About Iris

Iris Magazine is sponsored by the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center at UVA. It is an award-winning, nationally acclaimed magazine for thinking young women at UVA and beyond. After trying on several looks—from a photocopied newsletter for the UVA Women’s Studies Program to a national journal for women — Iris re-debuted in 2012 as a web magazine. With guidance from Women’s Center staff, UVA students generate ideas, conduct research and interviews, compile media, and ultimately write and edit articles, sharing their insights and contributing to the magazine on topics they believe are relevant and important for women at the University of Virginia. The opinions expressed in Iris are not necessarily those of the students, faculty, staff or administration of the University of Virginia.
After more than 35 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.

Iris (noun)

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

  2. Plants of the genus, Iris, having sword-shaped leaves and showy, variously colored flower: 
    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 everyone.

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

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