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Flint and Charleston: Drinking water pollution and its impact on women’s health

About the Panel

This panel will discuss safe drinking water and reproductive health. Moderated by geography master's student Bethani Turley, it will feature a discussion with public health PhD candidate Maya Nye, Assistant Professor of Economics Daniel Grossman and WVFree Executive Director Margaret Chapman. Grossman will discuss his research on the impact of polluted water on fertility in Flint, Michigan, and Chapman and Nye will discuss their “Women and Water” education campaign on the importance of safe drinking water for protecting women’s and children’s health. 

Women and Water Exhibit

This panel is part of the Women and Water exhibit hosted by the WVU Libraries. The exhibit features approximately 20 photos, paintings and sculptures collected, and in some cases created by, West Virginia women water stewards. The contributing women are active in West Virginia in the fields of water policy and advocacy, source water protection, pollution prevention and remediation, conservation and environmental education. The imagery explores these women’s experiences around water in West Virginia and the accompanying narrative panels include personal descriptions of the relevance of each woman’s submitted works. A section of the exhibit is dedicated to exploring the embodied experiences of water contamination in West Virginia as it pertains to gender. The exhibit will be on display in 1020 Downtown Campus Library from March 4-April 30, 2019. 


  • Martina Angela Caretta, Assistant Professor of Geography
  • Bethani Turley, Geography MA Student
  • Amanda Pitzer, Friends of the Cheat Executive Director
  • Beth Warnick, Friends of the Cheat Media and Outreach Specialist