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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 3, 2003

UI Hospitals To Host Community Discussion On Gender Equality

Gender equality and the findings of the recent Status of Women in Iowa Report will be the focus of a community think-tank discussion set for Wednesday evening, Oct. 22 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Sponsored by the Iowa Women's Foundation (IWF) and hosted by UI Hospitals and Clinics, this program will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the East Room on the eighth level of the John Colloton Pavilion at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Co-published by the IWF, the Status of Women in Iowa Report is a national project comparing the progress of, and limitations to, women across the United States.

The project provides an ongoing measurement of the progress of women between states by comparing similar statistical categories. The indicators include political participation, employment and earnings, social and economic autonomy, reproductive rights and health and well-being. Iowa's overall grade was a "C."

The IWF is holding similar discussions throughout the state.

"The hope is that this dialogue will be the starting point of implementing solutions to build a state that is a leader in gender equality," said Shellie Mackel, development director with IWF.

Mackel said the state's strengths could be used to critically assess issues of wage inequities, absence of proportionality in political office, industrial segregation, childcare challenges and related topics.

"The Iowa Women's Foundation wants to hear from and involve citizens throughout the state to tell us about their experiences and talk about solutions that will make sense for their communities," Mackel added.

The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Pre-registration is encouraged and may be done by calling UI Health Access at 319-384-8442 or toll-free at 800-777-8442.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Planning, Marketing and Communications, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room 8798 JPP, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

CONTACTS: Media: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, Program: Tom Walljasper, 319-384-7353,