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February 21, 2002

Women's history honored at CSUS

March is National Women's History Month - a countrywide effort to recognize the historical accomplishments of women. This year's theme is "Women Sustaining the American Spirit" and California State University, Sacramento will celebrate the month with a series of free and ticketed events.

CSUS will host concerts, lectures, a film screening and a production of the Obie award-winning play, The Vagina Monolouges. There will also be a lecture and book signing with Beverly Donofrio, whose book Riding in Cars With Boys: Confessions of a Bad Girl Who Made Good was made into a major motion picture starring Drew Barrymore.

Women's History Month grew out of "International Women's Day," an annual celebration first held on March 8, 1911. In 1978, an education commission in Sonoma County initiated a "Women's History Week." In 1987, at the request of museums, libraries and educators across the country, the National Women's Project petitioned Congress to expand the celebration to the entire month of March. The resolution was approved with broad-based, bipartisan support in both the Senate and House, and signed by the president.

For more information see the attached schedule or call the Women's Resource Center at (916) 278-7388. For ticketed events contact the CSUS Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323.

Monday, March 4
Gala Reception, noon, University Union Redwood Room.

Tuesday, March 5
"Overview of Women's Health," lecture, CSUS professor Robyn Nelson, 1:30 p.m., University Union Hinde Auditorium.

Wednesday, March 6
"Women's Health and Spirituality," lecture, CSUS professor Lynn Wilcox, 11 a.m., University Union Redwood Room.

Thursday, March 7
"Breast Cancer Awareness," seminar, 1:30 p.m., University Union Hinde Auditorium.

International Women's Day celebration with Sacramento Taiko Dan Drummers, various events and discussions, 11:45 a.m., University Union.

Thursday, March 14
Lecture and book signing, Beverly Donofrio, author of Riding in Cars With Boys: Confessions of a Bad Girl Who Made Good, 11:45 a.m., University Union Ballroom.

Live Nude Girls Unite, documentary film, noon, University Union.

Friday, March 15 - 17
The Vagina Monologues, written by Eve Ensler, directed by Barbara Norris, 7 p.m., March 15 - 16 and 2 p.m., March 17, University Union Hinde Auditorium. Tickets $10 general/$5 CSUS students.

Monday, March 18
"Women and Islam," lecture, author Rasha Al-Disuqi, 7 p.m., University Union Redwood Room.

"Roni'z Bakstreet Poetri," reading, University Union Student Board Chambers.

Tuesday, March 19
"Women and Organized Religion," panel discussion, noon, University Union Hinde Auditorium.


For further information, send an e-mail to or contact
public affairs at (916) 278-6156. For ticketed events, call the CSUS Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323.   

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