Office of the Provost

Provost's Advisory Committee on Women's Concerns

PACWC is doing something fun to “Celebrate Pitt Women” on Monday, May 6, 2013 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Jessie Ramey will present a thought-provoking talk titled, “Scholarship + Activism = Scholactivism: How We Started a Grassroots Movement.”

The event is open to faculty, staff, post-docs, and students, and will be held in the Library of the University Club, 123 University Place. Please invite your colleagues to join you. If you plan to attend, please be kind and RSVP at by May 2, 2013.

Jessie Ramey is a historian of working families and U.S. social policy and an American Council of Learned Societies New Faculty Fellow in Women’s Studies and History at Pitt. Her new book, Child Care in Black and White: Working Parents and the History of Orphanages, won the Lerner-Scott Prize in women’s history from the Organization of American Historians, the Herbert G. Gutman Prize from the Labor and Working-Class History Association, and the John Heinz Award from the National Academy of Social Insurance. Dr. Ramey writes about public education research and policy on her blog Yinzercation, which serves as the on-line home for a large grassroots public education advocacy movement here in Southwest Pennsylvania. She is regularly published in the national media and has been recognized twice by the White House with invitations to meet with President Obama’s senior policy advisors.

Pitt’s Human Resources website has been expanded to now offer the following resources: Parents-To-Be and New Parents Caring for Family at All Stages of Life.

Lactation Room Locations on Oakland Campus


The Provost's Advisory Committee on Women's Concerns (PACWC) was created by former Provost Smith in March 1983 to investigate the situation of women at Pitt; identify areas in which the University could improve responsiveness to women's concerns; suggest alternative solutions for perceived problems; and represent woman in all areas of the University, including teaching, research, administration, and support services.

PACWC seeks to ensure a productive educational and work environment for faculty, staff, and students, particularly in areas related to women's concerns. It focuses on general issues of campus climate and programs as they affect women throughout the University. PACWC seeks to assist the Provost and the University community through its mandate (see By-Laws).

The committee is broadly representative of all areas of the University community and includes faculty members, staff, administrators, and students. PACWC participates in interviews of candidates for senior academic administrator positions and co-sponsors, with Women's Studies and the Provost's Office, an annual reception welcoming women faculty.

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