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U of M Events Will Celebrate Women's History Month

For release: February 25, 2009
For press information, contact Rebecca Terrell, 901-678-2770

Throughout March, the University of Memphis will observe Women’s History Month with a number of special events, including film, art, and inspirational rhetoric. The calendar includes:

March 2 – Fast Food Women, 2:30-4 p.m., Mitchell Hall Auditorium on the U of M campus. This short film takes an inside look at the lives of the women who fry chicken, make pizzas, and flip burgers at four different fast-food restaurants in eastern Kentucky. These women are often the sole source of income for their families. They work for little more than minimum wage and are without health care and other benefits. This Memphis Reads event is sponsored by the Center for Research on Women (CROW).

March 6-April 9 – “SnapShots: Memphis Women at Work,” Germantown Performing Arts Centre. This exhibit of original photographs by 25 prominent Memphis women will be on display to celebrate 25 years of research on issues of gender, race, class, sexual orientation, and social inequality by CROW.

March 18 – “In Her Own Words: Inspirational Speeches from the Women’s Rights Movement,” 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Ned R. McWherter Library Rotunda on the U of M campus. Students from the U of M’s Department of Theatre and Dance will perform excerpts from some of the most inspirational speeches made by women during their struggle for equal rights. The event is sponsored by CROW, Friends of the University Libraries, the Department of Theatre and Dance, and the Department of Communication.

March 28 – Women's History Month Reception, 5:30-7 p.m., Germantown Performing Arts Centre. This reception honoring “SnapShots” photographers, their subjects, and Germantown Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy is free and open to the public.

More information about these events or others during Women’s History Month is available by calling 901-678-2770.

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