Strong: Lift Like a Girl


December 8, 2016   •   6:30PM
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A formidable figure, standing at 5’8″ and weighing over 300 pounds, Cheryl Haworth struggles to defend her champion status as her lifetime weightlifting career inches towards its inevitable end. Strong! chronicles her journey and the challenges this unusual elite athlete faces,  exploring popular notions of power, strength, beauty, and health.

Following the screening, stay for a panel on women’s athleticism and gendered expectations of women in sports. Co-sponsored by the Chatham University Graduate Psychology Program:

Mary Jo Loughran, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Chatham University Graduate Psychology


Ashli Molinero (’93), DSc, is a competitive handcyclist and advocate for participation in mainstream sports for people with disabilities. She is a native of Pittsburgh, born with Spina Bifida in 1971. She has completed the Pittsburgh, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Seattle and Boston marathons and placed in the top 3 of her category each time. She was one of two women among 12 cyclists to compete in the Alaska Challenge in 2014. Known as “The Tour de France of Handcycling”, the race is the most grueling handcycle race in the world- 280 miles from Anchorage to Fairbanks over 5 days. In addition to marathons, she races for the Pittsburgh Steelwheelers and Paralyzed Veterans Racing Teams in mainstream cycling events across the country.

She graduated from Chatham College in 1993 with a B.A. in Communications. She completed her M.Ed. at the University of Pittsburgh and earned a Doctorate in Information Systems at Robert Morris University in 2004. An Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh for 8 years, Dr. Molinero joined UPMC Community Provider Services as the Director of the Disability Resource Center in 2015.



Tammy Spencer Bey is a native of Bethel Park, PA., and graduated from Bethel Park High School where she played softball and ran track. She was always active in sports and living a healthy life so it was not a surprise that she turned to playing professional women’s football with The Pittsburgh Passion. During her six years as a wide receiver, the team won several division championships. She still serves on the coaching staff and as a part of the Passion’s Business team through the “Passion for Life Foundation.”

Tammy is Vice President and Senior Consultant in the Finance Project Management Office at PNC Financial Services. She has served on the Board of Directors for FamilyLinks, Inc., Macedonia FACE (Family and Community Enrichment Center), The City of Pittsburgh Youth Commission Council, and Highmark’s Wellness Committee for the African American Business Resource group. She was also an active associate board member for the Sarah Heinz House. Tammy was a past recipient of the Pittsburgh Courier’s 40 under 40 award and most recently recognized as one of Pittsburgh Courier’s 2016 Women of Excellence. She received her MBA from Point Park University and is the mother of three daughters.