Women’s Center programming aims to engage

Monday night, the University WomenâÄôs Center will kick off a 10-day series of events focused on women. The week, titled âÄúDiscover Exceptional WomenâÄù is programming put together to showcase the services offered by womenâÄôs groups on campus and celebrate the diverse types of women on campus, Anitra Cottledge, coordinator of student programs with the University WomenâÄôs Center said. The first event, a lecture titled, âÄúPerfect Girls, Starving DaughtersâÄù will feature Courtney Martin , a 28-year-old author from Brooklyn, N.Y. who will discuss issues surrounding women and their health, both physically and mentally. MartinâÄôs book, âÄúPerfect Girls Starving Daughters: The Frightening New Normalcy of Hating Your Body, âÄù was published in April 2007 and the paperback version was released this month. Martin said she feels it is important for college women to discuss topics that effect young women of today. âÄúI hope that they start questioning their own relationship to achievement and perfection,âÄù she said. Women often ignore signs of exhaustion, depression and anxiety because they put so much pressure on themselves to achieve, Martin said. The lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Mondale Hall room 229. For a full schedule of the âÄúDiscover Exceptional WomenâÄù events, visit www.umn.edu/women/dew and be sure to check out tomorrowâÄôs Daily for a look into the program and why the WomenâÄôs Center feels events like these are still needed for women today.