In partnership with Xavier University, the Freedom Center has been working with an undergraduate course around the exhibition Women Hold Up Half the Sky. This course takes a pedagogical approach to topics of sociology, human trafficking, maternal health and domestic violence. Students will gain a deeper understanding of sociological practice through a marriage of theoretical knowledge and practical experience. In collaboration with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center this course includes a service learning component and emphasizes theory as a tool to understand activist experiences, and practice. The students started the course with intense study of the content of the exhibition to prepare them for the experience.
Starting on Saturdays beginning March 1st from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. the students will begin their experience as tour guides in the exhibit.
As part of the internship period each week the students will write a reflection blog about their experiences, interaction with public, and their personal thoughts about the content. This week’s blog is titled Why does Half the Sky Matter?
We hope that you will check back each week for a new blog entry and get involved in the conversation.
Manager of Content Development & Interpretation
Why does Half the Sky matter?
As I sat in the maternal health section of the Women Hold Up Half the Sky exhibit last Saturday, I looked at a bright green homemade banner that read "We lost our only surgeon". The story was of a thirty-four year old woman and successful surgeon in Uganda who lost her life in childbirth. Though she gave birth in a hospital, there were not enough nurses to attend to her, and she died without any doctors or nurses around.