Global Status of Women and Girls Conference - Christopher Newport University
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Global Status of Women and Girls

March 21-23, 2019

CNU and Norfolk State University faculty, students and staff are all invited to attend the conference with no registration required.
Meals and keynote address are by invitation only.

This year's conference theme is Intersectionality: Understanding Women’s Lives and Resistance in the Past and Present

This interdisciplinary conference uses tools of the arts, humanities, social sciences and other fields to address challenges faced by women and girls around the world, both historically and today. Our 2019 conference theme marks the 30th anniversary of Kimberlé Crenshaw’s use of the term “intersectionality” as well as the 400th anniversary of the first Africans arriving in Hampton, Virginia, and the Jamestown Colony in 1619.

Given the close proximity to Jamestown and Hampton, this year’s conference will especially highlight the ways in which gender intersects race, ethnicity, class, sexuality and other identity markers in complex ways. To this end, we welcome proposals that use an intersectional approach to understand these subjects, as well as the interconnectedness of systems of oppression, power and privilege. Please note: the deadline for submissions has passed.

Please contact us at if you have any questions.


Registration Fees

Attend Full 3 Day Conference $125
Daily Registration Rate $75

Registration fee typically includes an opening reception, dinner, breakfast and one additional RSVP lunch option. The fee also includes shuttle transportation to and from the conference hotel.

CNU and Norfolk State University faculty, students and staff are all invited to attend the conference with no registration required.
Meals and keynote address are by invitation only.


Sophia Nelson - Keynote Speaker

Award-winning author, journalist, politico, attorney, and media commentator

Dr. Colita Fairfax

Professor at Norfolk State University and Co-Chair of the Hampton 2019 Commemorative Commission

Dr. Sabrina Karim

Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at Cornell University
Co-author of Equal Opportunity Peacekeeping: Women, Peace, and Security in Post-Conflict Countries

March 21, 2019

Schedule of events
9 a.m. Registration

Registration will be open throughout the conference.

Shuttles will run from the hotel to campus from 8-10 a.m.

David Student Union, Second Floor
10 a.m. Welcome Remarks

Lori Underwood — Discussing the Things We Aren't Allowed to Discuss: Race, Gender and Religion

Colita Fairfax — The Issue of Intersectionality in 1619

David Student Union, Boardroom
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Opening Plenary: "Reclaiming Our Time"

Plenary Panel Presented by Norfolk State University Faculty
An auto-ethnographic discussion connecting intersectionality, respectability politics and the challenges faced by black women in higher education.

Ernestine Duncan — Reclaiming Our Time: Psychological Perspectives

Aliecia McClain — Reclaiming Our Time: Black Women and STEM in the "Crooked Room"

Khadijah Miller — moderator; Reclaiming Our Time: Respectability Politics, Intersectionality and Black Professional Women

David Student Union, Boardroom
12:15-1:45 p.m. Lunch on your own

Note: If you attend the round-table, lunch will be provided. RSVP is required.

CNU campus and surrounding area
12:30-1:30 p.m. Round-Table

Intersectional Approaches to Women's and Gender Studies, Inside and Outside of the Classroom

Round-table sponsored by CNU's Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, as well as NSU's School of Social Work.

This interdisciplinary round-table lunch session aims to facilitate conversations about some of the challenges, strategies, and responsibilities related to intersectional teaching in women's and gender studies. Panelists will address how to engage students in meaningful discussions of gender and social justice.

Moderator: Elizabeth Wood (history)
Panelists: Laura Puaca (history, director of Women's and Gender Studies), Angela Spranger (management), Danielle Stern (communication), Tiffany Lane (social work), Sandra Williamson-Ashe (social work)

David Student Union, Ballroom
1:45-3 p.m. Panel 1: Women's Activism and Social Movements

Olutoyin Olufunke Boris — Understanding Women's Involvement and Resistance in Nigeria Educational Process in the Past and Present: The Social Media Perspective

Tania Rispoli — Rethinking the Politics of Space in Contemporary Feminist Global Movements

Adrienne Washington — "Reclaiming My Time": Clapbacks, Signification and the Activist Strategies on Black Women's Language

David Student Union, Boardroom
1:45-3 p.m. Panel 2: Gender and Islam

Sabah Alsulami — Gender Equality and Gender Role Under Sharia Law: What is the Truth's Concept of Gender Equality?

Farid Muttaqin — Feminist Interpretation of the Quran as an Ideological Critique Against Patriarchy (an Indonesian Context)

April Najjaj — Intersectionality and Islam: The Case of Muslim Women

David Student Union, Jefferson Room
1:45-3 p.m. Panel 3: Literary Representations of Women and Gender

Jason Ray Carney — "I'm not scared of sheets": The De-reifying Gaze of the Gothic Heroine

Luz Angélica Kirschner — Exotic Birds: Re-visions of Culture and Society

Jim Cornette — Resist, Survive, Endure: Empowered Female Characters in O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin Novels

David Student Union, Washington Room
3-3:15 p.m. Coffee Break David Student Union
3:15-4:30 p.m. Panel 4: Intersecting Marginalities

Jaya Priyadarshini — Towards Understanding the Caste-Gender Intersectionality: A Case Study of the Lower Service Caste Women in 18th Century Jodhpur

Elizabeth Wood — Eliza Gallee's Petersburg: Race, Sex and Money in Antebellum Virginia

Hassan Bin Zubair — Exploring the Hidden Culture and Dismantling the Threads of Patriarchy and Presenting Shaded Positioning of Feminism in Fouzia Saeed's Taboo and Louise Brown's The Dancing Girls of Lahore

David Student Union, Boardroom
3:15-4:30 p.m. Panel 5: Leadership and Empowerment

Tiffany Lane — Possibilities are Limitless: Supporting Leadership Among African-American Ladies

Zulma Rugeles — Leadership and Empowerment of Women in Socio-Cultural and Environmental Organizations: Promoting Social Inclusion and Local Development in Usme, Colombia

Anastasiya Stoyneva — The Other Ladder Leading Up: Another Funny Problem for Women in Society

Sandra Williamson-Ashe — A Distinct Set of Characteristics for Black Women in Higher Education/HBCU: Tortured by Slavery — Shaped by Intersectionality — Liberated into Othermothering

David Student Union, Washington Room
3:15-4:30 p.m. Performance

Selections from CNU's Virginia Company plays

David Student Union
5 p.m. Opening Reception

Mediterranean buffet and cash bar

Shuttles will begin returning guests to the hotel at 6 p.m. and will continue until all guests have been returned.

David Student Union, Ballroom

March 22, 2019

Schedule of events
8:15 a.m. Registration

Shuttles will run from the hotel to campus from 7:30-10 a.m.

David Student Union, 2nd Floor
9-10:15 a.m. Panel 6: Gender in Multiple Mediums

A Graphic Novel, a Performance Poet, and an Instagram Account Walk into a Bar...: Many Modes, Many Voices

Jennifer Heller — Teaching Empathy: Sexual Identity and the Graphic Novel

Kaylee Abernathy — Outspoken Contemporary Performance Poetry in Feminist Counterculture

Haylee Carpenter — Rupi Kaur and the Definition of a Contemporary Female Artist

David Student Union, Boardroom
9-10:15 a.m. Panel 7: Confronting Gender Violence

Patricia D. Hopkins — Violence and the Black Female Body: Deconstructing Images of Rape in Toni Morrison's Beloved

Julie Tharp — Indigenous Women Confront Violence

Luisa Turbino Torres — Understanding the Role of Regional International Organizations in the Implementation of International Norms: The Case of Domestic Violence in Brazil

David Student Union, Jefferson Room
9-10:15 a.m. Panel 8: Gender and Social Concerns (Undergraduate)

Cassidy Hill — In Defense of the Prostitute: A Critical Look at Sex in the Media and the Rights of Prostitutes

Stephanie Holt — La Pachamama: Reimagining "Ecofeminism" in the Ecuadorian Amazon

Alexis Verlyn Walker — Protest, Promise and Partnerships: Assessing Advocacy Against Socio-Cultural Traditions and their Negative Impact on the Girl Child in the Global South

David Student Union, Washington
10:15-10:30 a.m. Coffee break David Student Union
10:30-11:45 a.m. Panel 9: Economies of Motherhood

Gwendolyn Fowler — "Maybe We Poor Welfare Women Will Really Liberate Women in this Country": Johnny Tillmon and the National Welfare Rights Movement

Karen Clark Hoey — Domestic Violence as a Precursor for Mothers Becoming Involved in the Child Welfare System: A Crisis of Custody and Conscience

Stacia Kock — Motherhood Penalty for Atypical Mothers: Working While Caring for Children with Disabilities

David Student Union, Boardroom
10:30-11:45 a.m. Panel 10: Premodern Intersectionalities

Round-table Discussion: Understanding Intersectionality in Premodern Studies

Charlotte Cartwright, Grace Godwin, Sharon Rowley

David Student Union, Jefferson Room
10:30-11:45 a.m. Panel 11: Gender and Contemporary Music

Jessica Covil — Tracing HEAVN's Black Feminist Roots: From Sojourner Truth to #BlackGirlMagic

Chelsey Hamm — Representations of the "Female Voice" in Ke$ha's Rainbow

Jonathan Sanford — Beyoncé's Body Politics: Performing a Command of Sex

David Student Union, Washington Room
Noon-1:15 p.m. Lunch on your own CNU campus and surrounding area
1:15-2 p.m. Panel 12: Women and Leadership

Faculty/Student Research Team

Angela Spranger — Women's Perceptions of Working for Women - Revised

Jillian Morrison — Senior, Management

Marissa Raiti — Senior, Accounting and Management

David Student Union, Boardroom
1:15-2:30 p.m. Panel 13: Women and Resistance Movements

Spencer Green — Oublié: Recovering the Role of Women in the French Resistance

Dawn Hutchinson & Lori Underwood — Race, Gender, Power, Alterity and the Black Power Movement

Anna-Viktoria Vittinghoff — The Mona Lisa and Intersectional Radical Feminism in Japan: Yonezu Tomoko and the ribu movement in the 1970s

David Student Union, Jefferson Room
1:15-2:30 p.m. Panel 14: Intersecting Identities

Sharon Caringal — Constructing the Identity of Marginalized Indigenous Women in the Philippines

Nicene McNeil — Redefining Black Womanhood

Rachel Turney — Social Citizenship

David Student Union, Washington Room
2:30-2:45 p.m. Coffee break David Student Union
2:45-4 p.m. Panel 15: Race and Class in Education

Paula Barnes — New Ballet Ensemble and School: Race, Class, Education and the Arts in the Mid-South

Sylvie Green Shapero — Can a White Teacher Empower Black Students?

Kimberly Underwood — Female Soldiers in the Classroom: The Role of the Modern Day Educator in the Social Justice Movement

David Student Union, Boardroom
2:45-4 p.m. Panel 16: Gendered Violence in Literature and Drama

Maryisabella Chidi-Igbokwe — Gender-based Violence in Modern African Drama

Methuselah Jeremiah — In the Most Unlikely Places: A Study of the Endemic Nature of Domestic Violence in Selected Nigerian Drama

Nashae Jones — Post-Racial Gilead: Othering and the Silencing of Black Narratives in The Handmaid's Tale

David Student Union, Washington Room
2:45-4 p.m. Panel 17: Gender Equality, Reproduction and Policy

Esra Kazanbas — Disciplining Reproduction: Body Politics and Reproduction Economies of the AKP Government

Ogunlade Joseph Olurotimi — Post-Partum Variables: Maternal and Infant Health in South West Nigeria

Hannah Tabor — Equity and Women's Health Services in Alachua County, Florida

David Student Union, Jefferson Room
4 p.m. Invited Speaker Sponsored by the Reiff Center for Human Rights

Sabrina Karim — Women, Peace and Security: 20 Years Later

David Student Union, Boardroom
5 p.m. Singing with the Sisters: Sacred Vocal Music of New Spanish Women

A lecture recital featuring 18th-century vocal music from Mexican girls' schools and women's colleges. Presenters will perform works from the archives of these institutions and tell the story of what makes the music special. The performance is the first step in a project to edit and publish bilingual sets of selected works from colonial Mexican women's schools for youth choirs in the United States, with particular emphasis on ensembles that have strong Hispanic roots.

Sarah Finley (mezzo-soprano), Sarah Frook Gallo (soprano), Valentina Sorbera (piano)

Pope Chapel
6 p.m. Dinner (provided) David Student Union, Ballroom
7:15 p.m. Keynote Speaker

MSNBC Commentator and Award-Winning Journalist Sophia A. Nelson

Attorney Nelson is a renowned speaker, award-winning corporate diversity champion, opinion columnist and best-selling author of 3 books:
E Pluribus ONE: Reclaiming Our Founders' Vision for a United America (2017)
The Woman Code: 20 Powerful Keys to Unlock Your Life (2014)
Black Woman Redefined: Dispelling Myths and Discovering Fulfillment in the Age of Michelle Obama (2011)

David Student Union, Ballroom
8 p.m. Return to hotel

Shuttles will begin returning guests to the hotel. The shuttles will continue until all guests have been returned.

CNU campus

March 23, 2019

Schedule of events
8:30 a.m. Breakfast (provided)

Shuttles will run from the hotel to campus from 7:30-10 a.m.

David Student Union, Ballroom
9 a.m. Remarks from Tiffany Boyle, Commissioner of the Revenue David Student Union, Ballroom
9:30-10:45 a.m. Panel 18: Gender and Migrations

Hulya Dogan — Bargaining with Patriarchy: Intersection of Gender and Generation Among Meskhetian Turks in Diaspora

Mutjab Ali Muhammad — Forced Migration: Boko Haram's Induced Migration and the Plight of Women and Young Girls in Northern Nigeria

Lauren Reynolds — Intersectional Experiences from the Margins of Cristina García's Monkey Hunting

David Student Union, Boardroom
9:30-10:45 a.m. Panel 19: Gender, Management and Social Media

Faculty/Student Research Team

Angela Spranger — The Impact of #MeToo and Social Media Movements on Gender-Related HR Policy

Marissa Raiti — senior, accounting and management

Nicole Pope — junior, marketing

Canée Beauchamp — sophomore, finance

Brenna Gonsalves — senior, management

David Student Union, Jefferson Room
9:30-10:45 a.m. Panel 20: Gender and Literature (Undergraduate)

Maddie Amos — Lady Macbeth, Character Traits and Leadership

Nicolette DeFrank — Lady Macbeth and Machiavellian Leadership

Vanessa Doerpinghaus — Women in Shakespeare

Sarah Newell — The Representation of Women in Chekhov's Short Stories

Moderator: Jessica Apolloni

David Student Union, Washington Room
10:45-11 a.m. Coffee break David Student Union
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Panel 21: Sexualities: Representation and Experience

Kylie Marais — Whose Pleasure Matters Anyway? A Call to Explore the Sexual Subjectivities of South African Women

Heather Stewart — We're Here, We're...Queer? Thinking Intersectionally About the Harms of Bisexual Erasure

Elana Zambori — Tarnishing the Trophy: Black Lesbianism in Master of None

David Student Union, Boardroom
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Panel 22: Philosophical and Religious Influences on Gender

Ann Avalos — Gazing Downwards: The Salvific and Problematic Nature of the Guadalupana Symbol for Mexican-American Young Women

Augustine Igbokwe — Standpoint Feminism Versus Male Chauvinism in the Light of Aristotle's Virtue Ethics: A Discourse on Women, Family and Career Building in Nigeria

Tara Lopatofsky & Kristina Valdez — Catholic Women Religious: An Intersectional Approach to Social Development

David Student Union, Washington Room
12:15-1:30 p.m. Lunch on your own CNU campus and surrounding area
1:30-2:45 p.m. Panel 23: Competing Expectations of Women

Diah Irawaty — Domestic Workers Amongst Paradoxes of the Politics of Gender and the Politics of Developmentalism: A Case Study from Indonesia

Rosa Maria Motta — From Imperial Daughter, Wife and Mother to Enemy of the State: Fausta Flavia Maxima

Geovani Ramirez — Reclaiming Californio Citizenship: Imagining the Moral and Cultural Superiority of Mexican-Heritage US Subjects

David Student Union, Jefferson Room
1:30-2:45 p.m. Panel 24: Women and Politics

Gabrielle Bardall ICT-Facilitated Violence Against Women in Elections: Unveiling Global Patterns and Trends

Ayinde Kismat — Navigating Change in Ethnic and Gender Disparities in Nigeria: Politics and Civic Engagement

Gaius Jatau — Poverty and the Challenges of Women Participation in Nigerian Politics

Ursula Scheidegger — Democracy and the Limitations on Women's Rights

David Student Union, Boardroom
1:30-2:45 p.m. Panel 25: Gender and Power in Education

Maureen McDonnell — Interpersonal Violence and Trigger Warnings in the College Classroom

Makayla Mowel — Gender in Early Childhood Education

Dilesha Stelmach — Race, Language and Power: Decolonizing the Curriculum to Equilibrate the Education System

David Student Union, Washington
3-4:15 p.m. Performance

Play Reading of VENUS

Q&A with invited playwright Nancy Bell, the program director of theatre at Saint Louis University

David Student Union
4:30 p.m. Return to hotel

Shuttles will begin returning guests to the hotel and will continue until all guests have been returned.

CNU campus

Accommodations and Travel

Travel Information

Nearby airports

  • Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport (PHF): 10-15 minutes
  • Norfolk International Airport (ORF) – 30-45 minutes
  • Richmond International Airport (RIC) – approximately 1 hour

Train Station
Amtrak – Newport News

Bus Station
Greyhound – Hampton, Virginia

Driving Directions


Conference Hotel
Courtyard Marriott
530 St. Johns Road
Newport News, Virginia 23602

There will be a free shuttle service provided for travel between the conference location and the hotel. No other local accommodations will offer transportation.



If you have been selected to present at the conference and you need an acceptance letter for your visa application, please email the following information to

Last name
First name
Date of birth
Passport number
Full home address
Title of your presentation

We will send you a formal letter for your application, but we cannot assure that you will receive a visa. Unfortunately, it is out of our control.


We often publish a selection of top papers from the conference and will provide further details to conference participants.

  • All individual presentations should be limited to 20 minutes in order to leave time for questions from the audience.
  • We will not accept papers in absentia.
  • Closer to the conference date, we will email all participants asking for A/V requirements. All of our conference rooms have A/V setups.
  • All paper submissions for the conference are peer-reviewed by the conference committee.

In order to participate in this conference, individuals or their sponsoring institution/organization must fund their own travel and lodging expenses. We are unable to provide financial assistance.

The registration fee typically includes an opening reception, dinner, breakfast and one additional RSVP lunch option. The fee also includes shuttle transportation to and from the conference hotel.

We will send you a formal letter for your application, but we cannot assure that you will receive a visa. Unfortunately, it is out of our control.

Previous Conferences

2016 - Inaugural Conference
Keynote speaker: Sheryl WuDunn

2017 - Understanding, Defining and Preventing Violence
Keynote speaker: Rosemary Trible

2018 - Women, Social Change and Activism: Then and Now
Keynote speaker: Yeonmi Park

2018 Agenda


The Global Status of Women and Girls: A Multidisciplinary Approach (Communicating Gender)


Selected Papers from the Conference on Global Status of Women and Girls: Understanding, Defining, and Preventing Violence