Professors push for equality


Feminist. Nasty Woman. The words have suddenly become synonymous.
They’re used by some to describe strong women who are fight against inequality and are somehow seem bent on revenge.
Such thoughts are misplaced, according to Dr. Kristine Warrenburg Rome, a communication professor at Flagler College.
Women aren’t out for revenge, she said. They’re just fighting for their equal rights.
Warrenburg is scheduled to moderate a panel and that will discuss the topic at 11 a.m. on March 11 at Gamache Koger Theatre at the college.
The name of the panel is “Fighting for Feminism: The Revolution Communicated Nonviolently.” It is among the featured events that will take place during Communication Week, an annual event sponsored by the college’s Communication Department.
Warrenburg is passionate about women’s rights and their history.
“I’m a woman myself. I can’t separate myself from these gender arguments,” she says.
During the panel discussion, she plans to give a presentation called “Janis Joplin: Performing Gender Peacefully.”
Joplin was a singer and songwriter who quickly rose to stardom before dying of a heroin overdose at the age of 27 in 1970.

Dr. Kristine Warrenburg Rome
Warrenburg says Joplin revolutionized the breaking of stereotypes through performance.
“I’ve had students come into my office and tell me how they were inspired by performance activity and Janis specifically. I’ve been inspired by listening to my students,” she said.
Warrenburg will be speaking alongside four other Communication Department professors: Matthew Wysocki, Jin Hammick, Sandra Gehring and Tracy Halcomb.
While some people may question why a male professor is on a panel feminism, Warrenburg said it’s only natural.
“I hope that having a man speak about feminism will open it up,” she said. “It shows that you don’t have to be a woman to care about women’s rights.”
Feminism isn’t just for women, she says. “Men can be feminist.”
She says male and female students alike should realize that their voices matter.
“Men need to know they have a voice in causes like these, too.”
She hopes the panel will show that much has been achieve in equality of the sexes, but there is much work still to be done.
“Nothing will really change for women’s rights until everyone is on the same page,” she says.
Story by Elizabeth Thornton. Posted by Tracey Eaton.

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