A number of events on women’s rights and gender equality will be held in BloNo in the next week, as we prepare to celebrate International Woman’s Day on March 8th, a worldwide celebration of the women’s movement. If you know of a women’s rights event to add to the following list, feel free to provide the details in a comment and it will be added shortly.
F.L.A.M.E. presents The Vagina Monologues
Fri, March 1
Saturday, March 2
Sunday, March 3rd
Play — 7-9 pm
Vagina Fair — 6-7 pm, prior to performance
Location: Bone Student Center, Old Main Room, ISU (map)
Description: Playwright, actress, and activist, Eve Ensler, wrote the Vagina Monologues in an effort to raise awareness and money for women and girls who have experienced violence locally and globally. Proceeds from F.L.A.M.E.’s production are donated to YWCA Stepping Stones Rape Crisis Program, CDV Neville House, and V-Day, Ensler’s nonprofit organization responsible for creating change for women across the globe. Ticket price is $8.00 per person. Old Main, Bone Student Center, Vagina Fair: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Show: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Because of adult content, discretion is advised if considering bringing children to the production. Trigger warning: sexual violence is discussed in the production. To RSVP to the Facebook event page, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/476639912371905/.
Reproduction….Amplified: Race, Gender, and Everyday Urban Life in Milwaukee
Friday, March 1st
3 – 4 pm
Location: Felmley Hall of Science Annex, Room 133, ISU
Description: Drawing from her research on gender, race, and urban governance in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Dr. Brenda Parker focuses on the daily lives of low-income African American mothers during a decade of dizzying neoliberal reforms. Using the term social reproduction to think about the labor that sustains households and community, she illustrates four points. First, women work through and against institutions like churches and prisons and rely on complex strategies in order to ‘get by’ under neoliberalism. Second, race, gender, and poverty deeply filter women’s experiences. Third, neoliberal policies and discourses have eroded sparse government supports, while women’s paid and unpaid labor has intensified. Finally, social reproduction – whether caring for children or volunteering in the community – is deeply embodied, with consequences for women’s health. Sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies program (ISU).
7th Annual International Women’s Day Breakfast
Mar. 2, 9-11:00 am
Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
201 Broadway Street
Normal, IL 61761
Please join us for a moderated panel discussion across generations and among ethnic friends and cultures. On this day in the Twin Cities, we affirm our support for women around the world in our common pursuit of peace and prosperity, and come together to learn from each other.
Your reservation at this event includes a continental breakfast. Please mail your payment by Monday, February 25 to SIBN, c/o Karen Fleming, 1416 Godfrey Dr., Normal, IL 61761.Payment must accompany all reservations. No tickets will be issued. Table assignments will be given at the door. Reservations are transferable but non-refundable. Cost: $25 for adults and $10 for age 18 and under.
Sponsored by the American Association of University Women, the League of Women Voters of McLean County.
BNCPJ Forum — Bounded By the ‘Binder’ Mentality: An Update on Gender Equality
Sunday, March 3rd, 4 – 5:30 pm
Location: Unitarian Universalist Chuch 1613 E. Emerson, Bloomington
Description: Please join us for our BNCPJ educational in March, during which we’ll be hosting a talk on gender equality by Kyle Ciani, Associate Professor in the Department of History and Affiliated Faculty with Women’s and Gender Studies at Illinois State University who focuses on the diverse histories of women’s influence in social justice in the Americas. Sponsored by the Bloomington-Normal Coalition for Peace and Justice.