On September 23rd, 2009, the Gender and Women's Studies Department invited women who had won the Phenomenal Woman Award in years past, to return to CSUN and talk to our students and community about Gender Issues in Health/Economic and Public Policy.
Seven previous awardees took up our invitation and graced the event. One of them, Dr. Elizabeth Berry served as the moderator. The rest of the speakers for the Phenomenal Woman Forum included: Dr. Laila Al-Marayati, Dr. Jane Bayes, Susan Burton, Wanda Coleman, Jackie Goldberg and Dr. Graciela Limon.
The event was held at the USU Grand Salon, with an overflowing crowd of over 200 people. The evening was electric as students and the phenomenal speakers dialogued about issues ranging from the rising cost of tuition, to poetry, to health care reform, conditions for formerly incarcerated women, and global gender issues in this time of possibility and change. Students reported feeling inspired, energized and motivated by the examples of service and change each of the speakers provided.
Coverage of the event from CSUN's SunDial: Phenomenal Woman Forum write up
Press Release about our Phenomenal Forum.
Contact: Carmen Ramos Chandler
CSUN Forum to Explore Impact of the Economy/Health Care Policies on Women
(NORTHRIDGE, Calif., Sept. 4, 2009) — Past recipients of Cal State Northridge’s prestigious Phenomenal Woman Award will explore the global impact the economy and health and public policies have had on women during a forum on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the university.
The “Phenomenal Woman Forum,” which is free and open to the public, is scheduled to take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Salon of the University Student Union on the east side of the campus off Zelzah Avenue. A reception is scheduled to precede the forum from 4 to 5 p.m. in the salon.
“Our hope is to provide a space where students, faculty and community members can dialogue with women who have distinguished themselves in various fields about this time of change and its impact on women here and around the world,” said Sheena Malhotra, chair of CSUN’s Department of Gender and Women’s Studies.
Taking part in the discussion will be Leila Al-Marayati, the director of obstetrics and gynecology for California Family Care at California Hospital Medical Center (2004 awardee); Jane Bayes, professor of political science and director of the Institute of Gender, Globalization and Democracy at Cal State Northridge (2008 awardee); Sue Burton, founder of A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project (2008 awardee); performance poet Wanda Coleman (2002 awardee); writer, educator and activist Graciela Limón, (2008 awardee); and Delia Rudiger, a former CSUN staff member who played an integral part in for the formation of the university’s women’s studies program (2004 awardee).
Moderating the forum will be Elizabeth Berry, a founder of CSUN’s women’s studies program and a 2006 recipient of the Phenomenal Woman Award.
CSUN’s Gender and Women’s Studies Department honors five outstanding women every two years with a Phenomenal Woman Award. The event celebrates women who have made important contributions to the community.
The celebration also provides the department with an opportunity to raise funds to sponsor special programming, support student and faculty research and finance scholarships for women’s studies majors. In addition, these contributions support CSUN’s Women’s Resource and Research Center, the oldest continuing women’s center within the California State University system.
For more information about the event, contact the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at (818) 677-3110 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.