Castleton University will participate in the nationwide celebration of Women's History Month this March. Castleton has proudly highlighted the influence of women during Women's History Month since 1988. This year's theme is "Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence."
The university will host a variety of activities including guest speakers, panels, lectures, and films throughout the month.
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 four 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.
On Thursday, March 14 in the Campus Center 1787 Room, a panel discussion featuring Castleton alumni will explore the opportunities and challenges that arise as female business owners. Olivia "Libby" Duane Adams '84, co-founder and chief customer officer of Alteryx, Inc., Jennifer Usher '93, owner of Make it Sew in Rutland, and Christie Garofano, owner of Body Essentials Personal Training and Wellness and founding coordinator of the Women Business Owners Network Rutland chapter, will discuss their personal experiences owning and operating their own businesses.
The Women's History Month Committee will have a pay equity display at the Job and Graduate School Fair in Glenbrook Gymnasium on Tuesday, March 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will also be pop-up sales for BeadforLife, a nonprofit organization that employs women artisans in Africa to create beaded jewelry from recycled paper, empowering them to break the cycle of generational poverty and transform their lives.
In addition to these events, Castleton has an exciting line-up of films and entertainment scheduled. Two women-inspired films, including "Virgins" and "On the Basis of Sex" will be shown throughout the month.