September 23, 2013
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), is the most common sexually transmitted infection. Each year, approximately 79 million Americans are infected, with the majority of the cases being seen among people in their late teens and early 20s.
One reason why HPV is so prevalent is that many infected individuals experience few to no symptoms and unknowingly pass the infection on to their partners. There are more than 40 strains of the virus which is typically contracted through vaginal, oral and/or anal sex.
While HPV, unlike other STIs, may cause very little disruption to...
April 18, 2013
Old Mother Earth, the giver of life and home to us all, is constantly being threatened. Women from all over the country have taken the lead to start new green initiatives within their organizations to help make a difference in their communities. First Lady Michelle Obama recruited the help of Monticello's Garden Curator, Peter Hatch, to help start an organic garden at the White House. And even here at the University of Virginia our own Kendall Singleton took on the role as Sustainability Coordinator with dining services when she saw that their waste and carbon footprint needed reforming....
April 12, 2013
The anticipation of war loomed into the hearts of every British citizen of 1939. They understood that by declaring war with Germany each and every one of them was a target, subject to be attacked by the bombing raids. To them it wasn't a matter of 'if' but 'when' were they going to attack. Should they panic and abandon their cities?...
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?
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