On March 3, 1913, the day before Woodrow Wilson's presidential inauguration, some 5,000 women marched on Washington to demand voting rights for women. One hundred years later, the University of North Georgia joins groups and organizations around the nation in marking Women's History Month.
UNG was the first co-educational college in the state and in 1878 was the first to graduate a woman, founder William Pierce Price's daughter, Willie B. Lewis.
Congress first designated Women's History Month in 1987 and, since 1995, Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama have issued annual proclamations declaring March as Women's History Month. A series of free events, including panel discussions and film viewings, are planned across the University of North Georgia's campuses.
"Women’s History Month offers an opportunity to highlight women’s accomplishments and to generate discussion about issues that continue to shape and influence women’s experiences in the United States and internationally," said Dr. Sara Mason, assistant professor of sociology and member of the Women's History Month Committee on UNG's Gainesville campus. "All of the events we've planned highlight the myriad ways that woman have been, and continue to be, active agents in creating change.
Jennifer Boozer, a University of Georgia graduate student working on an assistantship at UNG, said the events she's helped organize highlight some of the issues women face today.
"The events we have planned for March are geared toward creating awareness of issues and themes in the lives of women today such as pay equity, or lack thereof, women in the STEM fields, and the presence of domestic violence. The programs provide a fun way to educate and gain knowledge that leads to greater awareness," Boozer said.
The month began with discussions of work/life balance and women in education on the Dahlonega and Oconee campuses and a Women's Awareness Expo that drew students to the Hoag Student Center on the Dahlonega campus.
Other upcoming events include:
- March 6, noon-1:30 p.m. "An Art Tasting." Demonstrations of various art forms, including painting, pottery and photography and information about renowned female artists. Oconee campus, Student Resource Center, Room 522.
- March 14, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Crossfire Debate. Dahlonega campus, Young Hall lobby. Sponsored by the Political Science Student Association.
- March 18, noon-1 p.m. Domestic Violence Awareness. Two staff members from Peace Place domestic violence shelter in Winder will speak about warning signs of domestic violence, how to be an ally, and resources available in the community and on campus. Gainesville campus, Martha Nesbitt Academic Building, Room 1211.
- March 20, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. These Hands Won't Hurt. Men can place their handprint on a large poster to be hung on campus as a statement that they will do their part in preventing violence against women. Gainesville campus, student center.
- March 22, noon-2 p.m. Screening of the movie "Iron Jawed Angels," directed by Katja von Garnier and starring Hilary Swank, about the American women's suffrage movement in the 1910s. Co-curricular credit and food offered. Gainesville campus, Martha Nesbitt Academic Building, Room 3110. Sponsored by the Student Film Association and the Women's History Committee.
- March 25, noon-1 p.m. Dr. Johanna Rickman, assistant professor of history, presents "Queen on Screen: Depictions of Elizabeth Tudor in 20th and 21st Century Films." Co-curricular credit and food offered. Gainesville campus, Martha Nesbitt Academic Building, Room 3110. Sponsored by the Women's History Committee and the Office of Multicultural Services.
- March 25, noon-1 p.m. STEM Faculty Panel. The science, technology, engineering, and math fields are all male-dominated. Female faculty members talk about their experiences and answer questions. Gainesville campus, Martha Nesbitt Academic Building, Room 1203.
- March 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Screening of "Miss Representation," a documentary that looks at the media and the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. Oconee campus, Student Resource Center, Room 522.
- March 25-27. Poster Competition. Posters about women's history or awareness topics will be displayed and the poster that receives the most votes will win a prize. Students may pick up a tri-fold poster in the Division of Student Affairs office. Gainesville campus, student center.
- March 27, 6-7:30 p.m. "Women In Islam: A Cross-Cultural Discussion," features Zaynab Ansari, Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta; Dr. Chris Bell and Dr. Victoria Hightower, University of North Georgia; and Tanjina Islam, Georgia State University. Co-curricular credit will be offered. Gainesville campus, Continuing Education and Performing Arts Building. Sponsored by Students for a Progressive Society and the Women's History Committee.
- March 28, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Panel Discussion. "Unaccounted For: The Hidden Experiences of Military Wives." Dahlonega campus, Library Technology Center, David L. Potter Special Collections Room. Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.