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The diversity problem in physics Navigating academia is difficult, but navigating academia as a woman, much less a woman of colour, is nearly impossible
Oct25

The diversity problem in physics Navigating academia is difficult, but navigating academia as a woman, much less a woman of colour, is nearly impossible

Photo from Silhouette Photo Archives By Sabrina Macklai On Oct 2. 2018, Donna Strickland became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in physics in 55 years. Strickland graduated McMaster University in 1981 with a degree in engineering physics and has since been responsible for greatly advancing the field of laser physics while at the University of Waterloo. She won the prize for introducing the technique of chirped pulse...

The holy ghost (between my thighs) How the 1998 Sex Education curriculum has failed a generation
Aug09

The holy ghost (between my thighs) How the 1998 Sex Education curriculum has failed a generation

Content warning: graphic discussion of sexuality and discussion of sexual dysfunction disorder 2015 was an exciting year: we found liquid water on Mars, I started at McMaster, we had a federal election, and Ontario unveiled its new sexual education and health curriculum.  The new Ontario government is reverting to the previous version which debuted in 1998. I was living my best life back then, but little did I know that I would suffer...

The fear of feminism Feminism doesn’t need to be scary, it needs to be understood
Nov09

The fear of feminism Feminism doesn’t need to be scary, it needs to be understood

By: Jordan Graber I used to be scared of feminism. I think a lot of people are still wary when they hear the word and connect their understanding of it. Often, those associated with the word feminism are often seen as angry, aggressive and in opposition of men. This is the first problem with this many people’s relationship with this term; misunderstanding. Feminism by definition is, “the advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of the...

Women-only gym hours  A women’s only gym? That’s too much to ask for. Women’s hours? We shouldn’t have to ask for that
Sep07

Women-only gym hours A women’s only gym? That’s too much to ask for. Women’s hours? We shouldn’t have to ask for that

McMaster University’s Department of Athletics & Recreation is home to a wide range of facilities. With three different gyms, two dance studios, an indoor track, a climbing wall, a sports hall and a mindfulness centre, there is only one thing missing: separate gym hours for different genders. Personal health and finess is not limited to a specific gender and should be practiced by everyone.With the rise of body image insecurities...

Making Waves and the necessity of closed and open events Allies and those affected by issues are able to discuss topics better in structured environments
Mar09

Making Waves and the necessity of closed and open events Allies and those affected by issues are able to discuss topics better in structured environments

By: Rachel Guitman – WGEN Contributor One of the goals of Making Waves, formerly known as International Women’s Week, is to reframe conversations about gender equity to include those who are agender, transgender or gender nonconforming. These conversations are also meant to communicate the idea of activism, progress and creating inclusive spaces. The event aims to raise awareness and engagement among students about the...

The benefits of safe spaces Positive work by the McMaster Womanists helps frame conversations on race and gender
Mar02

The benefits of safe spaces Positive work by the McMaster Womanists helps frame conversations on race and gender

By: Emile Shen – WGEN Contributor The annual occurrence of Black History Month in the United States and Canada is something that most of us have been aware of since elementary school. Not officially recognized in Canada until 2008, it still served as an important reminder of the contributions and legacy of Black Canadians. In my memory, however, the root causes of oppression were never explained well enough when I was younger....