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U of M will Celebrate “Inspiring Women” With Month of Events

Contact: Gabrielle Maxey

February 28, 2014 - With the theme "Inspiring Women," the University of Memphis will host a full slate of events to recognize Women's History Month in March. The purpose of many of the events will be to celebrate the women who have inspired positive change in shared histories and in lives.

Several events are planned for the Opening Ceremony on March 3, including Feminist Coming Out Day featuring Dr. Zandria Robinson in the University Center Theatre from 12 to 12:30 pm. There will be a screening of the short film The Other F-Word and unveiling of the winning Women's History Month poster design. Following the opening ceremony there will be a March for Women's History and a Feminism Fair on the Alumni Mall from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

On the Lambuth Campus, the opening ceremony will feature a talk by former U of M president Dr. Shirley Raines at 6:30 p.m. in the Wilder Student Union's Hamilton Room.

Many of the events for Women's History Month are open to the public and free of charge. The schedule includes:

March 6 - Society of Female Transportation Professionals Blue Pump Gala with Susan Kurland, assistant secretary for Aviation and International Affairs for the U.S. Department of Transportation, 5:30 p.m., U of M Holiday Inn Shelby Ballroom. Register at

Hasani Pettiford: "Why We Hate Black Women, and Why We Should Love Them," 6 p.m., UC Ballroom

Maestra: A Documentary on the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign featuring director Catherine Murphy, 6 p.m., Mitchell Hall auditorium

March 18 – "Inspiring Women of the 1960s," readings and performances celebrating writers, artists and freedom fighters, 11:30 a.m., McWherter Library rotunda

March 21 - "The Perils of Pregnancy: Women's Reproductive Lives in Ancient Egypt," 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. (lunch provided), Mitchell Hall auditorium

March 24 - The Educator, the Businesswoman and the Girl of Questionable Parentage: New Research on the Women of the Mallory-Neely House, 5 p.m., Mallory-Neely House, 652 Adams Ave.

March 31 - Closing Reception featuring Meri Armour, president of Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, 2 to 4 p.m., Rose Theatre

Parking for events in the Rose Theatre and the University Center is available in the Zach Curlin garage.

For more information, including the complete Women's History Month calendar, visit


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