Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month 2016

Empowering Women, Empowering The World
The Women’s Rights Movement has been making strides and breaking down obstacles to equality for well over a century. Even so, challenges remain in achieving equality. Please join the Women’s History Month Planning Committee and the James Farmer Multicultural Center in Celebrating Women’s History Month.


Open Class Lecture: The Fiction of Dorothy Parker
Sponsored by the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication
Monday, March 7 | 8 a.m. | Combs Hall 111
The day’s focus will be on Parker’s biography and two early stories, “The Wonderful Old Gentleman” (1926) and “Arrangement in Black and White” (1927).

WHM Kick-off Exhibit
Monday, March 7 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | University Center, 2nd floor lobby
Join us in kicking-off Women’s History Month with a multimedia exhibit featuring women who have made significant contributions to history and society.

Poetry Reading:  Albalucía Ángel

Tuesday, March 8, 5:00- 5:40, Combs 139

Join fiction writer, poet and folk singer Albalucía Ángel who will be reading a selection of her prose and poetry.
Reception to follow.  Albalucía Ángel (Colombia 1939) is the author of Los girasoles en invierno (1970)
Dos veces Alicia (1972), Estaba la pájara pinta sentada en el verde limón (1975), Oh Gloria Inmarcesible (1979), Misiá Señora (1982), Las andariegas (1984). Cantos y encantamientos de la lluvia (2004), La gata sin botas (2004), and Tierra de nadie (2003)

Undergraduate Research Forum on Women’s Studies
March 9 | 4 – 6 p.m. | Lee Hall 412
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 submission of entries.

Film and Discussion: Girl Rising
Thursday, March 10 | 7p.m. | Lee Hall 412
Co-sponsored by Feminists United and Women of Color
Girl Rising is a global campaign for girls’ education. We use the power of storytelling to share the simple truth that educating girls can transform societies. Girl Rising unites girls, women, boys and men who believe every girl has the right to go to school and the right to reach her full potential. Our mission is to change the way the world values the girl. Everything we do is to ensure that girls’ education is part of the mainstream conversation.

Women’s History Month Keynote Speaker: Nancy Redd

Monday, March 14, 7 p.m., Lee Hall, room 411


Nancy Redd is currently a host on “HuffPost Live”, The Huffington Post’s Webby Award-winning streaming network.

Two weeks after graduating from Harvard University with an honors degree in Women’s Studies, Ms. Redd earned the title of Miss Virginia, going on to become swimsuit winner and top 10 at Miss America. This experience would become the impetus for her two non-fiction award-winning books Body Drama and Diet Drama.

Ms. Redd is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author, an NAACP Image Award nominee, a recipient of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award, and the winner of a National Parenting Publications Award for tweens and teens. A sought-after host, speaker, columnist, and media personality, prior to joining “HuffPost Live” as a founding host, she served as the worldwide spokesperson for UbyKotex, worked on The Girls’ Guide to the SAT, and was the spokesperson for Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People for Teen Girls.

Other honors include being named L’OREAL’s Beauty of Giving Young Woman of the Year, one of GLAMOUR magazine’s Top 10 College Women and one of Harvard Magazine’s Top Six Seniors. Ms. Redd also once appeared on Who Wants to be a Millionaire? with Regis Philbin and won $250,000.

Ms. Redd has been featured on E! True Hollywood Stories, NPR, PBS, Inside Edition, CBS’ The Early Show, The Insider, Discovery Channel, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, USA Today, The New York Times, Forbes magazine, ABC’s Good Morning America, CosmoGirl, J14, and more.


The Unheard Voices of Black Women in Social Movement
Thursday, March 17 | 6:30p.m. | Colonnade Room, University Center
This presentation will highlight the heroic efforts of women from past and present, the intersections of race and gender,  and the importance of those intersections to social movements in American history.  Presenter, Brittany Jones earned a master’s degree in History with a focus on American studies from Virginia Commonwealth University.


Film and Discussion: Private Violence

Monday, March 21 | 6:00 p.m. | Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence CenterPrivateViolenceImage
Sponsored by the James Farmer Multicultural Center and the Office of Title IX
This documentary explores a simple but deeply disturbing fact of American life: the most dangerous place for a woman in America is her own home. Every day in the U.S., at least four women are murdered by abusive (and often, ex) partners. Through the eyes of two survivors, we bear witness to the complex realities of intimate partner violence. Their experiences challenge entrenched and misleading assumptions, providing a lens into a world that is largely invisible, a world we have locked behind closed doors with our silence, our laws and our lack of understanding.



Great Lives Series:  Civil War Female Spies
Tuesday, March 22 | 7:30 p.m. | Dodd Auditorium
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy shines a dramatic new light on four daring- and now, unsung heroines.  The lives of Belle Boyd, Emma Edmobnds, Rose O’Neal Greenhow, and Elizabeth Van Lew and the roles they played in the civil war will be addressed as author Karen Abbott shares the inspiration behind the book.

A Latina Women’s Living History Museum
Thursday, March 24 | 5:00 p.m. | Lee Hall 412
Sponsored by Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Meet important females in Latino history, as portrayed by advanced students of Spanish.

Hildegard of Bingen: Why a Twelfth-Century Radical is Still Radical Today
Thursday, March 24 | 7:30 p.m. | Colonnade Room, University Center
Sponsored by Women’s and Gender Studies Program
This multi-talented woman – visionary, preacher, playwright, musician, healer, scientist, and politician – towered over the men and women around her. In subsequent centuries, repeated attempts have been made to diminish her radical achievements, bury her in the past, and, most recently, domesticate her identity by naming her Saint and Doctor of the Church. In this lecture, Dr. Catherine Mooney, Associate Professor of Church History at Boston College, discusses how this medieval visionary is still a prophet for today.

Vagina Monologues
Friday and Saturday, March 25 and 26 | 8:00p.m. | Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center
Cost: $3 in advance; $5 at the door
The 13th 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. Email feministsunitedumw@gmail.com

Women as Spiritual Leaders
Wednesday, March 30 | 6:00 p.m. | Lee Hall 411
Sponsored by the Islamic Student Association
Come join women leaders from different religious backgrounds as we discuss faith, gender, and what it’s like to be a woman of faith in today’s world.

Ain’t No Trust: Low-Income Mothers, Poverty Policy, and the Paucity of Trust
Wednesday, March 30 | 7:30 p.m. | Colonnade Room, University Center
Sponsored by Women’s and Gender Studies Program
Many low-income mothers distrust caseworkers, bosses, boyfriends, child care workers, and even family and friends. Dr. Judith Levine, Professor of Sociology at Temple University, will discuss how this distrust affects women’s experiences and sets up the welfare system to fail the very people it is designed to help.