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August 16, 2017

Abby Palko at the Women's Center

At the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center, we develop strong women leaders and those who work beside them, ready to face the real and daunting challenges of building the public good and ensuring justice for all. These are words we use often, but not lightly. They are the heart of what we, as a public university, are called to do. We shape the next generation of leaders. These are the ideals we pursue with you.

To our new and returning students:

July 12, 2017

The Pleasures of Reading

A couple of birthdays ago, my husband and daughter gave me a plaque for my office with a quote from Louisa May Alcott: “She is too fond of books and it has turned her brain.” How well they know me! Periodic escape into the world of fiction is one of the activities that keeps me me. For as long as I can remember, reading has been a form of self-care for me. When you live on the academic calendar, as I have my whole life, summer becomes a time to indulge in a love of reading. And when you’re a booklover, people often ask for recommendations. Where to start?

June 07, 2017

During the spring semester of 2016, Curry PhD candidate Nora Arkin conducted surveys and interviews to evaluate the effectiveness of the Body Project, an eating disorders prevention intervention used in the Women’s Center’s Body Positive Program. Nora’s soon to be presented findings from her research verify the Body Project’s positive impact on undergraduate women at UVA.

June 07, 2017

Palko POV

This spring here at the Women's Center we were honored and humbled to present Carolyn Miles, CEO of Save the Children and a 1988 Darden graduate, with the University's 2017 Distinguished Alumna Award. With Mother's Day occurring just a couple of weeks later, I was struck by the timeliness of the challenge Carolyn posed to the colleagues and admirers gathered in her honor.

May 05, 2017

It’s never too early to learn about all of the support services and learning opportunities that are available at the Women’s Center.

As part of a “Take Your Daughter to Work Day” celebration, 17 emerging leaders from the Village School gathered at the Center for Global Health to listen to Director of Engaged Scholarship, Jaronda Miller-Bryant, discuss all of the opportunities and services the Women’s Center offers.

May 04, 2017

Thank you! All of you who joined us in last month's GivingToHoosDay by donating and sharing our social media posts came together with our matching donor to generate a wonderful infusion of funding for our programs. We were thrilled to receive:

4 gifts at the $500+ level | 3 gifts at the $200+ level | 22 gifts at the $100+ level | 45 gifts at the <$100 level

May 03, 2017

Hard work paid off for our Gender Violence and Social Change team with the very first Survivor Support Network Training - Student Edition.

May 03, 2017

Renowned artist, architect, and academic leader – Karen Van Lengen amazes with each new project, a legend in our midst. The former School of Architecture Dean and current William Kenan Professor of Architecture took time from her brilliant work to answer our burning questions. Add “saint” to her list of accomplishments, and take a gander at her economical Spotlight responses below.

May 02, 2017

Your heart is racing, you’re losing sleep, your appetite is changing…is it love? Nope. It’s EXAMS! Stress is a normal reaction to an event or occasion where we need to do our best. The good news is that there are ways to manage stress so that we can function and be successful.

May 01, 2017

Palko POV

We live in a society that does not value mothering (as measured in economic terms).The amazing thing isn’t that it is hard to make all of these pieces fit together in a coherent, sane manner – it’s that anyone manages to do so! Simultaneously, our national ethos of bootstrap independence suggests that success is a wholly personal accomplishment that is achieved with no external supports.

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