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Women's Herstory Month Celebrated with Events at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: March 2, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — In honor of Women's Herstory Month, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host numerous events in March to highlight the contributions of women.

Events, sponsored by various university organizations and coordinated by the Women's and Gender Equity Center, are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.

Women's History Month imageThe 2009 National Women's History Month theme is "Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet." The NWHP will honor 100 women — including scientists, engineers, business leaders, filmmakers, conservationists, teachers, community organizers, or religious or workplace leaders — whose lives show exceptional vision and leadership in working to save the planet.

Many UW-Eau Claire events set for March 23-27 will focus on the theme, including:

March 3: Cathi Tactaquin will present "Immigration and Race in the Global Era" at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium as part of the Forum series. Tactaquin is the daughter of a farm worker and director of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, an alliance of grassroots, community, labor and faith organizations working for fairness and justice in immigration policy. Tickets are available at the University Service Center ($8 for general public; $6 for faculty/staff and ages 62 and up; $4 for UW-Eau Claire students and ages 17 and under).

March 4: Dr. Rose-Marie Avin will present "Women's Studies in Nicaragua" from 4-5:30 p.m. in Room 107 of Schneider Hall. A professor of economics, Avin has led study tours of Nicaragua. She teaches courses in "Women and Economic Development," "Economic Development of Latin America," "Women in the World Economy."

March 5: Commission on the Status of Women will host a Brown Bag Lunch from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Presidents Room, Davies Center.

March 6 and 7: "The Vagina Monologues," presented by V-Day, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium. A matinee will begin at 1:30 p.m. March 8. Students will present the famous presentation on women's lives. Tickets, available at the 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 details, contact Dacia Miller at

March 9: Back Up Your Birth Control Day will run from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the East Lobby of Davies Center. Information and protection will be provided.

March 9: A Vagina discussion will begin at 3 p.m. in Room 30 of Schofield Hall. Participants may express their thoughts, concerns and opinions in a safe environment.

March 10: Minniejean Brown Trickey will present "Return to Little Rock: a Seminal Moment in American Education and Civil Rights" at 7 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium. Brown Trickey was one of the nine students from Little Rock High School who integrated the public school system during the Civil Rights Movement. A reception will follow at 8:30 p.m. in the Presidents Room of Davies Center.

March 11: Minniejean Brown Trickey will have coffee with students at 9 a.m. in the Skylight Lounge of Davies Theatre. She will speak at 10 a.m. in Davies Theatre.

March 24: Faye Jones will present "The Role of Women in the Local and Organic Foods Movement" at 2 p.m. in Room 319 of Phillips Hall. Jones is executive director of the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service, which serves farmers who produce quality, healthful food using organic and sustainable techniques.

March 25: Dr. Kate Hale will present "Knowledge, Inquiry, Action: Obligation and Rights in Carson and Steingraber," at 2 p.m. in Room 319 of Phillips Hall. As UW-Eau Claire's sustainability fellow, Hale helps coordinate and support sustainability efforts on campus and assist in developing new efforts.

March 26: Dr. Karen Warren will present "What is Ecofeminism and Why Does it Matter?" at 2 p.m. in Room 319 of Phillips Hall. A professor of philosophy at Macalester College, her interests are in feminist philosophy, particularly ecofeminist philosophy and environmental ethics. She was the Ecofeminist Scholar-in-Residence at Murdoch University in Australia in 1995.

March 27: Dr. Paula Kleintjes Neff will present "Women Keeping Nature in the Nurture of the 21st Century Child" at 2 p.m. in Room 319 of Phillips Hall. A professor of biology, she teaches courses in environmental science, conservation biology and entomology. She also is interested in citizen science and the role of families and environmental educators in nurturing a love for nature in young children.

March 30: A clothing drive will run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in Room 30 of Schofield Hall. WAGE seeks donations of new clothes and underwear to be given to Sacred Heart Hospital for victims of sexual assault, as well as quality used clothing to donate to the professional clothing closet for non-traditional students interviewing for jobs.

March 31-April 3: "Swap-O-Rama: Finding Alternatives to Consumerism" will run from noon-4 p.m. March 31 and April 1 in the Towers Hall basement and April 2-3 in The Cabin in Davies Center. The swap is a way to clean out closets and trade for used goods. Any unclaimed items will be given to local agencies.

For more information, contact WAGE at or 715-836-2693.



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