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OHIO’s Women’s History Month to offer diverse catalog of events in Athens and beyond

March 2019 schedule highlighted by Women’s Achievement Dinner, conferences, movies and lectures

Throughout March, Ohio University will celebrate 2019 Women’s History Month with numerous events that highlight the important contributions of women in history and contemporary society.  This year’s programs are sponsored by multiple campus and community organizations, further demonstrating the reach and impact of Women’s History Month.

Ohio University Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Dr. Gigi Secuban said that both the Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the Women’s Center were incredibly proud to support and collaborate with the campus community while planning this year’s special events.

“The amount of engagement that we experienced from the community and our campus partners demonstrates the importance of Women’s History Month at Ohio University,” Dr. Secuban said. “This year’s programming features so many wonderful events that embrace varied perspectives and highlight the important contributions that women have made not just at OHIO but within our nation and world.”

Dr. M. Geneva Murray, director of the OHIO Women’s Center, said Women’s History Month provides an important, and necessary, opportunity to celebrate women’s’ innumerable contributions to society.

“This month is an argument that women’s successes, achievements and history should be elevated and discussed,” Dr. Murray said. “These women-centered events provide us with an opportunity to see things through a gender lens that is still intersectional in practice. We recognize and celebrate that women are not monolithic categories and that there is diversity in the category of women. We hope that our programs acknowledge and celebrate that diversity.”

Featured events from OHIO’s 2019 Women’s History Month include:

  • American Association of University Women’s Start Smart Salary Negotiation

Tuesday, March 5, Baker Center 230, 4 to 6 p.m.

The event is co-sponsored by the Women’s Center, the Graduate College and with support from the OHIO Career and Leadership Development Center. Please RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/Equal-PayOhio

  • Film showing and discussion of the movie, ‘Girl Rising’

Thursday, March 7, Baker Center Theatre, 6 p.m.

This 2013 movie follows nine girls from Haiti, Nepal, Ethiopia, India, Egypt, Peru, Cambodia, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan on their journey to education. The girls’ stories were written by writers from their native country and voiced by renowned actors. Their stories reflect their struggles to overcome societal or cultural barriers. Ultimately, the film communicates the importance of education for young girls as a means to disrupt cycles of poverty. The event is co-sponsored by the Women’s Center, Women’s Panhellenic Association, Alden Library and Counseling and Psychological Services.


  • Women’s History Month Panel Discussion

Thursday, March 7, Baker Center Multicultural Center 219, 6 p.m.

A panel of diverse women will speak on their personal and individual experiences with being a multicultural woman in America. The event is sponsored by Woman to Woman: Empowerment through Mentorship and co-sponsored by the Black Student Union and OMSAR.


  • Film Showing: ‘Whitney’

Thursday, March 7, Athena Cinema, 7:30 p.m.

The movie takes an in-depth look at the life and music of legendary singer Whitney Houston. Admission is $5. Presented by The Athena Cinema & Ohio University Performing Arts Series.


  • "What Were You Wearing: Survivor Art Installation"

March 18-29, Ohio University Eastern Campus, Shannon Hall Art Gallery

The exhibit features descriptions of clothing that was worn when survivors were sexually assaulted accompanied by clothing, found by event organizers, that closely mirrors those descriptions or, in some cases, the actual clothing that was worn during the assault. To schedule a showing, email schodzin@ohio.edu. This exhibit is supported and sponsored by Ohio University, which includes a variety of organizations on the Athens Campus, and the Eastern Campus, as well as the local community. To watch a video about the exhibit, visit https://www.ohio.edu/compass/stories/18-19/09/What-were-wearing-video.cfm


  • “Breeding Mixed-Race Women for Profit and Pleasure”

Wednesday, March 20, 31 S. Court St., WGSS Conference Room, 4 to 5:15 p.m.

Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Colloquium series is the sponsor of this program that features a talk by Dr. Myrna Sheldon, assistant professor of Classics & World Religions at Ohio University.


  • Women’s Achievement Dinner

Wednesday, March 20, Baker Center Ballroom, 6:30 p.m.

The Women’s Achievement Dinner is an opportunity for members of the OHIO community to highlight the successes of women in a variety of roles, and to lift up those doing work in areas that may go unrecognized as "women's work" or more feminized labor. Eleven awards will be presented during the fundraiser. Individual tickets cost $25. Sponsorships can be purchased for $250 and includes two tickets to the dinner. All ticket proceeds will benefit OHIO’s Survivor Advocacy Program. The event is sponsored by Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc., Rho Lambda and the Women's Center. For more information, contact the Women’s Center at 740-593-9625 or womenscenter@ohio.edu. For a list of winners, visit https://www.ohio.edu/womens-center/womens-achievement-dinner.


  • Thirsting for Knowledge Thursday: ‘The 'Beast of the Interior’ with Sarah Minor

Thursday, Mar 21, Baker Center 405, noon to 1 p.m.

Co-sponsored with the Women’s Center, Survivor Advocacy Program, CPS and Trisolini Gallery. This event is exempt from mandatory reporting obligations. Participants may stay until 2 p.m.


  • Ohio University Eastern: Celebrate Women Conference

Thursday, March 21, Ohio University Eastern Campus, 4 p.m.

This community event is free and will feature networking opportunities, an expert community panel, and an inspiring keynote address by U.S. Army PFC Jessica Lynch. Army. Space is limited. To register, email ouersvp@ohio.edu or call 740-699-2494. The event is sponsored by Cultural Life Committee, Eastern Dean’s Office, Development Advisory Board, Education Club, Junior League of Wheeling, OHIO Alumni, ohiowomen, St. Clairsville Chamber of Commerce, Student Services, Tri-County Help Center, Wallflower Alliance and the Women’s Center.


  • Film Showing: ‘Joan Jett: Bad Reputation’

Thursday, March 21, Athena Cinema, 7:30 p.m.

The movie is sponsored by the Athena Cinema and the Ohio University Performing Arts Series. It takes an in-depth look at the life and music of legendary singer Joan Jett. Admission is $5.


  • Ohio University Lancaster: Celebrate Women Conference

Friday, March 22, Lancaster Campus, All day

Registration is required at https://www.ohio.edu/lancaster/celebratewomen.cfm. The keynote speaker is Col. Eileen Collins, the first woman to pilot and command an American spacecraft. She will reveal an encouraging perspective and insight on the leadership skills needed to break barriers and become a successful pioneer in your field.


  • Art+Fem Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Friday, March 22, Alden Library 323, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This event is sponsored by Alden Library. We propose to make an impact on the Wikipedia gender gap by creating, improving, editing, and adding content to articles about cis and transgender women, non-binary folks, and feminism and the arts. The library will provide training and tutors, snacks, space, laptops and camaraderie.


  • Women of Action, Citizenship and Service: A Women Veterans Panel Discussion

Monday, March 25, Masonic Lodge of Athens, Ohio, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

This event will feature Deborah Ashenhurst, director of Ohio Department of Veterans Services. Sponsored by Ohio University History Department, Contemporary History Institute, Ohio University Veterans Office, Air Force ROTC, Women Veterans of Southeast Ohio, Sweet Arts Bakery, Southeast Ohio History Center, League of Women Voters, and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion’s Women’s Center.


  • International Women’s Art Installation

Tuesday, March 26, Baker Center Ballroom, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

This installation, including more than 70 submissions from artists, depicts the history of women’s experiences around the world. Topics include key legislation on women’s rights, the fight to end sexual assault, women’s protest history, women’s health, the intersection of identities, experiences of girlhood, and more. To volunteer to help with the exhibit, fill out this form: . This event is co-sponsored by the Women's Center, Office of Global Affairs, International Student Union, Intersectional Feminist Alliance, the Multicultural Center, the Black Student Cultural Programming Board, and the Survivor Advocacy Program.


  • Film Showing: ‘Maria By Callas’

Thursday, March 28, Athena Cinema, 7:30 p.m.

The movie takes an in-depth look at the life and music of Greek-American opera singer Maria Callas, as told in her own words. It is presented by the Athena Cinema and the Ohio University Performing Arts Series. Admission is $5.


For more information about Women’s History Month at OHIO, contact the Women’s Center or visit: https://www.ohio.edu/womens-center/womens-history-month.