1990s and 2000s
An article following the announcement of upcoming Chatham president Esther L. Barazzone, which comes amid concerns from alumnae and previous president Dr. Rebecca Stafford about the sustainable future of the all-women's college. Barazzone is noted, among other skills, to have the ability to strengthen women's studies programs. The Post-Gazette shows support and hope for the trajectory of Barazzone's career.
Article about Chatham's struggle with a $3 million deficit, leading the board of trustees to endorse a three-year plan calling for staff reductions and the strengthening of new majors and graduate programs. Women's studies is one of the new majors on the drawing board, accompanied by accounting and environmental studies.
Article about an ongoing debate about the value and structure of women's studies programs. Critics focus on "political correctness," the promotion of certain political ideologies, a focus on "touchy-feely" therapeutic psychology rather than the wealth of women's scholarship and female achievement, and the difficulty of keeping the discussion strictly academic. Linda Rosenzweig, the head of Chatham's women's studies program, confesses that it is "hard to keep it at an entirely intellectual level," but her goal is to enter the topic through scholarship rather than becoming a political leader. Fellow Chatham professor Douglass Chaffey attempts to avoid excess focus on victimization that may be discouraging to students, with the reasoning that teaching only about disadvantaged people would be counterproductive in the effort to empower women with positive role models.
Reflection by then-President Esther Barazzone about the International United Nations Conference on Women in Beijing. A delegation of 16 students from women's colleges, led by Barazzone, attended the event. Barazzone, in an interview about the impact of the conference to USA Today, emphasizes the importance of a multicultural, global approach to women's studies.
An article about Resident Assistants (RAs) in Chatham's resident halls. Bethany Fenyus, a rising sophomore and one of the RAs given a spotlight in this article, is noted to be minoring in Women's Studies alongside a double English and education major.
A Cornerstone photo entry of graduating student Marisa Klages, whose Women's Studies minor accompanies a double English and History major.
An article about "Chatham Baroque," a group of musicians in residence at Chatham. Through their residency, they perform musical presentations for other disciplines. Courses in the Women's Studies program are notably included, alongside literature.
An article focusing on and explaining the significance of Chatham's Global Focus Program. Among prospective courses incorporating international topics into interdisciplinary learning opportunities, the possibility of a "women's studies course studying the impact of pornography on women in Eastern Europe" is presented.
Article about "Altaring Consciousness," a collaboration between the Chatham College Art Gallery, the Womens' Studies Department and the Center for Sacred Partnership. The exhibit displays a collection of art focusing on the feminine in relation to divinity and metamorphoses, developed by nine female artists including Chatham's Dr. Patricia Montley.
An exhibition of Chatham's Global Focus Program's "Year of Ireland." Pictured are Chatham students at the Women's Studies program at the University of Galway.
A summary of the experiences of Chatham students in Ireland as part of the Global Focus Program. Among other activities, students visited the women's studies departments of two major universities in Dublin.
An article about a lecture by associate professor of Spanish Karen Goldman about how women are represented through Barbie dolls, hosted by the Pericles Program, the Feminist Collective and the Women's Studies Program. The lecture focuses on how women are represented in popular culture, and how different ethnicities and nonwhite features are expressed through Barbie dolls. Peggy Stubbs, the chair of the women's studies program and professor of human development and psychology, leads a discussion following the lecture about the social consequences of Barbie's cultural pervasiveness.
Entries in the Chatham Cornerstone depicting students enrolled in the Women's Studies program as a minor or double major in the 2007-2008 school year.
An alumna profile of 1990 graduate Stephanie Novosel. Novosel, the Chief Operating Officer of Corporate and Institutional Banking at PNC and an International Business major, states that Chatham's "core curriculum in areas such as philosophy and women's studies added depth and thought-provoking angles to the general business concepts" that she uses to support and build her career.