Student editor reflects on how the confidence she gained in 3 years with Iris changed her experience of UVA.More Information
Here at the Women’s Center, our commitment to the full flourishing the entire community requires us to undertake all of our work with a vision of inclusivity. As we foster the respect, safety, and dignity of women and girls, it’s essential that we call others to join us in this work and listen to the wisdom they bring.
"It's a hit and batter Dottie Schroeder, blonde pigtails and all, start[s] running for first. These girls really hit...and are lightning when running." (April 22, 1948) Dorothy "Dottie" Schroeder became the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League's youngest player at age 15 and was the only girl who played all 12 seasons for the AAGPBL.
Clinging tightly to narrow perceptions of what a “mother” does, what “beautiful” looks like, how bodies “should” move through space enforces a limiting hegemony on everyone living in that society. Broadening our perceptions of who “belongs” improves opportunities for all of us. And representation is a force multiplier in shaping reality and how we perceive it.
Academia operates in the shadow of the ivory tower, a perception that studying can (should? does?) occur at a remove. Our students, however, are not content to withdraw from the world for four years while they pursue a degree (if such a withdrawal would even be possible). I have a front row seat for the multiple ways they deeply integrate learning and action. Learning about the detrimental impact of unhealthy cultural gender norms on our social interactions and other ways that gender influences our lived realities is not enough for them.
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Building connections across career and life stages helps women achieve greater professional success and higher personal satisfaction. Our panel of UVA experts will offer insights on giving and receiving effective mentoring, sponsorship, and other modes of support. Join us for a practical discussion you can apply in your own network whether you are still reaching for new heights in your career, enjoying its pinnacle, or basking in retirement.
Kimberley Bassett, Associate Dean, Office of African-American Affairs
Whether the kids in your life are toddlers or teens or somewhere in between, helping them to grow up with a healthy mindset about eating and exercise is a challenge. As adults, we know that what we look like is not all of who we are. But most of us can recall a time when body image held us back from making the most out of life.
The Women's Center Free Legal Clinic is staffed by local attorneys who offer pro bono legal counseling to Charlottesville community members and University employees. The Clinic is designed to provide general legal counseling and information about legal options.
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