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CONTACT: MEGAN LEVAD or LAURIE HAAG
Women's Resource and Action Center
130 North Madison St.
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-1486

Release: Sept. 13, 1999

Women's Center announces new program series for young women new to campus

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Being able to impact your own life and the lives of others in a woman-positive way is the focus of a new program at the Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC) geared to young women new to the University of Iowa.

"Everyday Acts of Sheroes" is a series of monthly workshops designed to demonstrate how accessible and practical feminism and the WRAC are.

The first workshop, "Splash!: Everyday Acts for Diving Into Your New Life," will be held Tuesday, Sept. 14 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Kirkwood Room of the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU). Participants will be introduced to the UI and Iowa City community, and specifically to the many woman-oriented resources and activities.

"I think it's important that young women are given the opportunity to recognize that feminism isn't some abstract, scary, unapproachable ideology, but it can be a way to look at our everyday acts," says Megan Levad, coordinator of the program, and a UI undergraduate student. I'm also really excited to introduce more people to the Women's Center. It's been a place of support and learning for me, and I'd love to help more young women to feel confident using the center."

Program topics will range from healthy friendships, de-stressing during hectic times, and career planning to getting involved with international women's issues. The monthly sessions will include educational presentations with guest speakers, as well as discussion and community-building activities. "Everyday Acts of Sheroes" will continue through the fall and spring semesters with programs held at the IMU on the second Tuesday of each month. Subsequent seminars will be held at the Women's Resource and Action Center, directly across the street from the IMU.

For more information on "Everyday Acts of Sheroes," or to arrange for accommodations necessary to participate, please call the Women's Center at (319) 335-1486.