International Women’s Day

March 8, 2019 is International Women’s Day. Will you be celebrating? Iowa State celebrates women leaders and success in many different ways.

As a liberal arts and sciences student, a building I often go to is the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics. Thanks to them, I have had the privilege to attend many of their lectures where they bring prominent women leaders, activists, and politicians to campus. If you’ve never been there before, give the building a visit! They have free pens and candy, as well as many resources to help further your education at Iowa State.

One of my favorite places on campus is the Margaret Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equity, which was established in 1981. Who is Margaret Sloss? She was the first woman to be admitted to and graduate from Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1923. I love to visit the Sloss Center because they have comfy couches, a microwave, and a safe inclusive environment. They can also direct you to resources on campus if you’re having any issues or need support.

Margaret Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equity

As many of us know, Dr. Wendy Wintersteen was the first female to become Iowa State’s president. In honor of the day, I wanted to include a tribute to her. Dr. Wintersteen received her Ph.D from Iowa State in entomology. After serving Iowa State for almost 40 years as a professor, the dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director of the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station, she became the 16th president of Iowa State on Nov. 20, 2017. To learn more about her, click here.

I like to celebrate the success and empowerment of women everyday, especially on campus. I think it’s great to get inspired from other powerful leaders and further your own advancement in college.

Will you be doing anything fun in honor of International Women’s Day?

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