To celebrate Women’s History Month this year, Emory & Henry is hosting various lyceums all month through the Inclusion & Dialogue Center.
So far, these lyceums have included a showing of the film “Iron Jawed Angels” on March 5, the lyceum “Gender and Food: A critical look at the food system” on March 6, and a Women’s Panel Discussion with the Women & Gender Studies faculty on March 7.
During the Women’s Panel Discussion, a group of students and staff spoke on issues surrounding women in the United States and how people can make progress. The panel answered questions about inclusivity and the definition of feminism. Dr. Shelley Koch, one faculty member in the panel, stated her opinion on the issue of defining feminism while still maintaining inclusivity.
“Gender and gender structures oppress both ends of the spectrum,” said Koch. All three professors presented at the panel-Dr. Chamberlain, Dr. Bremner, and Dr. Koch-left the discussion open with participating students and emphasized the need for everyone to get involved and listen to others. Maintaining a friendly and open environment were key priorities for the professors, as they even shared their own personal stories with their struggles as women.
Upcoming events associated with Women’s History Month include a performance by Ashley Haze, a spoken word artist from Atlanta. She will be speaking on March 22 in the Black Box theater from 7:30-9p.m. Other upcoming events include: “Women reading Women” on March 23 from 7:30-9:00 p.m. and a showing of the film “Miss Representation” on March 28, from 7:30-9:00 p.m. Both of these events are scheduled to take place in the Board of Visitor’s lounge. “Women Reading Women” will be facilitated by E&H senior Ellie Hogg.
Women’s History Month first became a national celebration in the year 1981, when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28. This requested the President of the United States to announce that the week of March 7, 1982 would become Women’s History Week, according to the federal Women’s History Month informational website. A few years later there was another success, when women finally had a month to celebrate their history. In 1987, Congress finally passed Pub. L. 100-9, which designated the month of March 1987 as Women’s History Month.
The celebration of Women’s History Month no longer one limited to the United States. International Women’s Day is March 8, and it marks a celebration and appreciation for women all over the world.
– Hailey Ellis