Women's History Month 2011

During the month of  March, the Women’s Educational Center sponsors programs in celebration of Women’s History Month.  Programs range from films to panel presentations and a art gallery exhibit.


A little history…

As recently as the 1970's, women's history was virtually an unknown topic in schools or in general public consciousness. In response to this the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women in California initiated a "Women's History Week" celebration for 1978.

In 1987, the National Women’s History Project petitioned Congress to expand the celebration to the entire month of March. Since then, the National Women’s History Month Resolution has been approved every year with bipartisan support in both the House and Senate.  For more information, see www.nwhp.org

2011 Women's History Month Events

Writing Women Back Into History Poster Campaign and Scavenger Hunt

March 2011

In celebration of Women’s History Month, and in remedy of the exclusion of women’s accomplishments from U.S. History, the WEC will be profiling women in contemporary society on posters throughout campus. There are 20 posters of women located in Murchie, UCEN, and French Hall. Find each poster, take a look at these women’s accomplishments, and fill in the names on our form to be entered into our raffle to win a prize. Forms are located in the Women’s Educational Center and in Murchie, UCEN, and French Hall.

Betty and Mahtob’s Story: Reconnecting Twenty Years Later Presentation and Reception

Tuesday, March 15                                          

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.         

Michigan Rooms C & D, UCEN

Betty Mahmoody and her daughter, Mahtob, traveled to Iran in 1984 for what was supposed to be a two-week visit with family.  When two weeks passed and the family was due to return to the United States, Betty and 4-year old Mahtob were held in Tehran against their will by husband and father Dr. Bozorg Mahmoody.  Betty’s book, Not Without My Daughter, detailed their terror and eventual escape.  Betty returns to UM-Flint twenty years after her first campus visit—this time, with Mahtob at her side. Co-sponsored by the American Business Women’s Association Crossroad Connection Chapter.


Vagina Monologues

Wednesday, March 23                                     6:00 p.m.                                           Kiva, UCEN

Friday, March 25                                               7:00 p.m.                                            Kiva, UCEN

Join us for a production of Eve Ensler’s internationally acclaimed play, The Vagina Monologues.  The monologues will be narrated by students, faculty, and staff of UM-Flint.  Ensler’s Monologues have been performed around the world in an effort to raise awareness about violence against women and girls.  For more information check out www.vday.org.  The subject matter and language may not be suitable for children.  Event is free of charge.  Seating is available on a first come first serve basis.  Reception to follow.


The Body Image Project Exhibit by Larry Kirkwood

Wednesday and Thursday, March 30 and 31            

All Day                                 

Clint’s Cafe, UCEN

Artist Larry Kirkwood has worked with over 500 individuals making body cast impressions to show us how we really look as opposed to the images we see in the media. Twenty body cast impressions will be on display. Through this exhibit, it can be seen that the concept of "beauty" applies to ALL shapes and sizes, not just to "a" shape and size.


Lecture: Beauty as a Relative Concept by Larry Kirkwood

Wednesday, March 30      

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.                       

Clint’s Café, UCEN

This talk strives to provide a more honest and healthy view of who we really are physically. Specifically, Kirkwood’s presentation will deal with prejudices such as sexism, racism, and ageism, and judgments about weight and height. While the exhibit does use our appearance as a springboard to discussion, Kirkwood concludes, “in the end, we must understand, what is inside a person is what makes them who they are.”