The spectrum of issues that women and girls face and the web of connections among those issues are of keen interest to Janice Monk, PhD. That’s why she supports WFSA and it’s one of the reasons that kept her at the helm of the University of Arizona’s Southwest Institute for Research on Women (SIROW) for 24 years.
She points out that part of her socialization as a geographer is to understand that where something happens matters, how different aspects of life are interconnected, and how one issue affects another and then another. Born and raised in Australia, Dr. Monk says that at the time, women often went abroad for adventures and to escape the limited work and family roles open to women.
Once she obtained her bachelor’s degree from University of Sydney, she headed to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for a master’s degree and a doctorate. She stayed on as a faculty member until 1980, when she joined the faculty at the University of Arizona.
Dr. Monk has published more than 100 articles in scholarly journals and has received numerous awards for her academic achievement. She has been a professor of Geography at the UA and is a research social scientist emerita with SIROW. She also is an honorary adjunct professor in human geography at Macquarie University in Australia, and a former president of the Association of American Geographers.
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