The Phenomenal Woman Awards
The Phenomenal Woman Awards event celebrates women who have made outstanding contributions to our community. It also allows the Gender & Women’s Studies Department to raise funds to sponsor special programming, support student and faculty research, and finance scholarships for Wmomen's Studies majors. In addition, these contributions support the Women’s Resource and Research Center, the oldest continuing Women’s Center within the California State University system. Click here to meet our last round of Phenomenal women (the honorees from 2006)!
Dr. Jane Bayes
Dr. Jane Bayes is a Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute of Gender, Globalization, and Democracy at California State University, Northridge. She is also the Director of the International Social Science Council’s Research Programme on Gender, Globalization and Democratization. She holds a PhD from UCLA, was President of the Faculty at CSUN (1984-86), and served as Chair of the Political Science Department at CSUN (1989-92). Bayes is co-author of Women, Democracy and Globalization in North America and co-editor of Globalization, Gender, and Religion; The Politics of Implementing Women’s Rights in Catholic and Muslim Contexts; Gender, Globalization and Democratization and Comparable Worth, Pay Equity and Public Policy. Her other books include Minority Politics and Ideologies in the United States and Ideologies and Interest Group Politics. She is the recipient of various awards including the Distinguished Research Award for Research on Women given by the American Society for Public Administration (1996).
Susan Burton is founder of A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project, a grassroots, nonprofit, sober living home for formerly incarcerated women in South LA. Since 1998, the organization has provided resources to over 250 women and is unique in that it has -- in Susan -- a director who was entrapped in the criminal justice system until the late 1990s, and has since dedicated her life to helping other women break the cycle of incarceration, homelessness, addiction and despair. The agency has been honored for its unique accomplishments by numerous organizations, including: Los Angeles Multicultural Collaborative, California Wellness Foundation, Women’s Policy Institute, and KCET’s Black History Month Unsung Heroes Award. Susan’s educational background includes completing Southwest College’s Chemical Dependency Certification. She has also completed programs in Non-Violent Organizing and Three Principles of Human Development at UCLA. Susan was selected for a SOROS Justice Fellowship and has developed a leadership training project, Women Organizing for Justice.
Dr. Graciela Limón
Dr. Graciela Limón is a Latina/Chicana Writer, Educator and Activist. She is the daughter of Mexican Immigrants, and a native of Los Angeles. She gained a Master of Arts Degree at the University of the Americas (Mexico City), followed by a Doctoral Degree at UCLA. Thereafter she became a faculty member in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, and later in the Department of Chicana/o Studies, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. Prior to retirement, Dr. Limón was a professor of U.S. Hispanic Literature as well as Chair of those Departments. She is now Professor Emerita of LMU, and a Visiting Professor at UCLA and UCSB. Additionally, Dr. Limón devotes much of her time to writing and publishing reviews, critical works, and creative fiction with germane themes including feminism, social justice and cultural identity. She has published six novels. Her next work, The River Flows North, will be published in April 2009.
Dr. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian
Dr. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law- Institute of Criminology and School of Social Work and Public Welfare, Hebrew University- Israel. Her main theoretical and research interest focuses on the study of women in conflict zones, mainly in Palestine. Her work examines the limits and the power of law, the obstacles facing local social policies, and international law when addressing violence against and victimization of women and children. Her research on the so called “honor crimes” made many women’s organizations and activists change their approach and accept her naming of the crime as the crime of femicide, rather than “honor crimes.” Her recent studies examine the effects of militarization on violence against women, in addition to internet crimes. She just completed a book manuscript entitled: Militarization and Violence Against Women in Conflict Zones in the Middle East: The Palestinian case-study which will be published by Cambridge University Press.
Karen Slade, Vice President and General Manager of the only African-American owned radio station in LA, has been committed to the true essence of broadcasting – serving the public good. As the head of KJLH Radio, which is owned and operated by Stevie Wonder, Slade has, for 20 years, led KJLH to meritorious distinction winning the George Foster Peabody Award and an NAACP Image Award for its humanitarian efforts connected with the station’s coverage of the 1992 LA Rebellion. After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Slade sent KJLH staff along with trucks filled with listener-donated clothing and toiletries to Louisiana. She has been at the helm of ensuring her station addresses local and national issues in African-American communities including education, women’s health, politics, and business. Slade received a BS in Telecommunications from Kent State, and earned a Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine. Her motto is simple; make a difference in the community in which you live.