FAQs

On this page, you will find the most common questions people have about the Women's Center. If you have a question that has not been answered, please contact us at womenctr@iastate.edu.

What do you do here? I'm not sure if you can help me with this because I'm not sure what exactly the MSWC does.

Every day the activities in the Women's Center are different. Not all topics are academic - we deal with personal life challenges, frustrations with the red tape on campus, and more. Sometimes the telephone keeps us busy with questions, referrals, and problems and other times the offices on the second floor are filled with people frustrated about a personal relationship, a class, or a roommate. We listen to the situations, refer people to other resources on and off campus and provide options for people to consider. If you want to meet with a staff member the offices are on the second floor - stop up and see if someone is free or to schedule an appointment. The Sloss House is a safe place for people who want to recharge from a class discussion or a personal encounter. The main floor offers comfortable seating with an assortment of coffee, tea, and cocoa in the kitchen. We always have free tampons/napkins and condoms in the house.

Are men allowed in the Women's Center?

Yes, everyone is welcome in the Women's Center. Men, Trans*, women - all genders, may utilize our resources and services, attend our programs, participate in group activities and meetings, and support our efforts.  This space is reserved for women and women's needs, however, everyone supportive of the issues are welcome to participate.

Why isn't there a Men's Center?

The Margaret Sloss Women's Center was formed by women faculty and staff who felt that women's needs were not being met by the University and that a Women's Center could help address this problem. Male faculty, staff, and students have not seen a similar need for a men's center, or have not made their needs known, and have not taken the initiative to form such a center.

For the most part, men--especially heterosexual white males--in our society have not been discriminated against or had to fight for equal rights like women in areas such as voting, access to education, employment, salary equity, marital laws, religious institutions, social organizations, etc. A large body of research exists which clearly documents gender-based discrimination against women. Traditionally, American history and world history have focused primarily on the achievements and contributions of men, and have largely excluded women. In essence, social, educational, political, and religious institutions, have served as men's centers.

Why do we still need a Women's Center?

Women's Centers serve as a focal point of women's issues and concerns. Since the early 1970s, women's centers have been established throughout the country--most frequently on college campuses by women students--in response to historical inequities experienced by women. They provide women with the resources and support they need to realize their potential as individuals and members of society. Since its establishment in 1981 the Margaret Sloss Women's Center has been a vital resource for individuals and groups of women and men on campus and in the community.