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March Highlights in US Women’s History

March Highlights in US Women’s History (via NWHP)

  • March 1, 1978 – Women’s History Week is first observed in Sonoma County , California
  • March 1, 1987 – A Congressional resolution designating March as Women’s History Month is passed
  • March 4, 1917 – Jeannette Rankin (R-MT) took her seat as the first female member of Congress
  • March 8 – International Women’s Day; its origins trace back to protests in US and Europe to honor and fight for the political rights for working women
  • March 11, 1993 – Janet Reno is confirmed as the first woman U.S. Attorney General
  • March 12, 1912 – Juliette Gordon Low assembled 18 girls together in Savannah , Georgia for the first-ever Girl Scout meeting
  • March 13, 1986 – Susan Butcher won the first of 3 straight and 4 total Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Races in Alaska
  • March 17, 1910 – Camp Fire Girls is established as the first American interracial, non-sectarian organization for girls
  • March 20, 1852 – Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” is published and becomes the best-selling book of the 19 th century
  • March 21, 1986 – Debi Thomas becomes first African American woman to win the World Figure Skating Championship
  • March 23, 1917 – Virginia Woolf establishes the Hogarth Press with her husband, Leonard Woolf
  • March 31, 1888 – The National Council of Women of the U.S. is organized by Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Julia Ward Howe, and Sojourner Truth, among others; it is the oldest non-sectarian women’s organization in U.S.
  • March 31, 1776 – Abigail Adams writes to her husband John who is helping to frame the Declaration of Independence: “Remember the ladies…”

March Birthdays

  • March 3, 1962 – Jackie Joyner-Kersee, considered the world’s greatest female athlete; holds the record in the long jump (1988) and the heptathlon (1986); winner of 3 gold, 1 silver, and 2 bronze medals in 4 Olympic games
  • March 5, 1931 – Geraldyn (Jerrie) Cobb, record-setting aviator; first woman to pass qualifying exams for astronaut training, in 1959, but not allowed to train because of her gender
  • March 7, 1938 – Janet Guthrie, pioneering woman auto racer; first woman to compete in Indianapolis 500 (1977) and Daytona 500 (1977)
  • March 9, 1928 (1987) – Graciela Olivarez, Chicana activist; first woman and Latina law graduate from Notre Dame Law School; one of first two women on the board of Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF)
  • March 15, 1933 – Ruth Bader Ginsburg, second female U.S. Supreme Court justice (1993)
  • March 18, 1964 – Bonnie Blair, speed skater; one of the most successful Winter Olympian in U.S. history and 5 time gold medalist
  • March 23, 1857 (1915) – Fannie Farmer, authored famous cookbook, “The Boston Cooking-School Cookbook”, and included specific ingredient measurements for the first time which would become standardized cooking measurements
  • March 23, 1924 (1980) – Bette Nesmith Graham, invented Liquid Paper correction fluid which became an office staple; created 2 foundations to support women’s business and art
  • March 24, 1826 (1898) – Matilda Joslyn Gage, suffragist, women’s rights and Native American rights activist, historian, founding member of the National Woman Suffrage Association
  • March 24, 1912 – Dorothy Height, served over 40 years as President of the National Council of Negro Women
  • March 25, 1934 – Gloria Steinem, women’s rights activist and journalist; founding editor of Ms. Magazine; helped found National Women’s Political Caucus, the Women’s Action Alliance, and the Coalition of Labor Union Women
  • March 26, 1930 – Sandra Day O’Connor, first woman U.S. Supreme Court Justice (1981)
  • March 27, 1924 (1990) – Sarah Vaughan, world renown jazz singer and pianist known as the “Divine One”
  • March 31, 1889 (1975) – Muriel Wright, Choctaw Indian, teacher, historian, author, and editor

Symposium on Women’s and Gender History

The Eleventh Annual Graduate Symposium on Women’s and Gender History
March 4-6, 2010, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Thursday, March 4, 2010 – Saturday, March 6, 2010
Registration – 12:30 – 1:00 PM
First Floor, Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois Street, Urbana

For more information contact:

David Greenstein greenstn@illinois.edu

Sunsara Taylor-From the Burkha to the Thong

February 23, 2010

Controversial young communist launches nationwide campus tour
“From the Burkha to the Thong: Everything Must, and Can, Change — WE NEED TOTAL REVOLUTION!”
First stop: New York University’s Cantor Film Center, February 23, 2010 from 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM, at 36 East 8th Street, in New York City
Sunsara Taylor, whose militant atheism drew packed auditoriums at campuses across the country last year. is now taking on another sacred cow; she is challenging the “sanctity of motherhood” as well as the misogyny of today’s so-called “sexual liberation” and insisting that women still need liberation in the U.S. and around the world. Taylor will make the case why there is no biological, man-made, or god-given reason for the subordinate position of women, and how things can change through communist revolution.
Already, the title of her speech, “From the Burkha to the Thong: Everything Must, and Can, Change — WE NEED TOTAL REVOLUTION!” and the provocative street theater which is being used to promote Taylor’s tour are generating buzz and controversy among students. The street theater features a dramatic exchange between a woman dressed in a burkha and another dressed in a thong and ends with an announcement for Taylor’s speech and has been performed in student cafeterias, on street corners during the busy class-changes, and on the trains in the area. Students have responded by breaking into applause and breaking into debate – and many stating their intention to attend the event on Tuesday.
Sunsara Taylor says she does not fear the controversy being generated and is not afraid of offending people. “Young people have been so bombarded by images of women, half-naked and half-starved, as objects of sexual plunder and a means for selling everything from cars to wars to ideology, that they ‘think’ this is just the way things are.’ But the forms of dehumanizing and demeaning women that go on in this country are no more ‘natural’ than the burkha.” In explaining the reason for this tour, Taylor said, “I understand that the whole world could be radically different – women and men could relate with mutual respect and equality and we could do away with wars, hunger, and enforced ignorance — if we only make revolution. I am not afraid to say it and to take on all-comers who might want to challenge that idea.”
Next stops on the tour include:
University of Chicago, March 3rd, 2010
University of California at Berkeley, March 15th, 2010
University of California at Los Angeles, April 8th, 2010
Taylor will be making a special stop in Los Angeles for International Women’s Day on March 6th, joining revolutionary women from Iran, who have courageously stood up to the reactionary Islamic Republic of Iran. They will be taking to the streets to call for an uncompromising outpouring of fury and resistance and a new movement for revolution.
Come and hear Sunsara Taylor, you’ve not heard a voice of a new generation like hers. She is also available for interviews.
Link to the Bill O’Reilly show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-F-zmTNuk4
Link to promotion for this tour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZ6XsAGDoPU
Link to Taylor’s response to Focus on the Family-Tim Tebow Superbowl ad controversy:
SUNSARA TAYLOR is a writer for Revolution newspaper, a host of WBAI’s Equal Time for Free Thought, and sits on the Advisory Board of World Can’t Wait. She has written on the rise of theocracy, wars and repression in the U.S., led in building resistance to these crimes, and contributed to the movement for revolution to put an end to all this. She has traveled to the funeral of Dr. George Tiller, led protests in support of abortion outside Obama’s commencement speech at Notre Dame, spoken and debated on campuses nationwide on Away With All Gods! Unchaining the Mind and Radically Changing the World by Bob Avakian at New York University, UCLA’s Center for the Study of Religion, and at the 2009 Atheist Alliance International Convention in Los Angeles. She takes as her foundation the new synthesis on revolution and communism developed by Bob Avakian.

That Takes Ovaries–Tonight

The Women’s Resources Center presents:
That Takes Ovaries!
Allen Hall Main Lounge–7PM

Come hear and share stories about any time you were gutsy, courageous, wild and outrageous. THAT TAKES OVARIES a collection of real-life stories from women & girls about the gutsy, outrageous, courageous things they have done. Multicultural, fun, sassy, true tales of estrogen-powered deeds, from playful to political. After, share stories about times you or the women in your life acted boldly. Everyone who speaks gets a chocolate egg wrapped in gold foil — a Golden Ovary.

Co-sponsored by: Men Against Sexual Violence, Multicultural Advocates, Feminist Majority, National Organization for Women, Women of Color, Native American Cultural Center, Bruce D. Nesbitt African-American Cultural Cente, LGBT Resources Center, YWCA, Gender and Women’s Studies Department, Creative Writing Department and the Robert J. and Katherine Carr Reading Series, La Casa Cultural Latina, Sharon Irish, Asian American Cultural Center, and McKinley Sexual Health Peers!

Refreshments will be provided. Copies of the That Takes Ovaries book will be available for sale.

National Women’s History Project Celebration

Come Join the 30th Anniversary Celebration
in our Nation’s Capitol on March 24, 2010

In 1980, President Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation recognizing the importance of honoring, and celebrating the achievements of American women.

Please join this historic anniversary celebration on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 24, 2010

In addition to the special event in the Capitol, the National Women’s History Project and several women’s organizations will be sponsoring a series of events, programs, and celebrations from March 23rd to March 28th.

Included in these events will be a two women’s historic sites bus tours – one on Thursday, March 25th from 9 to 1 and another on Saturday, March 27th from 9 to 2. For detailed information and a schedule of events, email the National Women’s History Project at nwhp@nwhp.org

In the meantime, the National Women’s History Project has reserved a block of rooms at the L’Enfant Plaza in Washington, DC, from March 23 to March 28th . For information about this special room rate, email Molly Murphy MacGregor at ednasmolly@aol.com. Reservations must be made by February 21, 2010.

30 Years of Writing Women Back into History has changed the consciousness of our nation. We welcome this historic opportunity to celebrate.
Come join us!

National Women’s History Project

3440 Airway Drive, Suite F

Santa Rosa, CA 95403

707-636-2888 (phone) 707-636-2909\

nwhp@nwhp.org www.nwhp.org

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week
February 21-27
“It’s Time to Talk About It”

Event Calendar

Thursday, 2/18 America the Beautiful: Is America Obsessed with Beauty?
This documentary film examines the myth of physical perfection perpetuated by the American media industry. By revealing the contradiction between health promotion and financial gain and challenging the narrow definitions of beauty, the film encourages us to reclaim our self-esteem from the advertising industry.
6-7 PM, Meet & Greet with Darryl Roberts, Wellness Center
7-9 PM, Film Screening followed by Q&A, ARC MP 6

Monday, 2/22 Love Your Genes!
Bring a pair of jeans to this jeans-decorating workshop and let your creativity flow! Design your jeans with positive and empowering body image messages and wear them during the week to help raise awareness.
7 PM, Garner Hall

Tuesday, 2/23 Body Image Letter Writing Campaign
Join the Women’s Resources Center, Feminist Majority, and the National Organization for Women and write a letter to various organizations in either protest or praise of their advertisements. If you don’t have time to write a letter, don’t worry! Sign one of the pre-written letters!
11 AM – 2 PM, Illini Union (Quad side)

Tuesday, 2/23 Love Your Genes!
Bring a pair of jeans to this jeans-decorating workshop and let your creativity flow! Design your jeans with positive and empowering body image messages and wear them during the week to help raise awareness.
7:30 PM, Busey-Evans Hall

Tuesday, 2/23 One Size Fits Me: Exploring Positive Body Image
Learn how to develop a healthy relationship with food, exercise, and your body and how to be a role model for others in this interactive workshop. Part of the Tuesday @ 7 workshop series.
7-9 PM, 406 Illini Union

Wednesday, 2/24 NoBODY is Perfect: The Truth About Eating Disorders
Preview the documentary film “Beauty Mark” and hear a panel of campus and community experts discuss the influence of media and culture on students’ body image, the role of nutrition and exercise in eating disorders, and what treatment and recovery look like.
7-9 PM, Clements Auditorium in the ARC

Friday, 2/26 That Takes Ovaries: Empowerment Workshop & Open Mic
Writ n’ Rhymed and the Women’s Resources Center will be co-hosting an open mic with the women of That Takes Ovaries! Come hear and share stories about any time you were gutsy, courageous, wild and outrageous. In honor of Eating Disorders Awareness Week, we invite you to talk about loving the skin you’re in! Own that beautiful body of yours!
8 PM, Allen Hall Main Lounge

Ongoing Activities

Be Comfortable in Your Genes Clothing Drive
Donate those jeans that no longer fit or other gently used clothing that makes you uncomfortable in your body! Boxes will be at the following locations throughout the week: CRCE, ARC, Ice Arena, the Oasis, Wellness Center, and Women’s Resources Center

Ribbon Campaign and Resource Table
Stop by one of our resource tables at the Illini Union or the ARC during the week and pick up information and free materials! Help raise awareness and promote body size diversity by wearing your plaid ribbon throughout the week.

Friends Don’t Let Friends Fat Talk
A 4-minute Fat Talk Free video will be aired throughout the week on the screens at ARC, CRCE, and McKinley Health Center. You can also catch a showing of the video on Channel 7 throughout the week.

UIUC Build a Wall Project
Stop by any of these locations throughout the week and contribute to our interactive display! Post your own body-loving and self-affirming messages to help us build a wall over unrealistic and harmful media images. Women’s Resources Center, CRCE, ARC, Ice Arena, La Casa Cultural Latina, Allen Hall, OIIR Office, Counseling Center, Undergraduate Library, YWCA, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, Oasis, Weston Hall, and Illinois Street Residence Halls

Claudia Schmidt

UC Folk and Roots IMC Shows and Heartland Galleries Presents Claudia Schmidt in Concert

When: 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Saturday, February 27th 2010
Where: Main Space
Contact: Ed Hawkes 217-493-4654

A musician who has always hated categories, she describes herself as a “creative noisemaker,” which has irritated some critics but delighted many audiences, who learn to expect anything at a Schmidt concert, hymn, poem, bawdy verse, torch song, satire, and the gamut of emotions. Her live performances are not to be missed. Her musicality is astonishing. Her joy and love of performing are contagious. She can weave the elements of music and stage into a program so unified and full of life that one critic has described a Claudia Schmidt concert as “….a lot like falling in love. You never know what’s going to happen next, chances are it’s going to be wonderful, every moment is burned into your memory, and you know you’ll never be the same again.”
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