Second Annual Women Making Change Conference


February 27, 2009

London, ON — Brescia University College will be hosting the second annual Women Making Change Conference on Friday, March 6, 2009 in the Mother St. James Building at Brescia. The conference provides undergraduate and graduate women students with a venue to deliver academic papers that explore the many ways women work as leaders for change locally, nationally and internationally.

Twelve presenters from universities across Ontario – including Brescia, Queen’s, University of Toronto, The University of Western Ontario (Western) and York University – will discuss a variety of topics related to the theme “women making change.” Presentation topics include: redefining the challenge of climate change; grassroots environmental activism; the courage of African women refugees; equity in education; violence against women; and American First Lady Michelle Obama as a catalyst for changing female identities.

Past participant Katie McKeon said, “The Women Making Change conference was a great opportunity to share and learn from so many intelligent women. It was an absolute delight to participate in such a powerful day dedicated to women.”

The conference is free and open to the public, with ample free parking. Registration begins at 8:30 am. For more information, including the agenda, please visit the Institute for Women in Leadership (iWIL) website at

The organizing committee is comprised of representatives from The Circle Women’s Centre, iWIL at Brescia University College and the Faculty of Education at Western.


For more information, please contact: Rita Gardiner, Director of Communications (519) 432-8353, ext. 28293 or by e-mail at

Brescia University College, Canada’s only women’s university college, is affiliated with The University of Western Ontario. The 1,100 women registered as either full or part-time students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in Arts, Social Sciences, and Foods & Nutrition while pursuing Western degrees. The Catholic College welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity. For more information, please visit