By Kara Kuczun
Throughout March the University of Louisville will observeWomen’s History Month in conjunction with Sexual AssaultAwareness Month and International Women’s Day. Various campusorganizations will be sponsoring approximately 70 activitiesrelated to women’s history.
According to Kathy Kremer, administrative assistant of U ofL’s Women’s Center, about 35 campus organizations anddepartments will be involved in honoring the accomplishments ofwomen.
“I think Women’s History Month is important becauseit continues the ongoing efforts to improve the visibility of womenon and off campus,” Kremer said. The recognition ofwomen’s contributions in history began in 1978 when theEducation Task force of the Sonoma County, Calif., Commission onthe Status of Women initiated a “Women’s HistoryWeek.”
In 1980 the recognition of women’s accomplishments becamenational after president Jimmy Carter issued a presidential messageto the American people encouraging them to celebrate the women inhistory. It wasn’t until 1992 that Women’s HistoryMonth became a major national and international celebration.
Kremer said she has been asked why the accomplishments andcontributions of women are only celebrated in one month. Inresponse, Kremer said that Women’s History Month is much likethe World Series in baseball. “You have baseball all thetime, but you take a certain period of time to showcase thebest,” she said.
Senior English Major Marea Stamper also believes thatWomen’s History Month is very important.
“We’re 50 percent of the world’spopulation,” Stamper said about women. “We can at leasttalk about women’s accomplishments for a month. There aregaps in the consciousness of women’scontributions.”
Stamper, who helps run the campus radio station WLCV-AM (1590),said the station has produced a series of advertisements promotingWomen’s History Month. These ads are concerned withwomen’s accomplishments along with sexual assault issues.
Events for Tuesday, March 23 include a workshop entitled”Militarism and Violence Against Women” at 10 a.m., apanel discussion in Ekstrom Library titled “When BatteredWomen Fight Back” at 5:30, and a screening of the Spanishfilm “Juana la Loca” in Strickler 102 at 7 p.m.
A lecture about women and Kentucky Politics will be given byKentucky Supreme Court Justice Janet Stumbo at the Brandeis Schoolof Law at 5 p.m. on March 24. Following the lecture the Brazillianfilm, “Carlot Joaquina, a Princesa do Brasil,” will bescreened in Strickler 102 at 7 p.m.
A French-Canadian film will also been screened in Strickler 102on March 25 at 7 p.m. The film is entitled “La Turbulence desFluides” and is directed by acclaimed director ManonBriand.
“Circle of Healing,” the PEACC program’scommunity-building art project, will be held in the Red Barn from10 a.m. to 2 p.m on Friday, March 25. From noon to 1:30 p.m. on thesame day there will be a panel discussion on influential womenphilosophers in Humanities 300.
“We hope, number one, the activities will teach somethingto people that they didn’t know before,” Kremer said.”We also hope people get involved in women’s equality,because they have the whole month to think about theissues.”
More information on Women’s History Month activities onand off campus can be found atwww.louisville.edu/provost/womenctr/news/whm2004list.html.