Boston University To Host Beauty and Self-Esteem Seminar

Did you know that only 2 percent of women around the world choose the word "beautiful" to describe their looks?

Did you know that 75 percent of women strongly agree that they wish “the media did a better job of portraying women of diverse physical attractiveness—age, shape and size"?

Did you know that 72 percent of girls 15 to 17 withdraw from life-engaging activities due to feeling badly about their looks?

Did you know that more than 90 percent of girls want to change at least one aspect of their physical appearance, with body weight ranking the highest?

On Saturday, October 27, the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership and Dove will host “Beauty and Self-Esteem in Society: Freeing Ourselves and the Next Generation,” a panel discussion to explore the significance of these disturbing statistics and how they relate to today’s definition of beauty. Boston University will host the event, which is free and open to the public.

DEFINING BEAUTY FOR OURSELVES AND OUR DAUGHTERS
**Event to Empower Women of Boston: Insights on Self-Esteem, Beauty and Stereotypes**

WHAT: “Beauty and Self-Esteem in Society: Freeing Ourselves and the Next Generation” – a panel discussion with prominent women to discuss the evolution of beauty in our global society. This free event is open to the public and will feature:
· Insights on stereotypical beauty trends and its impact on women and self-esteem
· Current statistics on women’s perceptions of themselves – and how to change the thinking
· What mothers can do for their daughters
· Small group seminars on financial literacy, negotiation, public speaking, to name a few
· Insights from attending women – their thoughts on beauty, media and self-esteem

WHEN: Saturday, October 27, 2007 (Doors open at 9 a.m.)
Panel Discussion: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Small Group Seminars: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Boston University – Morse Auditorium
602 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts

PANELISTS:
* Naomi Wolf, author of “The Beauty Myth” and co-founder of The Woodhull Institute
* Dr. Nancy Etcoff, pscychiatrist, Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital and author of “Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty.”
* Monica Meehan McNamara, Psychotherapist and former research scholar at Wellesley and consultant at Harvard Law School ; Woodhull alumna
* Karla Jackson-Brewer, professor in Women’s Studies, Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University; Woodhull fellow

MODERATOR:
Katie Orenstein, journalist and author, focusing on human rights and women in pop culture

Both Nancy and Naomi are available for one-on-one interviews and can discuss the following topics:
* The evolution of beauty in our society
* How pop-culture and media affect women’s self-esteem
* How Boston women can get involved with breaking stereotypes and creating a wider definition of beauty.

BACKGROUND:
The event is sponsored by The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership, a non-profit organization dedicated to the empowerment of women and Dove, the global beauty brand.

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