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On Monday, November 5, OPB’s Think Out Loud is focusing on women and political empowerment. This lively conversation is happening on the 100th anniversary of Oregon women getting the right to vote, and will be hosted by Allison Frost. Doors open at 11:30, and tickets are free. Click here for more info and to reserve your seat:

The MU Quad rang with inspiring and passionate words from woman suffrage and women’s rights luminaries Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Emma Goldman, and others. We’ll be out again today (Halloween) at 11:30 — come check it out!

“Woman Citizen: Past, Present, and Future”

A Symposium to Commemorate the Centennial of Woman Suffrage in Oregon, 1912-2012

LaSells Stewart Center, Construction & Engineering Hall

Oregon State University

November 1-2, 2012

“Woman Citizen: Past, Present, and Future” brings scholars, elected officials, activists, and community organizers to OSU to explore women’s roles as citizens and women’s political impact in the local, state, and national arenas. As OSU’s commemoration of the centennial of woman suffrage in Oregon, the Symposium is intended to promote education and discussion among students, staff, faculty, and community members and to encourage civic and political engagement. All events are free and open to the public.


Throughout the Symposium, participants are encouraged to peruse the Century of Action exhibit chronicling the suffrage movement in Oregon and the poster session featuring research projects by OSU graduate students in public policy.



Please join us for a light breakfast in the Guistina Galleria beginning at 8:30


9:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Marisa Chappell, Associate Professor of History, Oregon State University


9:15 a.m.

“The Hand That Rocks the Ballot Box: Women Vote”

Susan Scanlan, President, Women’s Research & Education Institute and Chair, National Council of Women’s Organizations


10:30 a.m.

“How Women Won the Vote in Oregon and Why that Victory Matters”

Kim Jensen, Associate Professor of History and Gender Studies, Western Oregon University


11:30 a.m.

The Suffragists

A screening of the new Oregon Experience documentary, followed by a discussion/Q&A with the film’s director, Kami Horton, and Kim Jensen.


12:30 p.m.

“Is the Personal Still Political? Women’s Private and Public Lives”

Stephanie Coontz, Professor of History, The Evergreen State College and Co-Chair and Director of Public Education at the Council on Contemporary Families.


Symposium participants are invited to join us for lunch in the Guistina Galleria during Professor Coontz’s presentation.


2:00 p.m.

“Women Changing Communities: A Roundtable”

Participants include: Sobia Paracha (OCADSV); Laura Isiordia and Brenda Mendoza (CAPACES Leadership Institute); Debbie Vought (Citizens for Safe Schools, Klamath Falls); Toni Ryan (CARDV); Jo Anne Trow (Corvallis League of Women Voters). Facilitator: Lorena Reynolds, Instructor of Women Studies, OSU


4:00 p.m.

“Economic Citizenship for Women: Progress and Possibilities”

Alice Kessler-Harris, Professor of History, Columbia University



Please join us for a light breakfast in the Guistina Galleria beginning at 9:30


10:00 a.m.

“Women in Government: A Roundtable”

Participants include: Barbara Roberts (former Oregon governor and Secretary of State and current Metro Council member); Julie Manning (Corvallis mayor); Sara Gelser (state representative); Jackie Winters (state senator); Delores Pigsley (chair, Confederated Tribes of Siletz). Facilitator: Sarah Henderson, Associate Professor of Political Science, OSU


12:00 noon

“Women and Leadership: Looking to the Future”

Barbara Roberts, former Oregon Governor


Throughout the Symposium, participants are encouraged to peruse the Century of Action exhibit chronicling the suffrage movement in Oregon and the poster session featuring research projects by OSU graduate students in public policy.


The Woman Citizen Symposium is made possible by the generous support of sponsors: OSU Women’s Giving Circle; the Horning Endowment in the Humanities; the Hundere Endowment in Religion and Culture; the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion; the School of Language, Culture, and Society; the School of Public Policy; the College of Liberal Arts; the Vice Provost for Student Affairs; OSU Libraries; OSU Center for the Humanities; the OSU President’s Commission on the Status of Women; and the League of Women Voters of Corvallis.


This year marks the 100th anniversary of Oregon women getting the right to vote.  Corvallis will be celebrating that historic event with drama, history, and dessert on May 16, 7:00 p.m. at the 99-year-old Majestic Theatre, 115 SW Second St. in downtown Corvallis.  The event is free and open to the public.

“Oregon Women Vote:  A Centennial Celebration” promises a lively evening headlined by actress/historian Tames Alan’s entertaining presentation, “Soldiers in Petticoats:  The Struggles of the Suffragettes” about the national suffrage movement. (For a preview, see www.livinghistorylectures.com.)

JoAnne Trow, President of the Benton County Historical Society and Museum, will provide the Oregon perspective with remarks from her popular talk, “Why Did It Take So Long?” about the Oregon suffrage story.

Local poet, playwright, teacher, and actress Shelley Moon will conclude the show with a dramatic performance that unites the women’s suffrage movement with the ongoing voting rights struggles of other groups excluded from this essential element of full citizenship.

Corvallis Mayor Julie Manning will be the evening’s Mistress of Ceremonies.  Following the performances, attendees are invited to enjoy light refreshments in the lobby.  They will also have an opportunity to honor inspiring women leaders who influence their own lives.

“Oregon Women Vote” honors the pioneering success of Oregon women’s efforts, as well as National Historic Preservation Month.  The event is co-sponsored by over 20 groups, organizations, businesses, individuals, and local governments.

The OSU Woman Citizen Project invites OSU faculty, staff, and students as well as community members to attend the Spring Film Series.  The films range from Hollywood feature films to independent documentaries. They profile a range of women: African American women in the 1930s American South; Chicana women in the 1960s and 70s; and Muslim women in contemporary France and Iran. They tackle historical events, like the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911 and the gender ideologies of the 1950s United States; cultural controversies, such debates over celebrity culture and the wearing of the veil, or hijab; and contemporary gender politics in the United States like sexual harassment and women in the Senate. Faculty from Women Studies, Ethnic Studies, English, History, Theatre Arts, Psychology, and Political Science, along with graduate students in Public Policy, will offer context and lead post-film discussions. The series is designed to engage students and community members in discussions about women in the present in the past –the way gender has shaped women’s opportunities, and how women have confronted constraints and sought to shape their own lives. Films

Films are screened Tuesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. in Owen Hall at OSU.

April 10: North Country hosted by Charlotte Headrick, professor of Theatre Arts.

April 17: 14 Women hosted by Women in Policy, School of Public Policy.

April 24: The Hours hosted by Anita Helle, professor of English.

May 1: A Crushing Love: Chicanas, Motherhood, and Activism, hosted by Norma Cardenas, assistant professor of Ethnic Studies, and Kryn Freehling-Burton, instructor of Women Studies.

May 8: Triangle Fire: The Tragedy that Forever Changed Labor and Industry, hosted by Anita Guerrini, professor of History and Horning Endowed Chair.

May 15: Cover Girl Culture, hosted by Aurora Sherman, assistant professor of Psychology.

May 22: The Color Purple, hosted by Jim Foster, professor of Political Science.

May 29: They Call Me Muslim, hosted by Faiza Al-Saaidi, instructor of Women Studies.


In honor of Women’s History Month, the Oregon Multicultural Archives is celebrating with a small exhibit highlighting the HerStories of eight incredible women of African-American, Asian-American, Latino/a, and Native American heritage. The exhibit can be found on the third floor of Valley Library in the University Archives display case and will be up through April. Find out more on the Oregon Multicultural Archives Blog Post and check out the Digital Collection in Flickr. For more information contact: Natalia Fernández , Oregon Multicultural Librarian, and visit the Oregon Multicultural Archives.

The Sally Hacker Award was created to honor the OSU sociologist and writer, who died in 1988. In keeping with her cherished goals, the award will provide two grants of up to $1,500 each to help support research and writing by OSU undergraduates and members of the Corvallis community whose efforts seek to promote social justice, especially as it relates to women’s issues.

Application materials should include applicant’s name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and the names and phone numbers of two referees (students must include one faculty member as a referee); a one-page description of the project; and a summary of applicant’s education and background, not to exceed one page. Submit application by April 27, 2012 to: Sally Hacker Award, Center for the Humanities, Oregon State University, 811 S.W. Jefferson Ave., Corvallis, OR  97333-4506. hacker-award-2012

In some nations, International Women’s Day has become something akin to “Mother’s Day,” a sentimentalized effort to recognize and appreciate the self-sacrificing labor that women do every day across the globe. In the United States, it is hardly noticed, perhaps because its adoption as a formal holiday in the early years of the Soviet Union linked it too closely to communism. The United Nations revived International Women’s Day in the West in the 1970s, when the General Assembly declared March 8 the UN Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace and encouraged member states to mark the occasion. But the day originated in the Progressive Era in the socialist and radical circles of the United States and Europe. Feminists in this era understood interlocking systems of exploitation and inequality; most importantly, they viewed poverty and labor market exploitation as fundamental women’s and human rights issues. This year’s UN International Women’s Day theme – “Empower Rural Women – End Hunger and Poverty” – is a reminder that “women’s rights” is, or should be, an expansive concept. There are many problems that women face in the U.S. and around the world. We should all choose one or two that we feel most passionately about and find a way to be part of the solution.

The second lecture in the 2012 Benton Lecture Series, which is themed “Deeds Not Words: 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in Oregon,” takes place Monday, March 5 at 10:00 a.m. at the Benton County Historical Museum, 1101 Main Street in Philomath. Marisa Chappell, Associate Professor of History at OSU, will deliver a talk titled “Beyond Suffrage: Women’s Pursuit of Economic Citizenship in the 20th Century U.S.” Lectures are free for BCHM members and $5 for non-members. For more information, see http://www.bentoncountymuseum.org/news/news.cfm?id=84 or call 541-929-6320.

This Sunday, March 4, Century of Action presents Jean Ward and Elaine Maveety, co-authors of Yours for Liberty: Selections from Abigail Scott Duniway’s Suffrage Newspaper (OSU Press, http://osupress.oregonstate.edu/book/yours-for-liberty) showcasing Duniway’s writings. The event will take place in the U.S. Bank Room at the Multnomah County Library (Central Library at 801 S.W. 10th Avenue) from 2-3:30. While you’re there, check out the Oregon Story Suffrage Exhibit in the Collins Gallery on the 3rd floor. This is the Exhibit’s last week. Gallery Hours are Sunday, noon-5p.m., Monday 10 a.m.-6p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

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