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Wilson Celebrates Women's History Month with Student-Centered Events

Byline: April C. Davila

Posted: April 4, 2011

On Tues, Mar. 8, President Barack Obama took time to recognize March as Women's History Month for the nation. Wilson College also found ways to showcase women's successes on campus during the month of March. Assoc. Prof. of Sociology and Director of the Women's Studies Program, Julie Raulli, says, "We want to look at the accomplishments throughout American history.

Assoc. Prof. of Sociology and Director of the Women's Studies Program, Julie Raulli, says, "We want to look at the accomplishments throughout American history. This includes the struggles and accomplishments of African Americans, American women, Latinos, Asian and Native Americans… of all ethnic groups."

According to Raulli, events take place every week in March and, "focus on the contributions of women." A number of people participated.

Breaking the Ceiling and Breaking the Judgment

Raulli says, "If action is taken to break the judgment that exists over the rise in status of women then they will be able to attempt larger arenas that they have not tackled yet." Attending any one of these sessions fosters the change in gender biases and stereotypes.

Students Get Involved

Women's History Month impacts the Wilson community. Students taking courses in Women's Studies participate by giving presentations, panel discussions and exhibits of their work. The occasion heralds women's participation in history that has not been highlighted yet.

Timmi Morton ‘13 says, "I believe that we should continue to have them. Anything that raises awareness of women's issues or women's struggles is positive. It is why Women's History Month is so important."

Women Are The Future

Raulli says, "Many colleges are also celebrating." Obama makes it clear that women are the "future" and are "among the top leaders of the world," she continues. He publicizes how much women have accomplished in history. Women have tackled biases since the turn of the century. For instance, Raulli says, "they are still paid less, and that is a problem."

Women's History Month is a reflection of how the college acknowledges the contributions of women to various academic disciplines. Although women still continue to struggle in public arenas of social life, the events challenge these ideas to reinforce women's achievements.

Raulli stresses that having a "focus on uncovering and digging of our part in women's contributions and knowledge" prepares us for the larger arenas that women have not tackled yet.

Last Updated: October 14, 2011

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