Women's identities

Global Women's Project | Fri, Sep 27, 2013

Mythologies of Women's Identities Complicate Contemporary Empowerment

Deva Kemmis, Ph.D., Director of Center of Concern's Global Women's Project, speaking at the American Goethe Institute, Washington, D.C., says that contemporary women must still work to overcome misleading stereotypes that limit their empowerment in the global workforce. Kemmis researches women's historical identities that perpetuate the obstacles to women securing their place as entrepreneurs and leaders. Incorporating literary, political, and historical references and images in her presentation, Kemmis's work asks that viewers investigate the visual presentation of women today. She asks, "What is really going on when women's identities are portrayed as mythological creatures such as sirens and mermaids and how do those images complicate women's progress?"