Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month 2015

Raising Our Voices: Equal Power, Equal Pay, Equal Rights…

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.

WHM Kick-off Exhibit

Monday, March 9 | 11 a.m. — 4 p.m. | room 412, Lee Hall

Join us in kicking-off Women’s History Month with a multimedia exhibit featuring women who have made significant contributions to history and society.

Body Confidence: Loving You, Living Well

Tuesday, March 10 | 6 p.m. | room 412, Lee Hall

Co-sponsored by UMW Diversability.

Registered Dietitian, Kelley Raetzsch, will guide the audience on a journey to body confidence, including the practice of confident eating. She will explore the harmful impacts of dieting messages, and how you can love the body you have now. See how your body confidence impacts your relationship with food and exercise. Learn simple and practical strategies for loving you and living well.

Undergraduate Research Forum on Women’s Studies

Wednesday, March 11 | 4 — 6 p.m. | Room 411, Lee Hall

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.

Film and Discussion: Half the Sky

Thursday, March 12 | 7 p.m. | room 411, Lee Hall

Sponsored by Feminists United on Campus and African Student Union

The overlapping problems of sex trafficking, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality create a central moral challenge of our time: the fight to end the oppression of women and girls worldwide. Journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn address these topics in their acclaimed best-selling books, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide and A Path Appears. This session will feature the salon version (41 minute) of the “Half the Sky” documentary followed by a moderated discussion of the key issues it raises and the burgeoning movement for change.

Third Annual Women’s History Month Lecture: “Never Caught: The President’s Runaway Slave Woman”

Thursday, March 12 | 7 p.m. | Faculty/Staff Dining Room, Seacobeck Hall
A talk by Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Associate Professor of Black American Studies & History at the University of Delaware, on the fascinating life of Ona Judge Staines – former slave to George and Martha Washington – who took her freedom once she fled from the President’s House in May of 1796. “Never Caught” will examine the complexity of race, gender, and emancipation following the years of the American Revolution up through antebellum America. This program is cosponsored by the James Monroe Museum and the UMW Women’s and Gender Studies program.

Leading Ladies: Celebrating Women in Theater

Friday, March 13 | 7 p.m. | room 115, Dupont Hall

A night of performances in the Studio 115 black box theater featuring the work of historic female playwrights.

Privilege Workshop

Saturday, March 14 | 7 p.m. | room 411, Lee Hall

Co-sponsored by Feminists United on Campus

Join Feminists United on Campus to learn more about different forms of privilege in society.

Film and Discussion: “Finding Kind”

Monday, March 16 | 7 p.m. | room 411, Lee Hall

Sponsored by Alpha Mu Sigma.

In this award-winning film, filmmakers Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson document a cross-country journey of discovery and education, exploring the myths and realities of mean girls. Interviewing women and girls about their lives and experiences, “Finding Kind” is a quest to find a common ground of kindness and mutual respect. This session will feature the documentary followed by a moderated discussion of interrelationships and the effects of bullying or dysfunctional behavioral and communication patterns among girls and women.

Dismantling Racism in the Feminist Movement

Tuesday, March 17 | 4 p.m. | room 411, Lee Hall

Co-sponsored by Feminists United and Virginia Organizing

Join Feminists United on Campus and Virginia Organizing for a workshop on how to identify racism in the feminist movement. Listen to peoples’ experiences of racism within the movement, and identify ways to combat racism.

Women’s History Month Keynote Speaker: Dr. Anita Taylor

Wednesday, March 18 | 7 p.m. | Lee Hall, room 411

taylorA well-known speaker and workshop leader in the field of communication, Dr. Anita Taylor is an expert on such topics as gender and language and communication, women as communicators, and public speaking. She has coached debate and taught at the university level for more than four decades, working since 1979 at George Mason University, where she is professor emerita of communication and a member of the women and gender studies faculty. The winner of the National Communication Association’s (NCA) inaugural Francine Meritt Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Lives of Women in Communication in 1991, Taylor was named the Virginia Association of Communication Arts and Science’s 1996 Communicator of the Year. She won a 2000 NCA award for distinguished service and the 2002 inaugural Feminist Teacher/Mentor Award from the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender. Taylor recently collaborated with linguist M.J. Hardman of Making the Invisible Visible: Gender in Language on a Web publication that includes teaching and learning materials illustrating how language and gender interact to impact communication. The author of many articles and speeches, Taylor has published two editions of Speaking in Public and several editions of the popular Communicating textbook.

Twentieth Century Latin American Women Poets: A Bilingual Reading

Thursday, March 19 | 5 p.m. | room 139, Combs Hall

Co-sponsored by the Departments of English, Linguistics, and Communication and Modern Languages and Literatures

Bilingual reading of 20th century Latin American women poets by Drs. Maria Laura Bocaz and Connie Smith.

JFMC Human Rights Film Series: Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock  

Monday, March 23| 6:00 p.m. | room 412, Lee Hall

This documentary recounts the life of Daisy Bates and her public support and guidance of the Little Rock Nine who registered to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Unconventional, revolutionary, and egotistical, Daisy Bates reaped the rewards of instant fame, but paid dearly for it.

Stinks and Bangs: Hobby Science in Gendered Spaces

Wednesday, March 25 | 7:30 p.m. | room 116, Monroe Hall

Co-sponsored by the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies

Dr. Rachel Maines, visiting scientist in the Cornell University School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is the author of three books: “The Technology of Orgasm: ‘Hysteria,’ Vibrators, and Women’s Sexual Satisfaction” (1999), “Asbestos and Fire: Technological Tradeoffs and the Body at Risk” (2005), and her most recent, “Hedonizing Technologies: Pathways to Pleasure in Hobbies and Leisure,” published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2009. This presentation will focus on the gendering of hobbies in America. Scientific hobbies associated primarily with men and boys, such as photography, amateur chemistry, junior rocketry, model railroading, electronics, automobile mechanics, and carpentry often required the creation of scientific retreats to insulate family members from their “stinks and bangs” by colonizing garages, sheds, barns, and even former chicken coops as recreational work spaces. Hobby workspaces for girls and women, however, were almost never intended as scientific retreats, and were integrated into the household as sewing rooms and adjuncts to the kitchen. This gender segregation of hobby science has, in many cases, persisted into the 21st century as an almost invisible obstacle to introducing girls and women to the pleasures of science.

Great Lives: Shirley Temple

Thursday, March 26 | 7:30 p.m. | Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall

During the Great Depression, Shirley Temple served as ambassador of cheer, thrift, and resilience to the American public. As John Kasson states in The Little Girl who Fought the Great Depression, an essential part of the national’s recovery was the “circulation of a new emotional currency.” No entertainer of the era better embodied that spirt than Shirley Temple. In his lecture, author Kasson will show scenes from some of Temple’s early films, including Stand Up and Cheer!, Little Miss Marker, and The Little Colonel.

The Vagina Monologues

Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28 | 8 p.m. | Digital Auditorium, ITCC

Cost: $3 in advance; $5 at the door
Email: feministsunitedumw@gmail.com

Sponsored by Feminists United on Campus.

The 12th 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.

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.