International Women's Day Conference - 2018

Honouring International Women's Day: Research & Revolt!  

In honour of International Women’s Day, the Research Facility for Women’s Health and Wellbeing hosted a one-day conference to showcase innovative student research related to girls and women.  Following opening remarks by lab director Dr. Paula Barata, Jessica St. Peter (Public Educator, Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis) delivered an impassioned keynote speech on her own journey in the field and the issues facing women today. Twenty-two undergraduate and graduate student women from across the university gave presentations on diverse topics, including sexual and reproductive health, violence against women and trauma, gender stereotypes and bias, memory and learning, women’s bodies and health practices, the representation of women and in politics and media, and mental health and wellbeing. This year drew approximately 80 attendees across the university and wider Guelph community. Stay tuned for next year’s call for proposals.

Two members of the lab presented their research:

Julia Manzini-Alary presented a 5-minute talk on her undergraduate honours thesis titled, "Gender Differences of Sexual Ambivalence in Relationships."

Teresa Smith presented a 5-minute talk on her undergraduate honours thesis titled, "Exploring Rape Culture Amongst Informed Students on a University Campus."

See below for highlights & photos from the day!

Below: Jessica St. Pierre (Public Educator, Geulph-Wellington Women in Crisis) giving the keynote address

 Jessica St. Pierre (Public Educator, Geulph-Wellington Women in Crisis) giving the keynote address

Below: Dr. Paula Barata (professor, Department of Psychology) giving opening remarks

Below: Dr. Paula Barata (professor, Department of Psychology) giving opening remarks

 Below: Julia Manzini-Alary (undergraduate student, Department of Psychology)

 Below: Julia Manzini-Alary (undergraduate student, Department of Psychology)

Below: Jonah Strub (undergraduate student, Department of Psychology)

Jonah Strub (undergraduate student, Department of Psychology)

Below: the Out Loud Choir performed over the lunch hour
Below: the Out Loud Choir performed over the lunch hour

Below: Truth Is... performed spoken word in the afternoon

Below: Truth Is... performed spoken word in the afternoon

Below: Amanda Jenkins (graduate student, Department of Psychology)

Below: Amanda Jenkins (graduate student, Department of Psychology)

Below: Lauren Hotchkiss (graduate student, Department of Sociology)

Below: Lauren Hotchkiss (graduate student, Department of Sociology)