March 1 - In 1981, the National Institute for Women of Color (NIWC) was established to build
a strong national network for women of African, Alaska Native, American Indian, Asian,
Hispanic, Latina and Pacific Island heritages and to advance the issues of Women of
Color. These efforts resulted in National Strategies Conferences for Women of Color
in 1982 and 1983 in Washington, DC, 1984 in Reno, Nevada and 1987 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
March 8 | Brown Bag Lunch Series | "International Women's Day and You" | DOAK 123 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. International Women's Day has been observed since in the early 1900's, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. Read more...
March 20 | Escondido Theatre | 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Members of the Texas Tech University Military Veterans Program along with academic scholars from across the Texas Tech campus will host a forum on Women in Combat.
Australia. Canada. Denmark. Eritrea. Estonia. Finland. France. Germany. Israel. North Korea. Lithuania. Netherlands. New Zealand. Norway. Poland. Romania. Sweden. The one thing that unites this group of 17 countries is their military policy. Women can serve in military combat roles in all of these countries. Now with the executive order announced by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta in January of 2013, the United States joins these countries in overturning a 1994 rule prohibiting women from being assigned to smaller ground combat units.
Hosted by Texas Tech Zetas - Lovely Lambda Omicron Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.
Fund drive for the March of Dimes. Bring your loose change, to make change!
March 25 | 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. | Escondido Theatre | Student Union Building (lower level)
The documentary Miss Representation, by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and aired on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. The film explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence.
About the film
Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, Miss Representation (90 min; TV-14 DL) uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.
In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message that our young women and men overwhelmingly receive is that a woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader. While women have made great strides in leadership over the past few decades, the United States is still 90th in the world for women in national legislatures, women hold only 3% of clout positions in mainstream media, and 65% of women and girls have disordered eating behaviors.
Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics, like Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem build momentum as Miss Representation accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken and armed with a new perspective.
"When I started working on women's history about thirty years ago, the field did not exist. People didn't think that women had a history worth knowing. - Gerda Lerner, Women and History (1986:1993)