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UW-Eau Claire Announces Women's Herstory Month Events

RELEASED: Feb. 25, 2008

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 through March, to highlight women of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Most of the 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 highlighting women's history is not to idealize women but rather to show, through stories of women and their achievements, the complexity and contradictions involved in living a full and purposeful life. 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:

Feb. 25:

  • Spectrum Welcomes Missy Collins: 7:30 p.m. in Towers Hall Basement TV Lounge. Missy Collins is a nontraditional social work major at UW-Eau Claire. Collins and her partner, Diane, have been state-certified foster parents since 2004 and have provided a safe home for a number of foster children in the Eau Claire area. In 2005 they decided to have a child of their own, and in late summer 2007, Collins successfully conceived; now the couple are anxiously awaiting the birth of their son. Join UW-Eau Claire student organization Spectrum as Collins and her partner share their experiences and host a question-and-answer session. Refreshments will be served.

Feb. 27:

  • WAGE Reading Discussion: 4 p.m. in the WAGE Center, Schofield Hall Room 30. Dr. Roberta Goodman of UW-Eau Claire's Counseling Services will lead a discussion on three journal articles focusing on special issues regarding depression in African-American, Asian-American and Mexican-American women. The articles are available online at www.uwec.edu/sdd/wage, and both campus community members and interested members of the general public are invited to read the articles and take part in the discussion.
  • "The Vagina Monologues" presented by V-Day: 7 p.m., Schofield Auditorium. Eve Ensler's now famous presentation on women's lives will be presented by UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets, available at the UW-Eau Claire Service Center, are $7 with a UW-Eau Claire student ID, $10 with a UW-Eau Claire faculty or staff ID and $10 for the general public. For more information on "The Vagina Monologues" or the V-Day Campaign, contact Stephanie Hormig at hormigal@uwec.edu.

Feb. 28:

  • "The Vagina Monologues" presented by V-Day: 7 p.m., Schofield Auditorium. See information above.

For a complete Women's Herstory Month calendar and more information, contact WAGE at wage@uwec.edu or 715-836-2693, or visit the WAGE booth across from the Service Center in the Davies Center East Lobby from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 26-28.

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