CSU–Pueblo celebrates Women’s History Month during March

Numerous Women’s History Month events are scheduled on the Colorado State University-Pueblo campus in March to celebrate the accomplishments of women. The campus events, including refreshments, will be co-sponsored by the Women’s Studies and Chicano Studies programs, First-Year Center, Multicultural Center, University Library, the offices of Student Life and Development and Student Activities, and the Political Science and Riding the 3rd Wave clubs.

Each year, March is designated as National Women’s History Month to ensure that the history of American women will be recognized and celebrated in schools, workplaces, and communities throughout the country. Complete information on Women’s History Month may be found at http://www.nwhp.org/whm/history.php Women in art is the theme that ties together this year’s activities nationally.

The month’s activities begin on Thursday, March 4 with a noon-time discussion of women and athletics and an evening reception and program, “Women of Pueblo, Ladies of Many Hats," held in conjunction with the Southeastern Colorado Heritage Center. The evening event will begin at 5 p.m. in the University Library and move to Library Wing 321 at 5:30 for the presentation that will feature an overview of women's influence in Pueblo from 1870-1960. Displays of various women and women’s groups from the campus and the community also will be available for viewing. Senior Women’s Athletic Administrator Niki Whitaker and Head Women’s Soccer Coach Dave Morris will discuss Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its contributions to the growth of women’s sports from 1972-1999. This event will begin at noon in the First-Year Center.

At noon on Wednesday, March 5, in the OUC Aspen Leaf, students Nathan Pesch and Heather Palm will host a presentation by Dr. Claire Garcia of Colorado College, in a combined celebration of International Women’s Day, Black History Month, and Women’s History Month. The presentation will focus on a revisionary, transnational ways of looking at the Harlem Renaissance.

Envisioning a world free from sexism will be the focus of a Women’s History Panel: Imagining the Future, an interactive session in which audience members will be asked to imagine how home/family, workplace, education, government, and sexuality might be different in the future. The panel will be held from 2-3 p.m. on Thursday, March 6 in the First-Year Center. CSU-Pueblo Associate Professor of Psychology Karen Yescavage will lead the discussion. Later that
evening, pizza and a showing of the movie, If These Walls Could Talk, will begin at 5 p.m. with dinner, followed by the movie at 6 p.m. in the Multicultural Center on the lower level of the Occhiato University Center. The film explores the issues surrounding abortion by highlighting the lives of three women from different decades 50’s, 70’s, and 90’s.

University representatives and 10 students will attend the Outstanding Women’s Luncheon,
which recognizes the contributions of women to the Pueblo community. This event begins at noon on Friday, March 7 at the Robert Hoag Rawlings Public Library, Ryals Room. The Women’s Studies Program’s Outstanding Women of Pueblo’s nominee this year is Deanne Gentile, CSU-Pueblo student and domestic violence advocate.

At noon on Tuesday, March 11, participants are welcome to view and discuss the movie Motherhood Manifesto, which explores the lives and challenges of working mothers, followed by a group discussion led by Tanya Baird and Gina Lopez Ferguson entitled, The Feminist Movement—Helpful or Hurtful?. The event will be held in the Multicultural Center.

The history of women and art and the obstacles faced by women in specific eras will be the focus of Past to Present: Women and Art in Panorama, beginning at noon on Wednesday, March 12 in the OUC Aspen Leaf. From 3-4 p.m. Dr. Lloyd Lewan, author, educator, public speaker, and former chairman of the board of Lewan & Associates office technology company, will discuss his book “Women in the Workplace: A Man’s Perspective” courtesy of the President’s Leadership Program in the First-Year Center.

CSU-Pueblo Student Jenirae Wolff will discuss prostitution in the mining towns of the West as part of a presentation from 1-2 p.m. on Thursday, March 13 in the First-Year Center.

An Evening of Women’s Poetry will begin at 7 p.m., on March 17 in the Hearthwell Lounge.
Winners of the Southern Colorado Women's Poetry Contest will be announced. Guest poet Kim McKee, four times winner of international Celtic songwriting contests, and national champion on the mountain dulcimer will perform, accompanied by Ken Willson.

The birthing industry will be the topic of an informal discussion of The Business of Being Born
at noon on Tuesday, March 18 in the Multicultural Center. Mary Hund-Snyder, a nurse mid-wife ,and women who have recently had homebirths will discuss their views of the birthing industry.

A panel discussion about women in the military (past, present, and future) will convene at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 20 in the First-Year Center. Panelists include Anne Campbell, Ph.D. Lt Col, USAF, Retired, CSU-Pueblo Adjunct; Dr. Fran Pilch, Prof of Political Science, USAFA; and Major Jodi Vittori, US Air Force. The panel will be followed by a question and answer period. The month’s activities will conclude that evening (March 20) with a reading by fiction writer Annie Dawid. The reading will begin at 7 p.m. in the First-Year Center.

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