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Women's History Month 2020

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Events celebrating Women's History Month 2020

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A catered luncheon talk

Brianna Lennon
Boone County Clerk
“A Little Speck of Stardust”

Friday, March 13, 2020, 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Jane Froman Studio

catered luncheon with guest speaker Brianna Lennon, the Boone County Clerk, from 11:00 to 12:15 in the Jane Froman Studio.

Free Panera lunch for the first 40 who attend and a t-shirt.

Immediately following will be a voter registration drive in the Lee Room of Dulany Hall from 12:30 to 4:00 pm.

Film Night: Iron-Jawed Angels

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 6:00 p.m.
New Hall Event Center

Join us for a screening and discussion of the film Iron-Jawed Angels (2004).

popcorn and t-shirts will be provided for those who attend!

Womens History Month Film Night - Iron-Jawed Angels

Contact whm@ccis.edu for more information about any of these events.


The history of Women's History Month

First begun as a local celebration of women's history in Santa Rosa, California in 1978, the movement for a national celebration of women's history gained momentum in 1979 at the Women's History Institute at Sarah Lawrence College. In February 1980 President Jimmy Carter issued a presidential proclamation recognizing the week of March 8, 1980 as National Women's History Week. Carter's proclamation coincided with resolutions in the House of Representatives and the Senate that declared support for National Women's History Week.

The movement continued to grow as individual states expanded these week-long celebrations to month-long recognition, so that by 1987 Congress issued a declaration of March as Women's History Month in perpetuity. The celebration continues to be marked by an annual presidential proclamation. For more on the history of women's history month, visit the National Women's History Project website.

Why March?

March was selected for the first women's history celebration in 1978 because of the celebration of March 8th as International Women's Day, which has been celebrated in various countries around the world since the early 1900s. By 1917 the date became firmly fixed on March 8 in recognition of a strike for "bread and peace" carried out by Russian women in the opening days of the Russian Revolution.

International Women's Day website

Columbia College and women's history

Columbia College, founded in 1851 as Christian Female College, has a rich history of providing education for women and of producing women who become forces of change in the world. Christian College's origins lie in the desire on the part of its founders to provide a quality liberal arts education for their daughters, who were denied admission at the University of Missouri where many of the founders were teachers and administrators. The opening of the school in 1851 marked the first institution of higher education for women west of the Mississippi. Christian College continued to provide educational opportunities for young women, and in 1970 extended its mission and opened its doors to men for the first time. Now as Columbia College, the community marks the significance of its own history and the contributions of women around the world to making history happen by hosting a series of events to celebrate Women's History Month.


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