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March 5, 2018
For Immediate Release

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Waterloo – International Women’s Day is Thursday, March 8. Wilfrid Laurier University has a number of experts available to speak about women’s achievements, feminist activism, gender equality and related issues. Unless otherwise noted, the following faculty members are based at Laurier’s Waterloo campus.

Women and Work

Tammy Schirle, professor of economics at Laurier’s Lazaridis School of Business and 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: or 519.884.0710 x3849.

Ivona Hideg, assistant professor of organizational behaviour and human resource management at Laurier’s Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, is an expert on gender equality and diversity in the workplace and how prejudiced attitudes may undermine equality and equity. Contact: or 519.884.0710 x4414.

Josephine McMurray, assistant professor in the Business Technology Management and Health Studies programs at Laurier’s Brantford campus, is an expert on women entrepreneurs and regional innovation systems, particularly in health-related fields. Contact: or 519.242.7477 (mobile).

Gendered Violence

Michael Woodford, associate professor in Laurier’s Faculty of Social Work, is an expert on gendered violence on campus, bullying and discrimination against LGBTQ youth. He has served 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: or 519.998.4514 (mobile).

Women’s History

Tarah Brookfield, associate professor in the departments of History and Youth and Children’s Studies at Laurier’s Brantford campus, is an expert on the history of women’s suffrage in Ontario and on the history of Canadian women’s political activism and child welfare work, particularly during the World Wars and Cold War. Contact: or 519.756.8228 x5792.

Maria DiCenzo, professor in Laurier’s Department of English and Film Studies, is a feminist media historian. She is available to comment on the historical dimensions to some of the current issues about women's rights. Her research focuses on early women's movements before and after the First World War, with a special focus on the suffrage campaign in Britain. Contact:

Women in Science

Shohini Ghose, professor of physics, is an expert on quantum communication and director of Laurier’s Centre for Women in Science. An advocate for women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, she has spoken extensively about equity, diversity and inclusion in science. Contact: or 519.884.0710 x2891.

Allison McDonald, associate professor in Laurier’s Department of Biology, is an expert in bioenergetics. She is available to comment on issues facing women and people with disabilities in science, as well as on science communication. Contact: or 519.884.0710 x4180.

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Media Contacts:

Lori Chalmers Morrison, Associate Director

Communications and Public Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3067


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