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March 6, 2017
For Immediate Release

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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:

Tammy Schirle, associate professor in Laurier’s Lazaridis School of Business & Economics, is an expert on gender wage differentials, the role of skills and occupational gender segregation, and public policy to support women’s independence in the labour market. She is director of the Laurier Centre for Economic Research and Policy Analysis. Contact information: (519) 884-0710 x3849 or

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 or

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 a faculty colleague on Laurier’s Gendered Violence Task Force. Contact information: (519) 884-1970 x5237 or

Rebecca Godderis, associate professor in Laurier’s Faculty of Liberal Arts, explores the intersections between gender, sexuality, health and medicine. Her research focuses on how norms about gender and sexuality are produced and reinforced through medical and health-related knowledge. Contact information:

Michael Woodford, associate professor in Laurier’s Faculty of Social Work, is an expert on bullying and discrimination targeting LGBTQ youth. Woodford’s research explores the nature of LGBTQ bullying and its consequences in terms of mental health, physical health and academic engagement and success. He is a faculty colleague on Laurier’s Gendered Violence Task Force and was the principal investigator on Laurier’s 2016 Campus Safety Survey: Students' Perceptions and Experiences with Sexual and Gendered Violence. Contact information: (cell) 519-998-4514 or

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Kevin Crowley, Director
Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070



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