SOURCE: University of Calgary

University of Calgary

SOURCE: Canadian Women's Foundation

Canadian Women's Foundation

March 07, 2016 10:30 ET

Gloria Steinem on campus for International Women's Day

Pioneering feminist to share insights with next generation of leaders

CALGARY, AB --(Marketwired - March 07, 2016) - Feminist icon Gloria Steinem will speak at the University of Calgary campus on Tuesday, March 8 in honour of International Women's Day.

Steinem, who is recognized world-wide as a social and political leader of the feminist movement, will address a campus and community audience in an evening presentation entitled The Longest Revolution. She will reflect on her experiences at the forefront of the gender equality movement and discuss her impressions of the challenges still facing women today.

Steinem's visit to campus is being coordinated by the Werklund Youth Leadership Centre (YLC), in partnership with the Canadian Women's Foundation (The Foundation) and more than 900 people have registered to attend this at-capacity event.

YLC Director Brittany Harker Martin says hosting Steinem provides a unique opportunity to introduce a new generation of young women and men to an iconic leader who has spearheaded a movement that has made great strides towards equality.

"This is an opportunity to spark conversations about gender equality, and the role youth can play in addressing these issues," says Martin. "Through the work of feminist leaders like Gloria Steinem, we have closed much of the gap. But there is still a gap, and that is going to be up to the next generation of leaders to resolve." 

Sheherazade Hirji, President and CEO of the Canadian Women's Foundation, says, "By partnering with the Youth Leadership Centre, we benefit from their incredible passion for change, we learn new perspectives, and we help nurture the next generation of leaders who are committed to working for equality."

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Both Martin and Hirji are available for interviews on March 8 from 5:20-5:50 p.m. (prior to the 6 p.m. presentation by Steinem). While media are invited to attend the full presentation, audio and/or video recording will permitted for the first 10 minutes of Steinem's presentation only. Media are requested to register as seating is limited.

About the Werklund Youth Leadership Centre
The vision of the University of Calgary's Werklund Youth Leadership Centre is to be recognized for youth leadership education and as a primary hub for youth, educators, students, community partners, and researchers interested in youth leadership education. The YLC's mission is to design, lead, advocate for, and connect to initiatives that support youth leaders and foster youth leadership knowledge, skills, and abilities.

About the Canadian Women's Foundation
The Canadian Women's Foundation is Canada's public foundation for women and girls. The Foundation empowers women and girls in Canada to move out of violence, out of poverty and into confidence. Since 1991, The Foundation has raised money and invested in over 1,300 community programs across Canada, and is now one of the ten largest women's foundations in the world. The Foundation takes a positive approach to address root causes of the most critical issues facing women and girls. The Foundation studies and shares the best ways to create long-term change and bring community organizations together for training and to learn from each other. The Foundation carefully selects and funds the programs with the strongest outcomes and regularly evaluate their work. The Foundation has a special focus on building a community of women helping other women. Helping women creates safer families and communities, and a more prosperous society for all of us. The Foundation invests in the strength of women and the dreams of girls. 

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Contact Information

  • Media Contacts
    For the Werklund Youth Leadership Centre and Gloria Steinem info
    Betty Rice
    Senior Communications Manager
    Werklund School of Education
    University of Calgary
    403.220.2619
    Cell: 403.966.0776
    bwrice@ucalgary.ca

    For the Canadian Women's Foundation
    Bahar Shadpour
    Manager, Public Relations and Online Engagement
    Canadian Women's Foundation
    403.984.2523 ext 240
    bshadpour@canadianwomen.org