March 06, 2014 : Ohio University Dean of Students to Talk about Gender Roles in the Workplace at Celebrate Women 2014
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager
Lancaster – In 2014, women still face sexism and discrimination in the workplace. Women leaders in organizations see that every day from an interesting perspective. That will be the focus of one of the panels at this year’s Celebrate Women conference on March 21 at Ohio University Lancaster.
“I’m going to talk a little bit about a blog I wrote. I feel like the blog sparked a large interest in the Ohio University community and outside of it,” said Ohio University Dean of Students Jenny Hall-Jones. “It struck that kind of larger chord which meant to me that people want to talk about this issue.”
In September, Hall-Jones wrote a column that was published in the national publication The Student Affairs Feature. It focused on sexism and gender roles that are still prevalent in society. The article was reportedly one of the publication’s most popular articles and was shared on Facebook nearly 580 times. She will speak on a panel at Celebrate Women called “Managers Who Stand Out: Wisdom from Women of Influence.”
“I’ve had faculty ask me if they could use the article in their classrooms,” said Hall-Jones. “Sexism and gender roles affect all of us. There are cultural stereotypes and institutional thought processes that we have grown up with, and they affect all of us.”
Hall-Jones will be on a panel with Jewel Kade Senior Field Development Manager Stacy Cesa Schindler and Ohio University Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations Jennifer Neubauer.
“Women are not confident the way men are confident,” said Hall-Jones. “Some of those things still have to be discussed. We have to encourage our young women. I see a lot of lack of confidence.”
Other panels scheduled for the day are “Standing Up to Addiction: The Effects on Women and Families” featuring Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Director Orman Hall and “Standing Up to Challenge: Women in Science and Technology.”
The keynote speaker for this year’s event is internationally-acclaimed media educator, Dr. Jean Kilbourne. Kilbourne is recognized for her groundbreaking work on the image of women in advertising and her critical studies of alcohol and tobacco advertising. Her presentation at Celebrate Women is called “Deadly Persuasion.” Kilbourne will speak in the Ohio University Lancaster Wagner Theatre at 11:30 a.m. Her presentation is free and open to the public, but attendees must register for a free ticket to get into the event. Information concerning registration for the Celebrate Women conference, registration for free tickets to see just Dr. Kilbourne, and a full list of panel topics and panelists is available on the Celebrate Women website: www.ohio.edu/lancaster/celebratewomen.cfm.