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Women's history month activities planned

Several activities are planned at Black Hills State University in honor of women's history month. The theme for the month of women's history month is "You've come a long way, baby ... Or, have you?"

A student panel with Kym Reis and other students will be held Monday, March 13 at 3:30 p.m. The panel will discuss women's experiences as students.

Dr. Sharon Strand will present "Quilts as a Form of Persuasion by the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU)" Thursday, March 16 at 12:30 p.m. in Jonas 307. Strand has traced the use of quilts and other forms of needlework as a method of building community and furthering the causes of the WCTU from 1875 to 1895. The WCTU under Francis Willard's leadership recognized the particular status of women at the time and incorporated the tenets of the cult of true "Womanhood" in their endeavors, including encouraging the use of quilt making. Because of this concern for their audience, the WCTU was more successful in convincing women of that time to eventually seek the right to vote than were the more vocal and strident suffragettes of the era.

The film Orlando which is based on a novel by Virginia Woolf will be shown Thursday, March 16 at 7 p.m. in Jonas 305. Directed by independent filmmaker Sally

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Potter, Orlando challenges traditional ideas about gender and sexuality. Initially set in Elizabethan England, the film centers on the adventures of a young aristocrat who is commanded by Queen Elizabeth never to grow old. This mysterious longevity allows Orlando to dash through four centuries of sexual politics.

Dr. Kristi Pearce, associate professor of education and coordinator of faculty development at BHSU, will present "Women's experiences in the field of education" Monday, March 20 at noon.

Dr. Holly Downing, dean of the College of Arts and Science, and Dr. Rena Faye Norby, assistant professor of education, will speak about women's experiences in science Thursday, March 23 at 3 p.m.

Other presentations scheduled for later in the month include a panel discussion with the Rev. Leiga Spicer and other women in a discussion of women in religion and a presentation by Dr. Tim Steckline, BHSU College of Arts and Sciences assistant professor. Times and topics of these events will be announced later.

For more information on any of these events call Dr. Sharon Strand at 642-6040.