OGDEN, Utah – The month of March is Women’s History Month, an annual celebration of the contributions of women in history. This year’s theme is “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating women in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.”
The Women’s History Month Open House will kick off Weber State University’s events on March 12 at 10 a.m. in the Shepherd Union Women’s Center Room 322. The open house is a chance for students to learn about women’s history and get information about events planned throughout the month.
A discussion titled “Emily and the American Poetic Traditions” with English professor Russ Burrows and performing arts marketing director, Caril Jennings, will follow at 12:30 p.m. in the Stewart Library Hetzel-Hoellein Room.
Also on March 12 is a showing of “License to Thrive: Title IX at 35.” The movie is an exploration of the history of Title IX legislation and its role creating female leaders for the past 35 years. The screening will be held at 1:30 p.m. at WSU Davis (2750 N. University Park Blvd., Layton)
On March 18 and 20, the Shepherd Union Wildcat Theater will feature “The Vagina Monologues.” Showings will begin at 7 p.m. March 18 and 20 and at 1:30 p.m. March 19. “The Vagina Monologues” is a fictional collection of stories by various women touching on matters of sex, love, menstruation, birth and other sensitive topics.
The month will wrap up with the WOW Awards Luncheon March 27 at noon in the Shepherd Union Ballrooms. The WOW Awards were created three years ago to showcase women who are mentors, examples and advocates for other women on campus. The event is for awardees and their guests.
Categories for the WOW Awards include “Woman of the World,” “Woman of Wellness,” “Woman of Weber,” “Woman of Wages,” “Warrior of Women,” “Woman of Wonder,” “Woman of Wisdom” and “Woman of Wit.”
“I have watched, over the years, students coming to the Women’s Center and learning about the many ‘nontraditional careers’ for women,” said Carol Merrill, director WSU’s Women’s Center. “The work is labeled as ‘nontraditional’ because it is stereotypically held by a man. Won’t it be wonderful when a career path is not identified based on gender, but rather by talent, skill, knowledge and education?”
In 1981, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Rep. Barbara Mikulski, D-Maryland, co-sponsored a joint Congressional resolution proclaiming a national Women’s History Week. In 1987, Congress expanded the celebration to the month of March.
With the exception of the WOW Luncheon, all events are free and open to the public. The Women’s Center and Women’s Studies Program, as well as International Student and Scholar Center, WSU Davis and Student Affairs sponsor the events.