Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month 2017

Trailblazers and Visionaries: Women Changing History

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 the trailblazers and visionaries who have paved the way and achieved amazing accomplishments, 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 celebrating Women’s History Month.


Women’s Underwear Drive for MICAH

Join us in this important cause by bringing your donations to any WHM event throughout the month or on different campus locations.

Everyone is invited to contribute to the underwear drive by bringing new women’s underwear to any WHM event.  Items collected will be donated to the Micah Ecumenical Ministries, a local non –profit organization that serves the homeless population and others who are in need.  You may also bring your donation(s) to the following on-campus locations at any time during the month of March:

Women’s and Gender Studies Collection Box in Monroe Hall, 2nd floor underneath their bulletin board

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures (Combs Hall, 2nd floor)

University Center, 2nd floor located by the newspaper stands

Simpson Library, 1st floor

Resource Display for Women’s Wellness and Reproductive Health

March 1 – 3 | 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.| University Center, 2nd Floor Lobby

Sponsored by Feminists United, UMW Health Center, and FAHASS



Open Class Lecture: Louise Erdrich’s Love Medicine in ENGL 385: Contemporary American Fiction

Monday, March 13, Wednesday, March 15, Friday, March 17 and Monday, March 20 | 9 a.m. | Combs Hall 322

Sponsored by the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication

As a native American woman novelist, Louise Erdrich has been a trailblazer, especially in shaping how we understand the histories of native Americans.


Open Class Lecture: Parenting and Career: Still Gendered After All These Years

Tuesday, March 14 | 11:00 a.m. | Monroe Hall 115

Sponsored by the Women’s & Gender Studies Program and the Department of Sociology & Anthropology

We will examine changing patterns and pressures facing parents at home and in the workplace.



Film and Discussion: #ChicagoGirl1649ac_9f9bf2e738c445d289a63ca46253e703

Tuesday, March 14 | 5:30 p.m. | Lee Hall 412

Sponsored by the James Farmer Multicultural Center

From her childhood bedroom in the Chicago suburbs, an American teenage girl uses social media to coordinate the revolution in Syria. Armed with Facebook, Twitter, Skype and camera phones, she helps her social network “on the ground” in Syria brave snipers and shelling in the streets to show the world the human rights atrocities of a dictator. But just because the world can see the violence doesn’t mean the world can help. As the revolution rages on, everyone in the network must decide what is the most effective way to fight a dictator: social media or AK-47s.


Great Lives Series: Pauli Murray and Eleanor Roosevelt

Tuesday, March 14 | 7:30 p.m. | George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium

Pauli Murray, an African American writer-turned-activist, first saw Eleanor Roosevelt in 1933, at the height of the Depression, at a government-sponsored, two-hundred-acre camp for unemployed women where Murray was living near Bear Mountain, New York. The first lady, who had lobbied Franklin Roosevelt’s administration to set up the facility, appeared one day unannounced, behind the wheel of her car, with her secretary and a man presumed to be a Secret Service agent as passengers. To Murray, then aged twenty-three, Roosevelt’s self-assurance was a symbol of women’s independence, a symbol that endured throughout Murray’s life.

Five years later, Pauli Murray, penned a letter to Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt protesting racial segregation in the South. The president’s staff forwarded Murray’s letter to the federal Office of Education. But the first lady wrote back. And so began a friendship that would last for a quarter of a century between Pauli Murray, who became a lawyer, civil and women’s rights pioneer, and the first black woman to be ordained as an Episcopal priest, and Eleanor Roosevelt, who became a diplomat and human rights leader in her own right.

See the UMW Great Lives site for more information about this series:  http://www.umw.edu/greatlives/ 


Undergraduate Research Forum on Women’s Studies

Wednesday, March 15 | 4 – 6 p.m. | University Center, Colonnade Room

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.


Great Lives Series: Queen Liliuokalani

Thursday, March 16 | 7:30 p.m. | Dodd Auditorium

In January of 1893, Her Majesty Lili’uokalani, seventh monarch and first queen regnant of the Hawaiian Islands, lost her throne to an unsavory putsch led by American businessmen, backed by American marines from the U.S.S. Boston. The outgoing Republican administration of President Benjamin Harrison had encouraged them; incoming Democrat Grover Cleveland was horrified and worked to restore her. It took another Republican, William McKinley, and the Spanish-American War to complete the U.S. annexation of Hawai’i.
The eight decades of Lili’uokalani’s epic, tragic life witnessed the transformation of her country, from the first generation of American missionaries ending the centuries-old culture of idol worship and human sacrifice, to giving the people the highest literacy rate on earth. As high chiefess of Kona, she witnessed the decline of her people to Western diseases, and the loss of their land to sharp American business dealing. As princess regent and then queen, she famously incurred the wrath of the Americans as “bad for business,” but her place of honor in Hawaiian history now is solid.

See the UMW Great Lives site for more information about this series:  http://www.umw.edu/greatlives/ 


Gender and the Media: How Media Coverage Differs Based on Gender

Friday, March 17  | 12:00 noon | University Center, Capital Room

Sponsored by the JFMC

This program will look at the media coverage of various women throughout history and see how it differed because of gender. The focus of the talk will be Jane Toppan and her Male Counter Part, H.H. Holmes, but the talk will expand into current events as well.  This presentation is by Katelyn Matragrano, a senior history major in the department of History and American Studies.  Refreshments will be provided.



Monday, March 20 | 7p.m. | Lee Hall 411

Marianne Schnall Marianne Schnall is a widely published writer and interviewer whose writings and interviews have appeared in a variety of media outlets including O, The Oprah Magazine, TIME.com, In Style, CNN.com, EW.com, the Women’s Media Center, and many others. Marianne is a featured blogger at The Huffington Post and a contributor to the nationally syndicated NPR radio show, 51 Percent: The Women’s Perspective. Schnall is the founder and Executive Director of Feminist.com, a leading women’s website and nonprofit organization. For nearly 20 years, Feminist.com has been fostering awareness, education, and activism for people all across the world. She is also the cofounder of EcoMall.com, one of the oldest environmental websites promoting earth-friendly living.




Lecture: “Intimate Revolution: Communist Women and the Spanish Civil War”

Wednesday. March 22  | 7:00 p.m. | Combs Hall 139

Sponsored by Women’s and Gender Studies and History and American Studies.

Dr. Lisa Kirschenbaum, professor of history at West Chester University and the author of International Communism and the Spanish Civil War, Solidarity and Suspicion (Cambridge University Press 2015), will share intimate stories of women communists in the Spanish civil war (1936-1939) as a means of exploring how communist commitments shaped personal lives and personal relationships influenced political understandings.


Open Class Lecture: Feminism and Phenomenology

Thursday, March 23 | 12:30 p.m. | Trinkle Hall 106A

Sponsored by the Department of Classics, Philosophy and Religion

There will be a discussion of two essays by Sandra Bartky: “Phenomenology of Feminist Consciousness,” and “Foucault and the Modernization of Patriarchal Power.”


“A Long, Long Way to Go: Gender Discrimination in Employment in the United States from the 1960s to 1980s” Brown Bag Discussion

Monday, March 27 | 5:00 p.m. | University Center, Capital Room

Sponsored by JFMC

During the 1960’s to the 1980’s, women in the United States experienced gender discrimination in the workplace.  This was due to many reasons including society’s traditional gender roles, both in the home and at work, and issues regarding childcare, marriage, and sexual harassment.  Despite the belief that women “broke the glass ceiling” during that era regarding pay equality and job discrimination, in reality they did not. This presentation is by Malin Serfis, a senior history major in the department of History and American Studies.  Refreshments will be provided.


 Open Mic: The Stonewall Monologues

Monday, March 27 | 9:00 p.m. | Lee Hall, the Underground

Sponsored by PRISM

UMW PRISM is hosting a space for the voice of queer and transgender women, as well as all other feminine identifying individuals.


Great Lives Series: The Witches of Salem by Pulitzer Prize winner Stacy Schiff

Tuesday, March 28 | 7:30 p.m. | Dodd Auditorium

The panic began in 1692, over a raw Massachusetts winter when a minister’s niece began to writhe and roar. It spread quickly, as neighbors accused neighbors, husbands accused wives, parents and children one another. It ended less than a year later, but not before 19 men and women had been hanged for witchcraft.

Drawing masterfully on the archives, Stacy Schiff makes palpably real for us one of the most electrifying chapters in American history. She illuminates the demands of a rigorous faith and the vulnerability of settlements adrift from the mother country, perched on the edge of a “remote, rocky, barren, bushy, wild-woody wilderness.” She introduces us to the strains in a Puritan adolescent’s life and to the authorities whose delicate agenda were at risk. The Witches brings early American anxieties to the fore and aligns them with our own. In an era of religious provocations, demonizing, crowdsourcing, and invisible enemies, this enthralling story makes more sense than ever.

See the UMW Great Lives site for more information about this series:  http://www.umw.edu/greatlives/ 


Vagina Monologues Screening

Wednesday, March 29 | 7:00p.m. | Room 411, Lee Hall

Email feministsunitedumw@gmail.com

The 14th annual 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.  A discussion will follow afterwards focusing on the importance of ongoing awareness, support and activism.  Sponsored by Feminists United.


The First First Ladies Brown Bag Lunch Discussion

Thursday, March 30  | 12:30 p.m. |  Capital Room, University Center

Co-sponsored by the Papers of James Monroe and the JFMC

The nation’s first presidents set important precedents for the role of the office, but so did their wives. The earliest first ladies established their power over social gatherings (where much of politics was hashed out) and to influence their husbands and friends in politics. From Martha Washington to Louisa Catherine Adams, these women were intelligent, astute political actors who were in some ways more powerful than today’s first ladies.   Refreshments will be provided.

If you have any questions, please email the James Farmer Multicultural Center at umwjfmc@gmail.com or call 540-654-1044.