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UWF to host acclaimed author to speak on body image in celebration of Women’s History Month

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the University of West Florida Office of Equity, Diversity and International Affairs will host author Kjerstin Gruys to discuss her book, “Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall” on Wednesday, March 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the UWF Conference Center.

In her lecture, Gruys will challenge women of all ages to reflect on who they are internally instead of focusing solely on external beauty. Her book offers a refreshing take on what it means to cultivate a positive body image as she explores what it means to be a feminist in a society where femininity is subject to destructive ideals of beauty and sex appeal.

Gruys is currently a doctoral candidate in the University of California-Los Angeles Department of Sociology, with an expected dissertation completion date of May 2014. Her research examines the relationship between physical appearance and social inequality. She received a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a certificate in the study of women and gender from Princeton University and has experience working in the fashion industry as a merchant.

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