1987 The Women’s Center opened and celebrated with its first open house. The first Explorations in Women’s Art was presented.
1988 Shirley Webb appointed acting director, a position she held until 1995.
1989 The San Francisco Dance Brigade performed at UNF, sponsored by the Women’s Center.
1989 The Center invited Molly Yard, president of the National Organization for Women, to speak at UNF. (photo courtesy of Corbis)
1990 The first New Horizons newsletter was published.
1990 American author and poet Maya Angelou appeared at UNF Theater, sponsored by the Women’s Center and three other departments.
1991 The Center hosted the 5th Annual Explorations … in Women’s Art.
1991 Comedian and lecturer Suzi Landolphi spoke about safer sex.
1992 Letty Cottin Pogrebin – author, editor, political activist, lecturer and co-founder of Ms. Magazine was a guest speaker.
The Workforce Reentry program began.
The Women’s Center sponsored an appearance by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, journalist, feminist and lecturer Susan Faludi.
“Take Our Daughters to Work Day” was sponsored by the Women’s Center.
The Women’s Center opened the Crisis Helpline for UNF students.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ellen Goodman was the featured lecturer for Women’s History Month.
The Women’s Center establishes the Susan B. Anthony Award.
The Sexual Abuse Support Group began. Director Shirley Webb (right) met with members Ken Reagan (left) and Beth Hughes.
The Women’s Center established the Bette Soldwedel Research Initiative in honor of the founding mother of the Women’s Center. Soldwedel also received the Susan B. Anthony Award that year and was named UNF’s first Distinguished Professor.
Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer, gay rights activist and colonel in the Washington National Guard, was the keynote speaker for Women’s History Month.
The Women’s Center celebrated its 10th anniversary and open house.
Poet and author Francis Driscol (left) lectured on “Rape Poems,” a book she wrote. (Pictured with Women’s Center events coordinator Tene McLarty.)
Author and E! Entertainment Television reporter Ethlie Ann Vare presented a show on women’s inventions.
American author, feminist and social activist bell hooks (center) was keynote speaker for Women’s History Month.
Celebration of Women in the Arts featured Camille Cellucci, special effects producer of the “Titanic.”
Ellen Degeneres’s mother, Betty DeGeneres, author and spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign’s National Coming Out Project, spoke about supporting equal rights for gay people.
Micheline Sheehy Skeffington lectured on Ireland’s pioneer advocate of women’s rights, her grandmother, Hannah Sheehy Skeffington.
Teams compete in the Sexual Jeopardy trivia game sponsored by the Women’s Center.
Core Ensemble performed chamber music and featured singer Georgina Corbo.
Internationally known author Chin-Ning Chu spoke about her book on women in the workplace at Women’s History Month.
Peer Theatre presented “The Osprey Springer Show.”
The Spirit of Rosie Awards were held in observance of Equal Pay Day.
The Bette Soldewedel Gender Research Center presented “Eating Disorders: A 21st Century Feminist Challenge.”
“This Ain’t Your Mama’s Feminist Movement!” featured guest speaker Michelle Knight, vice president of Jacksonville’s National Organization for Women.
Donna Brazile, vice chair of the Democratic National Committee, was the keynote speaker for Women’s History Month.
Nancy Soderberg, the third- ranking official of the National Security Council and deputy assistant to President Clinton for National Security Affairs from 1993-1997, spoke during Women’s History Month
Books-A-Million and the Women’s Center sponsored an evening with author Nora Roberts (left), accompanied by Dr. Annabel Brooks (second from left), UNF director of the Institute for Values, Community & Leadership; Donna Deegan (second from right), founder/president of The Donna Foundation which assists women who have breast cancer; and Dr. Anita Vorreyer (right), former UNF Women’s Center director.
Educator and activist Ted Bunch hosted a discussion on masculinity and manhood.
Louise Freshman-Brown, UNF professor of art and Distinguished Professor in 2007, spoke at the Women in the Arts event.
Dr. Kristine Webb (left) received the Susan B. Anthony Award, Dr. Anita Vorreyer (center), Women’s Center director from July 1995 to March 2009, received an appreciation award, and Christine Rasche (right), 1995 SBAA winner, earned the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Women’s Center became the first sole sponsor of “The Vagina Monologues.”
Sheila Spivey (left) became director.
More than 200 people attended Take Back the Night.
The InRoads to Influence panel featured (left to right): State Attorney Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida Angela Corey, Clara White Mission CEO/President Ju'Coby Pittman-Peele, UNF Vice President of Administration and Finance Shari Shuman, and UNF Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Field Experiences Dr. Tes Tuason.
Performances of “The Vagina Monologues” are given in February by students, alumni, faculty and staff to benefit the UNF Women’s Center.
More than 50 men walked in women’s shoes to raise awareness of violence against women during the Walk A Mile event, which received publicity on two TV stations and a newspaper.
The Women’s History Month Luncheon and Awards Presentation has grown to be one of the Women’s Center’s largest events.
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