MSNBC is launching its first-ever Nerdland Scholar Challenge on March 17.
Sign up and join host Melissa Harris-Perry for a four-week interactive experience themed around Women’s History Month. Through daily emails and assignments, Melissa will guide you through an investigation of how motherhood has been intertwined with women’s status as social and political actors, both historically and today.
The challenge will cover topics ranging from temperance to the 2014 elections:
- The first week of the challenge will explore women framing themselves as mothers as they advocated for temperance and the right to vote.
- The next week will look at women entering the workplace and how motherhood impacted women’s mobility and workplace protections.
- The third week will focus on mothers in public office, examining how parenthood impacts whether or not women decide to run for office
- The final week of the challenge will investigate the politics of reproductive rights.
Along the way, Melissa will share readings and insights from Ida B. Wells, Jennifer Lawless, Patricia Hill Collins and other scholars and activists to help inform the discussion. Melissa will join participants for discussions on the Nerdland Scholar Challenge group on MSNBC.com, and each week she will recognize the most thoughtful comments in response to that week’s featured assignment.
Finishing the challenge will earn you the title of official “Nerdland Scholar” – plus, you’ll be ready to engage with questions of gender, parenthood and public office just in time for the 2014 elections.
You can sign up for the Challenge here.