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 March 2013

Women's History Month

Women's History Month

Grab your power tools.

Columbia College, founded as Christian Female College, has a rich history of providing education for women. The opening of the school in 1851 marked the first institution of higher education for women west of the Mississippi to be chartered by a state legislature. Beginning March 1, Columbia College celebrates the history and the contributions of women around the world by hosting a series of events in honor of Women’s History Month.

The events share a theme: Do-it-yourself feminism.

“Women have been creating their own feminisms throughout history, using the power tools of their preference to address the issues facing women,” explains Dr. Tonia Compton, assistant professor of history, who helped organize the events. “From early authors like Mary Wollstonecraft to suffrage activists like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Alice Paul, and reformers like Mary McLeod Bethune to the Riot Grrrls of the 1990s, DIY feminism has been a strategy to confront sexism and discrimination. In today’s world, the issues facing girls and women are no less complex, complicated and controversial than in the past, and today’s activists have the power and knowledge to continue to confront these issues and affect change.”

Get powered up with the following events:

POWER ON, POWER UP, PERFORM: THE POWER OF PUNK
Friday, March 1; 7 to 10 p.m.; Dorsey Gym
Solo and group musical and spoken performers are invited to share their talents at this free coffee-house event. Also learn how women have used performance as a means to challenge the status quo. Enjoy coffee and cocoa, snacks, giveaways and awards for performers.

REVOLT-ING /v/ Rising in rebellion; causing disgust
Thursday, March 7; 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; Lee Room, Dulany Hall
Do successful feminists need in-your-face tactics? Join students, faculty and staff as the Philosophy Club facilitates a brown-bag discussion of the “punk” attitude toward making social progress for women. Free Chipotle lunch for the first 50 attendees.

REVOLUTION - RIOT GRRRL STYLE
Tuesday, March 12; 3:30 to 5 p.m.; Dorsey Gym
What’s a Riot Grrrl? Who’s Kathleen Hanna? What’s “punk rock feminism?” Enjoy pizza and a discussion about the history of the Riot Grrrls and their impact on punk music, feminism and American culture.

POWER SURGE: SPREAD YOUR DIY MESSAGE
Monday, March 18; 2 to 5 p.m.; CIC Room, AHSC
The Riot Grrrls created, produced and distribute zines that addressed the issues that mattered to them but were ignored by the mainstream media. Come make your own zine about the issues that matter to you with blogs and webpages, or old-school paper and pen. Zines will be displayed at the Power of Punk events on March 20.

THE POWER OF PUNK
Wednesday, March 20; 3:30 p.m.; Sidney Larson Gallery
Original Riot Grrrl Kathleen Hanna will host a public Q&A session.

MY ART: PUNK ROCK FEMINISIM AND BEYOND
Wednesday, March 20; 7 p.m.; Launer Auditorium
Kathleen Hanna is a New York City-based artist, best known for her groundbreaking performances as a member of the seminal ’90s punk band, Bikini Kill, and her more recent multimedia group, Le Tigre. She is currently making art, giving lectures and writing a new album with her band The Julie Ruin. Hanna will present her lecture, titled “My Art: Punk Rock Feminism and Beyond.”