2020 Women of Impact Event

Thursday, October 22

12:30pm

Notre Dame continues a commitment to celebrating women's leadership. Join us in recognizing our 2020 honorees at the Women of Impact event on October 22, 2020 at 12:30 PM.

Sandra Moore Faber

Sandra Faber is University Professor Emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a staff member of the UCO/Lick Observatory. She is an observational astronomer with research interests in cosmology and galaxy formation. Some of her major discoveries include the first structural scaling law for galaxies (called the Faber-Jackson law), large-scale flow perturbations in the expansion of the Universe caused by superclusters of galaxies, and super-massive black holes at the centers of galaxies. In 1984, she and three colleagues presented the first detailed treatment of galaxy formation based on “cold dark matter,” which became the standard paradigm for galaxy and cluster formation in the Universe. Faber earned a bachelor's degree in physics from Swarthmore College and a PhD in astronomy from Harvard. She has received various awards for her work and holds honorary degrees from six colleges and universities in the United States and abroad.

Fatima Farheen Mirza '09

Fatima Farheen Mirza was born and raised in California and graduated from Notre Dame in 2009. Her father grew up in the city of Hyderabad in Southern India while her mother came from a British-Indian family in Birmingham, England. They raised their family in the San Francisco Bay Area, and Mirza said at times she felt like both an insider and outsider of her community, faith and family. At 18, while on the pre-med track at the University of California, Riverside, Mirza tried her hand at fiction, tackling a story about the Muslim diaspora in America that was informed by her own experience as a first-generation daughter in an immigrant family. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a recipient of the Michener-Copernicus Fellowship. She has taught creative writing and fiction courses at the University of Iowa, Catapult and NYU. Her debut novel, A Place For Us, was an instant New York Times best seller and is being translated into seven languages. Her essays have appeared in GRANTA and The Good Immigrant. 
 
Notre Dame has chosen Fatima's novel, A Place for Us, as the ND Reads selection for 2020. We look forward to her author talk in the fall.

From Amazon: "A Place for Us is a book for our times: an astonishingly tender-hearted novel of identity and belonging, and a resonant portrait of what it means to be an American family today. It announces Fatima Farheen Mirza as a major new literary talent."
 
 
                  

 

 

 

Women of Impact 2009-2019

2009
Martha Kanter
Ann "Rooney" Pfaff '56 Blach

2010
Charmaine Warmenhoven
Geralynn Patellaro '74

2011
Carol Bartz
Lily Sanchez '51 Tenes

2012
Irene Dalis
Mary Quilici '75 Aumack

2013
Belva Davis
Shirley Minardi '50 Lewis

2014
Julie Riera Matsushima
Marie Mackey '67 Huhtala

2015
Sister Simone Campbell
Marilyn Orlando '60 Dorsa

2016
Judge LaDoris Cordell
Rose Pierro '63 Simmons

2017
Lisa Sobrato Sonsini
Kelly Powell '88 Bruno

2018
Teveia Barnes
Shirlee DeNapoli '46 Schiro

2019
Kim Rivera
Rita Beamish '70