Celebrate Women’s History Month with a month-long lineup of events focused on gender equality
March is Women’s History Month. Salve Regina is celebrating the entire month, as well as International Women’s Day on Monday, March 8, by offering with the following opportunities during the month.
Because one of the critical concerns of the Sisters of Mercy is women, each event this month will help educate the University community about gender equality issues facing the world today.
Radical Women Banner Display
The Radical Women display will be featured in McKillop Library for the entire month of March. It features banners highlighting women’s activism and civic engagement in Rhode Island on issues such as women’s suffrage and prison reform, along with contemporary activism around the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.
This display is sponsored by the Providence-based Women’s Fund of Rhode Island.
To see a PDF of the display, click here.
Mercy Center for Spiritual Life events
During the month of March, the Mercy Center for Spiritual Life has invited women from across campus to reflect on their connection to the critical concern of women. Most will be held during Sunday masses, but one event will be on a Wednesday evening. Each event will be held at Our Lady of Mercy Chapel.
- Sunday, March 7, 5 p.m. – Dr. Jody Mooradian, athletic director
- Sunday, March 14, 5 p.m. – President Kelli J. Armstrong
- Sunday, March 14, 7 p.m. – Julia Morisi ’17, adjunct faculty of religious and theological studies
- Sunday, March 21, 5 p.m. – Mary Edwards, director of constituent communications and design
- Sunday, March 21, 7 p.m. – Rose Albert, assistant director of the Office of Multicultural Programs and Retention
- Wednesday, March 24, at 5:30 p.m. – Exploring Faith: Aida Neary, assistant director of International Students and Exchange Partner Programs
Documentary: Online Screening of “The True Cost”
Monday, March 8, 7 p.m.
Watch the documentary “The True Cost,” which explores the human and environmental costs of fast fashion. It was filmed in countries all over the world, and it featured interviews with the world’s leading influencers — including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva.
“The True Cost” is an unprecedented project that invites each person viewing on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind clothes.
This event is sponsored by the women, gender and sexuality studies minor, as well as the cultural environmental and global studies major.
To register for the documentary, go here.
Virtual Faculty Lecture Series: Dr. Oyenike Balogun-Mwangi, Assistant Professor of Psychology
Thursday, March 11, 4 p.m.
In this online lecture, entitled ” ‘Pretty Like Us?’: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Body Image,” Dr. Balogun-Mwangi applies cross-cultural comparative methodology to understanding body image among Black African women. Comparative methodology rests in accepting that cultural factors explain the differential expression of behavior while acknowledging the presence of psychological universals.
By presenting findings on the role of skin color hue, hair texture, and body shape in appraisals of body image among Black populations of women, Dr. Balogun-Mwangi demonstrates the altogether unique experiences of Black African women while highlighting how these may be understood as shared oppressions of womanhood.
To register for this event, go here.
Inclusive Reading Club: Stop Telling Women to Smile
Thursday, March 18, 4 p.m.
Join the Inclusive Reading Club (IRC) with special guest facilitator Dr. Laura O’Toole, professor of cultural, environmental and global studies. The club will be exploring the culture of street harassment behavior, and how women are working to expose the pervasiveness of harassment and find a cathartic reckoning.
The IRC will be reading excerpts from the book “Stop Telling Women to Smile: Stories of Street Harassment and How We’re Taking Back Our Power” by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh.
IRC will also read the essay “Everything from ‘Beautiful’ to ‘Bitch’ ” by Melinda Mills, which is from the anthology “Gender Violence: Interdisciplinary Perspectives.” This anthology was co-edited by Dr. O’Toole herself, along with Jessica R. Schiffman and Rosemary Sullivan.
Readings for the IRC are posted on the library’s website under Course Reserves. To register for the event, go here.
Women’s History Month has been sponsored by the McKillop Library and the Department of Cultural, Environment and Global Studies.