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Celebrate Women's History Month

Celebrate Women's History Month

For the duration of March, Penn State is hosting a number of seminars, workshops, and viewings! You can learn more about upcoming events and sign up for Zoom links here!

Alyson Frey

Alyson Frey

Pronouns: She/Her Hometown: Easton, PA Major: Biological Sciences and Health Professions Role at Penn State: 2020 Panhellenic VP for Wellness, CHAARG member, Alpha Epsilon Delta member, Psi Chi member, Sigma Kappa member (2019 panhellenic delegate, 2018 junior delegate), Healthworks peer educator, Crisis Text Line crisis counselor Interests: working out, yoga, taking care of my dog, practicing self care and wellness What does women's empowerment mean to you? Women’s empowerment to me is constantly supporting other women no matter what. This is never tearing anyone down, always complimenting other women, and always helping others no matter the circumstance. You do not have to actively promote or preach women’s empowerment to display it. Supporting other women is the prime example of promoting women’s empowerment. What is something that you want others to know? In 2018 I was diagnosed with a few different mental health disorders. Ever since then, I have dedicated my life and involvements to making awareness and normalizing mental health. I have also become extremely involved in women’s empowerment after seeing how much mental health affected women. In these times, we need our women to women connection and support to help us thrive and empower each other.

Lakyn Meeder

Lakyn Meeder

Pronouns: She/Her Hometown: York, PA Major: Public Relations and Political Science Role at Penn State: Bellisario College of Comm rep in UPUA, Women's Empowerment Roundtable Co-Coordinator, UPUA Vice Chair of Governmental Affairs, PSU College Democrats Social Chair Interests: Socialism, human rights, making art, music, baking What does women's empowerment mean to you? To me, women’s empowerment means breaking down the patriarchy and creating a world where women feel comfortable taking up space and being unapologetically themselves. What is something that you want others to know? Overcoming the patriarchy and achieving women’s liberation requires dismantling capitalism and the oppressive structures within it.

Janiyah Davis

Janiyah Davis

Pronouns: She/Her Hometown: Red Oak, TX Major: Public Policy (MPP), Criminology (BA), Psychology (BA) Role at Penn State: Student Minority Advisory and Recruitment Team, Multicultural Association of Schreyer Scholars, Student Restorative Justice Initiative , Rock Ethics Institute Interests: I enjoy reading teen fiction, doing yoga, and watching Criminal Minds. What does women's empowerment mean to you? To me, women's empowerment is the freedom to express yourself, make decisions, and be inspired in a supportive environment. It is the freedom to pursue happiness. What is something that you want others to know? I am incredibly humbled to be surrounded by such amazing women and will spend the rest of my life attempting to inspire future generations in the way that these women have inspired me.

Nicole Kruse

Nicole Kruse

Pronouns: She/Her Hometown: Carmel, NY Major: Italian and History Role at Penn State: Empowering Women in Law External President, College Dems, Art History Club, Phi Alpha Delta, Sigma Sigma Sigma Interests: I enjoy baking, yoga, going on road trips, horribly playing guitar, and dancing. What does women's empowerment mean to you? Uplifting others to recognize their fullest potential. What is something that you want others to know? I appreciate everything that my support system has done for me - thank you to all loved ones for being my own personal cheerleaders and reminding me how very lucky I am to have you all in my life. <3

Kristine Gonzalez

Kristine Gonzalez

Pronouns: She/Her Hometown: Chino Hills, CA Major: Political Science, Ethics (Minor) Role at Penn State: UPUA, Odyssey, Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity Interests: Working out, reading, watching movies, makeup, and going on adventures! What does women's empowerment mean to you? Women's empowerment, to me, means that there is a sense of comfort between us women than competition. It provides me with a feeling of bravery and courage that I am able to speak against gender norms and that I know there are other women who share the same beliefs as me. What is something that you want others to know? I am a content writer on a website named Odyssey. I represent the Penn State community with other great, female writers! We are able to write about anything we feel is important, especially when it comes to empowering other women.

Laurie Stanell

Laurie Stanell

Pronouns: She/Her Hometown: Pipersville, PA Role at Penn State: Penn State Trustee Interests: Fishing, travel, volunteering, reading What does women's empowerment mean to you? Making women feel and be totally self sufficient and confident in all parts of their lives. What is something that you want others to know? I advocate for student and alumni needs .

Erin Boas

Erin Boas

Pronouns: She/Her Hometown: West Chester, PA Major: International Political Economics Role at Penn State: UPUA At-Large Representative, Women's Empowerment Roundtable Coordinator, Student Senator in Faculty Senate,, University Park Allocation Committee, Omega Phi Alpha National Service Sorority (Vice President of Panhellenic Communications 2021), Homecoming 2020 (Faculty and Commonwealth Outreach Captain), Movin' On 2021 (UPUA Liaison), THON 2020 (Dancer Relations Committee Member), Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society Interests: Reading, Fleetwood Mac, working out, Pinterest, cooking and baking, live music What does women's empowerment mean to you? Women's empowerment is uplifting, listening, and supporting women in all aspects. It's about creating areas where women not only feel comfortable, but have an equal opportunity to succeed. It's about taking action when we see areas of inequity. It's about education, leadership, health and well-being, and belonging. Women's empowerment isn't a women-led effort, its a universal movement. What is something that you want others to know? An extra year of primary school for girls can increase their eventual adult wages by 10 to 20 per cent, and an extra year of secondary school increases wages by 15 to 25 per cent. If all girls completed secondary education in low- and lower-middle income countries, under-five child mortality could be cut in half.

Professional Resources

Professional Resources

Women for Hire About: Women For Hire, the leading women's and diversity career recruitment specialist, offers comprehensive products and services exclusively for top employers in every field that support and enhance a company's commitment to diversity. Website: http://womenforhire.com/ Contact: http://womenforhire.com/contact_us/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tory Twitter: http://twitter.com/toryjohnson International Federation of Business and Professional Women About: BPW International develops the business, professional and leadership potential of women on all levels through advocacy, education, mentoring, networking, skill building, and economic empowerment programs and projects around the world. Website: www.bpw-international.org Contact: Presidents.office@bpw-international.org NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium **Undergraduate Scholarship and Graduate Fellowship Website: https://sites.psu.edu/paspacegrant/ Contact: spacegrant@psu.edu Twitter: ‎@PASpaceGrant Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NASAPSGC/ American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) About: AMWA membership is comprised of physicians, residents, medical students, pre-medical students, health care professionals, and supporters. AMWA is the oldest multispecialty organization dedicated to advancing women in medicine and improving women’s health. Website: https://www.amwa-doc.org/ Contact: associatedirector@amwa-doc.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/American-Medical-Womens-Association/85665171482 Twitter: https://twitter.com/AMWADoctors American Association for Women in Science (AWIS) About: AWIS is a global network that inspires bold leadership, research, and solutions that advance women in STEM, spark innovation, promote organizational success, and drive systemic change. Website: https://www.awis.org/about-awis/ Contact: awis@awis.org Girls Code the World (GCTW) About: A 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides opportunities, resources, and role models for your girls in STEM-related fields through educational programs and mentorships. Website: www.girlscodetheworld.org Contact: contact@girlscodetheworld.org Instagram: @girlscodetheworld Twitter: @GCodetheWorld Facebook: @girlscodetheworld

State & National Resources

State & National Resources

National Organization for Women (NOW) About: “the National Organization for Women is dedicated to its multi-issue and multi-strategy approach to women’s rights, and is the largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the United States. NOW has hundreds of chapters and hundreds of thousands of members and activists in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since our founding in 1966, NOW’s purpose is to take action through intersectional grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life.” Website: https://now.org/ Instagram: @nationalnow Twitter: @nationalNOW Empower Women About: We are dedicated to empowering women to achieve their full economic potential by inspiring both women and men to become advocates, change makers and leaders in their community. We equip them with resources, opportunities and a global platform that facilitates networking, learning and sharing of experiences. Website: https://www.empowerwomen.org/en/resources Twitter: @empower_women World Wide Women About: “Our mission is to connect girls and women with organizations, programs, and services—both locally and around the world—that provide valuable resources to support and empower their lives. ​ ​Our vision is that girls around the world are empowered to advance beyond their circumstances and achieve their goals. We recognize that, oftentimes, they are unaware of the resources available to them. We are out to ensure that this is no longer the case.” Website: http://www.worldwidewomenfoundation.org/ Contact: info@worldwidewomen.co Twitter: @worldwidewomen4 Vital Voices About: “Vital Voices Global Partnership is a global movement that invests in women leaders who are solving the world’s greatest challenges. We are “venture catalysts,” identifying those with a daring vision for change and partnering with them to make that vision a reality. We scale and accelerate impact through long term investments to expand skills, connections, capacity and visibility. Over the last 23 years, we have built a network of 18,000 change makers across 182 countries who are collectively daring to reimagine a more equitable world for all.” Website: https://www.vitalvoices.org/ Contact: info@vitalvoice.org Twitter: @vitalvoices Instagram: @vitalvoices

Centre County Resources

Centre County Resources

American Association for University Women (State College) About: “AAUW’s Nationwide women’s advocacy network opens doors for women and girls and influences public debate on critical social issues such as education, civil rights, and workplace equity. The State College branch of AAUW was founded in 1916 and has approximately 150 members who continually seek ways to work toward improving the lives of all women.” Website: https://aauwstatecollege.org/ Contact: aauw.statecollege@gmail.com Twitter: @AAUW_SC Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AAUW-State-College-130411100367979/?ref=hl Centre Safe About: The vision of this organization is safety, equality and respect for all individuals and a community free of relationship and sexual violence.It is the mission of Centre Safe to empower survivors of sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking and to work toward the elimination of such violence. Website: https://www.centresafe.org/ Contact: 24hr hotline 814-234-5050 Twitter: @centresafe Instagram: @centresafe

Penn State Resources

Penn State Resources

Gender Equity Center Website: https://studentaffairs.psu.edu/genderequity Contact: genderequity@psu.edu Director: Audra Hixson Career Student Resource Center, Women Student Career Resources Website: https://studentaffairs.psu.edu/career/resources/explore/identify/women Contact: 814-865-2377, askCS@psu.edu President’s Commission for Women (CFW) Website: http://equity.psu.edu/pce Report Bias Website: http://equity.psu.edu/reportbias Victim and Survivor Support and Advocacy If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating or relationship violence, stalking, or sexual exploitation, the University is committed to giving you the help and support you deserve. This page is focused primarily on dating, domestic, or relationship violence concerns given our current climate. Website: https://studentaffairs.psu.edu/health-wellness/victim-survivor-support-advocacy Women’s Health Resources Website: https://studentaffairs.psu.edu/health-wellness/medical-services/services/medical-services/womens-health