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The SCSU Women's Center presents Women on Wednesday Making an Impact: Women's leadership and community organizing

The Women on Wednesday topic for February 25 is "...Until eating disorders are history*: Tackling poor body image, eating disorders and the media." An estimated 11 million people in the U.S suffer from eating disorders, with an additional $40 billion spent annually on dieting and diet-related products. The selling of women's empowerment through beauty and fashion products causes huge complications for girls and women in terms of realistic, healthy and multi-faceted representations of real women in all forms of media.  Our presenters will explore these images and their impact from a feminist perspective, discuss characteristics associated with eating disorders, and provide information about treatment options.  In addition, this session will highlight the importance of women taking an active role to combat these issues, including suggestions for activism. Presenters: Dr. Beth Berila is the Director of the Women's Studies Program at SCSU.  Her areas of teaching and research include Feminist Theory, Gender and Women's Studies, LGBT studies, popular culture, environmental justice, and community-based arts.  Dr. Berila's current work focuses on yoga, feminist embodiment, and strategies for empowerment. Dr. Jayne Lokken has been a licensed psychologist at SCSU's Counseling and Psychological Services for the past eight years. Prior to her position at SCSU, Dr. Lokken worked as a psychologist at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh for five years. *2009 National Eating Disorders Awareness Week theme In commemoration of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week About the Series: Women have long been responsible for organizing and maintaining the core structures of communities and institutions based on the needs that they see at multiple levels. As community organizers, leaders, and change agents, they choose to support a world that honors women's and girls' dignity, self-determination and autonomy. Please join the Women Center as we learn from a group of talented and committed women about the many ways to make an impact in our communities. Women on Wednesday is a weekly noon-hour lecture series, organized each semester by the Women's Center. Topics focus on gender, sexism, and feminist issues, and are designed for campus and community members. Women on Wednesday presentations are held in the Atwood Theatre, Atwood Memorial Center, from 12 noon until 1 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Women's Center at 320-308-4958.