Women's rights advocate Sandra Fluke speaks during Women's History Month

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — To help celebrate Women's History Month, the Center for Women Students at Penn State is hosting women's rights advocate Sandra Fluke. Well known for testifying before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee as a law student on the need to provide access to contraception, Fluke since has spoken about this and other women's issues of concern on a national level.

Fluke will speak at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, in Berg Auditorium in the Life Sciences Building on the University Park campus. The event is free and open to the public with limited seating.

“Sandra has spoken eloquently to varied audiences on women’s rights to contraception — a topic that many feel should have been resolved years ago but continues to plague the future of women,” said Susan DelPonte, a student advocacy specialist at the Center for Women Students. “We felt that she would be a perfect fit to speak to a Penn State audience.”

Fluke recently graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center as a Public Interest Law Scholar with a certificate in refugee and humanitarian emergencies. She was awarded the 2012 National Association of Women Lawyers Award and a Dean’s Certificate and was recognized for her extensive pro bono representation of victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. During law school, she also engaged in human rights advocacy in Kenya.

While March is a time to celebrate women’s history, the Center for Women Students at Penn State has been honoring women since its creation in 1985. Focusing on any issues important to female students, the center advocates equality in and out of the classroom and assists all students coping with issues like sexual assault and stalking.

Educational programming is a key component of the center’s mission. Programs for and about women and women’s issues teach the Penn State community about crimes against women, personal health topics and other issues of interest to women in higher education. The center also offers resources on how to help victims of assault.

“I believe the Center for Women Students has had a huge positive impact on all the students that have come our way in 27-plus years. The Center is a place where students, both women and men, and parents have visited to discuss issues that could very well impact their future,” said DelPonte. “It is our mission to do the best we can, with incredible help from our colleagues across campus to enable each student to help them through these processes to move forward in their lives.”

Learn more about the Center for Women Students and all of its resources.

Last Updated March 15, 2013