2009 Women’s History Month events!

As you may know, March is Women’s History Month, so F-word is going to be hosting a variety of events. There will be (at least) one major event per week, based around the idea of “Women Across Communities.” Some of the details of the events are still being ironed out, and we may add more events in the future, but this is the tentative list:

Week 1 – Women’s History Month

We’ll be hosting a game of Jeopardy! on the Diag on March 5th from 11 AM to 3 PM, with questions relating to famous and successful women. (We’ll be making the board on the Tuesday awareness meeting, so make sure you come!) There will also be candy given out, as well as flyers advertising our upcoming events. If you want to sign up to participate, just fill out the doodle at http://doodle.com/participation.html?pollId=5dcepi64eva2mrz9

Week 2 – Women in the LGBT community

Robyn Ochs, an LGBT activist, will be coming to campus to do two workshops dealing with feminism, men, gender, and sexual identity.  They are as follows:

Bisexuality, Feminism, Men & Me
This provocative talk explores some of the intersections between the personal and the political, covering topics from body image to social sex role conditioning to heterosexual privilege. People of all genders and sexual orientations are welcome.
Tuesday March 10, 4p.m.
Weil Hall Room 1230 (O’Neil Room)

Loosening the Gender Girdle: How Gender Affects You
We will look at the ways in which we are limited by a binary understanding of gender, and explore how the politics of gender tie together the feminist, queer and transgendered movements.
Tuesday March 10, 7p.m.
Weil Hall Room 1230 (O’Neil Room)

If you’re interested in attending, please e-mail thef-word@umich.edu.

Week 3 – Women in Religious Communities

On March 17th from 5:30 – 7 PM in East Quad Room 126, Professor Mahdi Tourage will be discussing issues relating to Muslim women, particularly Muslim feminisms. Members of the Muslim Student Association may be joining for a panel discussion.

Week 4 — Women in Communities of Color

On March 26th and 27th, we will be screening two movies dealing with Chicana feminism.

Las Mujeres de la Caucus Chicana (trans. The Women of the Chicana Caucus) chronicles the lives of six Latinas who answered the call to action in both the Feminist and Chicano movements. It looks at their ideological differences, personal experiences and involvement in the National Women’s Political Caucus of the 1977 International Women’s Year, National Women’s Convention. The film screening will be preceded by a welcome reception at 5pm and followed by a question and answer session with director Linda Garcia Merchant.
Thursday March 26th at 6:00 pm
Location TBA

A Crushing Love examines the lives of five Chicana mothers whose total devotion to activism in the cause of social justice and political change conflicts with their roles as mothers. It features activists Dolores Huerta, Martha Cotera, Betita Martinez, Alicia Escalante and Cherrie Moraga and includes interviews with some of their children and their feelings about growing up with an activist mother. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with both of the filmmakers and two of the women featured in the film, Martha Cotera and Maria Cotera.
Friday March 27th at 3:00 pm

If you’re looking to get more involved in F-Word or if you’re in another student group and you want to host an event for Women’s History month, please contact thef-word@umich.edu.

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