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This October, Young Women Leaders Program held a community food drive in Charlottesville. All donations went to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, which serves food across our region. It was a great success and we ended up collecting almost 2,000 pounds of food!

The girls were so full of energy and confidence handing out flyers in front of Kroger. When asked about the purpose of the food drive, one of the Littles enthusiastically answered, “It was for the part of the community who needed food during the cold seasons.”

| November 10, 2014 | young-women-leaders-program, blog

The Women’s Center is excited to welcome the newest addition to our staff, Leigh Ann Carver (pictured above right at the Center's recent 25th anniversary/renaming celebration).

The others in the photo (from left to right) are: Wynne Stuart, Associate Provost for Academic Support and Classroom Management; Chuck Moran, Marketing Communications Manager of the Women's Center; Sharon Davie, Director of the Women's Center; Ed Hootstein, Sharon Davie's husband; Carrie Daniel, Student Assistant to the Director.

| November 07, 2014 | blog

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.”

Jill Tietsort Rinehart of Charlottesville died on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

The only child of John D. Tietsort and Edith Brisben Tietsort, she was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 14, 1920.

A trailblazer for women's opportunities and leadership, a dedicated public servant, supporter of the arts, realtor and avid gardener, Jill met each phase of her life with a strong and principled enthusiasm.

| November 03, 2014 | donor-profiles, blog

Second-year student in the College of Arts & Sciences, Tricia O’Donnell, attended last year’s Perfect Illusions event on a whim, but this year, as a Body Positive intern at the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center, there is no way she will miss it.

“I was initially reluctant because it seemed intimidating,” O’Donnell said, “but I decided last minute to show up. I am so glad I did, because it was very inspiring and powerful.

| October 31, 2014 | Body Positive, blog

On the left, Baroness Emma Nicholson of Winterbourne, the Chairman of the aid charity, AMAR U.S., welcomes conference attendees. On the right, Women's Center intern Katharyn Gadient works alongside CEO of AMAR U.S., Christopher Kyriacou, in the afternoon session “Getting the Message Out - Raising Awareness of the Problem.”

The following is a press release from the non-profit organization AMAR and has been re-printed here with permission.

| October 30, 2014 | blog, international-initiatives

The interns and staff of the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center welcome visitors during U.Va. Family Weekend to the third annual Mother-Daughter Tea on Oct. 31 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This is a fun, informative and inspirational event to engage those “who have a valuable role in supporting body positivity with their children.”

| October 24, 2014 | Body Positive, blog

The following has been reprinted with permission from UVA Today.


| October 24, 2014 | blog

Big Sisters and Little Sisters of the Young Women Leaders Program are gearing up for their annual food drive on Oct. 19 from noon to 4 p.m. at Kroger locations in Charlottesville - on 1159 Emmett Street, in the Barracks Road Shopping Center, and on 1904 Emmett Street.

YWLP will be collecting non-perishable food items that supporters may conveniently purchase that day or that they bring from home.

| October 15, 2014 | young-women-leaders-program, blog

As someone who has given to the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center for the most consecutive amount of years, Nesta Ramazani is one of the Center’s most esteemed donors. In its 25th anniversary year, the Women’s Center would like to recognize Ramazani’s continuous support by highlighting her here on our website.

Ramazani first found out about the Women’s Center at a social event in which she met Director Sharon Davie.

| October 15, 2014 | donor-profiles, blog