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February 21, 2003 Volume 19, Number 13


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Women's Issues and Leadership Conference March 1 at Western

The 15th annual WIU Women's Issues and Leadership Conference will recognize "Women Pioneering the Future" Saturday, March 1 on campus. The conference begins at 10 a.m. with check-in and on-site registration in the Union lobby area. Registration will be held until 1:30 p.m. From 10 a.m. to noon and 1:30-5:30 p.m. table displays with information about services, activities and resources for women, including T-shirt decorating opportunities for The Clothesline Project, will be set up near the lobby.

From 10 a.m. to noon the Macomb Feminist Network will host an open meeting in the Union Springfield Room, while the Women's Center Advisory Board will meet from 11 a.m. to noon in the Union Board Room.

The conference officially kicks off with a noon to 1:25 p.m. luncheon and keynote panel presentation in the Union Lamoine Room. Laurel Prussing, legislative coordinator for the Illinois Equal Rights Amendment, and Jolie Christine Rickman, a grassroots activist, will be among several prominent governmental and grassroots activists who will discuss "Women Pioneering the Future: Progress Report on the Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment."

The first interest sessions will be held from 1:30-2:20 p.m. in the Union. Topics to be discussed include overpopulation and family planning programs in Africa, changing presentations of women in advertising, body image, emotional IQ and understanding activism. The second series of sessions will be held from 2:30-3:20 p.m., with such presentations as negotiating for yourself, being a Muslim woman in the U.S., fun and fabulous females, students speaking out on women's issues and women's health.

The final sessions will be held from 3:30-4:20 p.m., covering such subjects as women, sexism and the media, women as leaders, baby boomer women hitting their golden years, feminism and stress and wellness.

A closing reception will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Union Lamoine Room with entertainment provided by Rickman who is also a singer/songwriter. Rickman will also perform at the Sullivan Taylor Coffeehouse in downtown Macomb from 7:30-9 p.m.

The charge for the luncheon is $12 for the general public and $10 for students. To register by the Monday, Feb. 24 deadline, visit or call 298-2242. For more information or to request accommodations due to a disability, contact the Women's Center at 298-2242.

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