• Hispanic/Latino(a)@Iowa
  • Latinatas, Identity, and Ideology, by Marilda Janet Oviedo

    In Marilda Janet Oviedo’s 2013 dissertation Growing up Latinita: Latina girls, online ‘zine production, and identity formation, the media products of the non-profit organization Latinitas are examined to understand how they impact their reader’s ideology and how they help create and establish personal identity. Latinitas claims to empower Latina youth through education, including two age […]

  • Hispanic/Latino(a)@Iowa
  • Redefining Womanhood through the Male-Authored Comic, by Brittany Nicole Tullis

    In this dissertation, Brittany Nicole Tullis examines the evolution of femininity in male-authored Latin American comics. In particular three authors, Gabriel Vargas’ La Familia Burrón (Mexico, 1948-2009), Quino’s Mafalda (Argentina, 1964-1973), and Love and Rockets (Los Bros. Hernandez, 1981-1996; 2000-present) are closely followed. These examples are used to demonstrate the ability of the comic strip […]

  • Women@Iowa
  • “Blood, Lust and Love,” Gigi Durham

    PSA Poster on Domestic Violence

    This article by Meenakshi Gigi Durham, published in the Journal of Children and Media, analyzes through a feminist lens the ways in which the popular Twilight series enforce ideas of gendered violence. Examining both the explicit and implicit verbal and visual messaging of the Twilight books and films, Durham critiques the expectations put forward by the author with regard to masculine violence and feminine acquiescence.

  • Women@Iowa
  • “Picket Lines, Picket Fences,” Kenneth Dofner

    Josephine Gruhn on a tractor

    In this article, written as part of an undergraduate history seminar at the University of Iowa, Kenneth Dofner argues that feminist theory and action created the foundation that helped shaped policy during and after the Farm Crisis. Looking at the ways in which second-wave feminism shaped grassroots organizing during the Farm Crisis, he illustrates the important social and political role that women played in Iowa’s rural communities in the 1980s and beyond.

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  • “Love. Sex. Shoes.” Suzanne Marie Cody

    detail of shoes

    In this collection of performance essays, Suzanne Marie Cody uses shoes and clothes to explore the many lives a woman may live. Each pair conveys a different experience, a different time and different lessons like chapters of a book, while constantly calling attention to what it means to walk a mile in a woman’s shoes – whether they’re hiking boots or red stilettos.

  • Asian/Asian American@Iowa
  • Rethinking woman’s place in Chinese society

    Woman in China, 1944

    Linghua Xu’s 2015 MA thesis uses the 1934 Shanghai film New Woman to closely examine the place of women in Chinese society. Writes Xu:   The conception of “new woman”(xin nü xing, 新女性) was popularized during the New Culture Movement beginning from 1919, which was a whole-scale criticism and rethinking of Chinese culture surrounding almost every aspect of Chinese […]

  • Women@Iowa
  • Women’s Suffrage in Iowa Collection

    Full Suffrage for Women button

    In honor of the 90th Anniversary of women’s suffrage, the UI Libraries digitized thousands of documents, photographs, and artifacts highlighting Iowa’s unique heritage. The materials come from the Iowa Women’s Archives, the State Historical Society of Iowa, and the Special Collections Departments of The University of Iowa and Iowa State University libraries.

  • African American/Black@Iowa
  • Edna Griffin Papers

    Edna Griffin

    The Iowa Women’s Archives contains thousands of documents related to the lives of African American Women in Iowa. Among those documents are the Edna Griffin Papers – a collection of photographs, interviews, newspaper clippings related to the life of this remarkable Iowan and civil rights activist. The collection also includes her FBI file from 1948 to 1951, which you can help transcribe at DIY History.

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  • Eve Drewelowe Digital Collection

    Drewelowe Painting Cropped

    Eve Drewelowe received her BA in Graphic and Plastic Arts from the University of Iowa in 1923. She petitioned the UI in order to pursue her course of study at the graduate level. A year later she completed the MA in Graphic and Plastic Arts, becoming one of the first people in the nation to receive this degree. The collection includes biographical information, correspondence, exhibit materials, manuscripts, travel journals and sketchbooks, scrapbooks, photographs, artwork inventories, and other miscellaneous materials.

  • African American/Black@Iowa
  • “Queen of the Campus,” Dora Martin Berry Interview

    Queen of the Campus Article

    In the winter of 1955, 17-year-old Dora Lee Martin won the title Miss State University of Iowa (as the UI was then called). While winning this contest, based on female nominations and male votes, was uncommon enough for a freshman, Martin’s status as the first African American student to be awarded such an honor gained media attention all over Iowa, across the country and around the world.

  • African American/Black@Iowa
  • Tight Spaces, Kesho Scott et al.

    Book Cover of Tight Spaces

    A tri-autobiography, Tight Spaces shares the remarkable stories of three women (and UI students): Kesho Scott, Cherry Muhanji, and Egyirba High. Their stories and essays examine the social and physical geographies of the Midwest and the place of race, class, age, gender, and sexuality within them. These “tight spaces” are opened and explored, fleshed out and felt, in the sensitive, wry, and determined voices of the book.

  • African American/Black@Iowa
  • A study of the experiences of Black college female student athletes at a predominantly White institution

    Iowa Women's Basketball 1991

    The purpose of this study was to gather descriptive data on the experiences of Black female student athletes. A better understanding of the experiences of Black female student athletes as students, as athletes, and as developing young women may help student affairs practitioners better understand their collegiate experience; provide them with information to make decisions […]