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Nov. 10 Photo Exhibit Celebrates 25 Years of Research on Women
For release: October 31, 2007
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The Center for Research on Women (CROW) at the University of Memphis celebrates its silver anniversary this year, marking 25 years of research focused on issues of gender, race, class, and social inequality. To commemorate this milestone, and to raise awareness and support for research that improves women’s lives, the Center has created a special exhibit entitled “SnapShots: Memphis Women at Work.”

CROW invited 25 of Memphis’ most influential women to take photographs of a woman at work. Each photographer chose her own subject, and these photos, along with brief statements about each selection, will be shown in an exhibit at the University of Memphis Art Museum 5-7 p.m. Saturday, November 10.  The exhibit and accompanying reception are open to the public. The framed photographs will be sold to raise funds for planned research initiatives.

“We hope the exhibit helps to raise the community’s awareness of the Center’s work, our history, and our overall research agenda,” said Center Director Dr. Lynda Sagrestano. “It will be an opportunity to celebrate CROW’s accomplishments while creating greater public visibility and support for our ongoing research agenda. And it should be a very fun night!”

Guest photographers for the event include:

Dr. Shirley Raines, president of the U of M; Wight Boggs, executive director of the Memphis Restaurant Association; Dr. Charlotte Borst, provost of Rhodes College; Karen Blockman Carrier, CEO of Automatic Slim’s and Another Roadside Attraction; Kathy Fish, president and CEO of Fish and Associates Financial Services; Cynthia Ham, principal and chief public relations officer for archer>malmo; Tomeka Hart, CEO of the Memphis Urban League and vice president of the Memphis City Schools Board of Eduation; Frances Hooks, activist and philanthropist; Shaila Karkera, chair of the Indian Community Fund for Greater Memphis; Rosalva King,president of V.I.S.A. Inc.; Leanne Kleinmann, editor of Skirt! magazine and iDiva; Deanie Parker, president of the Soulsville Foundation; Laretha Harris Randolph, philanthropist; Gloria J. Roberts, staff vice president of Service Experience Leadership at FedEx Corp.; Beverly Robertson, executive director of the National Civil Rights Museum; Gayle Rose, community activist, philanthropist and CEO of EVS Corp.; Diane Rudner, chair of the Plough Foundation; Susan S. Stephenson, president of Independent Bank; Mary Trotz, president of the Junior League of Memphis; and Anita Vaughn, CEO of  Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women; Stacie Waddell, chairman of the board of Girls Inc. and owner of Blu Champagne; Regina Walker, senior vice president of United Way of the Mid-South; K.C. Warren, philanthropist and board member of the Mid-South Interfaith Network for Economic Justice; Ruby Wharton, managing partner of the Wharton Firm; and Dr. Jan Young, executive director of the Assisi Foundation.

Over the past quarter century the Center has sponsored many projects related to women and employment. From the 1984 project by one of CROW’s founders, Elizabeth Higginbotham, on work and survival for black women, to the definitive study in 1999 of a living wage in Memphis (by CROW affiliate David Ciscel), to a current study of job training programs for low-income women (by CROW affiliates Phyllis Betts and Jane Henrici with the Memphis Area Women’s Council), the Center has consistently invested in research concerning women, wages, and economic self-sufficiency.

The SnapShots exhibit is co-sponsored by Fish and Associates Financial Services with additional support from Impact Marketing.

For more information on the SnapShots exhibit or on CROW, contact Rebecca Terrell, assistant director, at 901-678-2153 or rterrell@memphis.edu.

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