History

Spring 1993 / After one year of hard work from many members of the USF community and full funding from the Catholic Social Thought Project, a two day conference titled “Women in the Nineties: Work, Family, Identity” was successfully held. Attendance was high, bringing together members from across the USF community. From this initial exchange, a great desire for continued dialogue occurred. Fr. Jack Clark S.J., then USF Provost, requested, from the conference organizers, a proposal on how to keep the interest and momentum alive

Spring 1994 / The Presidential Advisory Committee on the Status of Women was formed. Since its inception, the committee has advocated policy and education on a cornucopia of issues affecting women, families and society at large.

1998 / The committee sponsors travel and conference support for two students for the "Learning from Women" conference in Boston, MA

1999 / The committee funds proposals to help support the following events: presentation by director Johnny Symons of "Beauty before age: A documentary video maker's look at the power of youth, beauty and fear of aging in gay cultures"; a presentation by Jody Williams, 1997 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate: "Citizen Involvement in Global Issues: Eradicating the World Wide Use of Landmines" to commemorate the USF School of Law's dedication of the new Center for Law & Global Justice; and a visit and presentation entitled "Building a Culture of Nonviolence" by Mairead Corrigan Maguire, 1976 Nobel Peace Laureate, as part of the University Ministry Justice Lecture Series.

2000 / The committee funds proposals to help support the following events: presentation by Dr. Vandana Shiva, physicist, ecologist, activist, editor, author, and director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy; Public presentation of "Producing 'Freaks': Daytime Talk Shows and Sexual Boundary-Making" by Joshua Gamson, former sociology professor at Yale, and current sociology professor at USF; and "La Que Nos Dio La Luz": A benefit dinner for La Casa de Las Madres Battered Women's Shelter, sponsored by La Raza, with keynote speaker Esther Madriz, late sociology professor at USF and key founder for the Center for Latino Studies in the Americas (CELASA).

2003 / The committee funds proposal to help support Take Back the Night, an event focusing on ending violence against women, including a women-only march, and a discussion for men about how they can be part of ending violence against women.

2004 / The committee funds proposal to support No More Empty Bowls, a nationwide program designed to raise awareness about hunger and poverty.

2005 / The committee funds proposals to help support the following events: Women's Toiletry Drive (ongoing): Collection of toiletries to benefit women's shelters in San Francisco; "From the Kitchen to the Moon: The Changing Role of Women in the U.S.", a panel discussion and fundraising event for the future of the USF Childcare Center; and sponsored raffle prizes for Get Real: Unmask the Problem, an open mic event honoring body acceptance in commemoration of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.

2006 / The committee funds proposals to help support the following events: National Organization of Men's Outreach for Rape Education (NO MORE) RV Tour 1 in 4 Violence Prevention Program; Global Women's Rights Forum, 5th annual series of lectures, films and performances celebrating International Women's Day; USF Law School's Second Annual Jack Pemberton Lecture on Workplace Justice: Discrimination Based on Family Responsibilities by Joan Williams, and A Response from the European Perspective by Joanne Wade; and the USF Law School's Work/Family Conflict Conference on balancing work and family and exploring the legal and policy issues involved.

  • Child & Dependent Care
  • Pay Equity
  • Flex-time & Job Sharing
  • Sexism in the Workplace & Classroom
  • Civil Rights of Gay, Lesbian, & Bisexual Members of the USF Community
  • Sexual & Unlawful Harassment
  • Violence Against Women on the USF Campus
  • Female Leadership in Jesuit Institutions