Women's History Month activities feature nationally known speakers, guest artists, films and panel discussions at Eastern Michigan

by Pamela Young, Published March 02, 2010

YPSILANTI - When Hillary Clinton ran for president in 2008, she was following in the footsteps of other prominent women politicians. What most people don’t remember, however, is that women couldn’t even vote until 1920 when the 19th amendment was passed, giving them the right to vote.

Eastern Michigan University celebrates the 90th anniversary of the amendment with Women’s History Month, which runs through March. This year’s celebration features the theme, “Generations of Women Moving History Forward.”  Activities begin March 8 and continue throughout the month with keynote speakers, guest artists, panel discussions and films. All events are free and open to the public.

“It’s an amazing revelation that it’s only been 90 years since we have been accepted as political participants,” said Linda Pritchard, a political scientists and head of Eastern’s Department for Women’s and Gender Studies.

Women’s History Month events at Eastern include:

  • Women’s History Month kick-off concert featuring Secret Twins, Kelly Jean Caldwell, Caiden & Lauren, and more, Tuesday, March 9, 8–10 p.m., Student Center Auditorium.
  • Keynote speaker Farzeneh Milani presents, “Reading and Misreading Women in Iran,” Wednesday, March 10, 7-9 p.m., room 310B, Student Center. Milani has published more than 100 articles and reviews, and is a published poet. Her book, “Veils and Words: The Emerging Voices of Iranian Women Writers,” is the first of its kind. Milani is a professor of Persian studies and studies of women and gender at the University of Virginia.
  • “No! The Rape Documentary” provides a comprehensive lens through which to examine the impact of sexual violence on African-American women and girls. The film will be shown Thursday, March 11, 2-5 p.m., room 330, Student Center. A discussion will follow.
  • Detroit-born poet jessica Care moore will lecture on transforming passion, words and experience into spoken word poetry, Tuesday, March 16, 3:30-4:45 p.m., room 300, Student Center. Care moore also will perform, “A Night of Poetry in Celebration of Women,” along with EMU Poetry Society members, 6-9 p.m. room 300, Student Center. Care moore has been featured on Russell Simmons’ “Def Poetry,” in Essence magazine and on the miniseries, “I’ll Make Me A World.”
  • Brenda Riemer, associate professor at EMU, presents “Women and Sports,” and asks the question, “Have you ever been forced to get tested to prove your sex?” Wednesday, March 17, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., room 310B, Student Center.
  • Keynote speaker Daisy Hernandez discusses race, gender, sexuality and other issues affecting women of color in “The Places That Empower Us: A Talk on Feminism, Racial Justice and the Media,” Thursday, March 18, 6:30-8 p.m., Student Center Auditorium. Hernandez is co-editor of “Colonize This! Young Women on Today’s Feminism,” and editor of “ColorLines,” a national news magazine on race and politics.
  • Hear stories of some of the first women to obtain the right to vote. “The First Generation of Women Voters” panel features Marcia McMullen, political activist and founder of Women Progressive Activists, and activist Letitia Byrd, the first African-American teacher in the Ann Arbor Public Schools. The panel is Tuesday, March 23, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Carillon Room, Halle Library.
  • Guest speaker Sue Davis presents “The Three Faces of Elizabeth Cady Stanton,” one of the greatest American suffragists, Wednesday, March 24, 9:30–10:45 a.m., room 300, Halle Library. Davis is the author of a recently published book about Stanton’s political thought. Davis is a professor of political science and international relations at the University of Delaware.

For more information on these and other Women’s History Month events, call 734.487.1177 or go to: www.emich.edu/womenshistorymonth

Pamela Young

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