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Gloria Steinem visits Simmons College for Women's History Month

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Happy Women's History Month! Simmons College is celebrating big this year with a special visit from Gloria Steinem, one of the most significant and iconic figures of the women's rights movement. She will be on campus March 22 to discuss modern day feminism.

From the Simmons College Press Room:

Steinem, who last visited the Simmons campus 40 years ago in 1973 when she received the first doctorate for Human Justice awarded by the College, will address students, faculty, and staff in the talk, "The F Word: Feminism Today." Steinem's visit is part of SimmonsPalooza, a series of events and programs focused on the celebration of diversity, inclusion, and social activism at Simmons. The event is being organized by the Simmons Class of 2013 in collaboration with the Office of Student Leadership and Activities, the President's Office, and the Alumnae Association Executive Board.

The event is for the Simmons community and is not open to the public.

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.

In addition to Gloria Steinem's visit, Simmons is celebrating Women's History Month with several events scheduled throughout March that are open to the public. Highlights include:

Tuesday, March 5 at 6 p.m.
Kotzen Meeting Room, Main College Building
The Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change along with the Sexuality, Women, and Gender (SWAG) Center and the interdisciplinary minor in Cinema and Media Studies is hosting the 12th 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.

The 16th Annual International Women's Day Breakfast
Friday, March 8, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Linda K. Paresky Conference Center
Simmons College is once again hosting the annual International Women's Day celebration breakfast. This year's theme is "Women and Hunger: Putting Food on the Table." Suggested donation is $6. R.S.V.P. online.

Educate, Empower, Transform: The Role of Girls' Education in the Developing World
Tuesday, March 8 at 6:00 p.m.
Linda K. Paresky Conference Center
In partnership with Room to Read, 85 Broads Boston Chapter and the Simmons School of Management Center for Gender in Organizations, the Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change is hosting "Educate, Empower, Transform: The Role of Girls' Education in the Developing World." Panelists include Dr. Joyce Fletcher, Barbara Heffner, and Christina Sellini.

For a complete list of events, visit the Department of Women's and Gender Studies website.

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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