Saluki Women’s Weekend a time for empowerment, celebration

CARBONDALE, Ill. (KBSI) – The Southern Illinois University Foundation Women’s Leadership Council encourages women to challenge the status quo. 

Chairperson Dawn Korte used the term “disruptive” to describe how women can be trailblazers in the business world. 

“I love a quote that says, ‘Well behaved women never changed history.’ What we’re hoping to do with this is to create some disruptive women that challenge ceilings, that challenge and push organizations to be better in pushing themselves,” she said.

Korte said there is something for every woman to share and learn at the inaugural Saluki Women’s Weekend. 

“I can’t think of a better thing to do with your time than give back this way,” she said. “Every woman has something to share for a woman who’s learning today. We all have pearls of wisdom, and I think it’s what takes that sharing of that knowledge and that expertise that I know resides in all the women that come out of here, and it makes today’s generation stronger.” 

This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of Title IX, which prohibits sex-based discrimination in any school or education program that receives funding from the federal government. 

In her keynote address, Dr. Linda Baker, SIU Professor of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, spoke about the far-reaching impacts of Title IX. 

“Women have more success today than ever before as a result of Title IX in the classroom, in the board room. We are certainly much better off as a result of that 1972 act,” she said.

Saluki Women’s Weekend continues tomorrow leading up to the SIU vs SEMO football game. The list of events tomorrow includes Yoga on the Lawn, Mentorship Brunch, and the Women’s Athletic Luncheon, among others.

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