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UC Celebrates Women's History Month

Film screenings, lunchtime book signings and library exhibitions kick off a month-long celebration of Women’s History Month events on UC’s campuses and across the city.

Date: 2/23/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Melanie Schefft
Phone: (513) 556-5213
Other Contact: John Bach
Other Contact Phone: (513) 556-5224
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UC ingot   As part of Women's History Month, the University of Cincinnati will host special events throughout March that celebrate the economic, political, and social achievements of women.
Five women of diverse races facing forward. photo/AdobeStock

The National Women’s History Project theme for 2017 is “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business.” To learn more about the values that underpin and guide the Women’s History Month ethos, join in any of the below listed events:

Old Modern: Portraits of the Women of Modernism in Old Age, UC Clermont Event
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, Feb. 27-March 28, Park National Bank Art Gallery, Snyder Building, 4200 Clermont College Dr.
Throughout the month of March, a solo exhibition of paintings by Kim Rae Taylor, associate professor of fine arts at UC Clermont College, document women of early twentieth century who helped shape art and literary avant-garde and modernism. Taylor captures their elderly faces as a reminder of their important contributions to the arts, their longevity and the power of creativity.
For more information, contact Nikki Vargas, (513) 558-1215.

Five different colored scarves hanging side-by-side

Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarf, UCBA Multicultural Affairs Event

1:30-2:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 27, 324 Muntz Hall UCBA
This year marks the third year that UCBA is hosting the Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarf. Similar to the movie "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Women’s Center at the University of Dayton developed this program with the goals of building community and to offer opportunities for learning, leadership and service. A blog was developed to show the thoughts of the women participating in the two-month long event. The blog can be viewed here.  UCBA Multicultural Affairs will adopt the program for Women’s History Month as a way to connect women of various cultures, backgrounds and religions. Register today
For more information, contact Multicultural Affairs at

World War I Illustrated Sheet Music Highlights Depictions of Women, UC Libraries Event

Feb. 28-March 31, UC Langsam and Blegen libraries
Two new library exhibitions commemorate the centennial of the United States entry into World War I (April 6, 1917) and the role of women during the war at home and as nurses. Curated by Theresa Leininger-Miller, UC associate professor of art history in the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, the exhibitions feature illustrated sheet music from the era that served as propaganda for the war effort, but also offered solace — and sometimes levity — to those on the home front. Between the war years of 1914 and 1918, music publishers produced over 13,500 individual compositions. The exhibitions are on display throughout the month of March.
A collage pf different WWI illustrated sheet music covers showing nurses and women

  • The Angel of No Man’s Land: Red Cross Nurses in World War I Illustrated Sheet Music
  • Feb. 27-April 30, UC Blegen Library, fourth floor
  • This illustrated sheet music is organized into the categories of angels, mothers, patriots, sweethearts and caregivers — all personas soldiers attributed to nurses. Leininger-Miller describes the illustrations as graphically bold and vibrantly colored music covers that provide a window into early 20th-century popular culture and American wartime values. While traditional gender roles abound in such images, feminism began to emerge as women took on vital positions outside the home, then continued to seek equal rights after the war. 
  • America, Here’s My Boy: Mothers of Soldiers in World War I Illustrated Sheet Music
  • Feb. 27-April 30, UC Langsam Library, fourth floor
  • Includes illustrated sheet music covers of compelling visual items that reveal once-widely held beliefs and values about maternalism, masculinity, citizenship and patriotism. Out of 9,670 patriotic songs published in the United States between 1914 and 1918, curator Leininger-Miller explains that at least 120 images on sheet music of white American mothers of soldiers are remarkably consistent, even when depicted by various artists and published by many different companies across the country. Illustrations include men in uniform, usually doughboys, appearing as stoic, alert, virile youths, often with weapons in hand. By contrast, mothers, even though most were in their late 30s and 40s, are regularly portrayed as grandmotherly — emotional, passive and elderly, evoking particular responses in middle-class consumers, most of whom were families and friends at home in the United States. For more information, contact Melissa Norris, 
“It Was Rape” Film Screening, UC Women’s Center Event
4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28, UC Women’s Center, 571 Steger Student Life Center
In this film, eight women tell their diverse personal stories of sexual assault, from a Midwestern teenager trying alcohol for the first time to a Native American woman gradually coming to terms with her abusive childhood. This gripping and emotional film is an opportunity to empathize and puncture the silence and denial that allows sexual assault to thrive and sheds light on how assault affects us all. Join us after the film for a discussion with the filmmaker, Jennifer Baumgardner.
For more information, contact Angela Fitzpatrick,

No I’m Bisexual, You’re Confused, UC Women’s Center and UC LGBTQ Event
12 p.m., Wednesday, March 1, LGBTQ Center, 565 Steger Student Life Center
Have lunch and enjoy a discussion with Jennifer Baumgardner –– writer, activist, filmmaker, and lecturer –– whose work explores abortion, sex, bisexuality, rape, single parenthood and women's power. She is the executive director of the Feminist Press at CUNY, which is producing the StopSlut Project and publishing several cutting-edge feminist works from around the world. Seating is limited. To register 
For more information, contact Amy Schlag,  

We Want More Feminism, Reproductive Justice and Power, UC Women’s Center Event
4-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 1, TUC Cinema

In honor of Women's History Month and QueerCat Pride week at the University of Cincinnati, Jennifer Baumgardner will serve as the activist-in-residence and will give a keynote speech, entitled "We Want More: Feminism, Reproductive Justice, and Power." A book signing will follow her keynote.
For more information, contact Angela Fitzpatrick,

Sisters in the Spirit, UCBA Multicultural Affairs Event
7-8:30 p.m., every Wednesday in March, Crossroads Church, 62 Calhoun Street, Cincinnati 45219
Sisters in the Spirit will participate in Crossroads Church's “I AM Journey,” where women will come together every Wednesday in March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 to focus on a topic to kick-start spiritual growth.
To register
For more information, contact Corrine Witherspoon at

Grassroots Activism Workshop, UC Women’s Center Event
12 p.m., Thursday, March 2, UC Women’s Center, 571 Steger Student Life Center
Jennifer Baumgardner, the Women’s History Month and QueerCat Pride Week activist-in-residence, will provide students with guidelines and models for activism that show how to set realistic goals and identify resources most readily available. First 10 students at the workshop receive a free gift. Lunch provided.
Open to all students. Must RVSP to attend
For more information, contact Angela Fitzpatrick,

Walls, Borders, Bridges: Cartographies of Violence and Transnational Feminist Critique, Charles Phelps Taft Research Center Event
4 p.m., Thursday, March 2, Taft Research Center, Edwards I, Suite 1100
The Taft Global Humanities Research Group and the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center collaboration will commemorate and celebrate Women’s History Month at the 12th Annual Taft Research Symposium with keynote speaker Chandra Mohanty, world renowned feminism postcolonial theorist. Mohanty’s most well-known books include "Third World Women and the Politics of Feminism" and "Feminism Without Borders.”
For more information, contact Adrian Parr,  

In the Time of Butterflies, UC Women’s Center Event

7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 2, TUC Cinema
Enjoy a film screening of “In the Time of the Butterflies” starring Selma Hayek and based on the fictionalized account of the lives of the Mirabal sisters, Dominican revolutionary activists who opposed the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo and who were assassinated on Nov. 25, 1960.
For more information, contact Angela Fitzpatrick,   

Celebrating Women’s Strength, 4th Annual Women of the World Conference, UCBA Multicultural Affairs and Worldfest Committee Event
8 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, March 4, 100 Walters Hall, UCBA
Enjoy a morning of “Celebrating Women’s Strength.” The WOW Conference is a part of the UCBA Sister Circle support group. This year will include sessions on financial management, leadership development and a dance session. The purpose of Sister Circle is to encourage the promotion of sisterhood among students, staff and faculty at UCBA. Breakfast and lunch will be served. To register
For more information, contact Corrine Witherspoon at

A poster with text promoting the military rape film,

“The Invisible War,” UC Veterans Programs and Services and UC Women’s Center event

6 p.m., Monday, March 6, TUC 427
“The Invisible War” is a groundbreaking, investigative documentary about one of America’s most shameful and best kept secrets: rape within the U.S. military. The documentary, nominated for a 2013 Academy Award, contains sensitive subject matter. Discussion to follow.
For more information, contact Abigail Wulf,

The Evolving Role of the Working Woman, UC Alumni Association event
7:30-9 a.m., Tuesday, March 7, Russell C. Myers Alumni Center
Join the UC Alumni Association and female graduates for a light breakfast and socializing. Hear from a diverse panel of distinguished alumnae on how they handle their professional and personal responsibilities and share wisdom on creating work-life balance. Cost is $10. Includes breakfast, panel discussion and parking in Campus Green Garage. To register
Panelists include:
  • Kate Doviak, Bus '03, Senior Account Executive | TargetX
  • Tamara Harkavy, DAAP '94, Director | ArtWorks Cincinnati
  • Julie Holt, Nur '88, M (Nur) '95, Chief Nursing Officer, Vice President | The Christ Hospital Health Network
  • Alexzandra S. Ramachandran, CEAS '10, Innovation Leader | Procter & Gamble
  • Kathryn Trauth Taylor, A&S '10, CEO | Taylor Technical Consulting
For more information, contact Juliana Sinclair Saneholtz, (513) 556-6466

Lunch ‘n’ Learn: Women, Religion and Protest, UC Women’s Center Event
12 p.m., Wednesday, March 8, 320 University Pavilion
The Women’s Center in collaboration with the UC Interfaith Coalition is celebrating International Women’s Day by hosting a panel discussion and lunch ‘n’ learn on women, protest and religion with local religious leaders Alice Connor, reverend of the Edge House campus ministry; Amina Darwish, UC Muslim chaplain; Gail Greenwell, reverend dean of Christ Church Cathedral; Leslie Keener, Catholic sister of St. Monica-St. George; and Miriam Terlinchamp, rabbi of Temple Sholom Cincinnati. Lunch will be provided.
Please RSVP to attend with Angela Fitzpatrick, or Amy Roberto, 513-429-0682

“The Illusionists,” UC Women’s Center Event

4:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 8, 320 University Pavilion
Enjoy a film screening of “The Illusionists,” which examines how global advertising firms, mass media conglomerates and the beauty, fashion and cosmetic surgery industries are changing the way people around the world define beauty. The documentary addresses issues such as multi-billion dollar industries saturating the media and airwaves with images of unattainable beauty.
For more information, contact Erin Mulligan,  

New Understandings of Gender and Sexuality in the Holocaust, UC LGBTQ and Judaic Studies Event
3-4 p.m., Thursday, March 9, TUC 451AB
Enjoy a discussion by Katie Peel, associate professor of women’s studies at the University of Connecticut, on how gender and sexuality can be used as an illuminating lens in deepening our understanding of the Holocaust and those who experienced the atrocity.
For more information, contact Amy Schlag,   

“Rosenstrasse,” UC LGBTQ Event
4:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 21, UC LGBTQ Center, 571 Steger Student Life Center
Enjoy a film screening of “Rosenstrasse” (2003), a German language film exploring the story of the Rosenstrasse protest where German women waited for seven days and nights outside of a Nazi jail in Berlin for their Jewish husbands during the winter of 1943.
For more information, contact Angie Fitzpatrick,   

Living Without Shame, in the Soul Café, UC Women’s Center Event
10-11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 22, UC Women’s Center, 571 Steger Student Life Center
Enjoy free coffee and bagels while engaging in open conversations among students of all faiths and spiritual backgrounds. Co-sponsored by UC Interfaith Coalition.
For more information, contact Rosalyn Collins  

Lunch ‘n’ Learn: Women, Migration and Protest, UC Women’s Center and AACRC Event
12 p.m., Wednesday, March 22, African American Cultural Resource Center
Join us as students and faculty discuss emigration and immigration, women's lives and protests against structures that force women to migrate or prevent them from settling. Panelists will touch on the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, the Syrian refugee crisis, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Please RSVP
For more information, contact Nneka Dennie,

Lunch ‘n’ Learn: Still Standing, Surviving the Threat, UCBA Multicultural Affairs Event
12:50-1:30 p.m., Thursday, March 23, 145 Flory, UCBA
Join in on a lunch discussion with Whitney Gaskins, UC assistant professor of engineering and applied science, as she talks about her journey through the educational system in STEM and shares advice. Gaskins is executive director of the Gaskins Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and empowering the African American community. Registration is required through Corrine Witherspoon,    

The Female Undead in Weimar Culture, UC Women’s Center Event

4 p.m., Thursday, March 23, 701 Old Chem
Enjoy a discussion with Barbara Hales, associate professor of history at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, on F.W. Murnau’s “Nosferatu” and E. Elias Merhige’s “Shadow of the Vampire.” Both films portray women’s deaths at the moment when they lose all agency and are reduced to objects.
For more information, contact Angela Fitzpatrick,  

“Free Angela and All Political Prisoners,” UC Women’s Center Event
7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 23, TUC Cinema
Enjoy a film screening of “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners,” a gripping historical account of the events that catapulted a young University of California philosophy professor into a controversial political icon in the turbulent late 1960s. Angela Davis joins the Communist Party, protests with the Black Panthers and becomes a spokesperson for the burgeoning prison-reform movement.
For more information, contact Angela Fitzpatrick,  

Black Women Reveal, Sisters Impacting Sisters, AACRC Event

6 p.m., Friday, March 24, African American Cultural Resource Center
Beauty, uniqueness, class and expression are a few of the many qualities of the black woman. Join Sisters Impacting Sisters, for the 6th annual Black Woman Revealed Showcase, displaying the immense talents and depth of black women in our community. The show will begin promptly at 6 p.m. All are welcome.
For more information, contact Tamar Kinebrew,

Empowerment Day, Lindner Women in Business Leadership Conference, UC Alumni Association Event

9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, March 25, Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center, 151 Goodman Dr.
The Lindner Women in Business Leadership Conference –– Empowerment Day –– is an event for collegiate women interested in pursuing a career in business. The event includes 25 speakers and over 300 conference registrants. Registration is limited to the first 300 students so reserve your seat by March 17.
For more information, contact Lauren Jacquot, (513) 556-7023  

A poster with a military statue of women promoting UC's Sisters In Arms event on 2017

Sisters In Arms, Rosa Sanders-Moore Awards, UC Student Affairs and Veterans Programs and Services Event

6 p.m., Monday, March 27, TUC 400
Help celebrate this year’s Rosa Sanders-Moore Awards, which honor UC women student veterans at the 2017 Sisters In Arms ceremony. UC Veterans Programs and Services will honor five UC women student veterans. This year will also be the first time honoring a community partner, someone who has gone above and beyond to provide services to veterans at UC.
For more information, contact Abigail Wulf,

Empower Hour, AACRC Event
12 p.m., Thursday, March 30, African American Cultural Resource Center
Join the UC Women’s Center for their first-ever Empower Hour Luncheon, connecting students with faculty or staff mentors. To attend, please email Ann Brown at
For more information, contact Angela Fitzpatrick,

* This list will be updated daily throughout March as events are added *
UC programs that continue to promote the advancement of women across all academic disciplines include:
UC LEAF Empowering Women in STEM
UC Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies  
UC Women’s Center  
UC LGBTQ Center 
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