Women's & Gender Resource Center
The Women's & Gender Resource Center at The University of Akron operates from a gender-based-led agenda that is focused on issues pertaining to leadership, social justice, professional and personal development. The center is a safe space used as a catalyst for creating and expanding inclusive academic and professional advancement for women and the LGBT campus community. It also coordinates a variety of speakers and programs throughout the year and provides vital information and resources to numerous UA departments, offices, and academic disciplines. The Women's & Gender Resource Center at The University of Akron aims at addressing the issues around the under-representation of women in leadership positions as well as providing interested women and LGBT individuals with numerous professional resources and opportunities.
Inter-parliamentary Union data reflects that the United States currently lags behind 57 other nations that have elected women in the lower House. Women represent 52% of the voting population, yet they are underrepresented in the U.S. policy-making and decision-making process. In 2003, women held only 22.4% of state legislative seats and 13.6% of the seats in the United States Senate and House of Representatives and only eight women currently serve as governors.
The Women's & Gender Resource Center at The University of Akron founded Spring 2011 aims at providing extensive gender based programming which addresses the issues around the under-representation of women in leadership positions as well as providing numerous professional resources and diverse learning opportunities. The WGRC also seeks to work collaboratively with faculty campuswide towards incorporating programming into their curriculum in keeping with The Akron Experience and UA's Vision 2020.