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Friday, September 22, 2023


Women’s Resource Center gears up for spring

History senior Lyndsie Harris and creative writing senior Joy Lester sit in during the fall semesters gender talk.

History senior Lyndsie Harris and creative writing senior Joy Lester joined the gender talk discussions during the fall semester.

The Women’s Resource Center will start their weekly Gender Talk on Jan. 23 as they cover topics such as the novel “Fifty Shades of Gray,” binge drinking and men, as perceived by gay men and straight women. The group will meet every Wednesday from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. also hosted by the center is the One Billion Women Rising event, which will be held on Feb. 14.

The event will honor women who were killed during a violent relationship. To show remembrance, students and alumni will leave roses and women’s stories on empty seats in classrooms and auditoriums.

“The Invisible War,” a documentary about sexual assault and women in the military, will be showing from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on March 6 in the University Center’s Houston Room, followed by a panel discussion.

The Start Smart workshop will be held on April 5 in room 279A of the UC. This project is aimed toward college women looking to start their career and teaches them how to get into the job market and how to negotiate a better salary during their first job offer.

Performances of The Vagina Monologues will be held at 7 p.m. on April 19 and at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on April 20 in the UC Houston Room. It is co-sponsored with the Student Feminist Organization.

The center is set to launch the semester long BackBone Project to inform the public on sexist and homophobic language. The project will include distribution of clever posters throughout campus aimed at educating and changing the way words affect our perceptions of gender roles.

Women’s Resource Center director Beverly McPhail is looking forward to the events planned for the spring semester.

“I think this will be a very exciting and fun semester while we tackle some tough topics on sexual assault and then do some exciting performances with Vagina Monologues,” McPhail said.

“I hope students stay tuned to our activities and join in.”

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