Wintersteen to discuss experience as a woman in STEM


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President Wendy Wintersteen responds to questions asked by members of the Iowa State Daily Jan. 9. 

Kaitlyn Hood

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Iowa State President Wendy Wintersteen will speak about her journey of becoming the first female president of Iowa State.

Wintersteen’s lecture, “My Journey as a Woman in STEM,” will be at 3:30 p.m. Monday in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union.

“[She went] from being one of the first female ISU extension associates in integrated pest management to becoming the first woman president of Iowa State University,” according to the Lectures Program website. “Wintersteen completed her doctorate in entomology at Iowa State and rose through the academic ranks to become a professor of entomology. She served as dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for 11 years before becoming president.”

Wintersteen’s journey to holding Iowa State’s highest office coincides with the core values of International Women’s Day.

“International Women’s Day …  is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women,” according to the International Women’s Day website. “The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.”

International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on March 8 as part of Women’s History Month.

The lecture is co-sponsored by Student Government and the Committee on Lectures.