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Kids doing crafts at the festival

Photographer: Audrey Kelly


Students participate in hallway activities during the festival

Photographer: Audrey Kelly


Dancers performing during the festival

Photographer: Audrey Kelly

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Women's Center celebrates International Women's Day

Festival showcases talent and achievement

The Ohio University Women's Center held its fourth annual International Women's Festival on Sunday in the Baker University Center Ballroom.

The theme of the event, "Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures," celebrated the accomplishments and achievements of women throughout the world. The event included performances, information tables and more than 12 vendors.

Allison Woods, a junior studying psychology, attended the festival to learn about ways to get involved on campus.

"I came as a way to broaden my horizons," said Woods. "I wanted to learn about all the different organizations that I can get involved with that deal with women's issues."

The festival included 31 performances that allowed women to showcase their talents. Performances ranged from poetry readings to an international fashion show and included various ethnic dances, including traditional Japanese, Irish, Nigerian, Malaysian, and Latin dance.  

Second-year graduate students Susan Pomar Queírolo and Luís M. Duran, both studying International Studies, performed a Latin dance act that included merengue, bachata and salsa routines.

"We wanted to show the Latin American perspective of how women's roles are portrayed within dance," said Duran. "In Latin dance, the relationship between a woman and a man is very important, and we wanted to present this."

More than 500 people attended this year's International Women's Day Festival, making it one of the most successful years to date. Susanne Dietzel, director of the Women's Center, was very pleased with the event.

"It has been another successful International Women's Festival," said Dietzel. "We have great women with great talent on this campus, and we're glad that they want to show it."