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Women's History Month 2018

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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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April 
Women Who Shaped Texas Tech - Southwest Collection

TTU Library | Croslin Room

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.

The SWC/SCL will host the newest honorees of the exhibit.

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

March 1 - Women of Color Day

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. 

Since then it's annually observed on March 1 and features different programs, that are held across the USA and in other countries.

  • "Social Difference: A Vehicle for Action and Change", March 1, TTU DOAK Hall room 123, noon-1PM.
    Using Audre Lorde's 1979 speech, "The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House", we will discover how interdependency of our differences gives us the ability to see ourselves as active participants of change.

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March 7

Sexism/Cinema - Texas Tech faculty have selected films with female protagonists to view and discuss at Alamo Drafthouse, Lubbock. Movies will begin at 7:00pm with a brief introduction. $3.00 admission for all.

  • Kissing Jessica Stein (2001) | Alamo Drafthouse Theatre | 7:00 p.m. 

March 8 - International Women's Day 

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. 

International Women's Day, originally called International Working Women's Day, is celebrated on March 8 every year.

IWD 2018 campaign theme: #PressforProgress.  We call on the masses or call on yourself to help forge a better working world - a more gender inclusive world.

Each one of us - with women, men and non-binary people joining forces - can be a leader within our own spheres of influence by taking bold pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity. Through purposeful collaboration, we can help women advance and unleash the limitless potential offered to economies the world over. We have urgent work to do. Are you ready to #PressforProgress this IWD 2018 and beyond? Come to DOAK 123 and take the pledge and show your support using the selfie cards.

  • #PressforProgress campaign
    DOAK Hall 123 | 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    FREE and open to the public

March 8

  • "Medea as a Model for Resistance to Slavery: Euripides, Toni Morrison, and N.K. Jemisin" by Dr. Sydnor Roy 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. | DOAK Hall RM 119 | FREE PIZZA! 

March 20

  • (Her)story is History
    Women's History Month tabling activity, FREE prizes to those that participate.
    TTU SUB Courtyard, 11:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.

Women are half the human race, and they're half of history, as well. History helps us learn who we are, but when we don't know our own history, our power and dreams are immediately diminished.  Stop by our table and take a chance on what you know and what you don't know about the impact(s) women have made throughout (her)story.

March 20

Training Rules (2009) | Escondido Theatre | 7:00 p.m.

Former Penn State basketball player Jennifer Harris sues the university and coach Rene Portland for discrimination. Rene Portland had three training rules during her 26 years coaching basketball at Pennsylvania State University - no drinking, no drugs and no lesbians. Training Rules, examines how a wealthy athletic department, enabled by the silence of a complacent university, allowed talented athletes, thought to be gay, to be dismissed from their college team.

March 23

  • Bear Witness: When #SayHerName is Not Enough
    Screening of Kimberle Crenshaw, "The Urgency of Intersectionality", TED Talk (2016)
    12:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. | SUB Traditions Room

Now more than ever, it's important to look boldly at the reality of race and gender bias — and understand how the two can combine to create even more harm. Kimberlé Crenshaw uses the term "intersectionality" to describe this phenomenon; as she says, if you're standing in the path of multiple forms of exclusion, you're likely to get hit by both. In this moving talk, she calls on us to bear witness to this reality and speak up for victims of prejudice.

These events are part of Texas Tech University Diversity Week.

March 27

  • #Hashtag Activism Workshop:  The Evolution of the Pound Sign (#)

DOAK 119 | 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

In the spirit of consciousness raising groups, we invite members of the campus community to join us to work through some of the up/down sides of using social media as a social justice tool. "Hashtag" activism is a term coined by media outlets which refers to the use of Twitter's hashtags for Internet activism. The term can also be used to refer to the act of showing support for a cause through a like, share, etc. on any social media platform, such as Facebook, Google+, or Twitter. As an informal gathering, we intend to address a wide range of issues including current topics being discussed in and outside the classroom with regard to feminism, gender equity, and sexuality.

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