MACOMB, Ill. (NEWS3) — Women’s History Month has arrived at Western Illinois University with dozens of events planned over the month of March.
Much like February’s Black History Month, there will be plenty of things to do to highlight strong and powerful women that have helped pave the way for today’s women. One of the most anticipated events taking place at Western is the conference that will be held by the WIU Women in Business. The one-day conference will feature several female leaders from all walks of life and will aim to promote equality among females and bridge the gap to meet women’s needs and achieve success no matter the starting point. The keynote speaker of the conference will be Illinois Sen. Jil Tracy.
Western has their own theme for this year’s Women’s History Month, “Women em(POWER)ed.” This theme was selected by the Women’s Center and those in the community who are involved with the organization.
This year’s Women’s History Month events include:
- Wednesday, March 4 – 6:30 p.m., first floor of the Multicultural Center: A screening and discussion of the movie “Harriet,” which was in movie theaters earlier this year, is planned. Following the film, there will be a discussion moderated by WIU English Professor Patricia Young. Free popcorn and soda will be available. The event is sponsored by the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center and the University Union Board.
- Thursday, March 5 – 1:30-2:30 p.m., Multicultural Center: Empowerment Yoga Hour will offer an opportunity for understanding and improving women’s mental and physical health. Mats will be provided. The event is sponsored by the WIU Peace Corps Program and the Multicultural Center.
- Tuesday, March 17 – 3:30 p.m., University Union’s Sandburg Theatre: “Girl Rising,” an eye-opening and inspiring documentary on the movement inspired by Malala Yousafzai, shows the pursuit of education and the right to become teachers by young women around the world. The event is sponsored by LASO.
- Wednesday, March 18 – 12:30-1:30 p.m., second floor of the Multicultural Center: Wednesdays with the Women’s Center – On select Wednesdays this semester, there will be opportunities to hang out at the Women’s Center and learn more about self-care. As a relaxation project, attendees will be planting pots. The event is sponsored by the WIU Women’s Center.
- Wednesday, March 18 – 4:30-5:30 p.m., Malpass Library’s Garden Lounge: “Valiant Women of the Vote” Panel Discussion – Four panelists will give short presentations related to the 100-year anniversary of the 19th Amendment from various current and historical perspectives, followed by a brief discussion. The event is sponsored by the WIU departments of history and political science and WIU Libraries.
- Thursday, March 19 – 6 p.m., Multicultural Center: Women leaders of student organizations across campus come together for an evening of networking, socializing and learning. The event is sponsored by the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs (NACWC).
- Saturday, March 21 – 8 a.m., University Union: Midwest Women in Business Conference – This year’s conference will support women in the workplace and diversity among women. The mission is to promote equality among females and bridge the gap to meet women’s needs and achieve success no matter the starting point. Doors open at 8 a.m. and conference begins at 9 p.m. For additional information, contact Kinsey Tiemann at email@example.com.
- Sunday, March 22 – 8:30 a.m., WIU Campus Recreation Center: “Women on Weights,” is an opportunity for women to learn more about the facility and equipment in a comfortable, women only event. There will be a guest speaker, tour of the weight room, a brief weight lifting class and information on fitness and wellness. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and the event begins at 9 a.m. The event is sponsored by Campus Recreation.
- Monday, March 23 – 11 a.m.-1 p.m., DeRenzy Boardroom, second floor of the Multicultural Center: Clothesline Project t-shirt making – This is the first opportunity in the month of March to create the t-shirts to be used in the upcoming Clothesline Project.
- Tuesday, March 24 – 6:30 p.m., Multicultural Center: “I Bleed…and it’s Normal: Women in Prison,” – An educational presentation on women’s bodies and the struggles faced within prison walls. The event is sponsored by Gamma Phi Omega sorority and the WIU Women’s Center.
- Wednesday, March 25 – 2 p.m., Casa Latina Lounge, first floor of the Multicultural Center: “Comadreando” – A discussion group will be facilitated by the Casa Latina Cultural Center and the WIU Women’s Center. The event is sponsored by Casa Latina.
- Thursday, March 26 – 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Multicultural Center: This is the second opportunity in the month of March to create the t-shirts to be used in the upcoming Clothesline Project.
- Thursday, March 26 – 5:30 p.m., Multicultural Center: Financial Literacy and Empowerment is a look at the myths, facts and tips for managing your money. What you should know about credit, debt, loans, credit cards and more. The event is sponsored by Julie Ann Pickett from Edward Jones and the WIU Women’s Center.
- Monday, March 30 – 6 p.m., Multicultural Center: “Society is Ugly Not You: A Conversation about Women’s Body Positivity” – An exploration and discussion of body image. Beauty comes in all shapes, sizes and colors. The event is sponsored by Gamma Phi Omega sorority and the WIU Women’s Center.
- Tuesday, March 31, 6 p.m. Multicultural Center: Selena Trivia Night – The opportunity to win prizes as knowledge is shared on Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, who was an American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, model, actress and fashion designer. The event is sponsored by Casa Latina and the WIU Women’s Center.