By Janelle Smith, Staff Writer
The month of March is Woman’s History Month and it represents a time of reflection. During this time it is important to sift back through the years to herald the contributions that women have made to society.
I think of trailblaz-ers like Susan B. Anthony, who greatly impacted the women’s suffrage movement during the late 1800’s, Josephine Baker, who combated segregation as the first black woman to star in a major motion picture, Madeleine Albright, who was the first woman to be appointed to the position of Secretary of State in 1997, and so many others.
Here on campus we will be paying homage to inspirational women like these by holding several sessions with themes that center around women’s experiences. The first is a Hair Care Panel Discus-sion that will take place on Thursday, March 19, 2015 from 5 – 6pm in CUB 260. The Women’s Center will
also be hosting a Women’s History Month Party on Friday, March 20, 2015 starting at 6pm. Attendees will be able to participate in fun activities and celebrate women’s accomplishments throughout the course of history. Dress up as your favorite noteworthy female figure and the best dressed will receive a prize!
Following this event, there will be a panel on Pushing the Boundaries: Women in STEM on Tuesday, March 24 from 11:30a.m. – 1p.m. The talk will take pace in CUB 260 and will focus on the personal and professional barriers in the STEM field that women face, including a brief overview of the gender disparities in various STEM disciplines.
Last, but certainly not least, the Women’s Center’s annual event Take Back the Night will take place on Thursday, April 2 from 5 – 6p.m. in the Junction. Take Back the Night is an inter-national program to make people aware of the sexual assault, rape, domestic violence and sexual abuse against women and people of all gender identities. Please join us in shattering the silence and stopping the violence.
This month, remember to honor the women in your life that have impacted you and shaped the individual that you are. This is a time of celebration, acknowledgement and awareness to survey how far we have come and to chart the course that we still must travail as a society, nation and world.
A few other events also being held include the Healthy Relationship Discussion Group on March 30 at 7 p.m. in the Women’s and LGBTQA Resource Center, the Common Ground discussion “Pornography and Fetishization”, on March 23 at 12 p.m., “Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Black and Brilliant Women” panel sponsored by the BSU on March 24 from 5:00-6:30 in Dara Auditorium (McCreary 101), and lastly “Debunking Misconceptions about Hair: A Discussion” with Monique Gore, Associate Director of Student Activities & Greek Life, on March 26 at 4 p.m. in the Women’s and LGBTQA Resource Center. Be sure to attend some of these awesome events, panels and discussions!