Women's History Month

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Women's History Month

Women’s History Month began as a national celebration in 1981 which proclaimed the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Over the next five years, Congress continued dedicating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”

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Women's History Month Programs

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HerStory - Intersectional Feminism

(Sa) March 9 | 2 p.m. | Sanger

Featuring a panel of the Toledo region’s most celebrated women’s activists and forward-thinkers, HerStory will investigate how the feminist movement can be more diverse and inclusive. Our panel will also invite discussion from attendees. Open to adults, 18+.

Panelists:

  • Kristina Mockensturm ElSayed, Women of Toledo InterConnection Coordinator
  • Katie Shelley, The Ability Center Disability Rights Advocate
  • Veralucia Mendoza, Community Organizer and Activist
  • Dr. Monita Mungo, University of Toledo Department of Sociology and Anthropology Assistant Professor

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The Soul of a Queen

(M) March 25 | 6 p.m. | Kent

Aretha Franklin captivated audiences with her distinctive voice and became one of the most celebrated singers of all time. As her music became associated with social movements, she came to be known as the Queen of Soul, influencing scores of female musicians who followed her.

The Tatum Center will celebrate her legacy on what would have been her 77th birthday. Music, poetry and light refreshments.

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Film Focus - Dolores

(M) March 25 | 6:45 p.m. | Maumee

Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known activists in American history. Co-founder of the first farm workers unions, Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Cesar Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change. Part of Film Focus series.

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More Ways to Celebrate

Steinem Sisters Collection

A sample of works in the Steinem Sisters Collection, which includes more than 400 materials.

In celebration of Women's History Month, join the Steinem Sisters Collection for HerStory: Intersectional Feminism. Featuring four of the Toledo region’s most celebrated women’s activists and forward-thinkers, this special program will investigate how the feminist movement can be more diverse and inclusive through a renewed focus on intersectionality.

Continue Reading: HerStory: Intersectional Feminism

Equal Pay Day is the symbolic marker of how long it takes for women to earn as much as men did the preceding year. Continue reading to learn more about this incredibly important issue that should concern everyone in our modern society.

Continue Reading: Equal Pay Day: An Intersectional Approach

Join us as we discuss the many ways feminism intersects with the various aspects of our lives and our community.

Continue Reading: Steinem Sisters @ the Library Winter-Spring 2019