Women's History Month celebration continues at Penn State York

Penn State York’s Women’s History Month celebration continues with a lunch and learn session Monday, March 24, and the second annual Women’s Fair on Tuesday, March 25. Both events are free and open to the public. Activities held throughout the month, in celebration of women, are sponsored by the Penn State York Diversity Committee.

At noon Monday, March 24, Geraldine Forbes, distinguished teaching professor of history at State University of New York at Oswego, will discuss her current research in a presentation titled “Between the Neck and the Knees: Focusing on Reproduction at the Cost of Indian  Women’s Health.” This program, presented in the Community Room of the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center, is sponsored by the Penn State York Student Activity Fee; the Diversity Committee; Academic Affairs; Student Affairs; the Letters, Arts and Sciences Unit; Teaching International (TI) and the Penn State Commission for Women.

Forbes’ will share her vast knowledge on the history and lives of Indian women. Her publications include “Memoirs of an Indian Woman,” “An Indian Freedom Fighter Recalls Her Life,” "Women in Modern India,” "Women in Colonial India: Essays on Politics, Medicine and Historiography” and “Because I am a Woman: Child Widow: A Memoir from Colonial India,” the translated memoir of Hamabati Sen.

The final event in celebration of Women’s History Month is the second annual Women’s Fair, titled Beauty, Brains and Body, set for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in the Community Room and hallways of the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center. Highlights of the fair will include a student makeover by Harrisburg’s Dress for Success, a poetry reading and a yoga demonstration. 

The fair will bring together a variety of community and campus organizations, including Access York/Victim’s Assistance Center, the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Dress for Success, GLBT/PFLAG, Mary Kay Cosmetics, the National Organization for Women (NOW), Planned Parenthood, Women Infants and Children (WIC), Women and Careers (sponsored by the Advising and Career Development on campus), Women’s Self-Defense, Women’s Legal Issues and the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA). Information tables stocked with a variety of materials about Penn State York programs will also be available, and representatives will be on hand to answer questions.

A PowerPoint presentation, featuring a history of women at Penn State (including the York campus), is on display throughout the month in the lobby of the John J. Romano Administration Building. The presentation was created by Deborah Eicher-Catt, associate professor of communication arts and sciences at the York campus. In addition, a PowerPoint presentation featuring Penn State York female students, faculty and staff is being shown.

Earlier in the month, four lunch and learn programs focused on topics including women’s fitness and health, women in humanities and social sciences careers, professional women in India, and women in science, engineering and technology careers.

For more information on the Women’s History Month celebration at Penn State York, visit http://yk.psu.edu/StudentLife/Activities/33575.htm.

Last Updated March 21, 2014