Governors State University proudly celebrates Women’s History Month with a series of events throughout March. Prior to the 1970’s, the topic of women’s history was largely missing from general public consciousness. To address this situation, the Commission on the Status of Women initiated a “Women’s History Week” originally celebrated in 1978 and chose the week of March 8 to coincide with International Women’s Day. The celebration was met with positive response, and in 1987, the National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned Congress to expand the celebration to the entire month of March. For complete and updated information, please visit our website www.govst.edu/diversity.
Women and STEM Tribute
March 1 – 31
Display Case: 1st floor, B-Building
When you are walking down the hall of the B-wing; stop and take a look at the display of exceptional women involved with STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. For more information, email email@example.com.
Panel Discussion with Movie Screening: “Not My Life”
Tuesday, March 11
6 – 8:30 p.m., Center for Performing Arts
A viewing of the movie “Not My Life” is followed by a panel discussion on the effects of human trafficking on women and children. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Labor Unions in the 21st Century: What is your [S]Take?
Thursday, March 13
5 – 7 p.m.
Faculty office center (G Building) atrium
Dr. Dan Gilbert, who is an Assistant Professor at the School of Labor and Employment Relations, University of Illinois, Urbana – Champaign, will give a brief overview of the history of unions, perhaps with an emphasis on the role Chicago played, and talk about contemporary labor issues that might be more interesting to the students. For more information, email email@example.com.
Wednesday, March 19
6:30 p.m., Center for Performing Arts
Free for GSU Students with ID. General admission is $10.
“Hot Flashes” is a play about the strength of women, young and old, as they overcome obstacles, face their issues and become phenomenal in their own right. For event information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, March 26
6 - 7 p.m., E-Lounge
PechaKucha Night is an event that comes in a presentation format, where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. Present your ideas, interests, hobbies at this event. For more information, email email@example.com.
“Our Bodies, Our Labor, Ourselves: Reproductive Technologies and Women’s Rights”
Thursday, March 27
4:30 – 6 p.m., E1540
This is a class that will discuss modern reproductive technologies such as surrogacy, in vitro fertilization, and prenatal testing as powerful resources. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women’s Night poetry reading
5 – 6 p.m., café annex
Ladies are invited to participate in a poetry reading of your choice; selections must go along with the subject of women’s rights and/or women’s equality. For more information, email email@example.com.
Women’s History Month Closing Event: “Mama’s Place”
7 p.m., Sherman Recital Hall
Join us for a “Student Performance Spotlight” featuring Allen-Patricia Britten, this year’s GSU Idol winner, who performs highlights of her original production of “Mama’s Place.” This is a story of one mother’s daily challenges as she struggles to raise five scrappy children with limited resources and negative outside influences. Her story will move you from laughter to tears particularly when a social worker shows up at her door; she risks losing it all as she fights to uphold her Christian values against a system in opposition to her beliefs. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions, please contact Vanessa Newby or call 708.534.4551 for more information.