WOW Panelists, 2013

Women on Wednesday

Current Series

Women on Wednesday Poster Fall 2015

On the Pulse: Women at the Heart of Transformation
Spring 2016
Select Wednesdays, Noon to 1:00 p.m.
Atwood Theatre, Atwood Memorial Center

Series Booklet

February 10
Sport, Culture, Religion and Empowerment: Girls at the Center


What happens when researchers, community leaders and girls come together to pose solutions to barriers that keep girls from desired physical activity, including organized sport?  MAGIC!  A groundbreaking collaboration to create culturally and religiously appropriate attire for Muslim girls wanting to be physically active and play sports was born from an initiative aptly named the GIRLS program.  This project has received national, state and local recognition for the creativity, partnerships and community involvement it’s achieved.  Join us to learn the genesis and impact of this amazing work!


Presenters: Dr. Chelsey Thul is a Lecturer in the School of Kinesiology and an Affiliate Scholar of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport at the University of Minnesota. She received her Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota where she majored in sport & exercise psychology and minored in prevention science. Her research centers on using community-based participatory research and youth empowerment methods to develop, implement, and evaluate culturally-relevant physical activity opportunities in order to promote health and reduce disparities among youth, particularly adolescent girls. 

Fatimah Hussein founded the GIRLS (Girls’ Initiative in Recreation and Leisurely Sports) program as a college student in the Minneapolis Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, home to the largest diaspora of East African immigrants in the United States.  

We also hope to host a few of the girls involved in the project!

*In celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day

About the Program

Women on Wednesday is a weekly noon-hour lecture series organized each semester by the Women’s Center that has become a signature program at St. Cloud State University. The goal of the program is to feature diverse women and their distinctive areas of expertise, which are figuratively and literally all over the map.  The topics we explore are as diverse as the women presenting them, but they address the political, economic, social and personal arenas that impact the status of women.

The 26-year old series originated as an informal brown bag lunch gathering and has evolved over the years to a more formal presentation-style series, bringing intelligent, savvy women from the local to the national level to speak to our campus community. The series is held in the Atwood Theatre in Atwood Memorial Center, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. most Wednesdays throughout fall and spring semesters.  Admission is free and open to the public. 

The Women’s Center celebrated 25 years on the campus of St. Cloud State University during the 2014/15 Academic Year.  The Women’s Center was born from activism of faculty, staff and students in direct and indirect ways and through persistence and passion for feminist-led social change.  Our mission to advance women and address gender inequity is accomplished in myriad ways, including advocacy (both individual and institutional), support services, educational programming, scholarships and systems change. Having an institutionally-supported office to help students (and employees) explore and address the ways in which gender influences every aspect of one’s life exists for only 18% of students at four-year universities and colleges in the U.S. It is in this context that the Fall 2014 Women on Wednesday series has been organized.

The Women’s Center has hosted more than 750 women from all walks of life, areas of expertise, diverse identities and life experiences over the past 26 years.  There is no way to avoid the word “wow” upon reviewing the women who have presented and topics we’ve addressed.  Please join us at Women on Wednesday during the 2014/15 academic year as we continue to offer this unique and interesting forum for women’s voices.


Women on Wednesday Recordings - Fall 2015
September 16, 2015 Pushing the Boundaries: Engendering Gender Studies/Women's Studies in the Transformational Discourse of Higher Education in South Africa MP3
September 30, 2015 A Web of Injustice MP3
October 14, 2015 Abortion Restrictions Around the Globe: Gender, Race, and Reproductive Justice MP3
October 21, 2015 Leading for Change: Ending the Practice of Genital Cutting
November 4, 2015 Thailand as Transsexual "Mecca": Transnational Trans Politics and Gender Reassignment Surgery MP3
November 18, 2015 Even Disaster is Gendered MP3
December 2, 2015 Access and Menstruation: Exploring Social Taboos MP3