Pickerington – Newly appointed Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith L. French is the keynote speaker for this year's Celebrate Women conference at Ohio University's Pickerington Center. French became the 155th justice of the Ohio Supreme Court on January 1, 2013. She was appointed by Ohio Governor John Kasich.
"I am really looking forward to hearing Judi French. She seems to have a good sense of humor," said Conference Co-Chair Pam Kaylor. "I've heard her call herself 'Judge Judi'. She's a local judge and I'd really like to hear more about her new position as Ohio Supreme Court Justice."
Before her appointment to the Ohio Supreme Court, Justice French served at the Tenth District Court of Appeals. That court hears appeals from Franklin County courts and state administrative agencies. She was elected to the appellate court in November 2004.
The theme for this year's Celebrate Women conference is "Generations of Women Moving Forward." It will be held on March 22.
"We want to honor those women who came before us. This is both a time to reflect on how far women have come and examine the past and present accomplishments of women – for all ages," said Kaylor. "We can learn a great deal by examining the past – such inspirational and valuable stories of challenge and success. At the same time, we can use this knowledge to recognize the challenges that lay ahead for our daughters."
Kaylor is a Women and Gender Studies and Communication Studies Instructor at the Lancaster Campus.
This year's opening remarks will be made by Janet Carleton. She is a digital initiatives coordinator at Ohio University Libraries in Athens. She will talk about the digital project she is working on to preserve the diary of Ohio University's first female graduate, Maggie Boyd.
"Maggie Boyd is a true inspiration and such a great fit with our theme about generations of women moving forward," said Kaylor. "She graduated from Ohio University in 1873. She not only accomplished this great feat but she recounted her accomplishment in a diary that has become part of an exciting digital project at O.U. this year. What must it have been like to be the first female student? What did she go through on a daily basis?"
The annual Celebrate Women conference is planned in conjunction with Women's History Month. The focus of the event is to bridge women's relationships from the areas of community, university and business.