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Simmons recognizes the importance of Women's History Month

Happy Women's History Month! During March, Simmons College celebrates the accomplishments of the extraordinary women who have made the world a better place with their activism, courage, and determination.

Women's History Month began in 1987 when the National Women's History Project petitioned Congress to officially recognize women's history, which at the time was largely missing from the general public consciousness.

This year's theme is "Women's Education--Women's Empowerment," which undoubtedly is a topic the Simmons community can relate to. In a recent op-ed in The Boston Globe, Simmons College President Helen Drinan talks about the importance of women's education:

"At women's colleges, women are the ones receiving their university's top prizes, prestigious graduate fellowships, or holding major campus-wide leadership roles. This experience rang true for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a Wellesley graduate, who said her all-female college experience "guaranteed a focus on academic achievement and extracurricular leadership we might have missed at a coed college...Women not only ran all the student activities - from student government to newspaper to clubs - but we also felt freer to take risks, make mistakes and even fail in front of one another."

Simmons is celebrating Women's History Month with the following events:

International Women's Fullbright Scholars Leadership and Strategy Caucus
Wednesday, March 7-9
Simmons is honored to host more than 35 international women Fulbright Scholars for a three-day strategy and leadership caucus. During their time at Simmons, the women will develop action plans and prepare to re-adjust to their home countries and cultures.

International Women's Day Breakfast
Linda K. Paresky Conference Center
Thursday, March 8, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Simmons College is hosting the 15th annual International Women's Day celebration breakfast. This year's theme is "Ending Violence Against Women: Pathways to Power, Resilience, and Leadership" and will be moderated by Simmons College School of Social Work Professor Ann Fleck-Henderson, Ph.D. Panelists include, Boston City Councilor At-Large Ayanna Pressley; Purnima Mane, CEO and president of Pathfinder International; and Audrey Porter, assistant program director & coordinator of survivor services at the My Life, My Choice Project. Suggested donation is $6. R.S.V.P. online.

Black Women in the Media: Telling Our Stories
Linda K. Paresky Conference Center
Saturday, March 17, from 9:30 a.m.-noon
The League of Women for Community Service celebrates Women's History Month with a panel discussion led by Boston media trailblazers. Panelists include, Sarah-Ann Shaw, 31-year reporter at WBZ-TV News; Susan "Pebbles" Semedo, co-host of "The Ramiro & Pebbles Morning Show" on JAM'N 94.5FM; Lisa Simmons, directory of the Roxbury International Film Festival; Akilah Johnson, Boston Globe reporter; and Simmons College Arts and Sciences Dean Renee White. "Black Women in the Media: Telling Our Stories" is hosted by the Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change. Suggested donation is $10 and you can RSVP online.

Women's College Week
March 12 - 18
The Student Government Association will host Women's College Week with various events around campus.

Day of Empowerment with Sierra Bender
Alumnae Hall, Simmons Residence Campus
Saturday, March 24, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Simmons Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization and the Simmons College Class of 2012 is hosting a day filled with inspiring and informative workshops featuring Sierra Bender, an expert in female empowerment. This is an active workshop and is open to all women. Participants are encouraged to dress in comfortable clothes and bring a pillow and/or yoga mat and water bottle. Tickets can be purchased online.

C-101, Main College Building
Tuesday, March 20 at 7 p.m.
The Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change and the Sexuality, Women, and Gender (SWAG) Center will be hosting the 11th annual LUNAFEST, a touring film festival featuring award-winning "short films by, for, and about women." Donations will be accepted at the door and all proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Fund.

For more info, news, events, and stories about Women's History Month, stay tuned to 300 The Fenway, the Simmons Facebook page, and on Twitter @SimmonsCollege #womenshistory.

Want to learn more about Simmons' women's history? Visit the Library Archives.

Posted by Amanda Voodre

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