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February 21, 2001

Women's History Comes to Life at CSUS

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

The University's Women's Resource Center, Multi-Cultural Center and Unique programs will host concerts, plays, lectures, film screenings and sculpture exhibits, as well as a performance by comedy star Margaret Cho.

One of the highlights of organizing the month-long celebration was the opportunity for various campus departments to collaborate on projects together, such as How I Learned to Drive, a play by Paula Vogel.

"I am really glad we were able to work with the theatre and dance department, " says Pat Grady, Women's Resource Center coordinator. "This is the first year that we are co-producing a play with feminist themes that will be directed by a graduate student. It's great that we are able to support a student production."

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 call the CSUS Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323. For media assistance contact the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.

Events are free unless ticket price is listed. The schedule is:

Thursday, March 1
Gala celebration and reception, noon - 2 p.m., Redwood Room, University Union.

Monday, March 5 

"Globalization's Impact on Women," lecture, Arline Prigoff and Heide McLean, 6 p.m., Lassen Hall 1102.

Thursday, March 8
"Women and Sweatshops," lecture, Heide McLean and Maggie Coulter, 1:30 p.m., Forest Suite, University Union.

Wednesday, March 14 
Luminarias, film about four Latinas living in Los Angeles, noon, Redwood Room, University Union.

Monday, March 19 - Wednesday, April 4 

"Real Women," sculpture exhibition by T.J. Dixon, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday - Friday and 5 - 8 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays, University Union Exhibit Lounge. Artist reception will be held from 4 - 7 p.m., March 22.

Wednesday, March 21 
International Women's Day Celebration, Taiko Dan Drummers, music groups, CSUS modern dancers and international performers, noon, University Union Ballroom.

Thursday, March 22 
"I'm the One That I Want," Margaret Cho, movie and discussion, 7:30 p.m., University Union Ballroom. Tickets $8 general/$5 students.

"Real Women," artist reception, 4 - 7 p.m., University Union Exhibit Lounge.

"Real Women," lecture and discussion, Marlene von Friederichs-Fitzwater, 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m., University Union Hinde Auditorium.

Thursday, March 22 - Saturday, March 25 
How I Learned to Drive, play by Paula Vogel, 7 p.m., Thursday, 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m., Sunday, Studio Theatre in Shasta Hall.

Wednesday, March 28 

"Issues of Race and Gender," lecture and discussion, Sandra McDonald, 1:30 p.m., University Union Delta Suite.

Thursday, March 29 

Dee Dee O'Malley, songwriter concert, 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m., University Union Hinde Auditorium.


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