Not For Ourselves Alone

In the online women’s studies classes I teach, we are studying the suffrage movement through the work of Elizabeth Cady-Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. Women owe them a huge dept of gratitude! Not For Ourselves Alone is a wonderful PBS film that tells the entire story of how they paved the way for us all to have the vote. Hard to believe it’s been less than 100 years since we gained the vote! Knowing how difficult suffrage was to achieve, women will hopefully take every opportunity to cast their votes in elections! If the film is not available at your local library, you can also view this historical information at

Women’s Popular Fiction Selections


The purpose of this ethnographic study was to determine the effect of mass-media advertising on women readers’ popular fiction selections. The determination to research this case study was based on interest resulting from readings in a recent Popular Culture graduate class and from my own enjoyable experience as a reader of popular fiction. Factors contributing to the success of this case will be measured by the creation of an unbiased well-organized women readers’ survey, survey response, and the ability to evaluate that response.

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Ethnography & Women’s Reading Rituals


Ethnography is the study and documentation of a specific group or area of a particular culture. It is the study of cultures. Jennifer Pehlke, University of Illinois at Chicago, explains, “Ethnography is basically the study of the everyday rituals and practices of a particular group of people.” Ethnographers observe many different aspects of a culture. Ethnographic studies are often conducted on language, physical characteristics of the members of a particular culture, material products, social customs, location, geographical environment, diet, governmental customs, shelter, dress, transportation, manufacturing, customs regarding marriage, customs regarding adolescents, customs regarding birth, adulthood initiation rites, death, religious ideas and idols, mythological interpretation, and social environment.

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