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OU Pickerington to host 'Celebrate Women' conference

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Ohio University-Pickerington, 12933 Stonecreek Drive, will host the 2013 "Celebrate Women" Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 22

The conference will feature numerous speakers who have attained high-levels of success in fields such as science, business and law.

The theme for this year's conference is "Generations of Women Moving Forward."

"We want to honor those women that came before us," said conference co-chairwoman Pam Kaylor, who is an instructor in Women and Gender Studies at Ohio University.

"We can learn a great deal by examining the past," Kaylor said. "At the same time, we can use this knowledge to recognize the challenges that lay ahead for our daughters."

Kaylor said the keynote speaker of the conference is Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith L. French.

"She was recently appointed as the 155th justice and was just sworn in Jan. 1, 2013," Kaylor said.

"She will be able to share an inspiring message for women," Kaylor said.

Opening remarks at the conference will be made by Janet Carleton, a digital initiatives coordinator for the OU Library.

Carleton will discuss a digital project she is currently working on to preserve the diary of Ohio University's first female graduate, Maggie Boyd, class of 1873.

"Not only did (Boyd) leave a legacy, she also left a journal," said Kaylor, who added Carleton "has been taking excerpts from the journal and posting them on twitter and social media so students get a daily glance of what life was like for the first female (OU) graduate."

Kaylor said the conference is being planned in conjunction with Women's History Month.

She said there will also be panel discussions on a wide array of subjects ranging from the history of contraception, women in science and athletics and women with disabilities who are leaders.

"We have a total of 30 speakers this year, with four different sessions," Kaylor said.

"There is also a research panel for students who have submitted their research projects.

"We think this year's conference has a little bit of something for everyone," she said. "There are a great many panels for women to attend and learn from."

Because of limited space, advance registration for the 2013 Celebrate Women conference is required. The deadline to register for the event, which includes lunch, is Friday, March 15.

The registration fee is $20 and $15 for students.

To sign up for the conference, go to the website www.ohio.edu/lancaster/celebratewomen.

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