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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

March 3, 2017

Northwest to celebrate Women’s History Month, women in business with documentary screening, discussions

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

Under the theme “Honoring Trailblazing Women In Labor and Business,” activities will include a documentary screening depicting exceptional women in business, discussions including a panel featuring women who are business leaders in Maryville, and a writing activity.

All events are free and open to the public.

“While we inherently know that women are active in many areas, we often don’t see it or notice it when it happens,” Dr. Elyssa Ford, assistant professor of history, said. “Women’s History Month allows us to step back and really celebrate the work that women do, especially in areas where still today we do not see many women.”

Recent themes for Women’s History Month, Ford noted, have looked at women who are writers and in government and politics. This year’s theme looks at women in business and labor. 

“The 2017 theme helps us think about women not just as workers but as business owners, labor activists and community organizers,” Ford said.

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.

Women’s History Month activities at Northwest are co-sponsored by Ford and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Additional details about the activities are provided below.

For more information, contact Ford at; Steve Bryant, Northwest’s director of diversity and inclusion, at; or visit the Women’s History Month Project website at


Thursday, March 9, 2017

“Makers: Women in Business” documentary (6 – 7:30 p.m., Colden Hall Room 3850)

“Women in Business” tells the story of the exceptional women — past and present — who have taken the world of business by storm. Told by female business leaders themselves, this is a candid exploration of what it takes to make it and a celebration of the extraordinary individuals who, over the course of 50 years, have proven — on Wall Street, in corporate America or business empires of their own — that a woman’s place is wherever she believes it to be.


Tuesday, March 14

Hidden Figures and Critical Triggers (6–7:30 p.m., Colden Hall 3750)

Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Dr. Juanita Simmons will lead a discussion about the implications of Jim Crow laws on black feminism.


Wednesday, March 15

Local Business Leader Panel (6–7 p.m. Colden Hall 3700)

A panel discussion including of local business leaders, including Lana Cease of Cease Fire Studios, Melody Blair from Minnie Lane and Sabrina Theas from On the Spot Designs.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Women Speak (7–8 p.m., J.W. Jones Student Union Living Room)

The Northwest community is invited to write a piece aligning with the theme of “Trailblazing Women In Labor and Business” or topics of women in society, being a woman, or the intersectionality of gender with other social identities.

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