Category: News-CRWG

Fall 2014 CRWG Newsletter Now Available

The Fall 2014 edition of the CRWG Newsletter, Building Research Connections, is now available. Check it out here: Building Research Connections Fall 2014.


BIRCWH Scholar Kirstie Danielson’s NIH presentation available online

BIRCWH scholar Kirstie Danielson’s NIH presentation can be viewed here.  Her talk begins approximately 4 hours and 15 minutes into the video.


CRWG Partners with Mujeres Latinas en Accion on Economic Security Report

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The Center for Research on Women and Gender partnered with Mujeres Latinas en Accion, the longest-standing Latina organization in the country, on their latest “Latina Portrait” annual policy report. This year’s report focused on economic security. CRWG Assistant Director Veronica Arreola wrote the introduction to the report and attended the report release press conference in September.

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The study found that Latin@s* are overrepresented in Chicago’s low-wage workforce. While they make up 26% of the city’s population, 42% of low-wage workers are Latin@. Undocumented Latin@s are most at risk for living in poverty. Due to their status, undocumented Latinas often must choose undesirable low-wage work or informal work in which they cannot fight for better pay or working conditions due to threat of being fired or deported. These low-wage industries also often expose Latinas to exploitation from supervisors. Undocumented Latin American women are at an increased risk of experiencing wage theft or being paid less than minimum wage, as well as sexual violence. This situation has local implications, as women comprise nearly half of the undocumented population in Illinois.

The impact of low-wage work on Latinas is exemplified by the monthly cost of childcare in Illinois, which can total $1,469, while a full-time minimum wage earner will make just $1,430 a month. The high cost of child care may keep Latinas in low-wage work because it limits the type of work they can do, in attempt to minimize childcare costs.

The “Latina Portrait” did not just paint a bleak state of affairs. It ends with a number of policy recommendations including raising the minimum wage, establishing earned sick-time, and creating a domestic workers bill of rights. Recommendations for action are detailed for allies who work in local government, labor and service organizations, and academia.

To read the full report, visit Mujeres Latinas en Accion and click on “Latina Portrait: Latinas and Economic Security.”

*Using Latin@ instead of “Latino” recognizes both Latinos and Latinas. For this Latina Portrait, Latin@ was used to differentiate between Latin@s of all genders and when just talking about Latina women.


CRWG Collaborates on Needs Assessment to Prevent Maternal Mortality in Tanzania

CRWG director Stacie Geller and collaborator Crystal Patil, associate professor of medical anthropology in the College of Nursing, are recipients of the inaugural Global Health and Wellbeing Seed Grant Program, established by the Chancellor’s Global Excellence Task Force and the College of Medicine’s Center for Global Health. The seed grant program was created to support projects that improve the lives of people around the world. The program provided start-up funding for three multidisciplinary research projects, to assist researchers in seeking external funding in the future.

Drs. Patil and Geller will work together to conduct a needs assessment in urban Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, with a focus on reducing maternal mortality. Based on the needs assessment, they will adapt a continuum-of-care approach for city residents. The continuum of care approach has successfully reduced maternal deaths from postpartum hemorrhage in rural areas of the developing world. The goal of the research is to identify factors that put urban women at risk of dying from postpartum bleeding.

For more information, visit: http://news.uic.edu/seed-grants-foster-research-projects-in-global-health#sthash.LDbcKNJm.dpuf


Former BIRCWH Scholar Julienne Rutherford Interviewed on WBEZ’s Morning Shift

Julienne Rutherford, assistant professor in the College of Nursing and former BIRCWH scholar, was interviewed by WBEZ’s Morning Shift about her new study concerning harassment and assault of female researchers in field settings. Listen to the story at: http://m.soundcloud.com/morningshiftwbez/new-study-finds-women-in-stem


Congratulations to our 2014 Dan Dissertation Award Winners!

The Center for Research on Women and Gender is pleased to announce the 2014 Alice J. Dan Dissertation Research Award winners. The winners are Molly McGown from the Department of Anthropology, Norma Jane Mejias from the Department of Disability and Human Development, and Cara Smulevitz from the Departments of Art History and Gender and Women’s Studies. The annual Dan Dissertation award encourages original and significant research about gender and/or women by UIC doctoral students. Recipients are awarded monetary support to assist with their research. To learn more about the Dan Dissertation Award, visit our Dan Award page.


CRWG Director Receives Chancellor’s Discovery Fund Award

Congratulations to CRWG Director Stacie Geller and colleagues, recipients of the Chancellor’s Discovery Fund for Multidisciplinary Research! Their project is titled, “Testing of a Prototype Obstetrical Medical Device for Auto Transfusion in Life Threatening Postpartum Hemorrhage.” The multidisciplinary team includes collaborators from the Emergency Medicine, the Center for Global Health, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Cardiothoracic Surgery in the College of Medicine, as well as the Bioengineering Department in the College of Engineering.


Congratulations to Abstract and Poster Winners from Women’s Health Research Day!

Abstract Winners
Student:  Nanci Alanis, Department of Psychology and Honors College, for “How do different stressors relate to body mass index among U.S.-born and immigrant Latinas?”

Faculty:  Heather Sipsma, Assistant Professor of Women, Children and Family Health Science, College of Nursing, for “Mental health of young parents from pregnancy through 1 year postpartum”

Poster Winners
Undergraduate Student:  Beelet Dawood, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, for “The association between vasomotor symptoms and sleep disturbance among menopausal women: a comparison of physiological and self-reported measures”

Graduate Student:  Hitisha Patel, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmocognosy, College of Pharmacy, for “Estrogen receptor partial agonists as therapeutics for tamoxifen resistant breast cancer”

Faculty/Fellow/Staff:  Susan Magasi, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, College of Applied Health Sciences, for “Screen-ABLE: A mixed methods study examining disparities in breast and cervical cancer screening among women with disabilities in Illinois”


2013 Dan Dissertation Award Winners Announced!

The Center for Research on Women and Gender is pleased to announce the 2013 Alice J. Dan Dissertation Research Award winners. The first place winners are Amy Brainer and Rachel Allison from the Department of Sociology, and Camille Quinn from the College of Social Work. The second place award was given to Smita Das from the Department of English. The annual Dan Dissertation award encourages original and significant research about gender and/or women by UIC doctoral students. Recipients are awarded monetary support to assist with their research. To learn more about the Dan Dissertation Award, visit Dan Award.


CRWG Director Discusses Postpartum Hemorrhage Prevention

In a recent talk at Northwestern University, CRWG Director Stacie Geller used her research on international prevention of postpartum hemorrhage as an example of translating research into policy in the developing world.
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