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In January, 2011, the Margaret Sloss Women’s Center will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary at Iowa State University.  Here’s a bit of herstory for you:

The Sloss House is located on the Iowa State University campus. This stately little house is nestled among pine trees, with a spectacular view to the west of the University’s central campus. When Sloss House was built in 1883, it was both a significant and dominate building. The location of the college necessitated housing for part of the faculty, since Ames proper was an half-hour horse ride away. The structure marked the boundary of the faculty community from the rest of the college. At the time of its completion, it was one of the twelve buildings on the campus.

The Sloss House has become lost in the University’s growth over the last 100 years. However, it still retains most of its original character with the surrounding environment. Everything remains virtually unchanged, as if it has just been completed, except for the overgrowth of some of the vegetation and the fact that Curtiss Hall is to the North. A view from the house to the west, south and east can give you a historic feeling of what the campus may have actually looked like in its early years.” Today only three faculty home remain on campus. Construction of the new Gerdin Business College will begin during Fall 2001 just south of the Sloss House.

Yes women have the right to vote.  Yes more women are enrolling in higher education than ever before.  Yes women are starting to make their way in predominantly male fields.  But there is still a long way to go.  Women are still asked to choose between advancing their careers and having a family.  One in four college women is still sexually assaulted during their college career.  Women are still considered too emotional and too sensitive to work in certain fields.  And women are still being paid $0.73 for every dollar their male colleagues make.

We have a long way to go.  The Margaret Sloss Women’s Center is here to support you!


About Margaret Sloss Women's Center - ISU

The Margaret Sloss Women's Center promotes equity on the Iowa State University campus. Through a feminist lens, the center advocates for individuals and groups; provides support, referrals, community and programming; and maintains a safe space in the Sloss House.

Posted on November 11, 2010, in End Violence Now, Herstory, News and Politics, Sexual Assault Awareness, Sloss House and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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