February 08, 2007

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NOTICE OF CANCELLATION: LEWISBURG, Pa. -- The lecture by Gwendolyn Mink, scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University, has been cancelled.

The lecture, which is free to the public, is part of the ongoing Distinguished Lecture Series sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies program. It is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Gender, and the Office of the Provost.

Mink will discuss the impacts of welfare policy on low-income single mothers' legal, political and economic status 10 years after welfare was 'reformed,' and will consider ongoing political efforts to reduce poverty by reconstituting single mothers' families.

Her recent work critiques welfare policy as a historical practice, arguing that current policy is both premised on the economic inequality of women and reinforces that inequality.

At the center of current policy is a notion of married fatherhood that, among other things, provides a standard against which unmarried mothers, especially those who are poor and women of color, are pathologized and regulated.

Mink is the Charles N. Clark Professor of Women’s Studies at Smith College. She is the author of numerous scholarly works including the award-winning Wages of Motherhood, Welfare’s End, and Hostile Environment: The Political Betrayal of Sexually Harassed Women.

She also edited Poverty: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics and Policy, with Alice O'Connor; Welfare: A Documentary History of U.S. Policy and Politics, with Rickie Solinger; and The Reader’s Companion to U.S. Women’s History, with Wilma Mankiller, Marysa Navarro, Barbara Smith and Gloria Steinem.

Mink's activism includes founding the Committee of 100, an organization fighting for welfare justice.

Posted Feb. 8, 2007