Castleton Celebrates 2018 Women’s History Month

Castleton University will once again participate in the nationwide celebration of Women’s History Month this March with an array of on-campus events, activities, panels, lectures, films and guest speakers throughout.

Since 1988 Castleton has proudly highlighted the influence of women through the celebration of Women’s History Month. This year, a variety of events from speakers and discussion panels to the annual Equity Bake Sale will capture the theme of “Nevertheless She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.”

Kicking off this year’s line-up will be a Phi Eta Sigma lecture by Castleton History Professor Trish van der Spuy on Monday, February 26 at 6 p.m. in Jeffords Auditorium. In this Soundings presentation, Professor van der Spuy will share her process of discovering the life of Dr. Lucy Langdon Williams Wilson and discuss how life writing can open a window not only into the life of a fascinating individual, but also into the intersections of that life with local, national and global histories.

Every Wednesday in the Alumni Room of Huden Dining Hall, the highly anticipated “Every Woman Has a Story” will take place beginning at 12 p.m. Over the course of five weeks, a mix of eight Castleton women, including faculty, staff, and students, will share their personal stories in a 15-minute presentation. A meal plan is not required to attend the event and all are encouraged to hear the unique tales of Castleton women. A special door rate of $4 per person for lunch will be offered for all guests attending the event.

Scheduled for Thursday, March 8 at 12:30 p.m. in the Campus Center 1787 Room, a panel focused on women in academia will feature a lively discussion with a variety of Castleton University female professors.

On Thursday, March 29 a Women, Work, and Wages in Vermont Panel Discussion will explore pay inequity as a local as well as a global issue that impacts all citizens, male and female. Cary Brown, the Executive Director of the Vermont Commission on Women, and Tiffany Bluemle, the former Executive Director of Change the Story: Advancing Women, Powering the Economy, will detail the steps Vermont has taken to improve women’s economic progress.

In addition to these events, an exciting line-up of various films and entertainment will keep the Castleton community buzzing all month long. On March 9 comedian Hailey Boyle will perform her stand-up routine at 8 p.m., followed by and the annual Equity Bake Sale on March 20 at 11:30 a.m. in Glenbrook. Four women-inspired films, including “Lady Bird,” “Ixcanul,” “Tempestad,” and “The Second Mother,” will also be shown throughout the month in hosted in Herrick Auditorium and the Campus Center 1787 Room.

For a full listing of events, visit castleton.edu/womenshistory.