Officially declared in 1980 by Jimmy Carter, March was designated as Women’s Herstory month in response to the success of grassroots events held all over the country in honor of International Women’s Day on March 8th. This month is a time to celebrate the accomplishments, contributions, and victories of a long legacy of powerful women. But it’s also a time when we collectively grab the microphone and amplify the voices of today’s women, highlighting not just the triumphs but also the obstacles that women and female bodied persons continue to face, and spotlighting the myriad ways that women of all creed, class, and color are working to uplift each other.
We take this month to honor the iconoclasts, the ground breakers, and the activists. Those who speak from the heart and reach out to build alliances, putting into practice the worlds they strive to create: the student who decides to speak out when she hears that one in four college women will be sexually assaulted, and that the likelihood is doubled for women of color and LGBTQ women; the woman who decides to run for office when she learns that only 20% of the seats in Congress are comprised of women; the young mother who lobbies for her employer to provide childcare because the U.S. is the only developed country that doesn’t provide paid parental leave; the writer who gives voice to a history that is systematically left out of textbooks.
This month, in celebration of Women’s Herstory month, we invite you join us in the Women’s Resource Center (SUMC 4th Floor) for several exciting upcoming events. On March 1st, we will be kicking off the month with a spicy event on Sex Toys and healthy sexuality with Allie Booker, of Jellywink Boutique fame (location TBA). Our monthly Censored Series, on March 22nd, is sure to provide a lively discussion on all things related to pregnancy and parenthood. We will also be screening the film She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, a cinematic history of the 1960’s women’s liberation movement, on March 23rd. Finally, on March 30th, we’ll be sewing reusable menstrual pads as part of our monthly EcoFeminist series, Stitch-n-Bitch (all materials provided). All events take place in at 6:30 pm and are open to all. For more information, please visit our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/UAWomensResourceCenter/?fref=ts.