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Women's History Month events include speakers, Unsung Heroines, StoryCorps

Anita DeFrantz, shown here speaking at the 2013 International Olympic Committee Women and Sport Awards, will discuss the legacy of Title IX in her March 24 keynote speech for Women’s History Month at Emory. Photo by R. Julliart/IOC

Campus events celebrating March as Women’s History Month include speakers, the Unsung Heroines Awards, StoryCorps for Emory women, a film screening and a photography exhibit.

The Women’s History Month keynote speaker will be Anita DeFrantz, a two-time Olympian in rowing and a member of the International Olympic Committee. She will discuss “The Legacy of Title IX: Making a Difference in the Lives of Girls and Women” at 6:30 p.m. on March 24 in the Oxford Presentation Room, 1390 Oxford Road.

“Title IX passed on June 23, 1972, banning sex discrimination in all education programs, including sports that receive federal funds,” DeFrantz says.  “This critical moment in history opened the door for all girls to have access to sports, not just a fortunate few.”

According to DeFrantz, female participation in high school sports has increased by 900 percent since Title IX. “But we're still aspiring to make sure all students have access — because we know it can make the difference between failure and success in life,” she says.

The keynote is sponsored by the Center for Women at Emory; the Ali P. Crown Women in Culture and Society Endowment; the Hightower Fund; the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL); and the Office of the Provost.

Additional Women’s History Month events are scheduled throughout the month:

Karen Barad Lecture: March 17, 4:45 p.m., White Hall 110

Karen Barad, professor of feminist studies, philosophy, and history of consciousness at the University of California at Santa Cruz. She is author of “Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning.”  Her work addresses fields as diverse as particle physics and quantum field theory, feminist theory, continental philosophy, science and justice, philosophy of physics, and queer and trans theories. Sponsored by the Departments of Comparative Literature and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, the Hightower Fund, the Department of English, the French Enrichment and Response Association, and the Comparative Literature Seminar Series.

Unsung Heroines Awards: March 18, 6-7:30 p.m., Miller Ward Alumni House

The annual Unsung Heroines Awards honor faculty, staff, student or alumna women who have demonstrated extraordinary dedication to issues that affect women at Emory or in the larger community, but whose efforts heretofore have not received formal recognition. Sponsored by the Center for Women at Emory and the Emory Alumni Association.

A Day in the Life of a Female Consultant: March 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m., PAIS 290

Professionals from PwC’s advisory practice offer a panel discussion on the consulting profession. This event will debunk common myths about the consulting lifestyle, touch on how to successfully launch a career in consulting, and provide an opportunity to network with PwC Partners and staff. All years and majors are welcome to attend. Sponsored by Emory Women in Business.

University Worship: Women’s History Month: March 22, 11 a.m., Cannon Chapel

Teresa L. Fry Brown is professor of homiletics and director of Black Church Studies at Candler School of Theology. Ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, her research interests include womanism, womanist ethics, socio-cultural transformation and African diaspora history focusing on African American spiritual values. In 2010, she became the first African American woman to attain the rank of full professor at Candler. Sponsored by Office of the Dean of the Chapel and the Office of Religious Life.

Film Screening of “Goals for Girls: A Story of Women with Balls”: March 26, 6-9:30 p.m., Woodruff Library, Jones Room

This documentary investigates the ignored world of women´s football (soccer) in Argentina.  The women of the Villa 31 and players from different backgrounds reveal that family prejudices combined with complete abandonment by local authorities conspire against the development of a sport that has grown worldwide. These players have to fight on and off the field to ensure that the words of the president of FIFA come true: “the future of football belongs to women.” Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence and the Center for Women at Emory.

StoryCorps Booth for Emory Women: March 27, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Center for Women, Cox Hall, 3rd Floor

Do you have a woman mentor, colleague or friend you would like to interview? The Center for Women is teaming up with StoryCorps, a national project to instruct and inspire people to record the stories of their lives, to preserve and share the stories of women in the Emory community. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and your story could be featured in their weekly NPR broadcast. Emory faculty, staff, students and alumni are encouraged to sign up. For more information about StoryCorps, visit Contact Chanel Tanner at or call 404-727-2001 to sign up. Sponsored by Center for Women at Emory.

In Focus: Evidence of a World Unseen”: Exhibit opens March 20. Woodruff Library Concourse Level

Featuring original material from the Robert Langmuir Photography Collection kept by the Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library (MARBL), this exhibition highlights African American Women’s History. Built on the work done by undergraduates in Pellom McDaniels’ Introduction to African American Studies course, the exhibit showcases the work of undergraduates and the importance of faculty mentorship. Curated by Pellom McDaniels III. Sponsored by the Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library.

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