On the 35th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortions the Women's Center placed hangers hung with different phrases around campus to get student attention and make students more aware of the history of being able to choose and make decisions over one's own sexuality and the choice to bear children. This poster says "Don't Like Abortion? Get a Vasectomy!"
Zatae Longsdorf Center for Women
Kathryn Egan, the Women's Center columnist for the Dickinsonian, discusses stereotypes experienced at college in the September 2004 issue of the Dickinsonian. She discusses the stereotypes of sororities, fraternities, those in favor of women's issues, those who attend a private liberal arts college, men and women. Kathryn expresses her disgust with how people stereotype all of these groups, stating that we all individuals, but because of that we have a tendency by others to be grouped.
Dean Joyce Bylander in this week's copy of the Dickinsonian addresses the student body about acquaintance sexual assault. She urges that the student body "to create an envionment that simply is intolerant of acts of violence against women (women are the primary victims of this act) and work to stop them. We have to be able to make the connection between exploitation and degredation of women and the resulting propensity to see women as sexual objects," she says. The Women's Center actively works to make the Dickinson campus safer for women.
A journal taken from the womens center, it contains female Dickinsonians rants, frustrations, and the sharing of stories. Many of the stories have to do with sexual assault or rape and demonstrate how the Women's Center was a safe place for these women to share their stories and try to find some peace.
The Women's Center Meeting for February 16, 1984 was the first meeting to be held in the newly renovated Women's Center at 221 West Church Avenue. The main issues brought up at the meeting were the governance of the Women's Center and the program for the spring. On the issue of governance of the center, it was left unresolved at the end of the meeting. Some possibilities brought forth were "requesting a student worker, seeking a student intern," a female volunteer, or rotating the task amongst the board for 2 months or longer.
The Women's Center Board Minutes for February 23, 1983 mainly discuss upcoming events and tasks to be completed. The Minutes display that final plans were made for the opening of the Women's Center, which is to be on March 5th at 2:30 p.m. A list is included of all the miscellaneous objects and food needed for the opening of the center.