The month of March ushers in Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day across the world and at Shippensburg University, where the Women’s Center has several activities lined up to celebrate.
“Our Women’s History month events are designed to be educational, and also healing and helpful after a stressful year,” Arielle Catron, SU Women’s Center director, said.
The Women’s Center kicked off Women’s History Month with a celebration on March 8 with a virtual leadership seminar and a guest speaker over Zoom for International Women’s Day. Monday night, Elizabeth Rule, the director of the AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy at George Washington University, held a discussion over Zoom about reproductive rights, COVID-19 coronavirus and gender violence, and the murdered and missing indigenous women and girls.
Several free events and workshops will be held throughout the month, and the schedule for events can be found at ship.edu/life/resources/womens-center/womens_center_calendar/ Events include a film festival, guest and alumni speakers, a movie night and more according to an email from SU officials.
Catron hoped that students take away messages of self-care, appreciation and love from this year’s celebration amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“We hope to foster an environment of support and healing for the community. Women are resilient and strong. We can make it through this together,” Catron said.
“Radical Love Workshop” will take place on March 18. Lynn Slawsky of the National Association of Anorexia and Associated Disorders will hold a workshop titled, “Eating Disorders and How to Help,” on March 23 at 4 p.m. SU alumnae Kim Dixon, Barrie Ann George and Denise Calabrese will be featured in the Alumni Speakers Series held from March 9 to March 23.
The Lunafest Short Film Festival will be showing from March 15 to March 17, followed by a movie night on March 27 at 6 p.m. in the Ceddia Union Building (CUB). The Women’s Center also made a Spotify playlist for Women’s History Month that can be found at bit.ly/ShipWCspotify.