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UW-Eau Claire to Celebrate
Women's 'Herstory' Month in March

RELEASED: Feb. 8, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — In recognition of Women's Herstory Month, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host a number of events, beginning at the end of February and continuing throughout March, to highlight women of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Most of these events, sponsored by a variety of university organizations and coordinated by the Women's and Gender Equity Center, are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.

According to the National Women's History Month Project, the purpose of women's history is not to idealize women but rather to show the complexity and contradictions involved in living a full and purposeful life through stories of women and their achievements. The NWHP believes that learning about the extraordinary achievements of women helps diminish the tendency to dismiss and trivialize who women are and what they accomplish, and that in celebrating women's historic achievements, we present a more authentic view of history. They believe this perspective can encourage girls and women to think larger and bolder and give boys and men a fuller understanding of the female experience.

Events for the first week of Women's Herstory Month include the following:

Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 22-24:

  • Women's Herstory Month will be jump-started with the annual presentation of "The Vagina Monologues" at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium. Ticket prices are $7 for students and $10 for the public. Tickets are available at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727. See more detailed news release.

Tuesday, Feb. 27:

  • Following the "The Vagina Monologues" will be "'The Vagina Monologues' Post Discussion," sponsored by the Women's and Gender Equity Center. This event is for anyone who has ever attended "The Vagina Monologues" and wanted to have further discussion. Participants can express their thoughts, comments, concerns and opinions in this open, safe environment. The event, which is free and open to all, will be mediated with questions revolving around the message presented in the Monologues. The discussion will be held at 4 p.m. in the WAGE Center, Room 30 of Schofield Hall.

Thursday, March 1:

  • WAGE will sponsor an event titled "Swap-O-Rama: Finding Alternatives to Consumerism." The swap is a great opportunity to both clean out closets and trade for unique used goods. Participants are encouraged to claim a spot in The Cabin anytime between noon and 5:30 p.m. to set out goods (clothes, music, books, etc.) to either be traded or given to other swappers. WAGE will also be asking for donations of comfortable clothes and soft stuffed animals to be given out at Sacred Heart Hospital to victims of sexual assault, and good quality used clothing to donate to the professional clothing closet for non-traditional students interviewing for jobs. This event is a great way to avoid participating in our "the more you spend the more you are worth" culture. Any unclaimed items at the end of the night will be given to local agencies.
  • "Shakespeare's Women: Bawdy, Wicked, Winsome, and Wise" will be presented at 7 p.m. at the L.E. Phillips Library in the Cedar Room. This free discussion will cover "The Taming of the Shrew" and/or "The Merry Wives of Windsor." Our question for the week: Who's in charge (or, how can we know who wears the pants in a play with no cross-dressing heroines)?
  • The film "The Last King of Scotland," sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the Student Senate, will screen at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, March 1-4, in Davies Theatre. Admission is $2 for International Film Society Members and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff and $1 for UW-Eau Claire students.

For a complete Women's Herstory Month calendar and/or more information, or contact wage@uwec.edu, 715-836-2693.

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