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Women's History Month March 2007

March 01, 2005
"Generations of Women Moving History Forward"

March is National Women's History Month. There are a series of events planned for the campus community to celebrate women's history. Look for special displays at the Student Union and around campus during the month of March.

Events at ASU's Polytechnic campus:

Polytechnic Women’s Hero Award

The Polytechnic Campus Women’s History Month Planning Committee (WHMPC) announces a call for nominations for a Polytechnic Woman’s Hero Award. The award will be bestowed on a woman “Hero” from nominations of a Polytechnic student or alumna. The award will be presented as part of the Women’s History Month celebrations.

Complete and submit the nomination form by 3 p.m. on March 9!

Women's History Month Links

Week of February 26

A look at motherhood in America: a screening of the documentary film “The Motherhood Manifesto.”

Brown Bag Event

Date: Thursday, March 1, 7 p.m.
Location: ASU Polytechnic campus Library

Moving personal stories combined with humorous animation, expert commentary and hilarious old film clips tell the tale of what happens to working mothers and families in America and how enlightened employers and public policy can make paid family leave, flexible working hours, part-time parity, universal healthcare, excellent childcare, after-school programs and realistic living wages a reality for American families. Fast-paced and engaging yet carefully balanced and researched for journalistic credibility, “The Motherhood Manifesto” turns the camera on America’s hidden crisis of caring. For more information on the film, visit

Week of March 4

“Writing about the Women in Our Families” – a Family History workshop
Presenter: Professor Duane Roen

Snacks will be Provided

Date: Tuesday, March 6, 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m.
Location: Cooley Ballroom C

Duane Roen, ASU Humanities and Arts Professor, will discuss the family experiences that offer rich material for writing and will share strategies for beginning, including a hands-on activity that will get participants writing about a memorable family member, place or event (please bring paper and pen or laptop computer). Participants will respond in writing to a series of questions designed to generate concrete details about a family member, place or event. After recording these details, participants will be invited to share their writing with the group. In turn, the group will be encouraged to offer constructive feedback that will help writers develop their writing further.

Week of March 18

“Can you teach us?” Indigenous Women's Determination in an Era of Entrepreneurialism
Presenter: Yolanda Serrano Gehman, graduate student, Global Technology Development

Date: Wednesday, March 21, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Cooley Ballroom A

Yolanda Serrano Gehman will present on the indigenous women in the Sierra Norte of Puebla, Mexico. Traditionally, the women make handcrafts to contribute to their family’s sustainment. These women face the challenge of increasing sales in a saturated market, which impedes their ability to obtain revenue and nurture their businesses. The economic stagnation of the rural areas leads to a migration of young women to larger cities seeking better opportunities. Additionally, in the local villages, a failure on the community infrastructure development and proper housing construction negatively affects village life. The inadequate environment of the housing is reflected mainly in the kitchen, where women spend considerable amount of time cooking. In light of these concerns, this presentation focuses on a project conducted in the North Sierra of Puebla, which provided training to improve and add to indigenous women’s handcraft skills to better compete in the local market. The indigenous women learned marketing and pricing techniques to diversify their products and create added value. Sustainable technology was introduced and embraced by the community, and the demonstration of the benefits of passive technology with local resources was utilized in the construction of an improved stove to advance their cooking practices.


Women's History Month Movie Presentation: “Elizabeth I”

Date: Thursday, March 22, 7 p.m.
Location: Cooley Ballroom A
Snacks will be provided

This is the England of 1554, but the veneer of traditional English composure and dignity has been stripped away. The British populace is in turmoil. Fearing a challenge to her throne, Queen Mary I imprisons her half-sister, Princess Elizabeth Tudor (The daughter of King Henry VII and Anne Boleyn), in the Tower of London. But, in 1558, when "Bloody Mary" dies, Elizabeth is swept onto the throne and, at the age of 25, is crowned Queen of England. In order to survive, let alone to rule, Elizabeth must figure out hidden agendas: the Court is rife with intrigue; military strategists are risking the lives of young Englishmen; religious leaders at home and abroad place no faith in her; and the man she loves might not be worthy of her trust. The male-dominated ruling class would appear to have the advantage, but intelligent Elizabeth will deploy whatever means necessary to keep, or take what's rightfully hers.


Week of March 25

Women’s History Month Trivia Contest

Date: Tuesday, March 27, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: TV Lounge

Find out how much you know about women’s history at the fun and zany Women’s History Month Trivia Contest. Stop by to check out the action, or try out your knowledge as a contestant.


Jewell Parker Rhodes presents "Women's Histories, Women's Stories"

Date: Wednesday, March 28, 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Location: Cooley Ballroom C

Award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction, Jewell Parker Rhodes is a master of her craft, understanding how both real and imagined stories can serve as a pathway to enlightenment. In this keynote address, Parker Rhodes will discuss her novel, “Douglass' Women,” which tells the story of a famous black abolitionist and his love for his family and his mistress. The story is told from his wife's perspective. She also will illustrate the importance of history to the shaping of our own personal histories, as she discusses her recently published book, “Porch Stories,” which is a tribute to her beloved grandmother, a real account of the love she received and the lessons she learned.

Parker Rhodes is the ASU Piper Endowed Chair and artistic director of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing. For more information on Parker Rhodes, visit


Jewell Parker Rhodes book signing

Date: Wednesday, March 28, 12:45- 1:30 p.m.
Location: Outside the ASU Bookstore in the Student Union

Jewell Parker Rhodes will sign her books, "Porch Stories" and "Douglass' Women."

Week of April 8

"Balancing Work, Education and Life:" A Women's History Month Roundtable Discussion

Date: Wednesday, April 11, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Student Union TV Lounge

Do you ever wonder how women balance their careers, education and lives? Come to this interactive discussion with women from different walks of life and hear how they have established a balance in their lives.

The Women's History Month Hero Award also will be presented during the Roundtable Discussion.