June 17, 2024

Women’s History Month

Exhibit: on Hold

Thursday, March 1 5 p.m., Combs Hall, Room 139

Anne Leighton Massoni is a contemporary female photographer who deals with issues of history, infertility, lineage, and identity with women who have a family history of breast and ovarian cancer. She uses both created images and found imagery to represent an underlying story which touches on the personal while still attempting the collective.


Great Lives Lecture Series: Louisa May Alcott (by Harriet Reisen)

Tuesday, March 13 7:30 p.m., Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall


Seminar: Is the Arab Spring a Women’s Winter?

Wednesday, March 14 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Great Hall, Woodard Campus Center

The Arab revolution that started January 2011 influenced the Middle East and put an end to dictatorship systems in at least three countries. The demonstrations further transformed traditional perspectives and depictions of Arab women as silent and passive victims. The atmosphere of the region with reference to a variety of discussions on gender equality, social justice, human rights, and democracy emerged after the successes of the Arab Spring.


Women’s Research Symposium

Wednesday March 14 4-6 p.m., Red Room, Woodard Campus Center

Please join UMW students as they showcase their undergraduate research in women’s studies. Cash prizes will be awarded to winners. Contact Professor Cooperman at rcooperm@umw.edu for more information regarding submitting an entry.


Great Lives Lecture Series: Juliette Gordon Low (by Stacy A. Cordery)

Thursday March 15 7:30 p.m., Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall


Adelante Mujeres!

Monday March 19 5:30 p.m., Lee Hall, Room 411

Adelante Mujeres! is a documentary that explores the lives, culture, and history of Mexican-American women. Professors Connie Smith and Jessica Locke will facilitate a discussion following the viewing of this film.


Latin American Women on the Spot

Monday March 19 6:15 p.m., Lee Hall, Room 411

Join UMW students in an exciting presentation, coordinated by Professors Elizabeth Lewis and María Laura Bocaz, of various posters that provide pictures and essential information of outstanding Latin American women in the arts, sciences, literature, politics, and other areas.


Women and Politics in the Era of the American Revolution

Tuesday March 20 7 p.m., Monroe Hall, Room 116

Join Dr. Rosemarie Zagarri, professor of history at George Mason University, as she discusses womanhood as it was understood and experienced in 18th- and early 19th- Century America. She will provide insight into the lives of women in this era, with a special focus on James Monroe’s wife, Elizabeth Monroe.


Social Justice Brown Bag Lunch Discussion: Human Trafficking

Wednesday March 21 Noon, Woodard Campus Center, Meeting Room 1

The Social Dynamics of Family Violence

Wednesday March 21 7 p.m., Monroe Hall, Room 116

Research shows that one in four women is a victim of violence. Join Dr. Angela Hattery, sociologist and associate director of the program in women’s and gender studies at George Mason University, as she discusses this research with an emphasis on intimate partner violence.

Poetry Readings

Thursday March 22 5-5:30 p.m., Combs Hall, Room 139

Join Professors Ana Chichester and Connie Smith as they present a series of bilingual readings of poet Claribel Alegria. The poet, who is from El Salvador, has written several collections of poetry about women’s empowerment.


Women’s History Month Keynote Speaker: Dr. Danielle McGuire

Thursday, March 22, 7 p.m., 2012 Great Hall, Woodard Campus Center

Danielle McGuire is a writer and assistant professor in the history department at Wayne State University. Since receiving a doctorate from
Rutgers in 2007, McGuire has won numerous teaching and research awards. Her dissertation on sexualized racial violence and the African-American freedom struggle received the 2008 Lerner Scott Prize for best dissertation in women’s history. She is the author of At the Dark End of the Street.


Self-Help or Self-Hurt?

Thursday, March 26, 5 p.m.,  Meeting Room 1, Woodard Campus Center

Join the Black Student Association as they lead a discussion about men who write self-help books for and about women. The discussion will center on whether the information and advice presented in these books help or just reinforce patriarchal ideas that previously existed in society.

Film and Discussion: The Vision of Wangari Maathai

Tuesday, March 27, 5 p.m., Chandler Hall, Room 102

This documentary chronicles the life and activism of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Wangari Muta Maathai, the founder of the Green Belt Movement, who became a world-renowned environmentalist and women’s rights activist with the seemingly simple idea of planting trees. Join the African Student Union and Women of Color as they view the film and discuss Maathai’s life and legacy.


Film and Discussion: Miss Representation

Wednesday, March 28 7 p.m., Monroe Hall, Room 116

This film educates the audience by exposing the media’s negative portrayal of women and its effects on girls. It seeks to empower women by identifying the steps toward eliminating these portrayals and effects.


V-Day UMW “The Vagina Monologues” 2012

Friday, March 30 and Saturday 31 8 p.m., Lee Hall, Room 411

Cost: $3 in advance; $5 at the door

Email em.c.butler@gmail.com to purchase tickets

The 9th annual UMW production of The Vagina Monologues, written by Eve Ensler, uses the arts to explore women’s issues of sex, love, rape, abuse, relationships, menstruation, and childbirth. By promoting inner beauty and self-worth, The Vagina Monologues celebrates the true essence of the vagina, femininity, and the ability to speak out against the pressures of society.

About Brynn Boyer

Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.