Video Gaming and Tropes Against Women

By Monét Muñoz
Generation YW Youth Specialist, YWCA Greater Austin 

Monét Muñoz

Monét Muñoz

Video gaming has often been seen as a world dominated by a male audience, viewership, and consumership. However, more recently there has been a surge of women who are consuming this form of media at a rapid rate. In the late 2000s, Anita Serkeesian came onto the scene and changed the way we look at video gaming today. Sarkeesian is a media critic whose work focuses on “deconstructing the stereotypes and tropes associated with women in popular culture as well as highlighting issues surrounding the targeted harassment of women in online and gaming spaces.” In 2009, Sarkeesian began a video web series titled Feminist Frequency as a thesis for her Masters Degree at York University, in which she discusses how women are sidelined in the realm of video games.

Thank You for a Successful Year!

by Katie Stanton
Social Media Manager, YWCA USA

2013 is nearly here, so let’s take a step back and reflect on the accomplishments of the past year. For the YWCA, looking back helps us remember what we can achieve together, and to plan for how we will continue to empower women and eliminate racism in coming years.

YWCAs across the country have truly made an impressive difference in their communities. Our local associations worked hard to serve the two million women and families who participate in our programs every year. Here is just a sample of their many achievements:

  • YW NYC StaffThe YWCA of the City of New York provided relief to the families in Coney Island who were heavily impacted by Hurricane Sandy, despite their own challenges after the storm. Other local associations, like the YWCA of Minneapolis, organized relief efforts to help their fellow association recover.
  • The YWCA York, as part of a Human Trafficking Task Force, increased awareness about the widespread trafficking taking place in their community at their Cocktails for a Cause event. YWCA USA CEO Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D., discussed the YWCA USA’s commitment to empowering survivors of violence.
  • The YWCA of O’ahu is expanding their Dress for Success headquarters with a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation. They will also be collaborating with U.S. VETS to provide the first and only transitional housing for female veterans in Hawai’i.

DNC 2012: Video Interview with Juan Williams

by Marianne Schild
YWCA Correspondent at DNC

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YWCA’s Marianne Schild (right) with journalist Juan Williams at the 2012 Democratic National Convention

The last night of the Democratic National Convention, I got to spend a little time in one of the media boxes with journalist and political analyst Juan Williams.

VIDEO: Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s Speech at “Women, Money and Power” Summit – Washington, D.C. – April 7, 2011

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) spoke out against cuts and elimination of government programs that serve women yesterday at the YWCA and Feminist Majority’s “Women, Money and Power” Summit Luncheon in Washington, D.C.

In addition to Pelosi, luncheon speakers included:

  • Gloria Lau, Interim CEO, YWCA USA
  • Katherine Spillar, Executive Vice President, Feminist Majority; Executive Editor, Ms. magazine
  • Dolores Huerta, Co-Founder of the United Farm Workers and President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation
  • Elizabeth Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO
  • Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)
  • Avis Jones-DeWeever, Ph.D., Executive Director, National Council of Negro Women