A Woman Heads The Response to the California Wildfires

We don’t see a lot of coverage of female firefighters, but NPR recently covered the woman who’s in charge of the response to Type 1 wildfire currently raging through Southern California.

Firefighter’s First Female General Makes Order Out of Chaos


Gender Dysphoria and the Military: Watching the Manning Case

We won’t be discussing transgender issues until later in the semester, but if you’re at all interested this side of gender theory you might find the case of Chelsea Manning, formerly Bradley Manning, interesting.

Here is NPR’s evolving coverage of the former Army private’s request to be recognized as a female, and what this means for her as a transwoman who will be entering military detention at an all male facility.

These articles also show some of the issues involved in reporting on trans people.

Bradley Manning: ‘I Am a Female,’ Call Me Chelsea.

NPR Issues New Guidance On Manning’s Gender Identity

Manning Would Pay for Hormone Therapy, Lawyer Says

Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King: Tennis and the Battle of the Sexes

Those of you who are interested in women in sports and sports history might find “The Match Maker: Bobby Riggs, the Mafia and the Battle of the Sexes” interesting. A short overview of the piece and an interview with the reporter, Don Van Natta, Jr, can be found at NPR, “Was 1973 ‘Battle of the Sexes’ Tennis Match Thrown?“.

Additionally, you might consider watching Bloomer Girls Blog for issues of women in sports, womens’ sports, and women as sports fans. They haven’t posted on Van Natta’s piece yet, but if you’re interested in sports, you’ll enjoy their coverage.


Here’s a clip from PBS’s “Makers” series about the Battle of the Sexes.


Welcome to the course website for Ms. Barton’s section ofWSTD 197 for the Fall 2013 semester.

We will use this website as our course blog and as a repository for course documents and readings. Be sure to bookmark this website and check it regularly.

To get started, go to “Course Documents”, using the password you received in class, and download the syllabus.