07 Jun 1997 - 09 Aug 2013
Village C West, Lobby
Washington, DC 20057
Created in 1990, the Georgetown University Women's Center is a place where women can access information and services, support each other, share ideas, victories and challenges, and work together in a safe, inclusive environment. In an oppressive world, this space was intended to welcome and encourage women's perspectives and opinions, and to serve the needs of students, staff, and faculty at Georgetown.
Stop by the Women's Center for information about a range of gender-related issues, from the personal, academic, or professional to the political. You can check out books like
- Our Bodies, Ourselves
- Zami, by Audre Lorde
- Am I THIN Enough Yet?, by Sharlene Hesse-Biber
- Sexwise, by Susie Bright
- Women, Race and Class, by Angela Y. Davis
- Angry Women
- Violence in Dating Relationships, by Maureen A. Pirog-Good and Jan E. Stets
- Healing the Whole: The Diary of an Incest Survivor, by Yvette M. Pennacchia
- Women of Georgetown College: The First Quarter Century
- Sources: An Annotated Bibliography of Women's Issues
Women's Center staff can refer you to resources on- or off-campus for counseling, legal assistance, medical care, or crisis intervention, or drop in and look though our binders for information about a variety of women's concerns, including sexual assault and rape, sexual harassment, pregnancy, eating disorders, HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases, and cancer.
The Women's Center encourages and supports programming that is sensitive to women and women's concerns. Women's Center programs include:
- Women's Center Discussion Group, which meets to discuss issues raised by reading and viewing material that ranges from the classic to contemporary, controversial to consensus-building, and theoretical to practical. Led by Dr. Margaret Stetz, Faculty Advisor to the Women's Center, the group addresses topics like sexual harassment, women authors and artists, and the pornography debate.
- Theatrical Productions centered upon women's experiences. These shows are often written, directed, produced, or performed by Georgetown students.
- Self-Defense Classes led by the DC Self Defense Karate Association, a non-profit group that specializes in applying the techniques of martial arts to real life situations in which women may need to defend themselves. For more information on self-defense classes in the DC area, contact DC Impact Self Defense.
- Women's Empowerment Support Sessions, which welcomes all women to share experiences, anxieties, and achievements. Led by Dr. C. Margaret Hall, former Director of the Women's Studies Program, this group provides a space for women to focus on personal issues.
- Volunteer-led Support Sessions, dealing with everything from female sexuality, to confronting racism, to making the transition from undergraduate to graduate school, to eating disorders.
- Lectures, Forums, and Panel Discussions bring speakers from on- and off-campus to discuss women's issues. In 1995-1996, the Women's Center sponsored talks by M.G. Lord, author of Forever Barbie, and various Georgetown faculty members, including Dr. Kim F. Hall, Dr. Amy Robinson, Dean Anne Sullivan, and Father Ed Ingebretsen, to speak on topics such as Feminist Mentoring and Jesuits and Women.
- Annual Events such as Georgetown's Take Back the Night Rally and March, Women's History Month, Black History Month, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual Pride Week, the Diversity Conference, Week Against Violence Against Women, and AIDS Awareness Week are co-sponsored by the Women's center and other GU offices and student organizations.
- Women's Center Newsletter features reflective essays, reports and reviews, news, and a calendar of events. Focused on women's issues and experiences, the newsletter is produced and distributed monthly by our staff and volunteers. If you want to be on our mailing list, send a note to Nancy Cantalupo.
The Women's Center depends upon volunteers to staff and publicize the Center and its services, reach out to other women in the community, and arrange programs. Students, faculty, and staff can choose from a variety of volunteer experiences, with different goals, time commitments and areas of concentration.
The Women's Center has Center staff, student intern, and advisor positions available for volunteers. Additionally, we appreciate any contributions that volunteers wish to make, from sitting at informational tables in Red Square or Leavey to organizing or facilitating group activities. Please contact us for more information or to submit proposals for projects not mentioned here.
The main purpose of the Women's Center is to fight sexual discrimination, to empower women, to include and provide services to women of all colors, positions, backgrounds, cultures and orientations, and to focus on women's health concerns. The Center works toward achieving this goal by advocating for social justice and change, the ending of oppression, and the support of women's individual growth and development.This page maintained by Sharon Doetsch.Last modified: 12/2/96 4:55:58 PM