March 5, 2015

International Women’s Day Celebration

International Women’s Day was founded in 1911 as a fiercely political event—women demanded the right to vote and hold public office and protested employment sex discrimination. In 1977 the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed March 8 the UN Day for women’s rights and world peace.

Since then, International Women’s Day has been celebrated in different ways around the world, from fiercely political calls to end violence against women to celebrations of women who inspire in local communities.

For this year’s International Women’s Day, The SASC in collaboration with Access and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, GRSJ Undergraduate Student Association, and Pride wanted to note and celebrate the women who are often left out of lists of inspirational women. Women who challenge(d), interrogate(d), and broaden(ed) the dominant understanding of what it means to be a woman. All too often we see women who fit conventional assumptions of womanhood (white, cisgender, able-bodied, middle-class, straight, feminine-presenting) being celebrated while those in the margins are ignored and erased.

So we invite you to come visit us in the SUB from 11am-3pm on March 6th to learn about the amazing, courageous, trailblazing women who are too often left out of the conversation, and to tell us about the women who inspire you.

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