Women’s History Month began as a week-long celebration in 1981. Congress asked the President to start “Women’s History Week,” in honor of women who had made invaluable contributions to the world. As of 1995, each president has continued to support Women’s History Month.
Women’s History Month was celebrated
at RU on April 1 at the Covington Center for Visual and Performing Arts. In attendance were members of the RU campus community who lead panels, lectures, workshops, performances and exhibits. The whole month of March was devoted to celebrating and began with Sarah Hastings–director of RU’s psychology program–and a Circle of Life Inter-generational Dialogue. Every Monday in the month, different generations of women reach out and speak to each other about how they’re living based on their age.
On March 2, author Dorothy Allison , writer of “Bastard Out of Carolina,” appeared on campus. President Penelope W. Kyle also gave a short speech to the attendees of the presentation, “Our Wretched Sisters: Gender and Executed Women,” held in the Bonnie. In addition to the closing remarks about Women’s History Month, other events were also held, like the performance of “The Vagina Monologues,” and other sketches.
Although the concept of a month devoted to women is no longer foreign to me, it still makes me think. Is it just a little strange that we have a whole month devoted to the female gender? If Women’s History Month is only in March, does that mean every other month of the year (besides Black History Month) celebrates men’s history? There are a lot of skeptical remarks to be made about times like those. However, I think that the basic purpose is to reinforce and build the relationships with others around us.
To do that, we need to understand and appreciate one another. Sometimes it takes a lot to open up other’s eyes to show them what you’re really capable of and that you can make a difference. At this point though, doesn’t that seem a little weird? Shouldn’t we all know by now that we are part of one race: the human race? With that in mind, I still feel very conflicted about celebrating each part of society individually.