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Women’s History Month kicks off at Shenandoah University

shenandoah universityWomen’s History Month at Shenandoah University kicks off with a screening of the movie “Harriet” and culminates in a discussion panel of local female entrepreneurs.

The 2020 Women’s History Month at Shenandoah and across the U.S. celebrates the centennial of women’s suffrage. The theme at SU honors both the women who fought for the right to vote and the women who continue to fight for the voting rights of others.

Shenandoah President Tracy Fitzsimmons, Ph.D., said Women’s History Month is not just a time to look back and be thankful.

“It’s also a time to be mindful that there are so many others in our country and around the world who still do not have access to the rights that democracy should afford to all,” Dr. Fitzsimmons said. “So while we’re being grateful, we’re also thinking ahead about how we can take action on behalf of others.”

The film “Harriet” tells the story of abolitionist Harriet Tubman, an African American woman who delivered hundreds of slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad. The screening is from 7 to 9 p.m. March 2, in Halpin-Harrison Hall, Stimpson Auditorium. A Q&A session will follow, led by Ann Denkler, P.h.D, an associate professor of history with specialty in race studies and public history.

At 7 p.m. March 3, in the Health & Life Sciences Building, several generations of women activists will share their experiences through a panel called “Intergenerational Activism.” Panelists include adjunct professor in the College of Arts & Sciences Jess Clawson, Ph.D.; I’m Just Me Movement Chief Executive Officer Tina Stevens-Culbreath; Shenandoah Trustee Marjorie Lewis; and three Shenandoah students.

Historian Patricia O’Toole joins John Milton Cooper and Thomas J. Knock to present “Breaking The Heart Of The World: Woodrow Wilson And The League Of Nations” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, in Hester Auditorium in Henkel Hall. The historians are the three preeminent U.S. scholars on Wilson and his times.

“Exploring the Creative Female Experience” is at 7 p.m. March 19 in Halpin-Harrison Hall, Stimpson Auditorium. Join writer and artist Kelley Crowley, Ph.D., associate professor of media and communication at Shenandoah, for an evening of exploring how everyone can engage with the female side of their creativity.

The Women Entrepreneurs of the Shenandoah Valley Region panel discussion is from 10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. March 25, at Halpin-Harrison Hall, Stimpson Auditorium. Panelists are owner of Brag Swag and Dazzling Diva Fitness Milissa Marshall; owner and general manager of Hideaway Café Victoria Leigh Kidd; and co-founder of Project myVibe & founder of Prosperity Financial Group Anita Shull.

All events are free and open to the public.

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