UT slates events for Women’s History Month

March 11, 2013 | Events, UToday, — Languages, Literature and Social Sciences
By Staff



The University of Toledo has planned several events in March in honor of Women’s History Month.

women history monthListed by date, events will include:

Monday, March 11
• “HERstory,” 7 p.m., Memorial Field House Room 1910. Diverse ladies who played pivotal roles in the women’s rights movement will be discussed.

Tuesday, March 12
• “Half the Sky Movement — Part I,” Women’s History Month kickoff, 5 p.m., Health and Human Services Building Room 1711. Several UT women will discuss the best-selling book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. A documentary about the book will be shown and followed by a question-and-answer session. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Celia Williamson, UT professor of social work and founder of Second Chance, a social service program in Toledo that provides assistance to victims of domestic sex trafficking and prostitution.

Thursday, March 14
• 2013 YWCA Milestones: A Tribute to Women Awards Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., SeaGate Convention Centre. Wanda Butts, who started the Josh Project that teaches children and adults how to swim, and State Rep. Teresa Fedor, who received a bachelor’s degree in education from UT in 1983, are among the honorees this year. Named for her son who drowned at age 16, the Josh Project offers low-cost swimming lessons and is housed on the Scott Park Campus of Energy and Innovation in the UT Minority Business Development Center. Butts made the top 10 CNN Heroes of the Year in 2012. Tickets: $50 for individuals, $500 for table of 10. Information: 419.241.3235.

• Brown-Bag Luncheon, noon, Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women, Tucker Hall Room 0180. Dr. Celia Williamson, UT professor of social work, will give a talk on “How to Become a Social Justice Leader.”

• “Feminism and LGBTQA Movements,” 8 p.m., Student Union Room 3018. Individuals who identify as both feminist and LGBTQA will discuss their experiences and how their two roles interact. Faculty members also will talk about the movements’ similarities and differences. Event sponsored by Spectrum.

Friday, March 15
• Toledo Museum of Art tour, 1 p.m., meet at the Eberly Center for Women, Tucker Hall Room 0168 for chartered bus ride. Join the Eberly Center staff for a tour of the museum and see works by women and that speak to women.

• “Vagina Monologues,” 7 p.m., Scott Park Auditorium. The show based on Eve Ensler’s monologue will benefit Toledo Take Back the Night and Alicia’s Voice, organizations that address violence against women. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for general admission and will be available at the door and at People Called Women, 6060 Renaissance Place in Toledo. A resource fair will be held at 6 p.m. with local organizations and businesses owned and operated by women.

Saturday, March 16
• “Vagina Monologues,” 7 p.m., Scott Park Auditorium. The show based on Ensler’s monologue will benefit Toledo Take Back the Night and Alicia’s Voice, organizations that address violence against women. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for general admission and will be available at the door and at People Called Women, 6060 Renaissance Place in Toledo. A resource fair will be held at 6 p.m. with local organizations and businesses owned and operated by women.

Sunday, March 17
• Once Upon a Prom Dress, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Student Union T-section. Local high school students can pick out a free formal outfit, thanks to a dress donation drive sponsored by the Student Social Work Organization. Dresses are still being collected and can be dropped off at the Eberly Center for Women, Tucker Hall Room 0168.

Tuesday, March 19
• “Half the Sky Movement — Part II,” 5 p.m., Health and Human Services Building Room 1711. Continuation of the discussion about the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide and its documentary.

• “Hair,” 8 p.m., Student Union Room 3016. Students from different backgrounds will discuss the politics of hair, specifically the media’s politicization of women’s hair and how their ethnicity, personality and self-expression fit — and do not fit — the expectation of beauty.

Wednesday, March 20
• Women’s and Gender Studies Department Student Research Showcase, 12:30 p.m., University Hall Room 4180. Hillary Gyuras will discuss “Adolescence, Civil Rights and the Movement: A Review of Coming of Age in Mississippi,” Victoria Adkins will talk about “Educational Disadvantages for Women in India: A Perspective from Location, Tradition and Policies,” and Sarah Roberts will cover “The U.S. Military’s Ties to Prostitution.” Choice of soup or salad will be provided.

Thursday, March 21
• Panel Discussion on Women’s Issues, 6:30 p.m., Student Union Room 2592. Panelists — Wanda Butts, who started the Josh Project that teaches children and adults how to swim; State Rep. Teresa Fedor, a 1983 UT alumna; and Dr. Patricia Hogue, UT associate professor and chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies and assistant dean of diversity, student recruitment and retention in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences — will discuss community activism.

Friday, March 22
• Women’s and Gender Studies Department Faculty Research Showcase, noon, University Hall Room 4180. Dr. Asma Abdel Halim, UT associate professor, will discuss “Women and Law in the Sudan.”

Tuesday, March 26
• Film Screening, 6 p.m., Center for Performing Arts Room. See “The Education of Shelby Knox,” a documentary about a teenage girl who while campaigning for comprehensive sex education in high schools in Lubbock, Texas, discovers she is a feminist and a liberal Christian. Filmmaker Marion Lipschutz will introduce the movie and take questions after the viewing.

Thursday, March 28
• Brown-Bag Luncheon, noon, Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women, Tucker Hall Room 0180. Alicia Wagner, founder of HEELS (Helping Energize and Educate Ladies Sooner), will address “Looking at Equality Since Women Won the Right to Vote.”

Saturday, March 30
• Women of the World (WOW) Symposium, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Scott Park Auditorium. Keynote speaker: Margaret Wong will share her story of going from an immigrant to an immigrant lawyer, building Margaret Wong & Associates Co., Cleveland. The free event will cover several topics of interest to women. For more information and to register, go to wowtoledo.org.