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A lecture by Sally Shumaker
Successful Aging:  Social Inequities in Reaching Optimal Life Quality in our Later Years
for flyer 

Thursday, April 10, 2014 4 p.m.
Marvin Center, Room 402-404
800 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Free and Open to the Public

At a time when the proportion of women living beyond 80, 90 and even into their 100s is rapidly accelerating, the question of how we can age “successfully” or age “well” is of growing interest to the general population, health care providers, and scientists.  The concept of successful aging is complex and controversial.  In this presentation, Dr. Shumaker will discuss the different ways in which we define successful aging, the multiple factors that can influence the quality of our later years and how early in our lives these factors “kick in”, and the inequities that persist in our society – limiting the degree to which groups of women are able to maximize the last decades of their lives.

Sally Shumaker, Ph.D., is Vice Chair in the Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy and a professor in Internal Medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine. She served on the Council of the Office of Research on Women’s Health and has served as an expert consultant on a number of NIH programs. She has over 250 publications in the areas of older women’s health, dementia, health-related quality of life, adherence, and psychosocial factors in disease history and progression. 

2014 Clara Schiffer Lecture on Elder Women and Health Care Policy

Sponsored by the George Washington University Women’s Studies Program

made possible by a bequest from Clara Schiffer and the Schiffer family

For more information: 202-994-6942,

Events Sponsored by the Women's Studies Practicum in celebration of Women's History Month:

1)  Wed. March 5 @ 7pm in 1957 E st. Room 212
Choice Across Communities: A Panel Discussion on Diversity and Reproductive Rights  (see more details below).  Co-sponsored with Voices for Choices and the Feminist Student Union.  We will have panelists from NARAL Pro-Choice America, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, and the National Women's Political Caucus speaking about different organizational approaches to overcoming issues of inclusion and diversity within the reproductive rights movement. (Sorry for the short notice -- please try to come.)

2) Wed. March 26, 6 pm. Phillips 110. Three members of the DC SAFE staff will come to speak about the importance of advocacy in the lives of survivors of intimate partner violence and the legitimacy of wanting to pursue this type of work. They will also discuss the career paths that brought them to working with survivors of intimate partner violence. One of the speakers is a graduate of our program. For flyer click here.

3) Wed. April 2 @ 7:00-9:00pm. Room TBA.  The event will be a panel discussion about diversity and LGBT politics with panelists from the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce discussing how diversity is addressed within the LGBT movement. They will be addressing issues of race, gender, and disability, but will be open to questions so that the audience will get to have a say in what is discussed. Also, they are open to discussing how to get involved in LGBT advocacy work and will give various suggestions on how to do so.


Jennifer Gonzalez Perdomo

We note with regret the passing of Women’s Studies’ graduate student Jennifer Gonzalez Perdomo, 27, after a sudden illness. She was a member of the GW Graduate Feminists, as well as a practicum leader in the Department of Women’s Studies. She was also a member of the leadership council of the D.C. chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, and was a leadership program intern at the American Association of University Women.

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