International Women's Day 2017

International Women's Day

International Women’s Day, a global celebration of the economic, political and social achievements of women, took place for the first time on March 8, 1911. The United Nations has sponsored International Women’s Day since 1975. When adopting its resolution on the observance of International Women's Day, the United Nations General Assembly cited the following reasons: “To recognize the fact that securing peace and social progress and the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms require the active participation, equality and development of women; and to acknowledge the contribution of women to the strengthening of international peace and security.”

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To get involved in International Women's Day activities, contact Rachel Storm, Assistant Director, at 217.333.3137.

Women’s Resources Center celebrates local leaders in honor of International Women’s Day 2017

The Women’s Resources Center is sponsoring International Women’s Day Celebration on March 8th, 2017 from 9:30am–11am at the iHotel and Conference Center, Alma Mater Ballroom. This annual celebration, in conjunction with International Women’s Day celebrations all over the globe, honors local efforts in our campus-community to improve the lives of women across the globe. The Women’s Resources Center, together with numerous units on campus, is excited to honor the work of scholars and activists in our campus-community whose work has helped improved communities all over the globe! Our honorees this year represent a wide-range of achievements within the fields of education, health care, policy, history, and social work. 

This year’s International Women’s Day Distinguished Honorees include:

ARIANA BEATTIE
Undergraduate Student, Department of Community Health

CLAIR BRYAN
Education Abroad Coordinator, Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange

LISA FAY
Director, Inner Voices Social Issues Theater

KAREN FLYNN
Associate Professor, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies

COURTNEY KRAFCZYK
Graduate Student, Department of Physics
Volunteer Coordinator, Women in STEM (WiSTEM) Week

LISA LITTLE
Court Advocate, Courage Connection Domestic Violence Services

FARANAK MIRAFTAB
Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning

REBEKAH NIBLOCK
Staff Attorney, The Immigration Project

RICHA NIRAULA
Fulbright Scholar, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics

KAREN OLOWU
Undergraduate Student, Department of African-American Studies
Organizer, Black Students for Revolution

LISSETTE PIEDRA
Associate Professor, School of Social Work

YADIRA RAMIREZ
Undergraduate Student, Department of Latinx Studies/Department of Spanish

YUN SHI
Director for International Education, Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations

MEAGAN SMITH
PhD. Candidate, Department of Comparative and World Literature
Co-Founder/Director, Three Spinners

BRIANNA THEOBALD
Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow, American Indian Studies Program

CHI-FANG WU
Associate Professor, School of Social Work
Faculty Leader, Women’s Empowerment and International Development Focal Point

RUIYAO ZHANG
Undergraduate Student, Department of Psychology/Department of Advertising

As a special feature, this year’s speakers will include Lenore Mathew and Dr. Umeeta Sadarangani.

Lenore Matthew is a Ph.D. Candidate and Research Fellow with the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (U.S.). Her research focuses on international development, social policy, and women’s health, labor, and migration. In addition to her academic research, Lenore has led initiatives with the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva and the United Nations Volunteer Programme (UNV) in Bonn. Lenore holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Illinois (U.S.), a Master of International Relations from Dublin City University (Ireland).

Umeeta Sadarangani, who received her Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University, is a Professor of English at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois, where she teaches writing and literature courses and a humanities course on South Asian cultures. Spending her childhood in India and her teenage years in Kuwait, coming out as a lesbian during graduate school, and navigating the immigrant experience in the United States influence Umeeta’s writing and her visual art. Umeeta’s blog, Transplanted on the Prairie reflects these influences. Her writing has appeared in academic journals such as American Studies International and Modern Language Studies (MLS) and in Bluestem literary magazine.