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Women’s Center Honors Women’s History Month

Monday, February 28, 2011

March is Women’s History Month and at the University of San Diego’s Women’s Center, Director Erin Lovette-Colyer and members of the center’s staff will be promoting events on campus with the theme of “Our History is Our Strength.”

According to the Women’s Center staff, “This year we pay tribute to women who have taken action to help create a better world for the times in which they lived, as well as for future generations. Learning about women’s tenacity, courage and creativity throughout history is a tremendous source of strength.”

Events planned include educational lectures with guest speakers, a celebration of International Women’s Day and a movie showcasing the fight for a woman’s right to vote.

Here’s a complete list of USD Women’s Center events for March:

• Art Exhibition: “Our History is Our Strength”, March 1-31, Student Life Pavilion/University Center Exhibit Hall. Enjoy the work of talented artists and the visual portrayal of women throughout history.

River Huston: “Sex and Sensibility”, Wednesday, March 2, 7-8:30 p.m., UC Forums A&B. Huston, a stand-up comic, award-winning poet, sex columnist and AIDS activist, will talk about sexuality and responsible choices.

• Women’s History Month Open House, Thursday, March 3, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., SLP/UC Exhibit Hall. Join the Women’s Center as it kicks off Women’s History Month with music, spoken word performances and artistic portrayals of women’s strength throughout history. Refreshments will be provided.

University of Diversity Week, March 4-10. The USD Women’s Center will support a variety of events happening campus-wide, including participation in the annual March of the Toreros on March 8 from Maher Hall to the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice. For more information about all University of Diversity Week events, e-mail marcgonzalez@sandiego.edu

• International Women’s Day Breakfast: “A Century of Celebrating Women,” Tuesday, March 8, 7-9 a.m., Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, A-D. Join activists and representatives from San Diego organizations for this annual event. This year’s keynote speaker is Abigail E. Disney, award-winning filmmaker, philanthropist and scholar. Also, a film produced by Disney, “Pray the Devil Back to Hell” will be shown Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the IPJ Theatre. Disney will lead a post-film screening discussion.

• $tart $mart $alary Negotiation Workshop, Thursday, March 24, 6 p.m., UC Forum C. Over the course of her working life, a woman will earn roughly $1 million less than a man, simply because she is a woman. Come learn how you can help close the gender wage gap. To register, send an e-mail to elovettecolyer@sandiego.edu

• Iron Jawed Angels Movie Night, Friday, March 25, 9 p.m., SLP’s Plaza Mayor. Learn the story of a group of passionate, young women who put their lives on the line to fight for American women’s right to vote. The Women’s Center will be giving out free Women Rock t-shirts to the first 50 people.

• Gail Dines: “Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality,” Monday, March 28, 5-6:30 p.m., Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre. Dines’ newest book, Pornland, examines how women and men’s lives, sexualities and relationships are shaped by porn culture. A book signing with Dines follows the lecture.

— Inside USD staff

For more information about these March events, contact anayensij-11@sandiego.edu or visit the USD Women’s Center website.

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