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Five UW-Eau Claire Students Contribute
Research to State Effort to Advance Women


 MAILED:  July 22, 2004

EAU CLAIRE - Research conducted by five students from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire was so well received at a recent Wisconsin Women Equal Prosperity Symposium in Madison that the research team has been asked to continue providing data for those involved in an ongoing effort to liberate the "prosperity potential" of women in Wisconsin.

Seniors Barbara Featherly, Shell Lake, Tracey Gilbert, Butternut, Michele Shaw, Gilman, Jennifer Immich, Plymouth, and junior Sarah Johnston, Plymouth, provided spatial analyses in the form of maps and graphs to help identify differences between rural and urban women and Northern and Southern Wisconsin women and the economic challenges they face. All five students have either majors or minors in geography or anthropology.

Lisa Theo, a lecturer in the department of geography and anthropology at UW-Eau Claire, recruited the student researchers after she attended the initial organizing effort for WW=P in June 2003 and noticed that geographical differences were not being considered. Theo thought that those differences would be important to the four task forces that were created to address the health, safety and well-being; educational advancement and achievement; economic sufficiency; and leadership and political participation of women in Wisconsin.

Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton sponsored the invitation-only symposium, which was the culmination of a year-long effort to set goals, identify best practices and guide policy aimed at advancing the status of women in Wisconsin. The symposium was attended by state agency heads, legislators, education and corporate leaders, and private citizens.

The UW-Eau Claire students will present additional findings at a WW=P convention set for March 9, 2005. Funding for the students' research is being provided by the UW-Eau Claire Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the UW-Eau Claire department of geography and anthropology.

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Updated: July 22, 2004