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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

March 1, 2012

Northwest to celebrate Women’s History Month during March

Northwest Missouri State University will host a variety of events this month to highlight the achievements of women and commemorate Women’s History Month.

The schedule of events includes a panel of student artists showing their work and leading a discussion, a book discussion and guest speakers.

In addition, the University is seeking nominations recognizing influential women at Northwest. Individuals may nominate any female employee at Northwest by completing an online form.

The J.W. Jones Student Union and the B.D. Owens Library also will feature Women’s History Month displays throughout March.

The events are sponsored by the Intercultural International Center and the departments of History, Humanities, Philosophy and Political Science and Art.

“Unfortunately, many young women and men alike are unaware of the challenges that women have faced in the past and are currently facing,” said Dr. Michelle Wade, assistant professor in the Department of History, Humanities, Philosophy and Political Science. “Events like this help draw attention in a positive way to the obstacles that women have overcome and to the achievements that women have made.”

Added Dr. Elyssa Ford, assistant professor in the Department of History, Humanities, Philosophy and Political Science: “Even though it is called Women’s History Month, the events at Northwest this year will show the issues facing women are not just things from the past. These events will touch on important topics that women face and concerns that women have still today – issues like women's empowerment, women's education and civic involvement, the role of women in politics, and even the portrayal of women in the media and popular culture. If you are a woman, if you love a woman, if you even just know a woman, you should come to these events and learn more about pressing issues in today's society.”

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.

A schedule of Women’s History Month events at Northwest appears below. All events are open to Northwest students and employees. Light refreshments will be provided.

March 1-16

Influential Women Nominations – What women on campus have influenced your life in a positive way? Nominate female staff and faculty members at Northwest. Forms available online at


Wednesday, March 7

Book Discussion: “Female Chauvinist Pigs” by Ariel Levy (7 to 8:30 p.m. Student Union First Ladies Room) – Can women be chauvinists? Conversely, who can be a feminist? A panel will lead a conversation about the book and then open a discussion to all attendees. Levy’s book is available in the Bearcat Bookstore.


Monday, March 12

Student Artist Panel (Noon to 1 p.m., Student Union First Ladies Dining Room) – Four student artists from Northwest will show their work and lead a discussion about being a woman and an artist.

Guest Speaker: Denise Jasinski (4-5 p.m., Student Union Board Room) – In addition to her role as the first lady of Northwest, Jasinski graduated from the University and worked in education for many years, including as a campus tutor and as a coordinator in the Upward Bound program.


Tuesday, March 27

Influential Women Reception and Ceremony (12:30-1:30 p.m., Student Union Living Room) – The ceremony will recognize influential women at Northwest.


Thursday, March 29

Guest Speaker: Jean Peters-Baker (1-2 p.m., Valk Center Room 90) – Peters-Baker has been the assistant prosecuting attorney for Jackson County for 10 years and has been involved in several organizations that focus on increasing women’s involvement in government and public policy.

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