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March 7, 2016

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March 7, 2016
For Immediate Release

WATERLOO – International Women’s Day, March 8, celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

The following Laurier experts are available to comment on different areas relating to the achievements of women and gender equality:

Workplace Equality

Ivona Hideg, assistant professor in Laurier’s Lazaridis School of Business & Economics, is an expert on gender equality and diversity in the workplace and how prejudiced attitudes may undermine equality and equity. Contact information:

Helen Ramirez, contract academic staff member in Laurier’s Women and Gender Studies program, researches the status of women in Canada and, specifically, why women continue to experience marginality in paid and unpaid work. Contact information:

History of Gender Equality

Maria DiCenzo, professor in Laurier’s Department of English and Film Studies, is a feminist media historian. DiCenzo is available to comment on the historical dimensions to some of the current issues about gender equality/parity. Her research focuses on early women's movements (pre- and post- First World War). Contact information: (519) 884-0710 x3985.

Tarah Brookfield, associate professor in Laurier’s History department and Youth and Children’s Studies program, is an expert on children’s experiences of war, women and war, and the peace movement in Canada. Contact information: (519) 756-8228 x5792 or

Women in Science

Shohini Ghose, associate professor in Laurier’s Physics & Computer Science program and director of Laurier’s Centre for Women in Science, is an advocate for women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Contact Information: (519) 884-0710 x2891 or

Gendered Violence

Ginette Lafreniere, associate professor in Laurier’s Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work, director of Laurier’s Social Innovation Research Group (SIRG) and director of the Manulife Centre for Community Health Research (MCCHR), is an expert on women and community development and well as gendered-violence. Lafreniere is an instructor in Laurier’s Women and Gender Studies program and a faculty colleague on Laurier’s Gendered Violence Task Force. Contact information: (519) 884-1970 x5237 or

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Kevin Crowley, Director
Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070



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