Christopher Newport University's College of Arts and Humanities hosted the international conference on the

Global Status of Women and Girls
March 3-5, 2016

This interdisciplinary conference sought to foster inquiries into the complex and multifocal issues faced by women and girls around the world, both historically and today. We invited scholars from all academic disciplines to submit proposals addressing the political, social, economic, psychological, developmental, educational, literary, artistic, philosophical, religious, ethical and health issues of women and girls. The objective of this conference was to not only to clarify key questions that must be asked in this vital area of public policy but also to unearth the forces that created these current dilemmas. Through the interdisciplinary study of past and present, this conference engaged researchers in policy conversations benefiting the global community. View Presentation Topics (pdf)

The conference keynote speaker was Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist Sheryl Wu Dunn. The conference also featured a screening of the film He Named Me Malala, an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai.

Submissions from multiple academic disciplines – including but not limited to history, philosophy, religious studies, sociology, psychology, chemistry, environmental science, medicine, biomedical ethics, economics, political science, gender studies, communication studies and literature included, but were not limited to:

  • The feminization of poverty
  • Wage inequality
  • Women in the workplace
  • Child marriage
  • War and women
  • Human trafficking
  • Environmental change and the economic status of women
  • Religion and the status of women
  • Girls and education
  • Sexual assault / rape
  • Disability and accessibility
  • Relational aggression between girls and women
  • Mental health and women
  • Artistic, mediated and literary representations / performances
  • Social media and social change for women and girls
  • Gender identity and socialization
  • Social policy and the state of women and girls
  • Environmental health risks to women
  • Effects of global climate change on women

View Presentation Topics (pdf)

Please contact Lori Underwood, Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, at with any questions about the conference.