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Women’s Studies, Student Organizations Celebrate Women's History Month

K'Leigh Sims

March 7, 2016

The events will honor achievements by, for and about women.

The Texas Tech University Women's Studies Program along with student organizations are hosting a number of events on campus and online throughout the month of March in celebration of Women's History Month. The events will honor achievements by, for and about women.

The public celebration of women's history began in 1978 in the United States as Women's History Week. The week including March 8, International Women's Day, was selected as the time to celebrate.

In 1987 the week was later expanded to a month and March was declared Women's History Month by the U.S. Congress.

The women's movement of the 1960s caused women to question their invisibility in traditional American history texts. The movement also raised the aspirations as well as the opportunities for women and produced a growing number of female historians.

Throughout the month of March, the Women's History Month events include:

International Women's Day (March 8)
“We Should all be Feminists” screening, noon to 1 p.m., Texas Tech Library, Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center, Room 152: The Women's Studies Program will host a forum, featuring the TED Talk “We Should all be Feminists” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. An award-winning author of “Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun,” Adichie uses humor and levity to offer a unique definition of feminism for the 21st century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness. Argued in the same observant, witty and clever prose that has made Adichie a best-selling novelist, here is one remarkable author's exploration of what it means to be a woman today and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.

“Girl Rising” (2012) film screening, 6-8 p.m., Escondido Theatre, Student Union Building: Hosted by the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, “Girl Rising” is a groundbreaking film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, which tells the stories of nine extraordinary girls from nine countries, written by nine celebrated writers and narrated by nine renowned actresses, including Cate Blanchett, Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys and Meryl Streep. “Girl Rising” showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.

The Girl Rising campaign is a global movement to unite all people to demand the rights for girls and women everywhere to receive an education. The campaign fully supports the notion that girls and women should be enabled to reach their full potential. Their mission: change the way the world values the girl.

“Passionate Politics: The Life and Work of Charlotte Bunch” screening, 6:30-8 p.m. March 23, Human Sciences Building, Room 169: The Women's Studies Program will present a screening and discussion about the documentary entitled “Passionate Politics: The Life and Work of Charlotte Bunch,” which brings her story to life from idealistic, young civil rights organizer to lesbian activist, to internationally recognized leader of a campaign to put women's rights front and center on the global human rights agenda. Bunch has been both a product and creator of her times. Every chapter in her life is a chapter in the story of modern feminist activism, from its roots in the 1960s struggles for social justice to international campaigns against gender-based violence today. This event also is part of Texas Tech's Diversity Week.

“Mom's Apple Pie”: Collective Identity within Social Movements screening and forum, 6:30-8 p.m. March 30, Human Sciences Building, Room 169: This forum is designed to discuss how the history of the women's movement and the LGBT civil rights movement intertwine and construct multiple voices with a common goal of gaining equality. Those who attend will view the documentary entitled “Mom's Apple Pie: The Heart of the Lesbian Mothers Custody Movement” (2006). This film, created by Jody Laine, Shan Ottey and Shad Reinstein and narrated by Kate Clinton, interviews sons and daughters who were separated from their mothers, the mothers themselves and one woman who made the difficult decision to flee with her children. While the beginnings of the LGBT civil rights movement were gaining momentum, the 1970s witnessed horrific custody battles for lesbian mothers.

Online events:
The Women's Studies Program also will have two online quizzes for people to their knowledge of women in history. The two quizzes are “Test Your Knowledge” and “40 Question Challenge.”

Throughout the month of March, the Women's Studies Program will post weekly quizzes using TechAnnounce as well as its Facebook group. The quizzes were designed by the National Women's History Project.

For more information, go to the Women's Studies Program website.

The Women's Studies Program is part of the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement.