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UVa. Women’s Center Receives $3 million from Alumna



Oct. 18, 2013

The University of Virginia’s Women’s Center has received a $3 million gift to support its programs from 1951 alumna Maxine Platzer Lynn – the largest donation in the center’s 25-year history.

“This gift will make our future come alive,” Women’s Center Director Sharon Davie said.

Davie said Lynn told her she is pleased there is a Women’s Center, and is proud of how far the UVa has come since it began to admit women to all of its schools in 1970.

Lynn was enrolled in the Curry School of Education, which did admit women, but also took many courses in the College of Arts & Sciences that are still important to her today, she said.

Women’s Center programs include the Young Women Leaders Program and other leadership activities; Counseling Services and the Eating Disorders Education Initiative; Sexual and Domestic Violence Services; the Women, Girls and Global Justice program; and Iris, a Web magazine for young women.

Although college and university women’s centers vary in terms of how they’re organized and what they offer, it is rare for such a center to receive a gift of this magnitude, Davie said.

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