February 27, 2014
As part of National Women’s History Month, the Women and Gender Studies department will be hosting a series of four presentations recognizing women throughout the month.
The first one, lead by Professor David Russell, is a discussion about Denise Kiernan’s book, “Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II”. The event will be on March 4 in Raub 232 at 6:00 p.m.
Professor Sharon Taylor and a guest will be leading a panel on the movie “Dare to Compete: The Struggle of Women in Sports” in the Hall of Flags at 6:00 p.m. on March 10.
There will also be a presentation on “Mira Lloyd Dock and the Progressive Era Conservation Movements”, led by Professor Susan Rimby, in Greenburg Auditorium on March 26 at 6:30 p.m.
It all ends with “Let Her Voice Be Heard” event held in Avenue 209 on March 27 at 6:30. It’s co-sponsored with the English Club and the President’s Commission on the Status of Women. Students and faculty will be reading from the work of their favorite female authors.
“Anyone can read [at the event]. Interested students just need to let me know that they are interested,” said Professor Tracey Cummings, one of the event organizers.
The effort to recognize women’s efforts began with just a single day, March 8. However, in 1980, Former President Jimmy Carter declared that it would expand to cover a week of the month.
“Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed,” President Carter said in the 1980 speech declaring Women’s History Week. “But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well.”
In 1987, Congress announced that the entire month of March would be devoted to the celebration of women in our nation’s history.