Annual Women’s Studies Conference Slated for March 24

Pensacola – The 16th annual University of West Florida Women’s Studies Conference is slated for March 24 at the UWF Commons Conference Center.

This year’s conference will feature a number of student presenters as well as keynote speaker, Capt. Wendy B. Lawrence, a retired astronaut and naval aviator. Lawrence was one of the first two female helicopter pilots to make a long deployment to the Indian Ocean as part of a carrier battle group, according to her biography from the U.S. Naval Academy. In addition, Lawrence, who retired from NASA in 2006, is a veteran of four space flights.

CAPT Wendy B. Lawrence, USN (Ret.), former mission specialist, Endeavour (1995), Atlantis (1997), Discovery (1998, 2005). 

“The conference is for undergraduate and graduate students to submit any kind of works – academic, creative, in any type of format just as long as it takes up issues of women, gender and sexuality,” said Sydney Stone, co-president of the Women’s Studies Collective at UWF and one of the conference’s organizers.

All submissions require a 250-word abstract. Proposals must be emailed in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format to no later than Friday, Feb. 17.

Last year, about 600 people attended the conference, and 80 students gave presentations, Stone said.

The conference is free to attend. More information about the event can be found at