Women’s History Month writes women back into history

Catie Curtis

“Writing Women Back Into History” is the theme for Women’s History Month at The University of Akron this year.

Events hosted by the UA Women’s Studies Program begin March 2 with singer Catie Curtis at E.J. Thomas Hall at 7:30 p.m. They will end March 31 with an appearance by New York poet and performer Staceyann Chin at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre. Chin’s appearance is co-sponsored by Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority.

In between those two events, Lilly Ledbetter, the voice of pay equity, will speak at the

Lilly Ledbetter

Student Union Theatre at 7 p.m. March 10.

Events sponsored by other university organizations — from the Women Trailblazers Panel on March 4 to the Third Biannual Graduate Gender Symposium March 31 and April 1 — are scheduled throughout the month as well.

Read more about Women’s History Month events at UA. And download the full schedule of Women’s History Month 2010 events at UA.

Lilly Ledbetter coming to Akron March 10

Lilly Ledbetter and Pres. Barack Obama

Lilly Ledbetter, a tireless advocate for pay equity for women, will speak in Akron on March 10, 2010, as part of Women’s History Month activities sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program at the University of Akron.

Her speech will begin at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre on the UA campus.

Ledbetter worked for Goodyear Tire, a company based in Akron, for 19 years, when she learned she had been paid less than her male colleagues. She sued Goodyear and won, but the ruling was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Last January, Congress approved the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which expands workers’ rights to sue in cases like Lilly’s by relaxing the statute of limitations. It was the first bill signed by President Barack Obama.

AAUW played a key role in the bill’s passage. And AAUW leadership had a front row seat at the bill signing. In turn, Lilly spoke at AAUW’s 2009 National Convention with its theme “Breaking Through Barriers.”

Read more about Lilly’s inspiring struggle for equal pay for women. Watch a YouTube video. Then mark your calendars for her appearance in Akron.

For more information, call 330-972-7008.

Vagina Monologues this weekend at UA

It’s coming right up, and we are more excited about it than ever because this year’s performance of The Vagina Monologues will be at the EJ Thomas Hall Stage Door.

Be sure to get your tickets for Friday’s and/or Saturday’s performance.

Details are below, and you can read the preview story written by Lauren Bailey, “‘Monologues’ give new meaning to V-Day,” in the Buchtelite.

What: The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler

When: Friday, Feb. 12, 8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 13, at 4 p.m.

Where: EJ Thomas Hall Stage Door – Get directions here.

Tickets: On sale NOW at the EJ Thomas Hall Ticket Office

Cost: $5 for students, faculty and staff and $10 for non-UA members.

Why: All proceeds benefit V-Day and the Rape Crisis Center of Summit and Medina Counties.

Sponsors: Co-sponsored by the University of Akron Women’s Studies Program and EJ Thomas Hall.

Attacks on women in Haiti on rise

In recent days, women in Haiti were given coupons entitling them to food rations in the aftermath of the January earthquakes. Women, it was said, were more likely to distribute food fairly and ensure that their families were fed.

Now women are in greater danger of attack as a result. Read the Associated Press story, “Haitian women become crime targets after quake.”

Text to protest Super Bowl ad and support Sexism Watch campaign

Fighting sexism doesn’t get much easier than this. Especially when it gives us a feminist alternative to the Super Bowl.

Just watch “JOCK-OCRISY,” the Women’s Media Center’s Super Bowl Sexism Watch tonight from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., at http://bit.ly/ustreamwmc. Then text WOMEN to 50555 to give $10 in support of WMC’s ongoing Sexism Watch campaign.

Tonight’s multiplatform broadcast will include a play-by-play of the sexism and bias in Super Bowl ads and culture. Women’s Media Center will take questions and commentary, expose Focus on the Family’s agenda behind their anti-choice Super Bowl ad, and discuss how to amplify women’s voices in the media and change the conversation.

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Women’s issues covered in the Buchtelite

Women’s issues are getting coverage in the Buchtelite, the University of Akron student newspaper.

Allison Strouse, arts and life editor for the paper, wrote an interesting piece about her experiences as a young woman who loves sports — and loves to cover them.

You can read her piece, “Make room for women in the press box on the Buchtelite Web site. You can also read her post, “New Indians regime arrives with optimism” on the Cleveland Magazine blog.

Alyssa Berthiaume, 2009 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant in the UA Women’s Studies Program and a regular writer for this blog, is in her last year of study for her MFA degree. So she was a natural choice to write opinion pieces for the paper.

Here are links to her recent columns: