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The Summer 2018 Newsletter is here!

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Fall 2018 Speaker Series

Donella Rapier, President & CEO of BRAC USA

Addressing Poverty Globally: What's Working?

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Room 1011, Bartley Hall

Donella Rapier Addressing Poverty Globally

Click here to register for the event


VWPN Serves Meal to Families at
Ronald McDonald House.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018


VWPN at Ronald McDonald House
VWPN at Ronald McDonald House

On Wednesday, July 11, 2018, several VWPN members and their families came together to prepare and serve a meal for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House on Erie Avenue in Philadelphia.


We would like to thank Shannon Wilson and Jackeline Vega for organizing this event!


Caring Work: Who & At What Cost 

Rescheduled for Tuesday, April 17, 2018
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
ICE Center, Falvey Memorial Library


Caring Work 4/17/18

The caring industry, both paid and unpaid, is dominated by women. The panel discussion on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 examined the economic, physical and emotion impact of caring work on individuals, families, firms and the greater economy as well as how one could be involved in affecting change. 


Panelists: Melissa Hodges, PhD, Linda Maldonado, PhD, RN, Meredith MacKenzie Greenle, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, CNE, and Lauren Miltenberger, PhD
Moderator: Cheryl Carleton, PhD


Check out a list of national and local caring work resources, including support services, tip sheets, guides and how-to videos:

For those who could not attend the panel, watch the recording of the panel discussion below:




Screening of "Zero Weeks" and Discussion of Bringing Paid Family & Medical Leave Insurance to Pennsylvania

Wednesday, April 11, 2018.
6:00 pm in the PwC Auditorium, Bartley Hall.
Free and Open to the Public


Zero Weeks

Sponsored by the Villanova Women's Professional Network, the Gender and Women's Studies Program & the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing


Join us for a film screening of “Zero Weeks: America’s Family Leave Crisis and the Cost of Doing Nothing," followed by a discussion on bringing paid family leave insurance to Pennsylvania


Most Americans agree that family comes first, but we are the only developed country without paid leave. In one of the richest nations in the world, having a baby, a medical emergency or an aging parent can be a trigger into poverty. Weaving powerful personal stories with insightful interviews from leading economists, doctors, parents, business leaders, employees, policy makers and researchers, ZERO WEEKS explores America’s paid leave crisis and the cost of doing nothing. Zero weeks is created by award-winning director, Ky Dickens.


After watching the film we will have a discussion about bringing Paid Family Leave Insurance to Pennsylvania. Currently five states and the District of Columbia have adopted a Paid Family Leave Insurance program. Let’s make Pennsylvania the next state!


To learn more: visit Paid Leave for PA and watch this Youtube video. 




AAUW Work Smart: A Salary Negotiation Workshop

February 18, 2018 & March 14, 2018
R200, Health Services Building


AAUW Workshops Spring 2018

2017 Fall Donation Drive for Cradles to Crayons

October 16 – October 27


Childhood poverty is a serious matter not only in Philadelphia but also in the nation. Nearly one in four Philadelphia residents, including 130,000 children, live in poverty*.

VWPN is proud to host a Fall donation drive for Cradles to Crayons Philadelphia aiming to support children who are in need.

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Who are they?

Cradle to Crayon is a local charity that provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play for free. They supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.


What are the most needed items?

  • Gender-neutral clothing: newborn, 0-3 months
  • Boys infant clothing: 0-6 months
  • Infant/toddler pajamas: 0-24 months (new or gently used)
  • New infant/toddler socks: 6-24 months
  • New underwear: 2T, size 12/14
  • Diapers
  • Bibs
  • New hygiene items for infants (e.g. shampoo, soap, baby lotion, brushes/combs)
  • Sneakers/every day shoes, youth/adult: boys up to 7.5, girls up to 5.5
  • Sneakers/every day shoes, infant/toddler: all sizes
  • Baby board books


Are there any other acceptable items?

For a complete list of acceptable items, please click here.


When and where is the drive?

Collections will start from Monday, October 16 to Friday, October 27(after Fall Break) at the Clay Center on the first floor in Bartley Hall.


Questions or concerns?

Please contact us at or 
Alicia Strandberg at



Ronald McDonald House VWPN Volunteers

VWPN Voluteers at Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia


On Monday evening, June 15th, members of the VWPN purchased, prepared, and served a meal to families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia.  A big THANK YOU to all who donated ingredients, time and cooking skills.  A special "shout out" to Shannon Wilson and Jackie Vega for organizing this event.


Big East Tournament Networking Luncheon


On March 10, the Villanova Women's Professional Network along with University Advancement and the Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women's Leadership held a networking luncheon and panel in New York as part of Big East week.  The panel was narrated by Joyce Russell, Dean of the Villanova School of Business and included Catherine Keating '84, President and CEO of Commonfund, Nnenna Lynch '93, Managing Principal and Director of Development, The Georgetown Company, Paula Sutter '89, Operating Partner, TSG Consumer Partners and CEO TSG Fashion, and Eileen Barker '93, GM Sales, IT Cosmetics.

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Closing the Pay Gap and Beyond - Elise Gould, Economic Policy Institute

On September 21, Villanova faculty, students, and friends met in the Idea Accelerator in Falvey Library to listen to Dr. Gould discuss her work on closing the gender pay gap and participate in conversations about the recent Women's Economic Agenda: Creating an Economy That Works for Everyone. A total of about 75 atendees came to the event and participated in lively discussions throughout the evening.


For those interested in Dr. Gould's research but unable to attend the event, the presentation is available here.


VWPN Elise Gould

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Women and Policy