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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

March 5, 2015

Northwest hosting Women’s History Month activities

Northwest Missouri State University will host a series of events this month to recognize the triumphs of women and commemorate Women’s History Month.

This year’s theme is “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives,” and activities will include special exhibits, a women’s sleepover, film screening and panel discussions.

Women’s History Month events, which began with a Women’s Health Night March 3, continue with a roundtable discussion from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, in the First Ladies Dining Room, located on the second floor of the J.W. Jones Student Union. The discussion will highlight the challenges women face in the workplace and the classroom.

S.I.S.T.A.H will host a slumber party at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 12, in the First Ladies Dining Room. Women may attend the event in pajamas and talk about issues they face in college. Topics include love, relationships, friendships, love, beauty and fitness. Snacks, nail polish and face masks also will be available.

Women’s History Month activities conclude with the screening of the film “Miss Representation.” The screening begins at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, in the Tower View Room, located on the second floor of the Student Union, and will be followed by a discussion of the film. “Miss Representation” focuses on how media portrays women and discusses obstacles for women trying to enter leadership positions.

In addition to activities taking place at Northwest, exhibits throughout the month will commemorate Women’s History Month and relay the stories of journalists and historians who have worked to tell the stories of women. Melissa Peck, a senior political science major from Olathe, Kan., created an exhibit in B.D. Owens Library, with short biographies of the women and featuring some of the books they have written.

To better illustrate the stories of local women, two exhibits on campus also tell of women’s experiences in the early days of Northwest. Kasey Hall, a junior history major from St. Joseph, Mo., designed “The College Girl,” which focuses on where women attending Northwest lived and how they filled their free time. The exhibit is on display in the Owens Library.

Racheal Dobbins, a junior business management major and public history minor from Kansas City, Mo., designed a second exhibit in Valk Center that tells the story of women’s suffrage in Maryville as well as visits by Susan B. Anthony and Helen Keller to promote women’s right to vote.

National Women's History Month was founded in 1987 when the U.S. Congress declared that it be celebrated during March in perpetuity. A presidential proclamation is issued annually to honor the achievements of American women. For more information about the national celebration, visit

Women’s History Month activities at Northwest are sponsored by the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Office of Intercultural Affairs and Spiritually Involved Sisters Together Achieving Harmony (S.I.S.T.A.H), a student organization striving to prepare Northwest women for the future.

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Assistant Professor of History Dr. Elyssa Ford at or Director of Intercultural Affairs Steve Bryant at

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468