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Women's History Month

Women’s History Month lectures highlight Gender Equality, Empowerment

Throughout March, the University of South Carolina will celebrate Women’s History Month. Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences’ Women’s and Gender Studies Program and Women’s Student Services, the celebrating will feature lectures and events covering topics such as women’s rights, gender equality and achievements by women. Conferences and awards ceremonies also are planned.

March 1
Lecture -- Veronica Cruz Sanchez, "Reproductive Rights and Justice in Mexico"
3 p.m., Gambrell Hall 402
In 2006, Human Rights honored Cruz Sanchez for her work in promoting and protecting women’s reproductive rights. Only three activists worldwide are presented with this award each year.

March 3
Lecture -- Michael Kimmel, "Mars and Venus or Planet Earth"
3:30 p.m., 8th floor Lumpkin Auditorium, Darla Moore School of Business
In this enlightening and amusing presentation, Michael Kimmel dispels the myth that men and women are from different places and, in fact, says they can be allies. Gender equality is not a zero-sum game.

Lecture -- Jodie Williams, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, "Women, Peace and Human Security"
7 p.m. Moore School of Business 005, Belk Auditorium
Williams was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to ban landmines through the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. Since January 2006, she has worked toward peace through the Nobel Women’s Initiative, which she chairs. Her visit to USC is part of the Walker Institute’s 50th Anniversary Lecture Series.

March 17-18
Women’s and Gender Studies Conference: "Recovering Voices, Constructing Identities"
USC-Columbia Daniel Mickel Center
For more information on the conference, visit

March 24
Women in Engineering and Computing “EmpowHER” Conference Part I
5-7 p.m., Swearingen Faculty and Staff Lounge
Part I features students, faculty and alumni discussing women’s experiences in engineering and computing.

March 25
Women in Engineering and Computing “EmpowHER” Conference Part II
12-5 p.m., Swearingen Faculty and Staff Lounge

Part II includes a series of sessions with employers talking about their experiences as women in the field of engineering and computing.

March 30
Outstanding Woman of the Year
5 p.m. Gressette Room, Harper College.
This ceremony will recognize outstanding women at the University of South Carolina and their contributions to women’s studies. The annual Outstanding Woman of the Year award will be announced.

March 30
Second Annual USC Hero Awards
6:30-8 p.m., Russell House Ballroom

The USC Hero Awards recognize students, faculty and staff who have made a difference in someone’s life or whose actions have benefitted USC, whether they stood up for what they thought was right or made sure a friend got home safely.

For more information on Women’s History Month Events and a full calendar, visit, or contact Stefanie DiDomenico, Women’s Student Services, at

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Posted: 03/02/11 @ 2:35 PM | Updated: 08/09/11 @ 8:59 AM | Permalink

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