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Women’s History Month Events at KU Announced

The Emily Taylor Center on campus is honoring Women’s History Month with educational events

BY: ANNA DENISON 

The Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity has a month of educational events planned for Women’s History Month. 

The month originated as a week-long celebration in the early ’80s and in 1987, March became recognized by congress, officially as Women’s History Month. 

The Emily Taylor Center’s main event will take place on March 8th, International Women’s Day, where there will be a screening of “9 to 5: The Story of a Movement” at the Kansas Union followed by a discussion of the film with Ph.D. candidate Neill Esquibel-Kennedy. 

Megan Williams, assistant director of the Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity, said the film looks at a labor movement centered in Boston where secretaries organized for better work conditions. 

“In that spirit of looking back on women’s history as a way to help liberate ourselves today, we’ve decided to focus on this labor movement, in hopes of you know, looking at the way that they organized, and they were able to achieve their goals as a way for us moving forward to think about how we can organize and achieve remain patient of women,” Williams said. 

The center is also putting on events such as a 19th Amendment anniversary celebration, a Smash the Patriarchy event, and a social media campaign. 

“We will be highlighting mostly the importance of Women’s History Month, the origins of Women’s History Month, rather than just sort of this idea of celebrating women really looking into why is it important that we study history in particular,” said Williams. 

The Emily Taylor Center offers resources for women and femmes and has year-round programs and events including a lecture series honoring Jana Mackey, a former KU student that was a victim of sexual violence. 

For more information on programming and events, go to emilytaylorcenter.ku.edu.

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