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February 14, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU Women's Center launches "Women Who Rock" project

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University students now know a little bit more about 24 African-American women leaders as part of a Women's Center project - Women Who Rock.

Students were involved in researching and selecting the 24 African-American women the project is highlighting, said Jodi Solito, director of the SRU Women's Center.

"They research possible candidates, then decided, after discussion, about whom to feature in the 'Women Matter' project," she said.

The online project includes four separate slides showing portraits of six of the selected women, one poster posted to the Women's Center Twitter page each week. Those viewing the slides are challenged to link each woman's accomplishment to their portrait. Those participating can check their answers on Twitter.

The answers are posted periodically throughout the week under the "#WomenWhoRock hashtag.

Participants need not have a Twitter account, Solito said.

Women selected include: Dorothy Lee May Bates, Mary Jane McLeod Bethune,

Mary Ann Shadd Cary, Bessie Coleman, Shirley Chisholm, Marian Wright Edelman, Dorothy Height, Marian Anderson, Josephine Baker, Lena Horne, Alice Ball, Maya Angelou, Mae Jemis, Maggie Lena, Maria Stewart, Nannie Burroug, Maria Louise, Anna Cooper, Ruth Jean Simmons, Alma Thomas, Harriet Tubman, Madam C. J. Walker, Pauli Murray and Biddy Madson.

The project runs through the end of February.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.