Women’s Issues

CCA Women’s Issues Director

CCA - Headshot - Web Ready-25Hello, my name is Kristie A. Iwamoto, and I am proud to be your CCA Women’s Issues Director. I teach English at Napa Valley College and have been teaching in community colleges since 2007. Currently, I am the Vice-Chair of the CCA Communications Committee, a member of the NEA Women’s Caucus, and I also sit on the CCA Faculty Equity and Diversity Committee. I am dedicated to promoting awareness for women’s issues and gender equality.
If you have any questions regarding community colleges and women’s issues, please contact me.

Another Reason to Join the Union!

There’s no question that the California Teachers Association has enhanced the teaching profession, schools and colleges and the lives of millions of students. But to really take in the scope of these improvements, try comparing your current collective bargaining agreement with this teacher’s contract from 1922. Keep in mind that the large majority of teachers then, as now, were female.

1922 Teacher’s Contract
for $75 per month

The teacher is required as a condition of employment:
1. Not to get married. This contract becomes null and void immediately if the teacher marries.
2. Not to have company with men.
3. To be at home between the hours of 8:00 p.m. & 6:00 a.m., unless in attendance at a school function.
4. Not to loiter downtown in ice-cream stores.
5. Not to leave town any time without the permission of the Chairman of the Trustees.
6. Not to smoke cigarettes. Contract becomes null & void immediately if teacher is found smoking.
7. Not to drink beer, wine or whiskey. This contract becomes null and void immediately if found doing so.
8. Not to ride in a carriage or automobile with any man except her brother or father.
9. Not to dye her hair.
10. Not to dress in bright colors.
11. To wear at least two petticoats. Not to wear dresses more than two inches above the ankles.
12. Not to wear face powder, mascara or to paint lips.
13. To keep the schoolroom clean (a) to sweep the classroom floor at least once daily., (b) to scrub the classroom floor at least once weekly with soap and hot water, & to start the fire at 7: a.m. so that the room will be warm at 8: a.m. when the children arrive.

Resources for Women’s History Month and Beyond!

Rosie the Riveter

Even though Women’s History is officially observed in March, women’s history doesn’t go away the rest of the year. Resources from the National Women’s History Project are always available for classrooms, projects, and just for one’s own personal knowledge. Check out the 2020 honorees for National Women’s History Month. These women have amazing stories!

And if you want to take action to raise the status of women globally, you can Be Bold for Change at the International Women’s Day website. You can sign up, take action, and find resources and events for International Women’s Day March 8 and every day. You can also view a great International Women’s Day history timeline all the way back to 1908.

Campus Safety Checklist

On April 2nd, I helped to facilitate a workshop at the NEA Higher Ed conference in San Diego. The workshop was on understanding and developing solutions regarding issues affecting women in Higher Education. My topic of discussion was Campus Safety.
Below is a Campus Safety Checklist that I created. It asks questions about some of the very basic safety measures that all community college campuses should address. They center on reliable and quick communication, training for new safety equipment, and creating a safe environment during both day and evening classes, inside and outside of the classrooms. Take a minute to think about how your college handles these important safety issues.
These are working condition issues. As faculty, we must advocate for stronger safety measures on our campuses. We can protect ourselves, our colleagues and our students from harm