Oprah Summons Women of Barnard

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Oprah wants to know the secrets of Barnard's radical feminist traditions

Oprah Winfrey, the Messiah  the entertainment mogul, philanthropist, and champion of women’s empowerment is looking for a Barnard student to rep their gender on Oprah’s new show, Oprah Winfrey: the Next Chapter. This is basically The Oprah Winfrey Show (which concluded last year with absurd amounts of fanfare), except instead of in-studio guests, Oprah travels far and wide. It does not seem unreasonable to speculate that the episode might bring her to Morningside.

An e-mail went out from the DSpar’s office inviting students to help Oprah and Gloria Steinem “understand what students at Barnard are thinking these days about the status and circumstances of women.” Somewhat confusingly, the missive is on behalf of the Barnard Center for Research on Women, but directs you to a submission form to be on television.

Talk-show enthusiasts are warned to read the fine print, for not only may they be summoned for a television appearance, but their stories may also be shared with Oprah’s entire network, which includes the all-star line up of Rosie O’Donnell, Nate Berkus, and Drs. Phil and Oz.

Dear Barnard Student,

The Barnard Center for Research on Women has been asked by Oprah Winfrey and Gloria Steinem to help them understand what students at Barnard are thinking these days about the status and circumstances of women, both domestically and internationally, and your ideas about the future of feminism and women’s activism for social change. If you had the opportunity to share your perspectives and ask a question of Ms. Winfrey and Ms. Steinem, what would you say?

Please follow this link —
— to share your views.  The turnaround time on this request is quite short: responses must be received no later than Monday, February 6.  Please take a few minutes to share your perspective!

Be sure to read the small print at the bottom of the form carefully.  Note that your personal information and responses are being collected by Harpo, not Barnard, and that your submissions will become the property of Harpo, as outlined in the terms and conditions.  Also, though the small print states that you must be 21 years of age to respond, we are working to change the age requirement to 18 years of age.  If you are 18 or older, please be assured that your responses will be most welcome.

Many thanks for your participation in this collaboration between BCRW, Oprah Winfrey, and Gloria Steinem!

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  1. This offer

    should not be femi-missed!

    Winfrey tickets!

    Stein 'em up!

    This is a women-a-million opportunity!

  2. Anonymous  

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  3. CC '14  

    why does anyone assume that as a columbian girl i don't care about feminist issues or women's rights? i have my own thoughts about the status and circumstances of women, in fact perhaps more so because i am immersed in the real world where there really are limitations by being excluded from the boy's club and i am constantly surrounded by questions of my own femininity and the role that it plays in a co-ed environment. even if it's as innocent as assuming that as a girl you're not interested in the superbowl there's still a dynamic that columbia women are engaged in. ignoring this and limiting this opportunity exclusively to barnard girls is completely unfounded. it is a WOMEN's issue, not a women's COLLEGE issue.

    • bc'13

      i think barnard women are just as immersed in the "real world" as you are at columbia. and i honestly think going to barnard has made me more aware of the inherent disadvantages we have as women because i've been able to see what it's like when they're removed. i don't think oprah only wanted women who go to a women's college, but it certainly makes it easier to recruit women, particularly feminists.

  4. hmmm  

    if barnard is columbia, then columbia is barnard, so i am technically a strong beautiful barnard woman...so I am SO going to be on oprah. it's go time.

  5. let's be real  

    over half of the columbia sororities are barnard girls. if they really cared about women's rights, would they be joining organizations that (if not inherently) foster misogynism through objectification by fraternities and competition internally for the most alcohol and boys?

    this should be a community discussion. period.

    • Anonymous  

      maybe most girls in columbia sororities are from barnard, but not most students at barnard are in sororities. it's unfair to say that women at barnard don't "care about women's rights" based on that faulty logic.

  6. Anonymous  

    Lets be real - columbia girls use every excuse possible to distinguish themselves from barnard. the one time we catch a break you all of a sudden are one of us? yeah right. you just want to be on oprah. maybe if you girls didn't spend all your time thinking about how superior you were to us we would have let you be on oprah with us! what goes around comes around girliez

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