International Women's Day | Alumni | University of Guelph
Today, we celebrate International Women's Day. 
 International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Thank you to the dedicated women who advance, support, and enrich the University of Guelph and beyond. Today we recognize some inspirational U of G women who are making change in their communities through teaching, service and research.



Find out more about the leaders lending their voices to today’s cause:



We asked some of our students

"What does International Women's Day mean to you?" Here are their answers:

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Valerie Lamenta

Current Engineering Student and Student Athlete, Gryphon Women’s Hockey Team

To me, International Women's Day is an opportunity to celebrate women around the world and all that they do. It's an opportunity to celebrate their achievements, their triumphs, their battles, their struggles, and everything in between. It is about showcasing how exceptional it is to be a woman every single day!

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Kristine Keon

Physics student, President of the CEPS Student Council and Co-Chair of the U of G Aboriginal Student Association

International Women’s Day means overcoming obstacles, finding resilience and gender equity. I also recognize that our Indigenous women and girls are sacred, and we will continue to be leaders and contribute to our communities. I truly believe that I got to where I am today by staying true to myself, caring deeply about what I do, and by realizing the greater context of my actions.

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Lauren Benoit

BSc Agr ’16, Masters Candidate, Plant Agriculture

For me, International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate the accomplishments of women around the globe, while drawing attention to the issues that we still need to address.


Together, we can do better.

Esther Rhee, BA '05

As a Social Worker, Esther has worked with not-for-profits, helped build hundreds of programs across Canada and worked as a Clinical Therapist focusing on children and adult mental health. In her current role as the National Program Director for Autism Speaks Canada, Esther’s work focuses on building community capacity, collaboration, program development and navigation support strategies for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families across Canada. View Esther's full bio here.

Judy Maddren, B.A.Sc. ’72

Judy Maddren is a humanitarian, entrepreneur and icon in the Canadian broadcasting industry. As host of CBC Radio's World Report for 30 years, she helped Canadians across the country begin their day with Canadian and world news. When she first joined CBC as a reporter in 1972, the company was not hiring women as announcers. Through persistence and excellence, Judy became one of the first female announcers on CBC radio. View Judy's full bio here

Sarah Rothwell, B.Sc.(Eng) '07

Ms. Sarah Rothwell, is a Clinical Engineer who manages complex medication technology, clinical information system and quality improvement initiatives for healthcare organizations around the world. After receiving her B.Sc. in Biological Engineering from U of G in 2007, she went on to earn a Master of Health Science in Clinical Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. Graduating from U of G less than a decade ago, Ms. Rothwell has already made tremendous strides in her field and has positively impacted the lives of health care professionals, patients and families. View Sarah's full bio here.

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