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Tech hosts a variety of events in honor of women’s history month

March 21, 2013

 

JOHN SADLER
Staff Reporter

 

While most know February is Black History Month, they might not know that March is Women’s History Month.

 

V. Elaine Thompson, Assistant Professor of History at Tech, is trying to change that.

 

“This is an opportunity for Americans to understand and appreciate the contributions of women to our society,” Thompson said.

 

Women’s History Month is, traditionally, a celebration of women’s role in history. Lasting the entire month of March, the event helps promote equality and education.

 

The other 11 months of the year tend to belong to men, Thompson said.

 

“Historians have a lot of catching up to do to tell the stories of half of the world’s population,” she said.

 

Heather Parker, president of the Phi Alpha Theta history honor society, said she does not consider the society we live in to be completely equal.

 

“Progression should not stop,” Parker said. “We take so much for granted and we shouldn’t.”

 

Women’s history has been progressing since its formation as a separate field in the 1960s, Thompson said.

 

She said that the women’s liberation movement was comparable to the civil rights movement.

 

“It was in part an outgrowth of the women’s liberation movement,” Thompson said.“It was the same kind of feeling that arose in the civil rights movement.”

 

Tech and the surrounding areas are playing host to quite a few events this month.

 

Alecia Long, a Louisiana State University professor, presented a lecture on

 

“Listening to Louisiana Women.” “She doesn’t just take women’s history issues; she puts it in context for Louisiana women,” Parker said. “She’s a very dynamic speaker.”

 

Other events, including a talk on the role of Russian nurses in World War I and an essay contest, will also be held.

 

Alex Bullis, a freshman accounting major, said he values what Women’s History Month represents, but he was unaware it was even going on.

 

“Honestly, I had no idea it was Women’s History Month,” he said. “But I do think that it is an important event. It brings issues forward that need to be talked about.”

 

However, he said he was unimpressed with student outreach.

 

“They should have advertised a little more, maybe something online or on TV,” he said.

 

Diana Evans, a junior animal science major, said she was not interested in the events, despite thinking the observation of Women’s History Month as a whole was very important.

 

“They should do something besides lectures,” she said, “Maybe get the students involved. Most people aren’t going to go to a lecture unless they’re required to.”

 

Shelby Strother, a sophomore animal science major, echoed Evans’s statements. She said she was required to attend a lecture for a class, but that is not the way to interest students.

 

“It should be more important, but people aren’t going to get really excited about a lecture, “ she said.

 

The two girls suggested a more student-focused advertisement campaign, with events and advertisements around campus.

 

The observations will continue for the remainder of March and students are encouraged to attend.

 

“You can look in the past,” Parker said. “You can see what we’ve done to raise awareness. Why should it stop?”

 

Email comments tojts040@latech.edu.

 

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