for Women in Psychology for a report on the well-being of Utah women, presented by Anne Burkholder of the YWCA. The goals of this presentation include:

  • To inform AWP members about an important new initiative on behalf of Utah women.
  • To educate AWP members about current, credible research on key dimensions of Utah women’s lives.
  • To raise awareness about how gender disparities are compounded by race and ethnicity.
  • To engage in meaningful conversation about what these data mean for the complex realities Utah women face in their lives, and for those who serve them and advocate for them.
  • To identify priorities for effective public policy advocacy on behalf of Utah women.

Details: From 5-7 p.m. at the Salt Lake Area Family Justice Center (310 East 300 South, Salt Lake City).

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