WIU Women's Center

The Challenges Faced by Women at WIU

Mar 31, 2016
Rich Egger

When I opened the Women's Center in 1986, I had a lot to answer for.  One male faculty member stormed into my office a week after we opened, demanding to know why we needed a Center.  Another wrote a scathing attack in the Courier.

WIU Women's Center Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Mar 23, 2016
Rich Egger

Since its establishment in 1986, the Western Illinois University Women's Center has been a vital resource for people of all genders on campus and in the community.

Alondra Olvera

Stories are so important. True, I'm a fiction writer and a teacher, but I've been enamored of stories since I can remember, even before I could write myself.  I've looked to stories, both written and verbal, to reveal the world and explore my place in it. I've also looked to stories to come to know myself, and others.

WIU Promoting STEM Programs For Female Students

Apr 15, 2015
Frannie Smith TSPR

Some faculty members at Western Illinois University feel there's been a decline in female students studying STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).  So they're working to create an initiative with the College of Arts and Science to provide scholarships, mentoring opportunities, and travel grants to such students.

I'm a Person, Not a Place

Jan 22, 2015

I never had an abortion, but I should have.  I am sure of this after reading Katha Pollitt's highly acclaimed book, Pro:  Reclaiming Abortion Rights

The Shop Talk panelists discuss the gender disparities that remain across all types of news media.

Goog Free Use Images

Equal Pay Day, April 8th, marks how far beyond the end of the year a woman needs to work to match a man's salary for a single year. The national average shows women earn 77% of men's salaries.

The Google Art Project

The gender gap is not unique to corporate salaries or leadership in politics. It’s also very alive in today’s  art community.  

Emphasis - March 2

Mar 2, 2012

Rich Egger's guest is Janine Cavicchia, Director of the Women's Center at Western Illinois University. They talk about Women's History Month.

The national theme for WHM is developed by the National Women's History Project. This year it's "Women's Education, Women's Empowerment."