Celebrate Women’s History Month

March is Women's History Month.

Prior to the 1970’s, women’s history was an underreported topic that had little place in education. In 1978, in order to help raise awareness and honor the positive contributions women have made throughout history, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women introduced a "Women’s History Week" celebration. In 1981, Senator Orrin Hatch and Representative Barbara Mikulski co-sponsored a joint Congressional resolution proclaiming a national Women's History Week. The week including International Women’s Day (March 8th) was chosen. Congress decided to expand this week of recognition into a month long celebration; March was officially declared Women's History Month in 1987.

To celebrate Women’s History month, WPI has three events planned this March. On March 8, from noon until 1pm WPI will be hosting International Women’s Day Brown Bag Lunch in the Hagglund Room. Students are invited to bring their lunch and participate in a talk about the history of International Women’s Day and the history behind women’s movements both in the U.S. and abroad. Beverages and dessert will be provided.

March 14, from 7:00pm-8:30pm speaker Gail Dines from Wheelock College in Boston will be giving a talk entitled "Pornography Hurts Everyone". She will be speaking about the porn culture that is present in our everyday media and how it negatively affects young men and women today. An interactive Q&A will follow the talk, which will take place in Olin 107. Due to some graphic images and language, the program is limited to those 18 years or older.

On March 27, from 7:00pm-8:00pm there will be a Leadership Lecture with Zohra Sarwari in Olin 107. Zohra Sarwari will be speaking about the struggles she has faced in her leadership journey as a Muslim woman.

March 14, 2012

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