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International Women's Day

Ryerson International Women's Day

Faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to join the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in celebrating women at Ryerson University. To find our more about International Women's Day visit

Celebrate International Women's Day with a self-care workshop on Superwoman Syndrome

Ever feel that you need to take on the world? That even though you’re incredibly productive, you’re struggling on the inside to keep it together? You might be experiencing Superwoman Syndrome.

What is Superwoman Syndrome?

Superwoman Syndrome occurs when a woman is constantly striving to accomplish everything for others and not always putting herself as a top priority. When this happens, women can experience a loss of identity, purpose and a sense of happiness with their lives.

On International Women's Day, faculty and staff who identify as women are invited to a self-care workshop with Vaishali Patel, a registered psychotherapist, on:

- where Superwoman Syndrome comes from, and why many women struggle with it;
- the five common symptoms of Superwoman Syndrome; and,
- determining what attendees can do if they are battling it.
  • WHAT:
    Celebrate International Women's Day with a self-care workshop on Superwoman Syndrome
  • DATE:
    March 08 2017
  • TIME:
    11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • WHERE:
    Podium (POD) Room 250
    Ryerson is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. Please contact Kristine Browne at, or 416-979-5000, ext. 7494 in advance of the event if you have any particular dietary restrictions or accommodation requirements.

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About Vaishali Patel

Vaishali Patel is a registered psychotherapist working in downtown Toronto who has waged a personal and professional battle against Superwoman Syndrome. She received her master’s degree in Community Counseling at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, and currently holds certification with The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. She has been counselling since 2003, and worked in the field of Employee Assistance Programming for more than six of those years, gaining experience and a greater understanding of the importance of work life balance, and overall wellness of individuals.


Presented in partnership by Human Resources, Human Rights Services and the Office of Faculty Affairs.



Celebrating International Women's Day at Ryerson

March 8, 2016 marks International Women's Day. Celebrated annually, the day is a call to recognize the achievements of women all over the world who have made significant strides towards gender equality. It's also a reminder to pause and acknowledge the work that still needs to be done. The UN theme of this year's campaign is Gender Equality by 2030 and Canada's theme is Women's Empowerment Leads to Equality.

As a university, Ryerson is in a unique position to take action to advance gender equality. In January, the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion submitted insights and recommendations on closing the gender wage gap to the Government of Ontario's Gender Wage Gap Strategy Steering Committee.

Our submission outlined how barriers and biases based on gender, but also on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, family status, religion, class and other characteristics, continue to prevent gender equality. The gender wage gap cannot be eliminated without addressing the systemic inequalities that impact our complex identities.

The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is committed to continuing the work to make our campus fully equitable and inclusive. We encourage you to check out the events listed below and consider how you can help to achieve gender equality.

International Women's Day events

Viola Desmond Awards

March 7 | 5 - 8 p.m.

Hosted by: Black History Awareness Committee

Caring for yourself is a radical act

March 8 | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Hosted by: The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; The Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education; and Centre for Women and Trans People, Ryerson Students' Union

A panel from the margins: 2016 and still missing from the table

March 8 | 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Hosted by: DMZ and TechGirls Canada

3K Run/Walk fundraiser for Interval House

March 16 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Hosted by: Ryerson Women in Leadership


Women in sports: Breakfast and panel discussion

Enjoy a free breakfast while expert panellists engage in a discussion about perseverance against barriers and career opportunities for women in sports.

Join the conversation on Twitter #RyersonWomensDay
  • WHAT:
    Women in sports: Breakfast and panel discussion
  • DATE:
    March 06 2015
  • TIME:
    8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • WHERE:
    POD 250
  • OPEN TO:
    Melanie Loiselle
    416-979-5000 ext. 4680

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Moderated by: Cheri Bradish

Loretta Rogers Research Chair in Sport Marketing, TRSM

Jennifer Mactavish

Dean, Yeates School of Graduate Studies

Nicole Neverson

Professor, Sociology

Keneca Pingue-Giles

Student Athlete, Basketball

Karen Sebesta

Instructor, RTA School of Media

Stephanie White

Associate Director, Athletics


Women in Politics, Leadership & Governance

Please join The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in celebrating women at Ryerson University through a panel discussion and human library exposé in Politics, Leadership and Governance.
  • WHAT:
    Women in Politics, Leadership & Governance
  • DATE:
    March 07 2014
  • TIME:
    11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • WHERE:
    POD 250

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