University Of Virginia Women's Center Presents "Women 2000: Shapers
Of The World"
25, 2000 -- Although
it took 145 years for the University of Virginia to offer its educational
and leadership training to women on the same basis as it is offered
to men, today after 30 years of full coeducation, the University
prepares women to fulfill their potential and become leaders in
their communities, their professions, and their nation. Since its
founding in 1989, the University of Virginia Women's Center has
led the way in helping women shape their own lives and the world
the year 2000, the University of Virginia will celebrate three milestones
in women's achievements: 30 years of full coeducation, the 20th
year of the Women's Studies Program (now called Studies in Women
and Gender), and the Women's Center's 10th Anniversary. The center
has coordinated a yearlong series of events collectively titled
"Women 2000: Shapers of the World" to celebrate these
achievements with all 10 U.Va. schools and many other programs.
2000: Shapers of the World" will feature lectures and workshops
with galvanizing women and activities focusing on mentoring and
growth. There will be several "leadership luncheons" that bring
together students with professional women in a range of fields.
Other events range from a talk by Linda Chavez-Thompson, vice president
of the AFL-CIO on March 27, to the annual "Take Our Daughters to
Work Day" on April 27.
10th anniversary year will culminate with a conference and benefit
dinner on November 2, to honor former recipients of the University
of Virginia Distinguished Alumna Award. Established in 1991, the
award honors a female U.Va. graduate who has demonstrated excellence,
leadership, and extraordinary commitment to her field, and who has
used her talents as a positive force for change.
is going to be wonderful to welcome back the women who received
the University of Virginia Distinguished Alumna Award. They are
remarkable leaders who have shaped and changed our lives, and our
world," says Sharon Davie, director of the Women's Center.
daylong celebration will feature sessions where these remarkable
award recipients will discuss current issues facing women. In addition,
the Women's Center will host events for students to connect with
these inspirational leaders.
Alumna Award Winners include:
Fairstein, Chief Prosecutor, Sex Crimes Unit of the New York District
Attorney's Office, 1991
Vivian Pinn, Director, Office of Research on Women's Health, National
Institutes of Health, 1992
Couric, Co-anchor for NBC's Today Show, 1993
Thornton, Astronaut and Educator, 1994
Mikhail-Ashrawi, Human Rights Activist, 1995
Stratton, Rear Admiral, U. S. Navy, 1996
Ackerman, President, Women's National Basketball Association, 1997
R. Jones, Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational
Rimel, President and CEO, The Pew Charitable Trusts, 1999
more information about the Women's Center Tenth Anniversary Celebration
and the Women 2000: Shapers of the World series, contact the Women's
Center Programming Department at (804) 924-8979.
Amy Campbell, (804) 924-8979