Women’s History Month, which evolved from National Women’s History Week, commemorates and celebrates the impact women have had on American history. Prior to the 1970s, the study of women’s historical influence was practically invisible in American K-12 curriculum. Since 1995, every sitting president has issued an annual proclamation designating March as Women’s History Month.
Each year at Berea College, the Women’s History Month Committee works with the Women’s and Gender Studies Department to plan campus-wide events to celebrate women’s scholarship.
2018 Women’s History Month Events
Generation Food: Fixing the Food Systems across the World
March 1, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Raj Patel, Research Professor in the Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin, and award-winning author of Stuffed and Staved and the Value of Nothing, presents his new documentary on fixing the global food system and transforming patriarchy at the same time.
The World That Food Made
March 1, 3 – 4 p.m.
Raj Patel looks to the 15th century origins of how we feed the world, and supplies a hopeful vision for re-imagining the way we grow food and the way we eat.
Removing Stigma and Barriers to Abortion
March 21, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Wyndi Anderson, Senior Director of Programs for Provide, a nonprofit organization working in partnership with health and social service providers, discusses the multiple ways to respond to women’s healthcare needs around unintended pregnancy and abortion.
Leensa Ahmed, Maya Gray and Jasmine Salter
Green Garden Bakery: Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability
March 26, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Green Garden Bakery is a group of young entrepreneurs of color from Minnesota who are driven to change the world one healthy and delicious baked good at a time. Teen founders, Leensa Ahmed, Maya Gray, and Jasmine Salter will share the story of how Green Garden Bakery has grown into more than just a business; it is an act of social change in the Minneapolis community.
Dr. Alice Jones
Sisters of the Forest
March 27, 7 p.m.
Drawing on both storytelling and theatrical traditions, Eastern Kentucky University environmental geographer Dr. Alice Jones explores the lives and careers of the Drs. Annette Braun (1884-1978) and E. Lucy Braun (1889-1971)–whose fight to save the virgin forest of eastern Kentucky forever changed modern environmental conservation.