About Iris

Iris (noun)

1. The round membrane of the eye
Iris takes a critical eye to issues affecting women at U.Va. and in the Charlottesville community

2. Plants of the genus, Iris, having sword-shaped leaves and showy, variously colored flowers.
Iris celebrates the successes of strong and courageous women from every background and experience.

3. A rainbow or rainbow-like display of color
Iris is for every woman.

4. Iris, Greek mythology, the goddess of the rainbow and messenger of the gods.
Iris lends women at U.Va. and in the Charlottesville community a voice as well as keeps them informed on what is happening in their community and abroad.


Iris Magazine is sponsored by the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center at U.Va. It is an award-winning, nationally acclaimed magazine for thinking young women at U.Va. and beyond. After trying on several looks—from a photocopied newsletter for the U.Va. Women’s Studies Program to a national journal for women — Iris recently re-debuted as a web magazine. With guidance from Women’s Center staff, U.Va. students generate ideas, conduct research and interviews, compile media, and ultimately write and edit articles, contributing to the magazine, their insight on what they believe is relevant and important for women at the University of Virginia.

After more than 30 years of publication, Iris continues to celebrate and empower young women through provocative pieces. The mission of Iris is not only to showcase women’s achievements at the University and within Charlottesville, in support of the women’s community and in conjunction with the Center’s mission to creating change, but to also underscore the relevance of women’s issues. Iris hopes to create strategic partnerships across Grounds and throughout the community to foster change and highlight accomplishments.

Be sure to check out Iris Magazine online to read articles, essays and interviews by and about women, who are inspired, brilliant, and bravely forging new paths to success. Stop by the Women’s Center to read archival print copies.