Meet our panelists: Dr. Lesley Walker

Get to know our International Women's Day panelists! Don't forget to join us on Saturday, March 7 to celebrate the amazing women of our community.

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Q: What do you do?

A: I work as Dean at UWP; I spent my early career as a scholar of French literature and art, with a focus on women’s contribution to Enlightenment culture. I’m politically engaged in progressive politics and women’s issues; I worked as a Planned Parenthood advocate; I knock on doors during election season. I enjoy hiking, biking, and traveling. I married to Peter and we have two cats and a dog.

Q: Why is it important to celebrate International Women’s Day?

A: I’m particularly concerned about women’s issues internationally because they need improvement in so many places in the world.

Q: How do you promote gender equality in your daily life?

A: I consider myself a feminist. I’ve done a significant amount of scholarship that is focused on gender and women’s issues. As an administrator at UWP, I support the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. My engagement in progressive politics also reflects my commitment to making the world better and safer for women.

Q: Who is a woman who inspires you and why?

I wrote my dissertation on a French Revolutionary figure, named Marie-Jeanne, Manon, Roland. She was guillotined during the Terror (around the same as Marie-Antoinette). While in prison, awaiting her death, she wrote an extraordinary memoir that was smuggled out of prison and survives, today. I admire her courage, idealism, and wit.

Q: What is your favorite book?

Annie Proulx’s The Shipping News.

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