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Monday, November 21, 2011

Girl power at Emory!

Hanging above the south entrance to the Cox Computing Center in Cox Hall is a sign that reads, "Center for Women" with an arrow pointing to a hallway. At the end of that corridor, a staircase and an elevator lead to the third floor where you can find the Center for Women.

The center's purpose is to "provide the best possible environment for women as students, scholars, and employees." Constantly working to find ethical solutions to gender issues affecting women on campus, the center provides women with various academic and social opportunities.

The Center for Women grew out of a need for a stronger female presence and greater resources for women on campus in response to two women who were raped in February of 1990. The President's Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) directly responded to these events by recommending the creation of a center for women at Emory, and two years later, the administration created the center.

Now, almost 20 years later, the Center for Women provides a graduate fellowship and supports academic scholarship related to women and gender, leadership development both professionally and personally, educational programs and resources, and ways to engage the Emory community with local and global gender issues.

Emory alumna have been involved in all things women throughout the Center for Women's history. Several alumna serve on the center's Advisory Council, including Laurie Speed-Dalton 96C 99L, who presented a professional development workshop last week entitled "1o Practical Tips for Salary Negotiation."

Alumni have also donated funds to the center--the major way in which alumni engage with the Center for Women, according to Assistant Director Sasha Smith. And they attend events sponsored by the Center for Women. In the past, the center has even partnered with the Atlanta Women of Emory chapter for several events.

If you'd like to learn more about the Center for Women at Emory, you can contact Smith at nasmit2@emory.edu or by phone, (404) 727 2001.

--Lindsey Bomnin 12C, EAA communications intern

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