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STLCC-Meramec Celebrates Women’s History Month with Events in March

February 19, 2015

Megan Ming Francis  
Megan Ming Francis

St. Louis Community College-Meramec is celebrating Women’s History Month with lectures, discussions and a film screening during March.

Megan Ming Francis  delivers the keynote address “Why We Can’t Wait: Women, Civil Rights and Strategies for Today” at 11 a.m. on March 2 in the Meramec Theatre on campus, 11333 Big Bend Road. Francis, a political science assistant professor at the University of Washington, is the author of “Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State.” This talk explores the heroic role women played at key political and legal junctures in the civil rights movement, highlighting the role of women in shaping the meaning of American democracy, equality and citizenship.

Joyce Johnson will discuss the history of quilt making as a form of nonviolent protest at 11 a.m. March 9 in Student Center Room 200-201. Johnson’s lecture is titled “Peace by Piece: Women, Needlework and Nonviolent Protest.” There also will be a quilt made up of messages of hope and peace for the residents of Ferguson, Mo., that will be dedicated to the Meramec campus.

The film “Rape Myths on Trial” will be presented by Darlaine Gardetto, sociology professor at Meramec, 12:30-1:45 p.m. on March 10 in Social Science Room 105. The film features Anne Munch, a career prosecutor and advocate for victims of gender violence, as she examines how cultural attitudes shape the outcomes of rape and sexual assault cases.

“A Feminist Café” on March 11 and 25 features discussions about feminism with student facilitators. The discussions will take place from 1-2:15 p.m. in Social Science Room 107.

The Clothesline Project (CLP) will be March 23-26 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Library Quadrangle. The CLP is a national project that serves as a visual depiction of violence against women and bears witness to this serious problem within our communities. The CLP serves as a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. The shirts are then hung on a clothesline to be viewed by others.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 314-984-7989.