WGSS Symposium 2023

2023 WGSS Symposium

Art and Essay Contest
Submissions Due March 3, 2023

Voting will take place March 13-16, 2023

Awards and Keynote
History and the Long Arc of Reproductive Freedom
Michele Bratcher Goodwin
March 16, 2023 | BTSU Theatre | Virtual Attendance via Zoom
Event is free but registration is required

Organized by Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the Center for Women and Gender Equity.

Co-Sponsored by The University Activities Organization, the School of Cultural and Critical Studies, Stoddard O'Neill Fund, College of Arts and Sciences, Institute for the Study of Culture and Society, Division of Student Affairs, Center for Violence Prevention and Education, Department of History, American Culture Studies Program, Department of Ethnic Studies, Department of Political Science, Department of Philosophy, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Division of Diversity and Belonging, Wellness Connection, and the Honors Learning Community.

2023 Art and Essay Contest - Voting is Open Until March 16th at Noon: 
Watch video submissions in the Undergrad and Grad categories and then vote once per category!

021023 Michele Bratcher Goodwin AAE HeadshotTitle: History and the Long Arc of Reproductive Freedom
Michele Bratcher Goodwin

About Professor Michele Bratcher Goodwin

Michele Bratcher Goodwin is a Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California, Irvine and founding director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy.  She is currently the Abraham Pinanski Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.  She is the 2022 recipient of the American Bar Association’s Margaret Brent Award as well as the 2022 Trailblazer Award from the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.  In 2020-21, she received the Distinguished Senior Faculty Award for Research, the highest honor bestowed by the University of California. She is also the first law professor at the University of California, Irvine to receive this award. In 2021-22, she was named the Provost’s Distinguished Visiting Faculty Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.  She is an elected member of the American Law Institute as well as an elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Hastings Center (the organization central to the founding of bioethics).

She is the author of Policing The Womb: Invisible Women and The Criminalization of Motherhood.  She is also host of the popular podcast On The Issues at Ms. Magazine.

Professor Goodwin’s health and constitutional law scholarship appears in the Harvard Law Review, California Law ReviewChicago Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Michigan Law Review, New York University Law Review, Northwestern Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and Yale Law Journal, among others.  This dossier addresses legal questions related to bodily autonomy, reproductive freedom and rights, freedom of speech; religious exercise; equal protection; due process; race and sex discrimination; slavery; and LGBTQ equality. Her scholarship has been referenced by national media, legislators, and civil society organizations. 

Professor Goodwin is a sought-after public commentator and has been featured in print, radio, and television news, including PoliticoSalon.comForbesThe Washington PostThe New York TimesLos Angeles TimesThe Boston GlobeChicago Sun-TimesVox, Mother Jones; ABC News; NBC News; NPRHBO’s Vice News, MSNBC, and Ms. Magazine among others. She is host of the On the Issues with Michele Goodwin podcast at Ms. Magazine. A prolific author, Goodwin’s publications include six books and over 100 articles, essays, book chapters, and commentaries.

Professor Goodwin has authored or co-authored amicus briefs submitted to the United States Supreme Court as well as the Second, Third, Sixth, and Ninth U.S. Courts of Appeals.  She has provided testimony to state and federal lawmakers and legislative committees and worked with state attorneys general or their staff on health-related matters in California, Illinois, Minnesota, and New York.   

Professor Goodwin has won national awards for excellence in scholarship, outstanding teaching, and committed community service. Gov. Paul Patton of Kentucky commissioned her a Colonel, the state’s highest title of honor for her outstanding contributions to K-12 education. In addition to being recognized with the Margaret Brent Award in 2022, she received the Women of Courage Award from the National Organization of Women (NOW) and the Victim Rights Law Center’s 2022 Leadership Award.  In 2020, Orange Coast Magazine named her one of 35 Kickass Women.  In 2019 she received the Be The Change Award.  In 2018 she was bestowed the Sandra Day O’Connor Legacy Award by the Women’s Journey Foundation. That same year, Professor Goodwin was named Teacher of the Year by the Thurgood Marshall Bar Association and received a commendation from the United States House of Representatives for Outstanding Teaching.   

Voting is now open for the People's Choice Award!

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program @BGSU is hosting an Undergraduate and Graduate Research and Creative Virtual Symposium March 13-16, 2023 in honor of Women’s History Month.
Help us celebrate Women’s History Month by submitting a personal or scholarly essay or art/creative project that speaks to the diverse experiences of all women and nonbinary people. Your entry will be entered into our contest for cash prizes. All entries will be considered for presentation at the virtual symposium.
Submissions in any literary and artistic form are welcome; personal essays, photo essays, collage, and/or academic work is encouraged. All topics related to the field of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies are welcome.
The first 20 qualifying submissions will each receive $20 so get your submissions in fast!!

Submissions Due March 3, 2023
Voting will take place March 13-16, 2023


The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program’s annual Symposium features research and creative work from undergraduate and graduate students at BGSU. This year, students will submit their project for judging by a panel of faculty for our cash prizes (1st place is $150, 2nd place is $100 and 3rd place $75) in each category (research and creative). Students will ALSO submit a one- to two-minute video summary of their research to post on our Virtual Symposium space. The public is invited to view the videos, and post comments and questions as desired, and then vote on their favorite research or creative piece. The undergraduate and graduate student winners of the public vote will win the $300 grand prize: The People’s Choice Public Scholarship Award!

All entries will be posted here as they become available. Voting will begin on March 13th and end at noon on March 16th. The winners will be announced at the Symposium Keynote event.

Before you place your vote for the People’s Choice Public Scholarship Award, please take the time to watch each video in that category (e.g., each undergraduate student video or each graduate student video) so you can make the best possible choice. You will only be allowed to vote once per category. Please also feel free to leave the student a comment using the YouTube comment feature. Comments are moderated, but once approved, they are released publically for the student to see and interact with.

Questions can be sent to Dr. Sarah Rainey-Smithback, Director of WGSS, at sasarah@bgsu.edu

Updated: 03/30/2023 02:09PM