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AAW Presentation: Women Who Made a Difference

Published: February 7th, 2018

Category: Featured, News

Please join the AAW on February 15th for “Women Who Made A Difference”, a very candid, recorded conversation with AAW founders Irene Thompson and Glenna Dodson Carr. Listen as these women openly discuss the discrimination women faced on campus in the 60s and 70s.

Irene S. Thompson was a pioneer in women’s rights and the advancement of female students and faculty at the University of Florida. Ms. Thompson worked at UF for two decades starting in 1966. She was founder of UF’s Women’s Studies Program and was the university’s first gender equity officer. She also wrote extensively in the fields of women’s  literature and feminist issues. A colleague of Irene’s once commented, “She had absolute persistence. She just would not stop or give up until she won the day. Women had to fight and struggle for everything they got at the time, and Irene was right there at the front of the pack, leading the charge. ”

Glenna Dodson Carr began her UF career in 1956 in the College’s Department of Business Education and then served on the COE faculty for more than 40 years. Through the AAW she is most noted for her work on Florida legislative debate in support of the equal work for equal pay issue. Glenna Carr took note of the debate and drafted a bill to eradicate gender-based salary inequities in faculty pay in state universities. With the assistance of Representative Sidney Martin and Senator Buddy McKay and the lobbying efforts of AWF members (Glenn Carr, Phyllis Meek, and Felicity Trueblood), the bill passed in 1976. She is also Is touted for “providing young women faculty a clear model of a strong, politically active woman faculty member, and helping to break ground for younger women faculty through [her] actions and visibility.”

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