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Celebrate Women's History Month

gloria.jpgGloria Steinem giving the Simmons College commencement address in 1973.

The Simmons campus is celebrating Women's History Month! Every March we recognize the important efforts and accomplishments of the amazing women in history who have improved the world with their activism, bravery, and determination.


The 2014 National Women's History Month theme is Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment. Melissa Kappotis in the Women's and Gender Studies Department weighed in on why it's important to celebrate Women's History Month.
Women's History Month is important because women around the world continue to struggle against inequality. From lower wages, abusive working conditions, and even the inability to go to school, racial, ethnic and gender inequality persist globally. Women continue to experience violence from a loved one with little to no recourse and are challenged for the legal right to control their own bodies. We must not forget the women who forged the path for women today and be reminded that there is still a lot of work to be done. Our events on campus give students the opportunity to delve further into issues facing women today and to become a link in the on-going fight to achieve gender equality.
We're incredibly proud of our impressive and courageous students, alumnae/i, faculty, and staff, and so excited to celebrate women throughout March:

Monday, March 3

11 am to 3 pm
Fens Lobby

Cake Cutting and Desserts of the World Kickoff Event
Sample desserts of the world provided by different student organizations. Email to share a dessert idea.

1 pm to 5 pm
Palace Road Building, P213

Women's History Wikipedia-thon!
Celebrate Women's History Month by increasing the presence of Women on Wikipedia! Learn some helpful technology, research, and wiki skills in the process. No experience required!

7:30 pm to 9 pm
Kotzen Room

Gender Diversity Panel
Join the panel discussion and community dialogue around identifying as trans, non-binary, or genderqueer at Simmons. What does it mean in the context of an "All Women's College" to not identify as a woman? What can Simmons students do to acknowledge gender diversity and create an inclusive community at Simmons?

Tuesday, March 4

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
School of Management M-501 & 502

Keynote Dinner Featuring Sandra Fenwick, CEO and President of Boston Children's Hospital
Ms. Fenwick, a Simmons alum, exemplifies female leadership in both business and healthcare, leading the way for the next generation of women to excel to the top of those fields.

Wednesday, March 5

10 am
The Fens Lobby

Class of 2014 Bracelets for Breast Cancer
The Class of 2014 will hold their 4th Annual Bracelets for Breast Cancer in the Fens lobby. All proceeds will go to Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

3:30 pm to 5 pm
Main College Building C-103

Alumni Panel Discussion
This interactive panel enables students to ask questions to a diverse group of Simmons alumni/ae to discuss their career paths and success impacting the world. Participants will have the opportunity to network with alumnae/i after the panel discussion.

6 pm
Science Building, Room S183

Film Screening of Half the Sky
Critical panel discussion led by Drs. Saher Selod, Suzanne Leonard, Elora Chowdhury, Nazli Kibria, and Jyoti Puri to follow. Dinner will be provided!

Thursday, March 6

Noon to 1 pm
Kotzen Room
What Does a Women's Education Mean To You?
Did you attend a women's college? Share your experiences on how attending a women's college shaped you to be the individual you are today!

Friday, March 7

7:30 am to 9:30 am
Linda K. Paresky Conference Center

International Women's Day Celebration: Moving Women's Wages Forward Locally & Globally
Participate in this engaging and informative discussion of women's wages. Fair pay benefits for women, their families, and the economy. Moderated by Jaqueline Cooke, the panelists are Ann Bookman, Ph.D., Monique Nguyen, Dr. Paula A. Johnson, and Yuko Takahashi. Suggested donation of $8.50, includes light continental breakfast.

3 pm to 6 pm
Linda K. Paresky Conference Center

Multicultural Showcase
Come celebrate diversity and learn about different cultures as Simmons through performances, are displays by students, foods, and more!

Saturday, March 8

4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Linda K. Paresky Conference Center

Celebrate International Women's Day - Oxfam America Hunger Banquet
Worldwide, millions of women engage in small scale farming and are leaders in the fight against hunger, yet they face discrimination in access to resources like land and credit. Here in Boston, women are innovators in building a better food system that provides healthy and sustainable choices. Come together with Simmons College, Oxfam America and the Boston Oxfam Action Corps to celebrate women's achievements here and worldwide in changing the way we grow, eat, and share food so that everyone has enough to eat, always. Thanks to a generous Simmons Palooza grant, this event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required.

Wednesday, March 19

6 pm
Kotzen Meeting Room

Bread and Roses Dinner, Beyond the Classroom: Women & Work
Join the Women's and Gender Studies faculty, students, and alums, as we gather to celebrate "Beyond the Classroom: Women and Work." This year, we'd like to showcase what our students are involved in outside the classroom. Please RSVP by March 8th.


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