Women’s History Month Events
March 28, 2011 - by Callie Livengood
The University of Mount Union will host several events in honor and celebration of Women’s History Month. This year’s theme is “Our History is Our Strength.” All of the following events are free and open to the public.
Tuesday, March 1
Women’s History Month Dessert
Topic: Women in Community Leadership
5:30 p.m., Campus Grounds of the Hoover-Price Campus Center
Supported by Alliance YWCA and Mount Union’s Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement
Janet Weir Creighton, vice president of the Board of Stark County Commissioners, will serve as the keynote speaker for the Women’s History Month Dessert. Creighton previously served as deputy assistant to the president of the United States and director of intergovernmental affairs, mayor of the City of Canton, Stark County auditor and Stark County recorder.
Other facilitators who will be in attendance include Victoria Wood, executive director of the Alliance Red Cross, Crisiva Varner, candidate for trustee of Perry Township, Angela Zumbar, former president of Alliance Women’s Club, Phyllis Phillips, Alliance City councilwoman, Theresa Davis, instructor of history at Mount Union and Dixie Park, Stark County probate judge.
Wednesday, March 16
Topic: Women in Business
7 p.m., Alumni Room of the Hoover-Price Campus Center
A panel discussion featuring accomplished alumnae will focus on women holding powerful leadership positions in the business world. Panelists include Lee Ann (Johnston ’83) Thorn, executive director of Atrium OB/GYN, Inc., Nancy Hill ’79, president and chief executive officer of the American Association of Advertising Agencies and Sandi (Goff ’74) Thomas, former senior vice president of JP Morgan Chase. Aside from being graduates of the institution, the panelists are also members of the Mount Union Board of Trustees.
Monday, March 28
Brown Bag Lunch with Theresa Davis
Topic: Courting Justice: Women and the Stark County Court in the 19th Century
Noon, Alumni Room of the Hoover-Price Campus Center
Theresa Davis, instructor of history at Mount Union, will present “Courting Justice: Women and the Stark County Court in the 19th Century.” Davis believes that although women had lost many rights at the end of the Revolutionary War, they began to insert themselves into the economic, political and public social institutions almost immediately. By examining the Stark County Court records of the 1800s, she determined that women used the court system to gain access to things they most needed including economic self-sufficiency and legal protection. Women also had a say in how their families were defined, how they functioned and how their own lives were managed. Those attending are welcome to bring their own lunch or order from B & B Café (a la carte).
Monday, April 4
Keynote Address – Susan Douglas
7 p.m., Mount Union Theatre
Susan Douglas is a prize-winning author, columnist, cultural critic and professor of communication studies at the University of Michigan. She also is the author of numerous books including Where the Girls Are, The Mommy Myth: The Idealization of Motherhood, How it Undermines Women (with Meredith Michaels, The Free Press, 2004) and Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message That Feminism’s Work Is Done. She has lectured at colleges and universities around the country, and has appeared on The Today Show, The CBS Early Show and The Oprah Winfrey Show, among others.