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Programs Offered this March to Celebrate Women’s History

March 06, 2017

Laura Lemire
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7242

Women's History MonthFrom left, Professor Margaret Carson (nursing), Sheila Ramirez '18 (social work and politics), Felipe Bispo '19 (biology), Professor Sarah Hardin (history), Jada Burke '17 (communication and sociology), Professor Beth Salerno (history)

This March, the Saint Anselm College community celebrates women's history with a series of events sponsored by the Multicultural Center and the English department's gender studies minor, in collaboration with the Meelia Center for Community Engagement and other campus departments.

Panels on women's sports, a multi-religious dialogue about women of faith, a presentation on women in comedy, a National Eating Disorder Awareness photo campaign, and plenty of cupcakes and conversations are just a few of the features of this year's program. The theme is "Empowering Her," with each event chosen to highlight diverse voices and experiences of women.

The Women's History Brunch on February 28, hosted by professors Beth Salerno and Sarah Hardin (both of the History department), kicked off the programming designed to highlight the challenges and achievements of women worldwide through the years.

Rebecca Senna, assistant director of the Multicultural Center, has overseen the planning of these events, which she describes as "an amazing line-up."

"I hope that our community will learn about women of the past and present," says Senna, "in order to inspire women in the future to know that their voice - and their stories - are important and need to be heard."

With other members of the Multicultural Center, nursing major Jackie Parece '17 has been busy planning events, contacting speakers, and facilitating a feminine product drive with international business and computer science double major Sybille Legitime '18.

For Parece, the Women's High Tea Event, which features the many faces of women in the workplace, is at the top on her list. "Women's High Tea was the only event I attended last year, but the women on the panel were amazing to listen to," says Parece. "Hearing their stories made me realize that where I am in life is okay, and it gave me this sense of self-assurance and self-confidence that I did not even think I needed at the time."

Jonathan Lupo, professor of communication, will discuss both the history of women in comedy and contemporary performance practices on March 22. Lupo's presentation will focus on contemporary comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.

In addition to his own presentation, Lupo is looking forward to attending the "PowHERful Women in Sports Panel" on March 14. This panel discussion will feature student athletes and coaches who have played and coached respectively under Title IX.

"I'm interested in how women have navigated this field and their perspectives on the evolution of gender in sports," says Lupo. "We now have a couple of generations of students and coaches who grew up under Title IX and I am intrigued to understand their stories."

Overall, Lupo says he is optimistic that the effect of Women's History Month will last long beyond March 30. "I hope the month's activities help us think about how we can all help foster symbolic and material support for contemporary women," he says. "I'd love to see an understanding that we can use the focus on women's history to think about how we can all benefit from equality of opportunities."

Additional event sponsors include Campus Ministry, Geisel Library, Saint Anselm Athletics, and the History Department.

Upcoming Events

Book Display for Women's History Month
Wednesday, March 1 -  Thursday, March 30
Geisel Library

NEDA Awareness photo campaign
Thursday, March 2, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Davison Hall

PowHERful Women in Sports Panel
Tuesday, March 14, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Perini Lecture Hall

Cupcakes and Conversation II: Societal Influence on Beauty
Wednesday, March 16, 6 p.m.
Multicultural Center

Women's High Tea Event
Friday, March 17, 1 - 2:30 p.m.
President's Dining Room
RSVP: Rebecca Senna,

Women in Comedy Presentation
Wednesday, March 22, 12:45 - 1:45 p.m.
Living Learning Commons (LLC)

Cupcakes and Conversation III: Mariah Cahill
Cahill is the YWCA Program Director of Victims of Sexual and Domestic Violence
Wednesday, March 22, 6 p.m.
Multicultural Center

Women of Faith: A Multi-Religious Interfaith Dialogue
Monday, March 27, 6 p.m.
Dana 1D

Women and Activism Closing Event
Thursday, March 30, 5 - 6 p.m.
Living Learning Commons (LLC)

Story by Jasmine Blais '17
Photos courtesy of the Multicultural Center

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