I Am Woman

Stacey Zaremba, associate professor of psychology and chair of the department, coordinated one of the largest events on campus this spring and managed a reorganized curriculum for a complicated class at the same time.

The event, which she co-chaired with Santo Marabella, associate professor of economics and business, was “Women and Their Work,” a one-day conference (March 30) introduced by the guerrilla theater of the Guerrilla Girls on Tour and wrapped up by former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers. The Guerrilla Girls are a New York performance troupe that uses fliers and posters, slide shows and outdoor theater of protest to cast attention upon the unequal treatment of women in the arts. Myers spoke of the pressures on women who invade previously male fields. Between the intro and the ending was a full slate of workshops on networking, careers, and workplace skills and strategies.

Meanwhile, Stacey was teaching her popular course Psychology of Women, which for the first time had an extended service-learning component. The students formed teams to help social service agencies for homeless women and children. Their job was to increase awareness of the problem, to raise money to combat it, to offer skills and education to their clients, and to elicit volunteer assistance.

Some groups posted fliers, others wrote letters to the editor or op-ed pieces. The group for Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley, which helps women return to the workforce, collected used, good-quality office wear. Another group helped the clients at Easton’s Third Street Alliance for Women and Children to write résumés and job application letters.