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Getting enough high quality sleep is the one of the best things you can do for your brain and body. No matter what is going on in terms of mood, energy, memory or emotions, sufficient sleep will almost always help. Sleep also does wonders for new learning. Wresting the last few minutes you can out of a day can be very tempting, but the cost in terms of fatigue and forgetfulness the next day is higher than you think.

Try these approaches to getting sufficient sleep:

By: Counseling Staff | February 05, 2018 | Tips
While’s no great surprise that our Iris editor, Mary Esselman, has not one but four “favorite” fictional heroines, there’s one real-life feminist she loves to sing along with that you’ll have to read to believe.
 
1. Tell us about your path to UVA, to where you are now and the work you’re currently doing for the Women’s Center.
By: Leigh Ann Carver | February 01, 2018 | staff-spotlight, iris

As often as the early history of basketball appears in trivia games and PE class quizzes, the special place that basketball holds in the history of women’s athletics is still unknown to many. Thanks to Senda Berenson, the women’s game was introduced at Smith College within months of the sport’s founding in 1891 and quickly caught on at women’s schools across the US.

By: Leigh Ann Carver | January 31, 2018 | Awards

Senator Shelley Moore Capito opened the Women’s Global Leadership Forum in November with an inspiring keynote focused on Women and Democracy in the 21st Century. The Women’s Center is proud to count Sen. Capito among the winners of our Distinguished Alumna Award (2009). Over the years, we’ve given this award to alumnae from seven of UVA’s schools and in doing we always learn something specific about how their experience at the University prepared them to make important contributions in their fields.

By: Abby Palko | January 31, 2018 | Palko POV

OUR APPLICATIONS ARE LIVE!

COMMUNITY MENTORING PROGRAMS

Both the Young Women Leaders Program and the Men's Leadership Project pair undergraduate students with a local middle school student. Students who serve as bigs take a course through the Curry School of Education which helps to give them the knowledge and understanding of the developmental challenges that their little is facing.

We awarded the Elizabeth Zintl Leadership Award to Marva Barnett, now Professor Emeritus, in 2002. She also received UVA's Thomas Jefferson Award in 2011. Marva is the editor of Victor Hugo on Things That Matter (Yale UP, 2010). Learn more about her work at  http://www.marvabarnett.com/

By: Mary Esselman | January 23, 2018 | Women on Grounds

Even in years far quieter than this one, a LOT happens at the Women’s Center over the course of 12 months.

"Eat healthier." "Get more organized." "Exercise more."

These may sound familiar as resolutions we have all made many times. And then…the change doesn’t last. Changing habits is hard work but it can be done. Here are some TIPS that can help you make your resolution and stick with it!

By: Charlotte Chapman | December 15, 2017 | Tips
This article is re-printed from UVA Today. You can find the original piece, here.

Anna Cordle, a 2015 graduate of the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, wanted to connect with the local school population in a meaningful way. What’s more, she wanted to work with middle-school girls, a population that can be at risk for low self-esteem during the often-awkward transition from elementary to middle school.

In a world where Facebook has recorded so much of my family’s year, I treasure this time of year as an opportunity to really reflect on its highlights and find a theme running throughout them. When we look back and narrate a passage of time, we reshape our memories, effectively writing history. Just as I find it meaningful to write old school holiday letters for my family’s Christmas cards, telling the story of the past months also helps us better approach the work that lies ahead at the Women’s Center.  

By: Abby Palko | December 06, 2017 | Palko POV

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