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Women, Sport, and Social Change

February 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Petra Cliffs Climbing Center & Mountaineering School

| Free

How have recreational and competitive sports impacted our lives, our communities, and our world? Join us Thursday evening, February 6th at Petra Cliffs Climbing Center in Burlington for a panel discussion with local leaders who are actively involved in promoting sports in Vermont and are engaged in uplifting the voices of all girls and women in sports. We invite you to reflect on your own experience, and learn how the journeys of these diverse panelists – athlete/guide/business owner, teammate/student/advocate, and sociologist/author/professor – have been enriched by the power of sport. Register today.

Dr. Maya Bhave obtained her PhD from Loyola University, Chicago and focused on Ethiopian immigrant women. After teaching Sociology at North Park University for ten years, she now lives in Vermont researching life, work & family balance, gender identity among female soccer players, motherhood and child loss. She teaches as an adjunct professor at St. Michael’s College and lives with her husband and two sons near Burlington. Her latest book is entitled “War and Cleats: Women in Soccer in the United States.”

Andrea Charest is a climber, skier, guide, mother of an almost three year old daughter, wife, and business owner. Originally from Pittsburgh PA, Andrea moved to Vermont to attend UVM (BA, Psychology) and fell in love with the community and the opportunities the mountains provided. She began working at Petra Cliffs in Burlington in 2002 and began rock and ice guiding soon after. She and her husband Steve purchased the business 10 years later, and are expanding. Andrea is an American Mountain Guides Association Single Pitch Instructor, Assistant Rock Guide and Apprentice Alpine Guide, as well as a NY State Licensed Guide. Through climbing, Andrea began leading women’s-only programs and mentoring other female climbers and guides. In a male-dominated field, she has witnessed an increase in women’s representation in climbing over the years, and she is passionate about playing a role in the continued visibility and opportunity for women in the future.

Lydia Sheeser is a ninth grade student at Burlington High School and a member of the BHS women’s varsity soccer team who took their #EqualPay message global in the fall of 2019, selling over 5000 jerseys and raising money to increase access to sports for girls and support efforts to close the wage gap in Vermont. This isn’t Lydia’s first venture into activism – she is involved in leading efforts to exempt tampons and other period products from the Vermont “luxury“ tax, starting in middle school with a petition that garnered over 2,000 signatures. Lydia started playing soccer with the Greater Burlington Girls Soccer League (GBGSL) in kindergarten and has been playing club and school soccer ever since. She spends summers on all-women wilderness canoe trips in northern Ontario. She also plays lacrosse and volleyball, and skis (both Nordic and downhill). She loves traveling and plans on spending time abroad studying and working on efforts to empower women and girls in developing countries.

PLEASE NOTE: This special event can only accommodate 75 people! Please be sure to register to attend.

Parking in the parking lot is limited. Street parking along Briggs Street is allowed; please obey street signs and respect our residential area. Please look for overflow event parking signs at 75 Briggs Street.

Join us to listen, learn, share, and network with women in our community. This special evening event opens at 6:00 p.m. with a panel discussion followed by by questions, closing remarks and a book signing!

Please register to save your seat at the table (no need to print out a ticket, though!).

BY DONATION. For our events to be accessible and affordable for all women, we rely on your contributions! We ask for a $5-$15 sliding scale donation at the door—credit card, cash or check (payable to Greater Burlington Women’s Forum).

Special thanks to the legal firm of PRIMMER PIPER EGGLESTON & CRAMER PC, our Founding Business Supporter; DUNKIEL SAUNDERS, Community Supporter; MERCY CONNECTIONS, our Fiscal Agent, providing fiscal oversight and tax-exempt status; and to MAYOR MIRO WEINBERGER, our Event Host Sponsor.

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Cheers, Greater Burlington Women’s Forum Leadership Team:
Aditi Datta, Alexandra Carroll, Mary Dowd, Carina Driscoll, Charlene Wallace, Jessica Nordhaus, Gina Pandolfo, Olivia Peña, Leah Perkinson, Lola Houston.

Some important fine print (what would life be without a little fine print!):
As spectators/attendees of the February 6 GBWF event, entry into the Petra Cliffs facility will require agreement to the following: By participating in this event, I do hereby release, hold-harmless and waive all claims associated with the activities in which I will engage at Petra Cliffs Climbing Center, releasing CharestAlpinism, LLC, its members, directors, agents, assigns, employees and volunteers from any and all liability, personal injury or property claim for myself, my heirs, personal representatives or assigns. The Petra Cliffs waiver in its entirety can be found here. If any climbing or participation other than spectating will be done, the waiver must be filled out completely.


February 6
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Greater Burlington Women’s Forum


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Petra Cliffs Climbing Center & Mountaineering School
105 Briggs St.
Burlington, VT 05401 United States
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