Gender and Politics Course USF



Tuesday, October 28, 2008 1:28 PM

More than a century ago, women spent months traveling by ship to attend the first international congress on women's rights in Paris in 1878. Without the benefit of airplanes and Internet access, people's passages to and from international conventions were much more laborious and time-consuming; technological developments have made a world of difference. Nowadays, women cross borders of language, nation, gender, generation and genre more easily in their efforts to create a better world for themselves and their communities. In fact, this border has become commonplace. But why?

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin addresses supporters while accepting the nomination as Vice-Presidential candidate on the Republican party ticket.  This speech riled up supporters and opponents alike.

Friday, October 03, 2008 5:17 PM

On August 28, 2008, Senator John McCain's announcement of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate for the Republican presidential ticket in the United States stirred up emotions and controversy. Much of the reaction stems from her biography. Palin, a former small-town mayor, has governed her state for less than two years. A mother of five children, including a baby with Down Syndrome, Palin, 44, identifies as a conservative Christian, a gun enthusiast and an avid moose hunter. She is the first female Republican VP candidate; the only other major-party female VP candidate was Democrat Geraldine Ferraro in 1984.

On September 3, 2008, Palin spoke to supporters at the Republican National Convention, officially accepting her nomination. Since her speech, conversations have been rampant all over the United States, but I.M.O.W. has been curious about what those outside of the United States are saying. Here is a selection of thoughts and reactions from women bloggers around the world.

To add your voice to our discussion of Sarah Palin, please visit our Community Forum.


Tuesday, October 07, 2008 11:31 AM

Featured Community Voice: Voices from the I.M.O.W. CommunityI.M.O.W. asked its online community participants to share their favorite voting memories with us. The memories tell of heartwarming family bonding experiences, the trials of voting woven into the challenges of life and nation, and the personal significance of casting a ballot. Travel back in time and to the polls with our global online community and be inspired to share your own memories of voting in the story comments or in our online forum thread.

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