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Women's Day Festival to celebrate past, present and future accomplishments

Diverse activities highlight the schedule


Ohio University will host its third annual International Women's Day Festival at 2 p.m. Sunday in Baker University Center Ballroom.

Sponsored by the Women's Center, the conference with the theme of "Equal Access to Education, Training and Science and Technology: Pathway to Decent Work for Women," will celebrate the past, present, and future accomplishments of women worldwide. It also will provide an opportunity for the campus community to celebrate women's and girl's achievements, to reflect on women's status today and discuss the future of women. 

"The festival speaks to the core function (of the Women's Center), which is to inform and educate our community about women, gender and diversity in a local, national, and international context," said Susanne Dietzel, director of the Women's Center.

This year's festival will feature performances such as Irish dancing, a feminist choir, a presentation of women's traditional Vietnamese clothing and speeches on topics like domestic violence and women in war along with much more.

Brittany Marxen, a sophomore studying psychology, is performing a belly dancing routine with the Belly Dance Club.

"I'm so excited to do this," said Marxen. "It's not just an opportunity to showcase our talents but it's for a good cause too."

This is the first time Marxen has participated in the festival and hopes to continue in the future.

"I love the fact that all these amazing and talented women are coming together for the same cause," she said. "It's only through events like this that women can finally set aside their differences and just embrace being a woman."

For a complete listing of events, click here.