Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month 2014

“Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment”

Challenging the status quo is never easy, but women throughout history have risen to the task. Whether they were striving for voting rights, pushing for equal opportunity in the workplace, or raising awareness about women’s health and wellness, women have shown vision, strength and determination. Thanks to their work, the world is a better place for all women. Please join the Women’s History Month Planning Committee and the James Farmer Multicultural Center in commemorating the character, courage, and commitment of women.


Guadalupe Ramirez, Director of Asociación de Mujeres del Altiplano (AMA)  **Cancelled**

Tuesday, March 11 | 7  p.m. | Lee Hall, room 412

Born in the town of Tejutla in the western highlands of Guatemala, Guadalupe Ramirez learned early on of the value of community organizing. She has dedicated her life to increasing the opportunities for indigenous Maya in leadership roles, raising awareness of social justice issues, and promoting a vision of environmental stewardship. Those are the core principles of AMA, a nonprofit in Guatemala that empowers indigenous leaders to become agents of change.


Undergraduate Research Forum on Women’s Studies

Wednesday, March 12 | 4-6  p.m. | Lee Hall, room 411

Please join UMW students as they showcase their undergraduate research in women’s studies. Cash prizes will be awarded. Contact Professor Kristin Marsh at kmarsh@umw.edu for more information regarding submitting an entry.


Her Dangerous Voice: Female Orators, Gender Trouble, and Public Outrage in the American 1820s

Wednesday, March 12 | 7  p.m. | Lee Hall, room 412

In 1829 reformer Frances Wright lectured to overflow audiences in cities up and down the East Coast, prompting newspaper accounts of outrage at her oratory. Come hear about this scandalous public woman—and consider more broadly the gender politics of publicity that created such anxiety. Presented by Dr. Carolyn Eastman, associate professor of history at Virginia Commonwealth University. Co-sponsored by the Department of History and American Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and the James Monroe Museum.


Great Lives Lecture: Women of the Manhattan Project

Thursday, March 13 | 7:30 p.m. | Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall

During World War II the town of Oak Ridge, Tenn., consumed more electricity than all of New York City. Women from all across the South came to Oak Ridge for the promise of good wages and a chance to help to end the war. The residents of this town worked in huge nuclear factories, unaware that they were building atomic bombs for the United States military. Nonetheless, this was a time of heightened security and scrutiny where the women and men of Oak Ridge were not allowed to speak of the work they did each day. Join us for this Great Lives lecture with Denise Kiernan, author of The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win WWII, and learn about these exemplary women.


Film and Discussion: Dark Girls

Monday, March 17 | 5 pm | Monroe Hall, room 113

Dark Girls is a documentary that demonstrates the prejudices that dark-skinned women experience in America and around the globe. Through the personal stories of various women, it delves deep to explore the roots of classism and racism, and the lack of self-esteem that results from them. It’s a fascinating and controversial story that seeks to heal.


Brief Portrayals: The Lives of Nana Asma’u, Noor Inayat Khan, Tawakul Karman, and Dr. Amina Wadoud

Tuesday, March 18 | 7:30 p.m. | Room 411, Lee Hall

Sponsored by the Islamic Student Association, this program will explore the lives of Muslim women known for their bravery in the front lines of war, resistance to nationwide oppression and corruption, fearlessness in demands of equality and justice, and advocacy for education as a basic human right. By walking in their shoes, we can fully appreciate their achievements.


Women’s History Month Keynote Speaker: Regina Barr

Wednesday, March 19 | 7 p.m. | Lee Hall, room 411


Regina_low2     Founder and CEO of Red Ladder, Regina Barr regales her audiences by providing them with hands-on knowledge combined with the practical wisdom and relevant stories gained through successfully navigating the financial services industry for more than 18 years. These attributes earned her recognition as one of Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s “40 Twin Cities professionals under 40 years old” for her business accomplishments and community contributions. Her background includes more than 18 years of leadership experience in the corporate sector in product, sales and marketing. Her primary goal has always been to develop people and inspire success. She is the past Foundation Chair of Financial Women International, and is actively involved in the Breast Cancer Awareness Association, Women Achieving New Direction and other organizations.


Film and Discussion: Half the Sky

Thursday, March 20 | 6 p.m. | room 116, Monroe Hall

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide is a four-hour television series for PBS and international broadcast, shot in Cambodia, Kenya, India, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Liberia, and the U.S.  Inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book, the documentary introduces women and girls living under some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable–and fighting bravely to change them.  Traveling with intrepid reporter Kristof and celebrity advocates America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union, and Olivia Wilde, the film reflects sustainable options for empowerment and offers a blueprint for transformation.  Sponsored by the African Student Union.


Bilingual Reading of Olga Orozco, Argentine Poet

Thursday, March 20 | 5 p.m. | Room 139, Combs Hall

As part of “Thursday Poems,” Drs. Anna Chichester and Connie Smith will present a bilingual reading of Argentine poet Olga Orozco.


Native Women and Whaling in New England, the Pacific, and the Arctic

Monday, March 24 | 7 p.m. | Room 412, Lee Hall

Dr. Nancy Shoemaker of the Department of History at the University of Connecticut will discuss her recent work on how the whaling industry affected native women in New England, the Pacific, and the Arctic. Co-sponsored by the Department of History and American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies Program.


A Study of Scarletts: Scarlett O’Hara and her Literary Daughters

Wednesday, March 26 | 7 p.m. | Room 411, Lee Hall

A lecture by Margaret O. Bauer, Rives Chair of Southern Literature at East Carolina University. The lecture centralizes literary representation of strong Southern women by a Southern female academic. Sponsored by the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication.


The Vagina Monologues

Friday and Saturday, March 28 and 29 | 8 p.m. | Room 411, Lee Hall Cost: $3 in advance; $5 at the door

Email: feministsunitedumw@gmail.com

The 11th annual UMW production of The Vagina Monologues, written by Eve Ensler, uses the arts to explore women’s issues of sex, love, rape, abuse, relationships, menstruation, and childbirth. By promoting inner beauty and self-worth, The Vagina Monologues celebrates the true essence of the vagina, femininity, and the ability to speak out against the pressures of society. Sponsored by Feminists United on Campus.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more information, contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540/654-1044; Lee Hall 211; students.umw.edu/multicultural; or via email at umwjfmc@gmail.com.