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Women's History Month 2012: It's About Empowerment

Release date: March 01, 2012

Goucher College is celebrating Women's History Month with the following events, activities, and presentations:

Film Screening: The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo

Thursday, March 1

4 p.m., Kelley Lecture Hall

This award-winning documentary by director Lisa F. Jackson examines the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and depicts the painful realities of women living in the war zones of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 


Women and Sexual Violence in the Congo Panel

Thursday, March 1

7 p.m., Batza Room

Speakers from national and international non-governmental organizations and advocacy groups will discuss the situation of women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as the work of NGOs on the ground. 


"Ain't I a Woman!"

Wednesday, March 21 

7:30 p.m., Hyman Forum, the Athenaeum

A chamber musical theatre performance by the Core Ensemble celebrates the lives and times of four significant African American women: Sojourner Truth, Zora Neale Hurston, Clementine Hunter, and Fannie Lou Hamer. The musical score is inspired by the Deep South, the Jazz Age, and concert music by African American composers.


Take Back the Night

Thursday, March 22

8 p.m., Pearlstone Atrium

For 30 years colleges, women's centers, and rape crisis centers have sponsored Take Back the Night events to take a stand and speak out against sexual assault and abuse. Goucher College will hold its own Take Back the Night to raise awareness, support survivors, and end the silence.


The Vagina Monologues 

Saturday, March 24, and Sunday, March 25

8 p.m., Haebler Memorial Chapel

The Vagina Monologues is an episodic play written by Eve Ensler based on interviews conducted with women from all around the world. It is a complete student production held each year to end violence against women and girls. The funds from Goucher's production will go to the V-day Foundation, a nonprofit that uses performances of the play to raise money to benefit female victims of violence and sexual abuse, and other local charities. Tickets are $5 per night or $8 for both nights.


Film Screening: Miss Representation

Wednesday, March 28

8 p.m., Kelley Lecture Hall

This film explores how the media's misrepresentations of women have led to their underrepresentation in positions of power and influence. Directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the documentary premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and aired on the Oprah Winfrey Network.


"Nothing to Work With But Cleanliness: African American 'Grannies,' Midwives, and Health Reform"

Thursday, March 29

5 p.m., Van Meter B12

Public health professional and historian Sheena Morrison will use photographs and artifacts to discuss African American midwives, called "grannies," who delivered babies and practiced folk medicine in rural counties throughout the South for more than three centuries. The talk will highlight the many ways in which African American midwives improved maternal and infant care in the rural South—despite early reform efforts to eradicate their work.    


These events are being sponsored by the Dean of Students Office, the Peace Studies Program, the Women's Studies Department, the Feminist Majority League Alliance, the Student Government Association, the Office of Multicultural Student Services, the Office of Residential Life, the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life, and the Office of Student Engagement.