March is Womens History Month and a few of our local colleges are taking part in this months celebration.
The American womens movement of the 60s has been credited with causing women to question their role in and out of the home, an extension of the crusade for womens rights started in the mid-19th century in Seneca Falls, NY.
Womens History Months roots can be traced to a single week-long, local event. In 1978, Sonoma County, Calif., sponsored a womens history week to promote the teaching of womens history. The idea actually came from Germany by a woman named Klara Zetkin. It was she who organized the first International Womens day. In 1981, the week of March 8th was selected to include International Womens Day.
In 1987, a group of women campaigned with representatives from libraries, schools and museums to expand the celebration. The response from Congress was its declaration of the entire month of March as National Womens History Month.
In celebration of Womens History Month most of our local colleges are sponsoring special programs and events Queens College, Queensborough Community College, LaGuardia Community College, St. Johns University and York College.
St. Johns, in particular, is having a very extensive program in honor of this month. March 3rd kicked off all the activities with the opening of the Womens History Month Library Exhibit, which showcases women that empower the future. In the continuing weeks they have scheduled guest speakers, bible studies, book clubs, and a chick flick series.
Some of these events include an anxiety screening at 11:30 on Thursday; on Monday at 9:30 p.m. is a showing of A League of Their Own; and on Tuesday at 6 p.m. there will be guest speaker Traci Bowman, an HIV-positive woman who will share her story and give hope to those living with AIDS.
On Wednesday at 6 p.m. guest lecturer Dr. Lily Xiao Hong Lee will present Contemporary Women Writers in the Peoples Republic of China and at 9 p.m. the lectures continue with Bible Study: Bad Girls of the Bible. On Thursday, March 27, at 12:15 p.m. is a Breast Cancer and Early Detection seminar, and on Saturday, March 29 there will be a trip to Eleanor Roosevelts house. On Monday, March 31, the chick-flick series will conclude with the showing of Thelma and Louise.
York College, on the other hand, is having a series of lecturers, discussions and workshops that will focus around different womens issues such as, women of the world, women in sports, milestones for and by women, and, of course, men.
On Thursday they have an award ceremony A Women Who Has Influenced My Life, open to students and their families, teachers, and members of the college community. On Wednesday, March 26, at 10:30 a.m., there will be Womens Health and at 6:30 p.m. there will be the small business development workshop entitled Marketing and Government Contracts. On Thursday, March 27, there will be Women and Leadership, a forum consisting of a panel of elected female officials who will discuss their leadership roles. The final event for Womens History Month will be Rising to the Top, which is a journey along the executive road, taking place on Tuesday, April 8, at noon.
For more information you can contact the following colleges:
Queens Borough Community College - 718-631-6000
Queens College - 718-997-5000
LaGuardia Community College - 718-482-5935
St. Johns University - 718-990-6161
York College - 718-262-2000
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