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Women's History Month 2016

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The Texas Tech University Women's & Gender Studies is celebrating Women's History Month by showcasing women past, present and future. Taking inspiration from the National Women's History Project, we honor women who helped create a better world for the times in which they lived as well as for future generations.

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Women Who Shaped Texas Tech - Southwest Collection

March 1 - June 1 (Reception March 9, 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. TTU Croslin Room)
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Beginning in 2014, the Texas Tech University Archives has chosen to honor a select group of women with an annual exhibit featuring groundbreaking, plucky and ambitious alumnae and faculty who have shaped Texas Tech's history.

The exhibit, a celebration of Women's History Month, is being held in two buildings this year. The Croslin Room of the Library will host a large exhibit of artifacts, clothing and photographs related to Texas Tech women. Included will be 11 exhibit panels featuring honorees from the previous two years' exhibits, as well as six oversized posters of women who have realized major university milestones.

For more information, contact B. Lynn Whitfield, Texas Tech University archivist at SWC/SCL, at lynn.whitfield@ttu.edu.

Women of Color Day
March 1

"Social Difference: A Vehicle for Action and Change" | noon - 1:00 p.m. | TTU Library TLPDC 152

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. 

Using Audre Lorde's 1979 speech, "The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House", we will discover that interdependency of our differences in order to see ourselves as active participants of change.

Register - http://www.depts.ttu.edu/tlpdc/

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Women of Color Day

Women Vietnam Veterans:  Our Untold Stories
March 2

The Vietnam Center and Archive and Women's & Gender Studies at Texas Tech are proud to host Ms. Claire Starnes, author and Vietnam veteran as she discusses, Women Vietnam Veterans: Our Untold Stories, Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. Location: Formby Room, Southwest Collection/Special Collection Library

Women Vietnam Veterans chronicles the participation of American military women (other than nurses) who were stationed in the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. This little-known group of an estimated 1,000 women from the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy left its mark in Vietnam from 1962 to 1973. They served in a myriad of duties such as intelligence analysts, flight controllers, clerk-typists, translators, physical therapists, dietitians and communications specialists, photojournalists, finance clerks and couriers. Today's military women are serving in fields never previously imagined, thanks to the service of these few who were in Vietnam. Their Untold Stories allows the women to speak for themselves about their experiences in Vietnam and they bring the reader to laughter and tears as they are transported to another era and another place that became vital to US history. Please feel free to bring your own lunch and join us for this presentation.

International Women's Day
March 8


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. 

  • "We Should all be Feminists" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, | noon - 1:00 p.m | TTU Library TLPDC 152
    We will view Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's well-known TED talk, "We Should all be Feminists". Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun, uses humor and levity to offer a unique definition of feminism for the 21st Century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness. Argued in the same observant, witty and clever prose that has made Adichie a bestselling novelist, here is one remarkable author's exploration of what it means to be a woman today—and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.
    Register - http://www.depts.ttu.edu/tlpdc/
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Girl Rising (2012) - Film Screening | 6:00 p.m. | SUB | Escondido Theatre
    Girl Rising is a groundbreaking film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, which tells the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries, written by 9 celebrated writers and narrated by 9 renowned actresses. Girl Rising showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Watch the trailer here: http://10x10act.org/girl-rising/
Girl Rising

Passionate Politics: The Life and Work of Charlotte Bunch

passionate politics

March 22

Film Screening | 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.| SUB Ballroom

March 23

Film Screening with discussion | 6:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:00 p.m.) | Human Science Bldg. 169

PASSIONATE POLITICS brings Charlotte's story to life, from idealistic young civil rights organizer to lesbian activist, to internationally-recognized leader of a campaign to put women's rights, front and center, on the global human rights agenda. Charlotte has been both a product and creator of her times: every chapter in her life is a chapter in the story of modern feminist activism, from its roots in the 1960′s struggles for social justice to international campaigns against gender-based violence today.
These events are part of Texas Tech University Diversity Week.

Mom's Apple Pie : The Heart of the Lesbian Mothers' Custody Movement
March 30

6:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:00 p.m.) | Human Science Bldg. Room 169

While the beginning of the LGBT Civil Rights movement was gaining momentum, the 1970s witnessed horrific custody battles for lesbian mothers. 'Mom's Apple Pie: The Heart of the Lesbian Mothers' Custody Movement' revisits the early tumultuous years of the lesbian custody movement through the stories of five lesbian mothers and their four children'--Original container. This program also discusses two organizations in the 1970s that provided funds and support for lesbian child custody cases: The Lesbian Rights Project in San Francisco and the Lesbian Mother's National Defense Fund in Seattle, Washington.

Moms Apple Pie