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CONTACT: COURTNEY REED JENKINS
Women's Resource & Action Center
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-1486
Release: Immediate

WRAC announces new group to discuss gender stereotypes

IOWA CITY, Iowa --The Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC) at the University of Iowa is offering an eight-week discussion group to explore - and transcend - the gender stereotypes everyone faces in society. The group, "Finding Our Own Space - Transcending Gender Stereotypes," will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays beginning Sept. 8, at the WRAC, 130 N. Madison Street (corners of Market and Madison, across from the Iowa Memorial Union).

"This is the group that helps women answer the big questions: In what ways have gender stereotypes limited our potential? How can we go beyond these stereotypes to enjoy our lives the way we choose?" says Courtney Reed Jenkins. "The group is designed to break down the reality of gender inequality into topics. By unbraiding the issues, women in the group will find places where they can change the way they feel about their roles in society, the way they act in response to those roles, and perhaps even how the roles are defined."

Six different topics will be explored by the group, which will also look to other women - in the group, in the community, and throughout history - as role models. Topics include: images of beauty and how they affect us; alternative definitions of beauty; sexuality; women in sports and higher education; women's health issues, including stress; and religious influences.

For more information or to register, call WRAC at (319) 335-1486.

8/28/97