The UTC Women’s Center presents “The Supergirls: The Pressures of Being Perfect” by Liz Funk on Thursday, February 26, 7 p.m. in the Raccoon Mountain Room of the UTC University Center. This event is free and open to the public.
This lecture will discuss the pressure on young women to be perfect and how today’s “female ideal” has taught young women to find themselves in AP classes, their looks, and what others think of them, instead of embracing who they are inside.
Liz Funk is a speaker, journalist, and author who writes about Generation Y, focusing especially on young women, education, and social class. Her articles have been published in USA Today, CosmoGIRL!, the Christian Science Monitor, Newsday, New York magazine, the Huffington Post, the New Jersey Record, the Baltimore Sun, the Nation, Tango magazine, Vibe Vixen magazine, the Times Union, and Girls’ Life, among other publications. For two years she wrote a blog about young women’s issues for the Albany, NY newspaper the Times Union; before that, she was a columnist at the Altamont Enterprise when she was in high school.
She will graduate from Pace University in May with a degree in English; while on campus, she wrote a popular sex column for the school newspaper. She is a senior fellow of Young People For/People for the American Way Foundation and she is a member of the advisory board for Ypulse.com, where is a frequent contributor. She has also served on the National Organization for Women Young Feminist Task Force.
Funk was born in 1988 and splits her time between upstate New York, Long Island, and New York City. Supergirls Speak Out is her first book.
For more information contact the UTC Women’s Center at 425-5605 or email Sara Peters.
This event is sponsored by the UTC Women’s Center, UTC Wellness Committee, and Speakers and Special Events.