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Women's History Month 2020

History and Resources

In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued a Presidential Proclamation declaring the week of March 8 as the first National Women's History Week. In 1987, Congress expanded the celebration from a week into a month, and March is now National Women's History Month.

Since that time, Bakersfield College has participated in the nationwide effort to recognize the historical accomplishments of women with a month-long series of programs presented by local and regional leaders among women.

Women's History and More (WHAM) at Bakersfield College organizes an array of programs that are open and free to the public. See WHAM's website for previous events.

To celebrate the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women suffrage in the US, the theme for this year's programming is Women and the Vote.

Resources

Find out more about Women's History Month at these sites:

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Women's History Events on BC Panorama Campus

Monday, March 2 - Tuesday, March 31

Women and the Vote 2020 Library Book Display

Grace Van Dyke Bird Library during library hours
BC Librarian Faith Bradham curated a display of books about the women's suffrage movement. Read more about the library book display.

Monday, March 2

Iron Jawed Angels

6:00 PM | Levan Center
Professors Elizabeth Rodacker and Jennifer Grohol host a screening of the 2004 film "Iron Jawed Angels," which tells the story of the women's suffrage movement in the 1910s. Read more about Iron Jawed Angels.

Tuesday, March 3

Iron Jawed Angels (Delano)

6:00 PM | DST 118
Professors Elizabeth Rodacker and Jennifer Grohol host a screening of the 2004 film "Iron Jawed Angels," which tells the story of the women's suffrage movement in the 1910s. Read more about Iron Jawed Angels.

Tuesday, March 10

Women and the Vote Discussion Panel

Canceled
This discussion on the role and history of women in politics features Mayor Karen Goh, professors Nicole Carrasco and Jeannie Kraybill, and BC LUPE Vice President Edith Mata. Read more about the Women and the Vote Discussion Panel.

Thursday, March 12-Friday, March 13

Votes for Women

Cancelled
A presentation of WHAM & BC Performing Arts. Read more about Votes for Women.

Thursday, March 19

The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote

Postponed until further notice.
Distinguished Speaker Elaine Weiss shares from her book on the suffrage movement in Tennessee, the last state to ratify the 19th Amendment. Read more about the Distinguished Speaker Series presentation.

Monday, March 30

Easel Event: A Suffragette

Postponed until further notice.
BC students and their families are invited to paint a suffragette as part of Spring Fling Week. Read more about the Easel Event.

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