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    February 27, 2004
    Contact: Kris Montgomery, Women's Resource Center, (707) 664-2845


"Remembering the Ladies" is Theme of Women's History Month Events in March

The theme for this year's Women's History Month at SSU is "Remembering the Ladies," referencing a wish First Lady Abigail Adams once expressed to husband President John Adams.Activities for SSU's celebration of Women's History Month range from Barbie doll makeovers and female artist discussions to women-centered films,
lectures and performances.

The spark for the creation of National Women's History Month was first struck at SSU in the 1970s. The movement began when several female students realized the achievements and contributions of women were missing from their
history texts and lectures.

The students went on to form the non-profit National Women's History Project. In the late 1970s, the group led other women‚s organizations in successfully lobbying the US Congress to designate March as National Women's
History Month. National Women's History Month at Sonoma State University is sponsored by The Women's Resource Center and Associated Students, Inc. For more information, contact the WRC at (707) 664-2845.

Upcoming National Women's History Month events are free unless otherwise noted.

"double consciousness" - Monday, March 1-26, InterCultural Center Gallery.
Local Barbie doll artist Deborah Colotti uses mixed media to examine
women's dual roles as household domestics and beauty queens.

Gender Issues in History - Tuesday, March 2, noon-1p.m., Salazar 2021. "The Maya Third Gender," by Prof. William Poe, and "Renaissance Androgyny: A problem with Aesthetics," Prof. Robert Jefferson. Part of the History
Department Lecture Series.

Barbie Makeover Workshop -Tuesday, March 2, 3-5:30 p.m., ICC Gallery. A chance to recreate Barbie at this hands-on workshop led by Deborah Colotti. Remodeled dolls displayed as part of "double consciousness."

The Gay Vote and Gay Issues in U.S. Politics - Thursday, March 4, noon-1p.m., Carson 20. Lecture on the implications of the increasing identification of gay voters with the Democratic Party and the Democratic
Party with gay rights. Part of the Women and Gender Studies Queer Lecture Series.

Gendered Justice: Forum on Women Prisoners -Thursday, March 4, 7p.m., Cooperage. Panel of activists, legal advocates, and former prisoners discuss the lives of imprisoned women.

Women's Images - Tuesday, March 9, noon-1p.m., Salazar 2021. "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall; Lebanese Women and Images of Beauty in Mexico," by Prof. Theresa Alfaro Velcamp, and "A Wrestling Match by Women," by Prof. Randall Dodgen. Part of the History Department Lecture Series.

Transforming the Nation: Black History, Queer Politics, and Movement Building -Thursday, March 11, noon-1 p.m., Carson 20. Discussion of conflicts and alliances between the African-American and LGBT movements. Part of the Women and Gender Studies Queer Lecture Series.

Workshop for Singer-Songwriters -Thursday, March 11, 4-6 p.m. InterCultural Center, Student Union. Singer-songwriter Adrian focuses on storytelling and getting into the music business.

Writing About the Self: Writer and Artist Etel Adnan - Friday, March 12, 1-3 p.m.,Carson 68. Lebanese American writer, Etel Adnan, author of Sit Marie Rose, will discuss her work.

Funk to Feminist: Women See Women -Saturday, March 13, 9:25 a.m.-Noon, DiRosa Art & Nature Preserve, Napa Tour focuses on Bay Area women artists during the 1970s-90s by WRC Coordinator Kris Montgomery. Call 226.5991 for reservations. $12 per person.

Basic Auto Mechanics for Women - Monday, March 15, noon-1:30 p.m., InterCultural Center. Maria do Céu, mechanic and owner of Out West Garage, explains how to keep a car running.

Women and Empire - Tuesday, March 16, noon-1 p.m., Salazar 2021. "Queen Emma and the Danish Connection," by Judith Abbot, and "Draw into Themselves Together with Their Suck: Irish Women and the Corruption of England's First Empire," by Kathleen Noonan. Part of the History Department Lecture Series.

TRANSformative Power: Transitioning from the Personal to the Political - Thursday, March 18, noon-1 p.m., Carson 20. Lecture by K.C. Bly, the first Transgender Programs Director in the US. Part of the WGS Queer History Lecture Series.

Women, Socialism, Anarchism - Tuesday, March 23, noon-1p.m., Salazar 2021. "Women in Socialist Cuba," by Tony White, and "Rose Pesotta: Anarchist and Labor Organizer," by Elaine Leeder. Part of the History Department Lecture Series.

Ending Shame, Secrecy, and Unwanted Surgeries for Children Born with Intersex Conditions -Thursday, March 25, noon-1p.m., Carson 20. Lecture by Cheryl Chase, Executive Director of the Intersex Society of North America. Part of the Women and Gender Studies Queer Lecture Series.

The Vagina Monologues - Wednesday, Thursday, March 24, 25T, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, March 26, 8 p.m., Person Theater. Provocative theater sensation about the "V-word," produced, directed, and performed by SSU faculty, staff
and students.

Woman Student Leader of the Year -Monday, March 29, 7 p.m., Cooperage. Gala reception and ceremony honoring outstanding women student leaders and their mentors.

20th Century Women -Tuesday, March 30, noon-1 p.m., Salazar 2021. "Stalin's Widows," Steve Bittner, and "My Oral History: A Woman in the 20th Century," by Clarice Stasz. Part of the History Department Lecture Series.


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