Campus recognizes Women’s History Month

Throughout history, women have achieved breakthroughs in equality. This month, UW-Green Bay is proving this by holding several events in honor of women’s accomplishments.

Women’s History Month occurs every March and is an international celebration of women and their accomplishments over time.

Each year, UWGB hosts a variety of events to spread awareness of Women’s History Month. Three events will take place in the next two weeks.

The First Women’s Recording Company: Forty Years Strong, a discussion about Olivia Records, will take place March 26 at 4 p.m.

Catherine Henze, associate professor of English, will lead the discussion. Henze has a personal connection to the company, having listened to its records for several years.

This year was the 40th anniversary for the company, which was originally created to give women an opportunity and voice in the record industry.

Henze hopes students will realize the importance of the company.

“It’s particularly important for people interested in women and gender studies and the birth of feminism,” Henze said. “This will help students have a clearer understanding.”

Another women’s history event is Trade Offs: A Conversation on Work and Family, which will happen March 27 at 4 p.m.

Alison Staudinger, assistant professor of democracy and justice studies, is organizing and moderating the event.

According to Staudinger, Trade Offs is an opportunity to discuss how family and work relate to one another today.

The goal is to introduce how the issue affects working-class people, families and African American women, many of whom have been working much longer than other women.

Staudinger says many people assume that Women’s History Month is only for women or feminists. She hopes the event will reach a wider audience and open their eyes to the importance of understanding women’s issues.

The event is intended to be conversational, yet effective.

“I want people to think that this problem is important for everyone, not just for women,” Staudinger said. “Trying to balance family and work while trying to make political changes and making that possible is everyone’s job, not just something that moms care about.”

There will also be a group of panelists in the discussion, including one student and two members from outside organizations.

Another discussion will take place about the film “Daisy Bates: The First Lady of Little Rock”  March 28 at 4 p.m.,

Vincent Lowery, assistant professor of humanistic studies and history, will introduce the film and moderate the discussion. He is closely connected to the topic because he teaches classes on African American history.

According to Lowery, Bates coordinated the integration of African-American students into Little Rock Central High School in 1957.

Lowery hopes students realize the Civil Rights Movement was led by more people than just Martin Luther King Jr.

Lowery said the movement included a large group of people and challenges that spread across the South. African American women had one of the most vital roles, and Daisy Bates is an example of this.

“The movement succeeds where it does and achieves what it does because of the vital role that African American women play,” Lowery said.  “They play as leaders, organizers and activists and fight for African-American rights.

All the events will take place in the Christie Theatre and are not just for women. All students are encouraged to attend the discussions.