Women's Center celebrates 10th anniversary
Eminent alumnae to offer advice to new U.S. president
distinguished women graduates of the University -- all leaders
in their fields -- will gather at their alma mater Nov. 2 to offer
advice to the next president of the United States. The event is
part of the conference, "Women 2000: Shapers of the World,"
one of a series of activities celebrating the U.Va. Women's
Center's 10th anniversary.
as women have gained economic power, they also have won political
clout, and both candidates for president, Vice President Al Gore
and Texas Gov. George W. Bush, have tried to curry favor with
women voters. While women want many of the same things that men
do -- peace, prosperity, and the pursuit of happiness -- their
views on the issues and priorities often differ from those of
9-10 a.m. - The Rotunda
a.m. - The Rotunda Women Shaping the Future: Social Justice
& Human Rights
p.m. - Culbreth Theatre Women Shaping the Future: Advice to
the President of the United States
p.m. - Carr's Hill Hosted by President John T. Casteen III
presidential candidates must see women's views as crucial,"
said Sharon Davie, director of the U.Va. Women's
Center, "because when it comes down to it, women's issues
are the country's issues."
distinguished alumnae -- who include a former astronaut and the
first mother to walk in space, one of the top civil rights lawyers
in the country, a physician who is a leading voice in medical
research, and the president of a professional basketball league
-- are not shy about expressing their views. They hope to share
their ideas on what they expect from their national leaders with
the man who will be elected president on Nov. 7.
supporters include TIAA-CREF, SunTrust Business Women's Connection,
Wachovia, Stevens & Co., Adelphia Business Solutions, the U.Va.
Office of Development, the Office of the Provost and the Office
of the President.
For information, call the Women's
Center at 243-6834.
participants in Nov. 2 conference
established the Distinguished Alumna Award in 1991 to honor a
female U.Va. graduate who has demonstrated excellence, leadership
and extraordinary commitment to her field.
W. Pinn M.D.
School of Medicine, 1967
The only African American and the only woman in her School
of Medicine class at U.Va., Pinn got her postgraduate training
in Pathology and served as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard Medical
School. She then joined the faculty of Tuft's University School
of Medicine. She became professor and chair of the Department
of Pathology at Howard University College of Medicine and the
Howard University Hospital in September 1982.
In 1991 she became the first Director of the Office of Research
on Women's Health at the National Institutes of Health. Her professional
research interests cover renal pathology, kidney disease, minority
medical education, health access, preventive health care, and
increased screening for breast and cervical cancer.
M.S., 1977, and Ph.D., 1979, Physics
Thornton has been a member of the astronaut corps since 1985.
She has flown on three space shuttle missions, most recently the
successful effort to repair the Hubble Space Telescope in December
1993. Thornton is the first mother to walk in space, giving her
the media nickname "space mom."
graduate school, Thornton received a NATO postdoctoral Fellowship
to conduct research at the Max Planck Institute in Germany, and
she was a physicist for the Army's Foreign Science and Technology
Center in Charlottesville.
Thornton joined the U.Va. faculty in 1996 as a professor and Director
of the Center for Science Education, an interdisciplinary office
joining the forces of the Engineering School, the Curry
School of Education, the College
of Arts & Sciences, and the Office
of the Provost.
Daud Khalil Mikhail-Ashrawi
Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature, 1982
Ashrawi is a well-known and eloquent spokeswoman for the Palestinian
people, playing an instrumental role in peace negotiations between
the Palestinians and Israelis.
was born in 1946 in the West Bank town of Ramallah. After attending
the American University of Beirut, she came to U.Va. and earned
a Ph.D. in English,
and then returned to the Middle East to join the faculty of Birzeit
helped to establish the Palestinian-Israeli Women's Network. She
was offered a place in the Palestinian administration, but she
did not accept it, preferring instead to concentrate on her activism.
She is the founder and currently an Executive Committee member
of the Palestinian Independent Commission for Citizens' Rights.
Admiral Mariann Stratton
M.S. in Nursing,
Now retired, Rear Admiral Stratton became a Navy nurse in 1966.
From 1991 to 1994 she served simultaneously as Director of the
Navy Nurse Corps and assistant Chief for Personnel Management
at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. During this tenure, Stratton
advocated equal promotion opportunities for military women before
also led the "Working Group on Prevention of Sexual Harassment
for Women in the Navy and Marine Corps," following the 1991
Tailhook convention scandal, developing new policy and training
Among Stratton's many military commendations are the Distinguished
Service Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal and the Navy Expert
Pistol Shot Ribbon. She retired from the Navy in 1994.
1993, Stratton established the Lawrence M. Stickney/Mariann Stratton
scholarship at U.Va. in memory of her late husband.
B.A., Political and Social Thought Program in the College of
Arts & Sciences, 1981
Ackerman, a former Cavalier basketball star and two-time academic
All-American, is changing the face of professional sports for
1985 she received her law degree from UCLA and joined a Wall Street
law firm. In 1988 she became NBA staff attorney, and served as
the Special Assistant to Commissioner David Stern from 1990 to
1992. In 1994 Ackerman was named NBA Vice President of Business
Affairs. Today she is President of the Women's National Basketball
Association, which started play in June 1997 with eight charter
a member of the Board of Directors of USA Basketball, she helped
create the 1995-96 USA Basketball Women's National Team program;
the National Team played its way to a gold medal victory at the
1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics.
J.D., School of Law, 1970
Jones was the first black woman to graduate from the University's
Law School and is widely
considered the nation's top civil rights attorney. Jones is also
the first woman to head the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational
Fund (LDF), which was founded by Thurgood Marshall in 1940.
1988 she became Deputy Director-Counsel for Policy and Planning,
and in 1993 the LDF's fourth Director-Counsel. Jones monitors
congressional civil rights initiatives and federal judicial appointments,
and represents civil rights plaintiffs. She has helped to pass
many civil rights laws, including the Voting Rights Act amendments
of 1982, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1988, the Fair Housing
Act of 1988, and the Civil Rights Act of 1991.