International Women's Day at Lee

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In recognition of International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8, the Lee University Diversity Committee and Diversity Council will sponsor a series of special events during the week of March 12, including two chapel services and a special display in the William G. Squires Library. This year’s theme is “Empowering Women.”

IWD was first observed on Lee’s campus in 2010 and provides students the opportunity to join with the global community to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of women to society.

“Lee students, staff and faculty represent women from many diverse backgrounds that do extraordinary things in their everyday lives,” said Diette Ward, IWD chair and electronics resources librarian. “We want to celebrate the women on our campus and their amazing achievements. On IWD we recognize the global impact of women and hope to encourage our students to also make an impact.”

On March 13, Lee alum Christa Bennett (’03) will speak on, “Made in the Image of God,” at 10:40 a.m. in the Dixon Center chapel service. Bennett will discuss women as created in God’s image and their role as active, equal participants in society.

In 2006, Bennett co-founded Network for Africa (N4A), an organization that educates and empowers women and children in conflict areas affected by genocide. N4A is committed to showing women they possess worth and dignity to be a transformative force in society. Bennett graduated with a master’s degree in international relations from King’s College London.

Ordained ministers Heidi Johnson and Christine Curley will conduct a liturgical service in the Lee Chapel on Thursday, March 15 at 10:40 a.m.

The service will offer a mix of Reformed and Anglican traditions, including the Gloria Patri and communion. Johnson and Curley are married to Lee professors Dr. Aaron Johnson and Dr. Brian Peterson, respectively. Dr. Matthew Krepps, professor at Lee, will accompany on the organ and Dr. Phillip Thomas, chair of the Instrumental Music Department, on piano.
Throughout the week, a special display will be held in the Squires Library to honor women who have made significant contributions and experienced remarkable success in the Pentecostal movement.

Every year on March 8, IWD honors the work of those who fought for women’s rights, celebrates women’s achievements, and recognizes the inequalities still to be addressed. Thousands of events occur across the globe to mark the economic, political, and social advancement of women in society.

For more information about IWD, please visit For more information about events on campus, please contact Diette Ward at or call 614-2460.