Professor’s Corner Brook talk will explore gender gaps

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CORNER BROOK Dr. Wendy Robbins, an expert on women in academics, will be providing a free public talk in Corner Brook.

Robbins’ discussion, entitled “Our Slip is Showing,” provides a wide-sweeping perspective on the challenges women continue to face despite some remarkable gains in recent years.

For example, half the provinces, including Newfoundland and Labrador, are now headed by a woman premier, and more women than men are graduating from our universities and colleges. But the income gap — the slip — between rich and poor in Canada and the gender gap between men and women have been widening.

Robbins was the first female full professor of the University of New Brunswick’s English programme and co-founded UNB's Women’s Studies Interdisciplinary Program, which she currently heads. Over the years, she has developed numerous courses on women’s writing and women's studies and has worked to improve the situation of academic women across the country.

“It is particularly fitting that Dr. Robbins has chosen to visit us on Dec. 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women,” said event co-producer Stephanie McKenzie of Grenfell’s English programme in a prepared release.

The discrimination of women, misogyny, and inequality are the bedrock of horrific actions such as those which took place at the École Polytechnique almost 25 years ago.

“Our Slip is Showing” will take place on Dec. 6, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the atrium of the Arts and Science extension at Grenfell Campus.

The evening will include a question and answer period facilitated by Paula Sheppard Thibeau, executive director of the Corner Brook Status of Women, and a brief talk about the need for childcare at Grenfell Campus by Dr. Sonja Corbin Dwyer, called “(M)Othering in the Ivory Tower.”

For more information or to register for childcare for the event, contact Zdenka Chloubova: zchloubova@grenfell.mun.ca.

Organizations: University of New Brunswick, École Polytechnique

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

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