April 05, 2013
It is 1990. Hundreds of students are standing on the steps of the Rotunda holding candles, day and night. They take turns through the nights and days with other students, male and female. All of the students are determined to continue the vigil until they reach their goal. Holding candles of hope on the steps of the University structure that is most representative of hope, the students say they will not leave until the vigil has gone on for 134 hours. Why 134 hours? That was the number of sexual assaults that had been reported through all local offices and agencies, both at the University...
March 07, 2013
Spring Break is quickly approaching for all of our students at UVa. This student holiday has come to signify the time when exams are all over and behind you. Who wouldn't want to celebrate that! Now that all of that hard work studying is over you can give your brain its much-needed rest. Some of you might be going home to see family and friends while others have plans to travel to exotic destinations. Wherever the planned destination may be, staying safe should always be your number one concern....
February 24, 2013
This is National Girls and Women in Sports week, culminating in an event on Sunday to honor Lauren Purdue, so we thought we'd have a sporty BAWW. We did not have to look far to find one; Catherine White was an immediate obvious choice. Recently made a captain of the women's track team, White, enjoying her last season as a graduate student in kinesiology here at U.Va, has a long and decorated history in track. But...
February 02, 2013
What does it mean to be someone's friend? What does it mean to be their best friend? I adore my friends; they are some of the most important people to me. Then I started to really think about why I am friends with them; I lived on the same dorm floor as some of them... but I also lived with lots of other people...
February 01, 2013
National Girls and Women in Sports Day Celebrates our Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer
February always brings a joyous occasion to the University of Virginia. The University’s Women’s Center and Department of Athletics collaborate in a celebration of the National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Often the media...
January 29, 2013
I know that many people resolve to get fit, to lose weight, to change how they look, and then to change some aspects of their lives with the New Year. I’m interested in why that is, so I had a conversation with Amy Chestnutt, coordinator of the Women’s Center Eating Disorders Education Initiative. She says we need to change our minds about this kind of change. We need to change:
1) What we expect about how we look
2) What it means to change ourselves and how we go about it.
December 13, 2012
Women between the ages of 18-21 are known to have the worst body image problems. But what about female athletes? ESPN claims that these are women who are supposed to have the "best" bodies that most females idolize.
We wanted to hear what the athletes had to say about their changing bodies.
How do they feel bench-pressing more weight than their male friends and boyfriends? How do they feel having to stretch out their shirts to fit over their muscles? How do they feel when other girls call them intimidating?
October 18, 2012
At Iris we are concerned with the empowerment and aid of women here at the University of Virginia. Many of the women here (myself included) are young, in their twenties, and all of us could use some life advice. For this reason, I went to the fascinating “More than the Score” talk on October 13th, given by the accomplished Dr. Meg Jay, an inspirational female psychology professor here at U.Va. The basis...
March 27, 2012
What do two-time U.S. Open champion Venus Williams, acclaimed actress Anne Hathaway, and Broadway/Glee star Lea Michele have in common? Aside from being an incredibly talented group of young women, each one of these individuals for ethical or health purposes chooses to be vegan or vegetarian. It’s impossible to ignore...
February 24, 2012
Sharneé Zoll (CLAS 2008) made headlines and smashed records in her basketball career at U.Va. After college, Sharnee was drafted into the WNBA. Soon thereafter, Sharneé made the move to international basketball, playing for teams in Romania, Turkey and Poland, and continuing to make news with her impressive skills. Now, Sharneé plays...
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