San Diego Mesa College will salute Women’s History Month for the seventh consecutive year, with on-campus events scheduled for the entire month of March. Activities including a student art exhibit, lectures on leading topics in women's issues, and a performance of the stunning phenomenon that has swept the nation, “The Vagina Monologues.”
The college’s Women’s History Month celebration will kick off on Thursday, March 8, with an early evening lecture entitled “All About Eve-The First Feminist” given by Mesa College English Department Professor Sondra Frisch in the LRC-435, beginning at 5 p.m. A series of lectures, hosted by Mesa College faculty, will follow: “Women, Power and the Media in South Asia” on Friday, March 16 at 12 noon, “Leading the Way to Peace: Four Women Peacemakers” on Tuesday, March 20 at 12 noon and “With Her Own Eyes: The Story of Julia Smith” on Thursday, March 22 at 12:30 p.m. The site for all of the lectures will be LRC-435. San Diego Mesa College Nutrition Professor Elizabeth Chu will close out the lecture series with a discussion on Current Issues in Women’s Health on Tuesday, March 27, at 3 p.m. in H-117/118 and Wednesday, March 28, at 1 p.m. in G-102.
The highlight event of the month-long celebration will be three performances of "The Vagina Monologues” that will take place on Friday March 23 at 7:30 p.m. in G-101 and Saturday March 24 at 2 & 7 p.m. in G-102. Celebrated as "the bible for a new generation of women," The Vagina Monologues has been performed in cities all across America and at hundreds of college campuses. It has inspired a dynamic grassroots movement, V-Day, to stop violence against women. Witty and irreverent, compassionate and wise, Eve Ensler's Obie Award-winning masterpiece gives voice to an assortment of women from diverse backgrounds and social standings talk to about their deepest secrets, hopes and sexual experiences. The ticket prices are $10 for each performance.
A student art exhibit on Women’s History will be on display throughout the month of March at the Mesa College Learning Resource Center on the Second Floor Art Corridor.
The public celebration of women’s history began in 1978, as a weeklong tribute in Northern California. In 1981, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Representative Barbara Mikulski (D-Md) co-sponsored a joint resolution proclaiming for a national week saluting women’s history. Later, Congress expanded the celebration to a month, in 1987.
All campus events are sponsored by the San Diego Mesa College Women’s Studies Program and the Women’s Union and the Humanities Institute.