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Women's History Month, March 2016

Working to Form a More Perfect Union:
Honoring Women in Public Service and Government


IVCC's Women's History Month Celebration is made possible through the combined dedication of the Diversity Team, SAGE, the College Democrats, and the Student Government Association.

Women's History Month was introduced by the National Women's History Project thirty-six years ago with the goal of ensuring that information about the myriad ways women have changed Americaand the worldwould be part of our children's education.

The National Women's History Month Project explains that in spite of the fact that "women's history is intertwined with the history shared with men, several factors—social, religious, economic, and biological—have worked to create a unique sphere of women's history. The stories of women’s achievements are integral to the fabric our history.  Learning about women’s tenacity, courage, and creativity throughout the centuries is a tremendous source of strength.  Until relatively recently, this sphere of women's history was overlooked and undervalued. Women’s achievements were often distorted, disdained, and denied. . . . knowing women’s stories provides essential role models for everyone. And role models are genuinely needed to face the extraordinary changes and unrelenting challenges of the 21st century."

For more information on Women's History Month, refer to the National Women's History Project at http://www.nwhp.org.

All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise specified.

In Progress

IVCC's Women's History Month Calendar 2016

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Building CTC, Room 125, IVCC
12:00-1:00 PM

Brown Bag Lunch: "Socialism, Bernie Sanders, and the 2016 Democratic Primary"

Please join Barry Haywood, a member of the International Socialist Organization, for a roundtable discussion about what socialism is and how it fits into our political process during this lunch hour.
 Please feel free to bring questions with your lunch.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Building CTC, Room 125, IVCC
12:00-1:00 PM

Brown Bag Lunch: "The Smell of Sriracha"

Join us for Lisa Phillips's brown bag lunch where she will present a feminist sensory-rhetorical analysis of L.A. Superior Court documents that obscure radicalized components of the case and demonstrate a devaluing of our sense of smell. She will talk about the controversy, the lawsuit, and the resolution of this racially-charged issue, as it juxtaposed the Latina community's influence with that of the Vietnamese-American factory owner, David Tran. There will be opportunities for discussion, as well as for smelling things in this presentation!

Monday, March 14, 2016
Building C, Room 325, IVCC
12:15-1:00 PM 

Brown Bag Lunch: “It’s Time for a Women’s Revolution in Politics”

In this session, Professor of Political Science, Amanda Cook Fesperman, will discuss the reasons why women can and should run for office and why it is time we elect a woman as President.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Building B, Room 216, IVCC
The Fireplace Lounge
12:00-1:00 PM 

Brown Bag Lunch: "Women in STEM--and Beyond!"

Anatomy Professor and National Science Foundation Award winner Sue Caley-Opsal will speak to this year's theme
when she explains why it is important to get more women into the fields of Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology, and why those skills are important for society beyond their disciplinary expertise.
She will also discuss some of the research supporting these efforts to make academia--and the world--more inclusive.

Monday, March 21, 2016
Building CTC, Room 125, IVCC
12:00-1:00 PM

Brown Bag Lunch: "Women in Politics"

In this session co-sponsored by the IVCC College Democrats, local Democratic candidate for the 38th district, Dr. Christine Benson, will talk about the difficulties of being a woman in politics--and why there should be more women in politics. Benson
earned her Bachelor's in Education and her Master's in Education Administration from Illinois State University and her Doctorate in Education Administration from Northern Illinois University. She began her career as a teacher, then served as superintendent of Streator Elementary Schools, before becoming so actively involved in politics.

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Picture from ballotpedia.org

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Building C, Room 316, IVCC
12:00-1:00 PM

Brown Bag Lunch: "Heloise: Renowned for Her Passion, Unappreciated for Her Influence"

In this session, Professor Vince Brolley will look at the historical lovers Abelard and Heloise, considering Heloise's bravery, extremely "modern" viewpoints, and unmistakable influence on so many topics of historical importance as she attempted to build a "perfect union." Heloise's life illustrates, in many ways, how unforgiving society can be to women who would lead, when they live in a society that does not see them as capable of doing so. 

National Women's History Project

Image from the National Women's History Project at www.nwhp.org
(Permission granted for use of NWHP logo)

Gender Studies Courses at IVCC