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Campus activities planned to celebrate National Women's History Month

RELEASED: Feb. 24, 2011

Women's History Month LogoEAU CLAIRE — In honor of Women's History Month, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host numerous events in March to call attention to the historical contributions of women.

The 2011 national theme for Women's History Month is "Our History is Our Strength." This year, instead of recognizing national honorees, organizations and institutions throughout the country are asked to honor women within their own communities.

In addition to campus events celebrating the accomplishments and experiences of women, a display about women's history will be featured in Davies Center during the week of March 7-13. In addition, McIntyre Library will host a photography exhibit about body image during the entire month of March.

The following 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.

  • March 1: A post discussion about "The Vagina Monologues" will be held at 5 p.m. in the Arrowhead Room of Davies Center. The discussion will allow students, faculty and the public to voice their opinions, thoughts and questions about the campus presentation taking place Feb. 24-26. If time permits, clips from the documentary "Red Moon: Menstruation, Culture and the Politics of Gender" will be shown.
  • March 2: An article discussion that analyzes the role of beauty pageants in American cultural history will take place at 6 p.m. in the basement study lounge of Sutherland Hall. The merit of beauty pageants, implications of child beauty pageants, racism and heterosexism and the messages they send about female subjectivity and worth will be explored. Articles for the discussion may be accessed through the WAGE website.
  • March 3: An acoustic performance of feminist music featuring Pamela Means will be held at 7 p.m. in The Cabin of Davies Center. Means is a singer, songwriter and jazz vocalist whose razor wit and charm captivate audiences around the world. She performs both high energy and politically informed acoustic music at events for Black History Month, Gay pride events, Women's History Month and Take Back the Night rallies. She has appeared with Joan Baez, Neil Young, Shawn Covin, Ani DiFranco and many others and is known for bringing issues of social justice and human dignity to the stage.
  • March 8: A film screening and discussion of "The Price of Pleasure: Pornography, Sexuality and Relationships" will be held at 6 p.m. in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. The film explores the $13 billion pornography industry through the voices and experiences of consumers, critics and pornography producers and performers. This event is not suitable for all audiences. Some content is graphic and sexually explicit.
  • March 9: "Me and Mamie Till-Mobley: A UW-Eau Claire Student's Journey to her Awakening and Activism through Personal Tragedy," a presentation by Catherine Emmanuelle, will be held at 5 p.m. in The Cabin of Davies Center. Emmanuelle, a senior women's studies major from Eau Claire, will discuss how Mamie Till-Mobley, the mother of Emmett Till, whose 1955 murder is thought to have sparked the Civil Rights Movement, inspired her to pursue her bachelor's degree and eventually participate in political activism.
  • March 10: An interactive discussion about colonization and women will be held at 12:30 p.m. in the Hibbard penthouse. "The Expansion of the Roman Empire and the Demise of the 'Feminine Divine'" will be led by Kari Tauring, a Nordic roots performance artist based in Minneapolis, Minn. Tauring will lead participants through topics that include the denigration of the 'feminine divine,' the expansion of the Roman Empire as a model for colonization and patriarchy, the experiences of the indigenous people of Europe while converting to Christianity and the concept of inherited cultural grief.
  • March 10: A poetry reading by UW-Eau Claire faculty members will take place at 7 p.m. in The Cabin of Davies Center. Patti See, senior student services coordinator in the UW-Eau Claire Academic Skills Center and an instructor in the women's studies program; Dr. Barbara Kernan, senior lecturer of English and women's studies; and Karen Loeb, professor of English, will share original work that focuses on parenting and the challenges of motherhood.
  • March 12: Peanut Butter & Gypsy will perform a 7 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium. The group performs tribal belly dancing to portray the beauty and strength of women dancing together in sisterhood. The Eau Claire troupe melds traditional and contemporary dance to create a compilation of old and new in celebration of life. They leave their audiences feeling energized and inspired to try the dance themselves. Admission is free. Donations will be collected for Bolton Refuge House.

"Throughout history, women's experiences and accomplishments have been under-recorded, under-recognized, and under-appreciated. The events held in honor of Women's History Month aim to resurrect women's experiences from history and give credence to their previously silenced voices," said Abby Vercauteren, WAGE women's issues program coordinator. "We encourage the campus community to attend one or more of these events. These educational and thought-provoking presentations are conducted by various women from on and off campus whose accomplishments have made our world a better place and prove that 'our history is our strength.'"

This annual celebration, designated by joint resolutions of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate and proclamations by five American presidents, offers an opportunity to honor and celebrate women's historic achievements and recognize the contributions and abilities of women in the community today. More information can be found on the National Women's History Project website.

More information about Women's History Month activities, which may expand as the month goes on, is available on the WAGE website, or by contacting WAGE at 715-836-2693 or wage@uwec.edu.

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