Women’s History Month Events

by April York

This March Transylvania University will celebrate women through its participation in the National Women’s History Month. The national slogan this year is “Writing Women Back Into History,” and a variety of events, both Transylvania traditions and new endeavors, have been planned.

A major event of Women’s History Month this year will be the winter Kenan Lecture by Mary McDonnell. McDonnell, an Academy Award-nominated actress, will be speaking on March 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Haggin Auditorium about her roles portraying strong women and her journey through Hollywood.

Women’s History Month 2010 features some other new events that the Transy community can get involved in, as well. The Panhellenic Association will be hosting an Open Mic Coffeehouse focusing on readings, music and art by or about women on Friday, March 5 from 9 to 11 p.m.

Additionally, the academic affairs presentation on March 25 will feature a panel discussion about human trafficking. Women’s studies professor Dr. Simona Fojtova, Marissa Castellanos from Catholic Charities of Louisville and Bree Pearsall from the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center will be on the panel.

Transylvania has celebrated Women’s History Month since Congress designated March as such in 1987, according to Kathy Simon, chair of the Women’s History Month committee.

“The purpose of Women’s History Month is to highlight scholarship on women and gender issues,” Simon said.

Simon said that each year the committee, which is composed of faculty, students and staff, designs and plans events, such as speakers, films and panels, to fulfill this purpose.

Some events, such as academic affairs presentations and the annual visit by sixth-grade girls from local middle schools, are typical of the events planned by the committee. This year the sixth-grade girls will be visiting campus from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on March 24. While on campus the girls will spend the day being mentored by a female Transy student.

“I am always so impressed by how easy it is to come up with ideas for ways to celebrate women. Women’s history month has the opportunity to do so many activities that involve all members of the campus,” said junior Annie Donelan, who is serving on the Women’s History Month committee for a second year.


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