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UMass Lowell Students & Faculty Present Events During Lowell Women’s Week

By Elliot Silver

Now in its 16th year, Lowell Women’s Week explores women’s creativity, well-being and influence with events that empower them and celebrate their achievements. The week’s events are timed to coincide with International Women’s Day on March 8 as part of Women’s History Month, observed each March.

All of the week’s events are free unless otherwise noted and all are open to the public. UMass Lowell is a sponsor of an Evening with the Mill Girls of Lowell on Tuesday, March 6 at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum, 115 John St., Lowell and an InterPlay session on Wednesday, March 7 at Girls, Inc. 220 Worthen St., Lowell, along with the events highlighted below. For a complete list of Women’s Week activities, visit

- Mothers of Rock benefit concert – Performers from the university and community will present songs written or originally performed by female artists. The concert is free but donations will be accepted, with proceeds to be divided between UMass Lowell’s chapter of the Music & Entertainment Industry Student Association (MEISA) and Girls Inc. of Lowell. Tuesday, March 6, 7 p.m., Durgin Concert Hall, UML South, 35 Wilder St., Lowell.

- Understanding How Heart Disease Develops – New research shows that for many women, damage to blood vessels manifests differently than in men, which may cause different symptoms of heart disease. UMass Lowell Prof. Kay Doyle, who teaches clinical laboratory and nutritional sciences, will discuss how heart disease risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes and obesity cause damage to blood vessel walls. She will describe how the body responds to such damage, discussing the different issues that contribute to cardiovascular problems. Wednesday, March 7, 5:30 p.m., UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell.

- “WORD! Women Organizing Real Differences” – This conference will unite women of all ages for a day to raise awareness about Lowell’s history and women’s movements, along with social justice issues. The event is presented by UMass Lowell’s Women’s Leadership Exchange, which is housed in the university’s Peace and Conflict Studies Program, and Lowell Community Health Center. Saturday, March 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Alumni Hall, UML North, 84 University Ave, Lowell.