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Commemorating Women's History Month at UC

The University of Cincinnati will present a series of special events in March honoring women's historical achievements.

Date: 2/27/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Tom Robinette
Phone: (513) 556-1825
Photos By: Dottie Stover, UC Creative Services

UC ingot   March will be a month of recognizing women's struggles and successes as the University of Cincinnati observes Women's History Month through a series of special events.

What is now a monthlong tribute to the vital role of women in American history started with the first nationally recognized celebration of Women's History Week in 1982, according to the U.S. Library of Congress. The week of honoring women's accomplishments was expanded to a month in 1987.
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The University of Cincinnati will recognize Women's History Month with a series of events throughout March.

In addition to the annual American custom, International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated March 8, a tradition began by the United Nations in 1975 and inspired by early 20th century labor movements in North America and Europe. This year's IWD theme is "Equality for Women Is Progress for All."

The essence of Women's History Month aligns with UC's commitment to diversity and inclusion, core values that empower individuals to transform their lives and achieve their highest potential.

"We are pleased to celebrate the lives and contributions of women in this country and around the world," says UC Chief Diversity Officer Bleuzette Marshall. "From Rosie the Riveter and Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw to our own Provost Beverly Davenport, women use their resourcefulness, intellect and innovation to break barriers, shape our culture, and make a difference in society every day."

As part of this year's university-wide commemoration, the UC Women’s Center (UCWC) will sponsor several events, highlighted by its fifth production of Eve Ensler’s "The Vagina Monologues" and local artist Annie Ruth's "Sisters of Legacy" art exhibit.

UC Blue Ash will celebrate Women's History Month with a series of events that tie in to the theme "Mind, Body & Soul."

The UC Bookstores will celebrate Women's History Month with a display of a dozen titles focusing on influential women. The books will include "On Becoming Fearless ... in Love, Work, and Life" by Arianna Huffington; "Half the Sky" by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn; "What Will It Take to Make a Woman President" by Marianne Schnall; "The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks" by Jeanne Theoharis; "My Beloved World" by Sonia Sotomayor; "Lean In" by Sheryl Sandberg; "Rocket Girl" by George Morgan; "I Am Malala" by Malala Yousafzai; "Woman Rebel" by Peter Bagge; "The Girls of Atomic City" by Denise Kiernan; "HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton" by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes; and "Radical: Fighting to Put Students First" by Michelle Rhee.


Here is a comprehensive list of planned Women's History Month events at UC in chronological order:

Women’s Leadership Symposium
5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 4, University Hall Room 450
UC's Academic, Administrative and Professional Women (AAPW) will celebrate International Women’s Day by hosting a Women’s Leadership Symposium featuring guest speakers Awatef Hamed, the Brian Rowe Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at the College of Engineering and Applied Science; Karen Bankston, associate dean of clinical practice, partnership, and community engagement at the College of Nursing; and Beverly Davenport, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. There will be an international food potluck, then presentations and discussion, followed by networking. UC women faculty, staff, students and their daughters and nieces are invited. Contact AAPW for reservations.
Contact: Amy Roberto at or 513-558-1903

Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarf kick-off meeting
1-2 p.m., Wednesday, March 5, Flory Center 145, UC Blue Ash
UC Blue Ash College Multicultural Affairs will offer the program as a way to connect women of various cultures, backgrounds and religions. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate. Participants will pick up scarves on Friday, March 7, in Student Life. Online registration is available.
Contact: Corrine Witherspoon, Multicultural Affairs, at 513-745-5691
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UC students, faculty and staff will engage in a variety of special events during Women's History Month.

Faculty Roundtables: Women in Leadership
11 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, March 5, Muntz Commons (behind fireplace), UC Blue Ash
Faculty presenters will include professors Andrea Kornbluh (history) and Janice Denton (chemistry), and assistant professors Susanna Clason (English), Rachel Frankel (mathematics) and E. Kitti Johnson (nursing).
Contact: Andrea Kornbluh, Department of History, at 513-745-5648

VDay University of Cincinnati 2014 presents "The Vagina Monologues"
7 p.m., March 7-8, Zimmer Auditorium
The UC Women's Center (UCWC) has sponsored campus performances of "The Vagina Monologues" the past four years. Through these benefit productions, UCWC has raised funds for the local YWCA-Battered Women's Shelter, UC Women's Center Reclaim Peer Advocate Program and Women Helping Women. UCWC also has supported Spotlight Campaigns for Rape Survivors in the Republic of Congo, earthquake relief in Haiti and the One Billion Rising For Justice global awareness campaign for victims of violence against women. UCWC has committed to making the show more accessible in several ways, including: opening the cast to any woman-identified person – student, staff, faculty or community member – who is interested in the production; pushing for the inclusion of transwomen’s narratives in the production; and offering American Sign Language interpretation for performances. UCWC encourages donations to support the charitable work of this production. Admission is free for UC Students with ID and $10 for the general public. For more information, go to
Contact: Ashley Rouster at or 513-556-4328; Katie Ratajczack at

Women of the World Luncheon
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesday, March 12, 100 Walter Hall, UC Blue Ash
The luncheon theme is "Reflecting on Women in Leadership & Empowering Change," and the keynote speaker will be Ayanna Jordan of The Phoenix Rising Collective. Reservations are required.
Contact: Corrine Witherspoon, Multicultural Affairs, at 513-745-5691

$tart $mart Salary Negotiation Workshop
Noon-2:30 p.m., Thursday, March 13, Teacher's College Room 430 (for Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning students)
$tart $mart prepares college women who are approaching the job market with the confidence, knowledge and skills they need to negotiate salaries and benefits. According to American Association of University Women (AAUW) research, women earn 82 percent of what their male counterparts earn one year after graduation, and the gender wage gap widens the next 10 years. $tart $mart campus workshop participants will learn: how the gender wage gap affects their lives; how to develop a personal budget to determine salary needs; how to benchmark salary and benefits; and how to negotiate for their first salary out of college. This workshop is a collaboration between AAUW and the Women Are Getting Even Project. Call ahead to check registration availability. For more information, go to
Contact: Barb Rinto at or 513-556-3279

"Sisters of Legacy" Exhibition

March 24-27, Tangeman University Center (TUC) Atrium
UCWC will host a photo exhibition developed by Annie Ruth showcasing profiles of 40 Cincinnati-area women. A panel discussion and reception will be held from noon-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 26, in TUC Room 427. Co-sponsors for the exhibit are UC MainStreet; African American Cultural and Resource Center (AACRC); Ethnic Programs and Services; and the UC Diversity Council. For more information about the exhibition, go to
Contact: Barb Rinto at or 513-556-3279

Sister Circle: Hair-ology 101
Noon-1:30 p.m., Monday, March 24, Flory Center 145, UC Blue Ash
Guest presenters will be Nati Naturalistas & Paul Mitchell
Learn about how to keep your hair healthy and styled and swap extra hair products that you are not using. There also will be a Q&A session with a professional natural hair stylist.
Contact: Corrine Witherspoon, Multicultural Affairs, at 513-745-5691

Cincinnati Area Conversations and Connections
5:30 p.m., Monday, March 24, AACRC
UC Chief Diversity Officer Bleuzette Marshall is sponsoring this event to connect female faculty leaders and female students who are looking for practical advice from accomplished women with inspiring Cincinnati-area women who have been profiled by The Women’s Book, a woman-owned multimedia company that connects women in business to resources for personal and professional advancement.
Contact: 513-556-4119

Chair Yoga, Free Massages and Aromatherapy

Noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, March 26, One Stop lobby, UC Blue Ash
Melissa Berling will be the guest yoga instructor.
Contact: Sarah Meagher, Student Life, at 513-936-1565

"Sisters of Legacy" Panel Discussion and Reception
Noon-1:30 p.m., March 26, TUC Room 427
A panel and reception related to the "Sisters of Legacy" exhibition will feature Marian Spencer, who lead the 1952 NAACP efforts to desegregate Coney Island amusement park; Barbara Bonifas, former Western Council Girls Scouts CEO; Maria-Rosa Abona, a St. Ursula Academy faculty member from the University of Madrid in Spain who designed an Advanced Placement biology course to encourage girls to study science; and Annie Ruth, an artist, educator and former Taft Museum Duncanson Artist-in-Residence. For more information about the exhibition, go to
Contact: Barb Rinto at or 513-556-3279

$tart $mart Salary Negotiation Workshop
5-7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 27, Teacher's College Room 430
$tart $mart prepares college women who are approaching the job market with the confidence, knowledge and skills they need to negotiate salaries and benefits. The agenda will be similar to the one described for the March 13 event. This workshop is a collaboration between AAUW and the Women Are Getting Even Project. To register or more information, go to
Contact: Barb Rinto at or 513-556-3279

Black Women Revealed Showcase

5:30 p.m., Friday, March 28, AACRC
Sisters Impacting Sisters (SIS) will host its third annual Black Women Revealed Showcase, which displays the beauty, talent and qualities black women uphold in this community and beyond. This year's showcase theme is "My Black is Beautiful." There will be a reception at 5:30 p.m. before the program at 6 p.m.
Contact: 513-556-1177