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Women in War - The Crushing Impact of War on Women

Written by Barbara Geehan, River Gazette Editor

When we think of how women’s lives have been affected by wars in the course of human history, we think of them as victims and as those left behind. Today, however, they fight on the frontlines, are used as weapons, live as refugees, and on occasion volunteer as suicide bombers. We are all impacted in one way or another. Since March of 2000, the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program at St. Mary’s College has organized a colloquium each spring around a topic critical to the lives of women. This year’s 12th annual program, March 22-24, will focus on women as participants in, victims of, and rationales for war.

“Women in War: Object/Subject” will include a photo exhibit of Iraqi refugees, and presentations on Palestinian women living in Israel and women in early American warfare. Malalai Joya, an Afghan politician who was suspended from the Parliament because of her comments, also will be here. Her book, Woman Among Warlords, comes out in paperback this March; Time magazine named her in its 2010 list of the 100 most influential people in the world. For more information on the colloquium, go to

Supported by the Alice McLellan Birney Women Studies Fund, as well as community and college members, the colloquium has previously covered subjects as diverse as women in the workforce (2009), marriage in America (2007), and women and technology (2002). Many extraordinary speakers, artists, performers, and scholars have participated as well, from the sub-Rosa Art Collective to author/artist Kate Bornstein, from activist Eleanor Smeal to Professor Candace Falk. This year’s schedule:

     "Collateral Image", photographic exhibit—March 22 – April 8. Montgomery Hall Upper Commons. Opens at 4 p.m. March 22 in Upper Commons    and artist lecture at 8:15 p.m. March 23 in Cole Cinema. Gabriela Bulisova, photographer and photojournalist.

    "Gendering the Narratives of Three Generations of Palestinian Women in Israel"—4:45 p.m. March 23, Cole Cinema. Isis Nusair, assistant professor of women’s studies and international studies at Denison University

    "Neither Battlefield nor Home Front: The Liminality of Women in Early American Warfare, Real and Imagined"—4:15 p.m. March 24, Cole Cinema. Andrea Robertson Cremer, assistant professor of history, Macalester College

    "Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice"—8:15 p.m., March 24, Cole Cinema. Malalai Joya, Afghan politician, teacher, and author. Reception and book signing to follow—Aldom Lounge, Campus Center.