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September 30, 2015

Get to know our Marketing Communications intern, Maggie Whalen!

Year: 4th
Major: English
Hometown: Mill Valley, CA

What do you miss the most about your hometown when you’re at U.Va.?
The beach! My pup. My family. San Francisco fog!

September 16, 2015

Get to know senior Body Positive intern and Volunteer Corps Coordinator, Tricia O'Donnell!

Year: 3rd
Major: Media Studies and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Hometown: Stevens Point, WI

September 10, 2015

Get to know senior Body Positive intern, Laura Widener!

Year: Fourth
Major: Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Hometown: Richmond, VA


1. What do you miss the most about your hometown when you’re at U.Va.?
When I am at U.Va., I miss my family and their laughter the most.

2. What drew you to the Women’s Center and your program?

April 29, 2015

In the United States today, women make up an estimated 47 percent of the workforce. In the science and engineering field, however, women are far less represented than men. According to the National Girls Collaborative Project, women hold only 25 percent of occupations in computer and mathematical sciences, and only 13 percent of occupations in engineering.

February 17, 2015

When I was 10 years old, I wanted to be a gymnast. At 15 years old, I wanted to be a journalist. At 20 years old, I wanted to be a teacher. And at 25 years old, I just wanted to be happy…

At almost 30 years old - on the verge of yet another major career change and international move with my husband, the goal is … to at least be able to finally afford buying a real couch for my living room – one of those L-shaped sectionals that I could just sink into after a long day of work.

February 17, 2015

What began at the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center as a project to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy has now evolved into a year-long partnership with the local non-profit Monticello Area Community Action Agency’s (MACAA) Hope House program.

January 13, 2015

With the help of their Bigs, Littles recently conquered “the biggest fear most people have,” according to U.Va. Drama Associate Professor Kate Burke: Speaking in public.

On Dec. 6, the Young Women Leaders Program gathered in the afternoon for its annual Fall Finale at Newcomb Hall that kicked off with lunch and a special motivational talk from Burke for the Bigs and Littles, prior to performing choreographed and rehearsed musical presentations to families and peers.

November 21, 2014

With representation from almost 15 different groups on Grounds, the first Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center Student Advisory Board meeting on Nov. 10 was a strong example of collaboration and a rare opportunity for the Center to receive direct input from those they serve most - students.

About 20 U.Va. students attended the inaugural meeting, with about 10 additional students who have agreed to be on the board, but were unable to attend this meeting due to a class schedule conflict.

November 17, 2014

Event initiates discussion on body image, creates memories for U.Va. Family Weekend

The third annual Mother-Daughter Tea at the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center welcomed about 20 guests during last month’s U.Va. Family Weekend. This engaging and powerful event was “the most successful in the past three years” in terms of the amount of interaction and depth of dialogue between interns, staff, mothers and daughters.

November 06, 2014

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Comes to a Close with Red Flag Week

The following has been re-printed from Iris with permission from the author.


Dozens of T-shirts lined the perimeter of the Lawn  in the last week of October, designed with messages like, “It’s my childhood.  Don’t rush me.” and “Love shouldn’t hurt.”