Panel to Discuss Working Women

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    By Brett Bardsley

    A panel of prominent BYU faculty women will host a question and answer session and give women at BYU a chance to see how they can successfully balance responsibilities with work and family.

    According to the bureau of Labor Statistics, “Sixty two percent of women age 16 and over with children under age 6 were in the labor force.”

    The report also said women will make up 48 percent of the country”s work force in 2008.

    With the increase of working women, many are unsure how they can be successful at home and at work.

    The BYU Graduate Student Association and the BYU Faculty Women”s Association want to help solve that problem. They will be hosting a social for women faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students Thursday, (Jan. 18, 2007) from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm, in the Garden Court of the Wilkinson Student Center.

    “When talking to women graduate students, we found that they always look up to women faculty and watch closely how they dress, look and act,” said Andrew Wan, BYUGSA vice president of Activities. “This event gives them a chance to ask faculty what they always have wanted to ask – like how to keep a good balance.”

    Wan said that many female graduate students are uncertain how to prioritize their responsibilities with their families, church and work. BYUGSA noticed this concern and scheduled the event.

    The panel of women faculty will include Betty Ashbaker, a professor in the counseling psychology and special education department; Lora Beth Brown, a professor in the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science; Shirley Cox, field education director at the College of Family, Home and Social Services Department; Lee Robinson, Speech and Language Clinic director; and Laureen Urquiaga, library director for the Access Services in the Howard W. Hunter Library.

    The panel was selected by BYU Faculty Women”s Association, which is an organization that strives to increase awareness of gender issues at BYU and to improve the professional life of women faculty.

    What: Q&A with panel of BYU faculty women

    When: Thursday, 5:00pm to 6:00pm

    Where: WSC Garden Court

    Admission: free

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