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UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
Women's History Month Celebrated at UW-Eau Claire
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MAILED: March 6, 1997

EAU CLAIRE - "A Fine and Long Tradition of Community Leadership" is the theme of the 1997 Women's History Month celebration at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The theme pays special tribute to the many women during the years who have taken on leadership roles in their own communities, organizers say. It recognizes that in every generation, women have stepped up to the challenges presented to their communities and selflessly responded to the needs they saw around them. The contributions of community workers are often not recognized by political leaders, but the effects of their work are felt by thousands.

Women highlighted on the 1997 poster by the National Women's History Project are Dorothy Day, Nannie Helen Burroughs, Gertrude Bonnin, Alicia Dickerson Montemayor, Ellie Baker, Jane Addams and Clara Barton.

Women's History Month activities at UW-Eau Claire will kick off Tuesday, March 11, with a concert by storyteller, folk singer and women's historian Gerri Gribi. The show will begin at 7 p.m. in The Cabin of Davies Center. Gribi's show is an informal presentation of folk songs that tell of women's roles in history and modern society.

A program titled "Women in the Curriculum Electronic Resources Update" will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, in room 2023B of the Library.

The "Women's Studies Awards Celebration" will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in Phillips Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Center. A Women's Studies Potluck will follow the awards celebration in the Faculty Lounge of the Fine Arts Center. All faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend the potluck.

The Clothesline Project - a memorial to women victims of violence by survivors, friends and/or families of survivors and victims - will be displayed March 17-21 in the Willow Lounge of Davies Center. People can make their own shirts to hang on the clothesline any day between 2 and 4 p.m.

Maria Teresa Tula, of the Co-Madres, will speak about human rights and activism, specifically her experiences in El Salvador, at 6 p.m. Monday, March 17, in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center. Co-Madres is the Committee and Relatives of Political Prisoners, Disappeared and Assassinated of El Salvador.

UW-Eau Claire's Forensics Team will give a special performance at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 17, in The Cabin of Davies Center. Selected presentations were chosen from competition addressing women's issues such as sisterhood, working women, mothers and adoption, and mothers and special needs children.

At 8 p.m. Saturday, March 22, Cheryl Wheeler will perform at the Mabel Tainter Theatre in Menomonie.

Wisconsin Public Television will feature a salute to Women's History Month during the week of March 18-29. Check local listings or contact the Women's Studies Office at UW-Eau Claire for specific programs and times.

For additional information about Women's History Month, call the UW-Eau Claire Women's Studies Office at (715) 836-5717.

UWEC [Administrative Offices] [News Bureau]

Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield 218
(715) 836-4741

Updated: March 25, 1997