This month’s #WomenHeroMonthly highlights Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha ( known as Dr.


Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha (Google Images)

Mona to her patients), a pediatrician and professor from  Michigan that traced the complaints of hair loss and rashes from her patient’s parents to the high concentration of lead found in the Flint river. The Flint river had been the city’s source of water since 2014, switching from Lake Huron in an effort to save money.

Although the state attempted to discredit her accusations of a tainted water supply, her findings were undeniable . By testing the blood levels of her patients and comparing them to a near county, it was revealed that the lead levels were doubled, and at times even tripled for the kids in Flint. “When (my research team and I) saw that it was getting into children and when we knew the consequences, that’s when I think we began not to sleep,” Hanna-Attisha told CNN.com. Looking even further into the city’s involvement in this crisis, she realized that multiple city officials had been aware of the toxins in the water,but since the DEQ (Department of Environmental Quality) said there was nothing wrong with the water the consumer’s complaints were ignored.


Protesters in Flint, Michigan 2015 (Google Images)

Often times as women, we have to yell in order to be heard, but that’s not a reason to be silenced. Dr. Mona, didn’t accept the answers that she was given and sought more information for herself, and now Flint is getting water from Lake Huron again. As women, we are the best multitaskers in the world because we realized a long time ago that the world won’t stop for us. Dr. Mona is our #WHM because she became the hero that she and all of the people of Flint needed! She is a wife,  mother of two daughters, responds to multiple  interviews and emails daily, meets with health officials weekly, and finds the time to still see her patients!  The biggest takeaway from Dr. Mona is that  you can always be the one person to take a stand make a difference in someone else’s world (or even save an entire city)!

-Alex Bailey, Women’s Center Staff


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Finish January with the Women’s Center!

Welcome back, Bobcats!

How was your winter break? I enjoyed a trip to New York City where I saw Dames at Sea on Broadway and ate way too much fabulous food with very good friends. I also spent a LOT of time with my family, which was especially meaningful this year since my little sister (who I love more than words!!) was returning home from her first semester away at college and we all got to be together again.

Spring 2016 is going to be jam packed at the Women’s Center! You can check out our full spring semester calendar here and our Facebook page here, but for now I have listed our major events and programs for the last week of January:

Jan. 26 5- 6pm (Women’s Center) Women in STEM Coffee Hour in the Women’s Center Co-sponsored by Russ College of Engineering and Technology, AAUW OHIO, and Women in Information & Telecommunication Systems.  At the beginning of this coffee hour, we’ll show “The Myth of the Scientist”, presented by Crystal Dilworth at TEDxYouth@Caltech (4.18 minutes). We’ll discuss our role models (invite your role model, bring a picture, or share a story) and who has helped disrupt the notion that a scientist can only look or act one way.

Jan. 28 12-1pm (Women’s Center) Brown Bag Lunch and Learn:  “Engaging Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)” with Jody Markley, M.Ed. Director of Multicultural Experiences, Russ College. Brown Bag Lunch and Learns are a casual way of learning about gender issues. Typically, they are facilitated by one speaker, and we encourage Q&A at the end of a presentation. Bring your lunch or snacks!

Jan. 27 4:40-6:30pm (Living Learning Center 130) “Changing the Face of Power: Empowering Young Women to Create Lasting Change on Campus and Beyond” Presented by Rebecca M. Thompson  Co-sponsored with the Margaret Boyd Scholars. The voices of young women (especially those of color and LGBT women) are often left out of the conversations that create and change policies for our communities. Despite that, young women across the country are stepping up to lead and are at the forefront of social justice movements on campus and beyond. In this interactive workshop session participants will explore innovative strategies to develop and strengthen their own leadership skills; how to build strong organizations; and how to create lasting change through civic engagement and grassroots organizing.

Jan. 28 5:30-7pm (Tupper 107) Mentoring Women: A Toolkit for Success and Support This interactive workshop will focus on ways to effectively mentor undergraduate and graduate women. This interactive workshop will focus on ways to effectively mentor undergraduate and graduate women. Mentorship can be a crucial element to women’s successes, and can be a personally rewarding activity for those who function as their mentors. We’ll begin the workshop by renewing our dedication to mentoring, discuss what some of the common pitfalls are for ourselves and our mentees, and detail the gendered issues that many of our mentees will face (like salary negotiation or feeling torn between family and paid employment). Additionally, we’ll evaluate our own mentoring skills and assess what we can do to improve as mentors.


We hope to see you at the Women’s Center a lot this semester!

Hope you enjoyed your (very snowy) weekend,

Anna Bekavac and the staff of the Women’s Center at OU



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Leadership Awards Gala

The Ohio University Women’s Center is proud to support the Annual Leadership Awards Gala hosted by the Career and Leadership Development Center. As part of the Gala, the Women’s Center awards the Women’s Issues Leadership Award.

This award recognizes a student or student organization that has shown outstanding leadership and/or community involvement on women’s and gender issues, or has raised consciousness about those issues.


Women’s Issues Leadership Award recipient Laura Hyde at the 2013 Leadership Awards Gala. Photo by Chris Franz.

Nominee Criteria
  1. Nominee must be a full-time OHIO student, at a junior or senior level standing.
  2. Nominee must demonstrate a commitment to creating a campus climate in which all women and girls can be full and equal participants at OHIO or in the larger society.
  3. Nominee must be a proponent for gender equity.
  4. Nominee must be a “student leader”, which can be broadly defined to include someone who has an elected role in a student organization or more generally mobilizes others to act.

Students can be nominated, or apply themselves. All questions must be answered for nominations and self-nominations.

Recipient will be recognized at the 33nd Annual Leadership Awards Gala on April 6, 2016 in Baker University Ballroom.

leadership award

The OUSAP Student Organization received the award at last year’s Leadership Awards Gala.

In order for the nominee to be considered, the nominee must fill out the online application and submit their resume to womenscenter@ohio.edu. Application deadline is Friday, February 12th. 


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The International Women’s Day Festival

Save the Date!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Time: 2-6pm

Location: Baker Ballroom

Over 600 members of the campus and community gather together every year to celebrate


Members of the Chinese Learners Association perform at International Women’s Day festivities at Ohio University March 15, 2015.

International Women’s Day at Ohio University. The International Women’s Day Festival provides an opportunity for the campus community to highlight women’s and girl’s achievements, to reflect on women’s status today, and to imagine a future where all women are valued as local, national, and global citizens.

We encourage all members of our community – domestic and international, students, faculty, staff, and community and family members – to participate in this event.


How You Can Get Involved
  1. Perform – further information, including suggestions and the application, are available here – Application Due February 17th 2016.

  2. Volunteer – a two-hour shift assists us in ensuring that the International Women’s Day Festival is a success. Click here to sign up – Application Due February 17th 2016.

  3. Table at the event with your research, artwork, or items to sell. Click here for an application – Application Due February 17th 2016.

  4. Enter the competition to design our International Women’s Day Festival poster. Past IWD posters can be viewed in the Women’s Center. Everyone is welcome to submit a poster for consideration; entries will be accepted through Friday, January 29th at 5pm. You may send a digital submission to jenkins1@ohio.edu or drop off a physical copy at the Women’s Center, in Baker 403. Submissions must include the artist’s full name, OU status (student, faculty, community member, etc.), email address and phone number as well a short 150 word biography about the artist. The winner will have their design used for the International Women’s Day Festival advertising materials, have their name included on the poster, and receive a goodie bag from the Women’s Center. Posters should include festival name, date, time and location. Other information will be added to the winning poster. Posters should be sized to fit on 11×17 paper.

  5. MC the event – open auditions for our Festival Master of Ceremonies will be held from 10-12pm and 1-3pm on Thursday and Friday, January 28th and 29th. Auditions require that an applicant present a five-minute presentation about the importance of International Women’s Day. The International Women’s Day Festival MC is in charge of introducing each performer and providing information throughout the program. Winner will receive a certificate and a gift bag full of goodies!

Students from Athens High School model clothes designed by classmate Rebecca Stretton during International Women’s Day festivities at Ohio University March 15, 2015.

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Celebrating Women: Leaders On and Off the Court

The Women’s Center, Bobcat Athletics, and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program invite you to join us for our 6th annual celebration of OHIO Women Leaders. Past celebrations have included over 200 women leaders across campus!

WBB vs. Buffalo

(Michael Pronzato | Ohio Athletics)

This year’s celebration will take place during the halftime of the 11:30AM Bobcat Women’s Basketball game on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the Convocation Center in Athens, OH. Following the game, there will be a reception for our leaders and their guests. Free admission will be given to participants if they register their attendance at least two weeks in advance of the game. More information will be provided in the email that we send to nominees.

We encourage you to self-nominate and to nominate others that meet the qualifications, described below.

In order to be considered for this honor, nominees must:
1) Identify as a woman
2) Be a current, enrolled (graduate or undergraduate) student at Ohio University (including regional campuses)
3) Demonstrate leadership on campus or in the community. This could include: holding a leadership position in a student organization or group; demonstrated leadership in community groups or community/university projects; academic scholars (examples include: Margaret Boyd Scholars, Cutler Scholars, or Pepsi Scholars, etc.).
4) Complete the online application by the deadline: Wednesday, January 20, 2016. Click here for the application.

WBB vs. Buffalo

(Michael Pronzato | Ohio Athletics)

If you are nominating someone other than yourself, please fill out the form with all of the nominee’s information. Also let them know you’re nominating them so they will keep an eye out for our emails!

We look forward to celebrating with you in February! For more information, contact the Ohio University Women’s Center at 740.593.9625.


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What does it mean to be brave? I once heard this story about my favorite comic artist Lynda Barry. A friend of mine went to a speech she was giving. Lynda Barry got behind the podium and started to talk but got super nervous so she ducked down and hid. Eventually she stood back up and said, “I’m so nervous. If I can do this, you can also do whatever it is you’re afraid of.”

Lynda Barry writes comics about trauma and beauty, about poverty and sibling rivalry/friendship, about queerness and bullying and cracks in the system that help us survive. She believes art, doodling, creating, is a biological imperative.


I first started drawing when I was 23. I was inspired by a Lynda Barry comic I’d seen. Her comic was 90% words, and at the bottom of each was a little dog that was just two ovals for the body and head with little ovals for legs. I thought if she can do that, I can too. I would draw pictures and then show them to my sister and say “can you tell what this is?” and she’d say “hmm… a couch maybe?”

Drawing let me say things that I was too afraid to say otherwise.

In the media, in academia, in our families, in our daily lives, there are certain stories that are told and certain stories that are not told. There are rules to speaking, rules to polite conversation, to the amount of disclosure that is allowed, to “cool” versus “uncool” topics.

In order to change the world we need to change the stories we tell. We need to open up the imagination, allowing in the thoughts and ideas that we push out because they’re undeveloped or confusing or scary. What are the questions that are not being asked in public debate? What are the subjects we shy away from with our friends because we are afraid of judgment?

The author, poet and activist Audre Lorde said it best: “What are the words you do not have? What do you need to say? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own until you will sicken and die of them still in silence?”


More Audre Lorde wisdom here.

My work here.


-Cindy Crabb

Women’s Center Graduate Assistant


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This November’s #WomanHeroMonthly shed some light to the wage gap


J. Law as Katniss Everdeen Google Images

that is still affecting women no matter the occupation. Jennifer Lawrence (aka J. Law) is no stranger to showbiz (or the money that comes with it) from her portrayal of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Game series to Lauren Pearson on The Bill Engvall Show. J. Law wrote a piece for fellow actress Lena Dunham’s newsletter entitled “Why Do I Make Less than My Male Co-stars?” After Sony emails were hacked and published it was revealed that Lawrence made a lot less than her male costars and shared her reflection of that, “When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with dicks, I didn’t get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself. I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early…”



2013 Academy Awards                Google Images

Often times when a woman advocates for her value she is deemed “bitchy” or “spoiled”, but when a man does the same, which they often don’t have to, they are justified. Salary negation is a very useful tool to have in your arsenal while the wage gap continues, before you ask for that raise you need to look at yourself objectively. However, No matter how we say what we want, if it differs from what’s being offered and if we don’t talk in a voice that is gentle enough to massage the male ego then we are “attacking” them. Jennifer wrote, “I’m over trying to find the “adorable” way to state my opinion and still be likable! Fuck that. I don’t think I’ve ever worked for a man in charge who spent time contemplating what angle he should use to have his voice heard. It’s just heard.” Making 79 cents to a man’s dollar just because we are female should no longer be a thing acceptable in 201, many women (If you are a real adult unlike me) have families to support and should be equally recognized for the hard work that we put forth. So the next time you are offered a job, I hope you are able to negotiate your salary, and “May the odds be ever in your favor.”

If you would like to learn more about salary negotiation, you should join us at the Women’s Center for our next Start Smart Workshop on February 19th. Check out our Calendar for more details.

-Alex Bailey

Women’s Center Staff

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