Herstory Month Celebrates Women's Accomplishments
By Katie Chappell
March is Women’s Herstory Month, a national observation of the valuable contributions of women to our culture and society. CSUSM has scheduled a month of programs that showcase the accomplishments of women throughout history.
The word “herstory” was coined in the 1960s as a feminist critique of conventional historiography – that history focuses primarily on the contributions of men. Herstory emphasizes the role of women in history and comes from a female point of view.
ASI’s Gender Equity Center, the department of Women’s Studies, the Civility Campaign and the H.O.P.E. and Wellness Center have partnered to bring over two dozen events to campus in March including lectures, movie screenings, performances, health training and round-table discussions on the topics of women and gender issues.
“This is one month that nationally recognizes the contributions of women, but women and femme-identified people are contributing to society every day and they should be celebrated every day,” said Abrahán Monzón, Assistant Director of the ASI Community Centers.
Some of the month’s events include:
- Performance: CSUSM students present Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues, a compilation of women's stories that are performed to bring awareness of the different forms of violence women face. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for staff, faculty or community members. All proceeds from the performance will benefit the Center for Community Solutions, a non-profit in San Diego that provides education, prevention and resources for survivors of domestic violence. March 13-14, 2015. ARTS 111.
- Discussion: Gender Cafes, an ongoing project by the Gender Equity Center to promote healthy discussion of gender topics, are being held during the noon hour throughout the month with a special focus on feminism. Various dates in March, view calendar.
- Film Screening: The Mask You Live In is a documentary that examines how kids are influenced by the education system, sports culture and mass media, creating identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men. March 12, 2015, 5:30p.m., USU Ballroom.
To view the full schedule of events, visit Women’s Herstory Month.