Womens Center Celebrates 10th Anniversary Distinguished
Alumnae To Offer Advice To New U.S. President
23, 2000 -- Six distinguished women graduates of
the University of Virginia all leaders in their fields
will gather at their alma mater to offer advice to the next president
of the United States. The Nov. 2 event is part of the U.Va. Womens
Centers tenth anniversary celebration, "Women 2000: Shapers
of the World."
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 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 men.
presidential candidates must see womens views as crucial,"
said Sharon Davie, director of the U.Va. Womens Center, "because
when it comes down to it, womens issues are the countrys
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.
panelists - all winners of the U.Va. Womens Center Distinguished
Alumnae Award - are Kathryn Thornton, former astronaut and U.Va.
professor of aerospace engineering; Elaine Jones, director of the
NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund; Valerie Ackerman, president
of the Womens National Basketball Association; Vivian Pinn,
director of the National Institutes of Health Office of Research
on Womens Health; Mariann Stratton, retired rear admiral of
the U.S. Navy; and Hanan Ashrawi, member of the executive committee
of the Palestinian Independent Commission for Citizens Rights.
"Women 2000: Shapers of the World" conference runs from
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the U.Va. Grounds. It includes three panel
discussions, with the third and final session, "Women Shaping
the Future: Advice to the New President of the United States,"
at 2 p.m., at Culbreth Theatre. All conference events are free and
open to the public.
schedule is attached.
supporters include TIAA-CREF, SunTrust Business Womens Connection,
Wachovia, Stevens & Co., Adelphia Business Solutions, the U.Va.
Office of Development, the U.Va. Office of the Provost, and the
U.Va. Office of the President.
more information, call the Womens Center at (804) 243-6834,
or visit the Womens Center web site at http://womenscenter.virginia.edu
Charlotte Crystal, (804) 924-6858