This resource guide provides information about Women's History Month and the activities planned by Columbia College to celebrate it. Click on the tabs above to go to each page for more information. Tabs with a down arrow have subpages under them for more information.
DIY FEMINISM: GRAB YOUR POWER TOOLS
WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH 2013
Feminism is a big word, but sometimes it's just not big enough. That's when you have to Do It Yourself (DIY). Women have been creating their own feminisms throughout history, using the power tools of their preference to address the issues facing women. From early authors like Mary Wollstonecraft to suffrage activists like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Alice Paul, and reformers like Mary McLeod Bethune to the Riot Grrrls of the 1990s, DIY Feminism has been a strategy to confront sexism and discrimination. In today's world, the issues facing girls and women are no less complex, complicated, and controversial than in the past, and today's activists have the power and knowledge to continue to confront these issues and affect change. Be educated and inspired to power on and power up YOUR feminism. That's true DIY!
The History of Women's History Month
First begun as a local celebration of women's history in Santa Rosa, California in 1978, the movement for a national celebration of women's history gained momentum in 1979 at the Women's History Institute at Sarah Lawrence College. In February 1980 President Jimmy Carter issued a presidential proclamation recognizing the week of March 8, 1980 as National Women's History Week. Carter's proclamation coincided with resolutions in the House of Representatives and the Senate that declared support for National Women's History Week.
The movement continued to grow as individual states expanded these week-long celebrations to month-long recognition, so that by 1987 Congress issued a declaration of March as Women's History Month in perpetuity. The celebration continues to be marked by an annual presidential proclamation. For more on the history of women's history month, visit the National Women's History Project website.
March was selected for the first women's history celebration in 1978 because of the celebration of March 8th as International Women's Day, which has been celebrated in various countries around the world since the early 1900s. By 1917 the date became firmly fixed on March 8 in recognition of a strike for "bread and peace" carried out by Russian women in the opening days of the Russian Revolution. For more information on International Women's Day visit http://www.internationalwomensday.com/about.asp.
Columbia College and Women's History
Columbia College, founded in 1851 as Christian Female College, has a rich history of providing education for women and of producing women who become forces of change in the world. Christian College's origins lie in the desire on the part of its founders to provide a quality liberal arts education for their daughters, who were denied admission at the University of Missouri where many of the founders were teachers and administrators. The opening of the school in 1851 marked the first institution of higher education for women west of the Mississippi. Christian College continued to provide educational opportunities for young women, and in 1970 extended its mission and opened its doors to men for the first time. Now as Columbia College, the community marks the significance of its own history and the contributions of women around the world to making history happen by hosting a series of events to celebrate Women's History Month.