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Women's History Month

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.

This year WHAM chose to emphasize the positive change women can make in the lives of each other and in broader society. Our series of events will explore and celebrate how women across groups ally to create power for positive change.

Please visit the libguide created by Professor and Research Librarian Faith Bradham for research materials.


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

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March 3, 2022

Linda and The Mockingbirds Movie Poster.

The Voice of Mexican-American Culture, A Film Screening & Discussion of Linda & the Mockingbirds

6:00 PM-8:30 PM | Virtual Zoom Webinar

Director and producer James Keach travels with legendary Mexican American musician Linda Ronstadt, musician Jackson Brown, and several, young Cenzontles in celebration of the rich musical and cultural impact of Mexico on Mexican American music and culture. They travel to Banàmichi in Sonora, Mexico, the birthplace of Ronstadt’s grandfather. Professor of English for Multilingual Students Elizabeth Rodacker will introduce the documentary, and she and History Professor Erin Miller will facilitate discussion about the film via live Zoom Webinar.

Faculty Coordinator: Beth Rodacker, Professor of English for Multilingual Students.

March 10, 2022

Angela Morales - Loss & Longing The Truth & Beauty of Latina Lives

Loss & Longing: The Truth & Beauty of Latina Lives - The Girls in My Town Essays by Angela Morales

10:00 AM & 2:00 PM | Live Via Zoom

Zoom Registration 10 a.m. | Zoom Registration 2 p.m.

"Loss & Longing: The Truth & Beauty of Latina Lives,” features professor and author Angela Morales. Her autobiographical writing captures the daily lives of Latinas living in Los Angeles across generations. Her stories capture the beauty of everyday life and the ways in which equality and rights pervade our experiences and inform her journey.

Faculty Coordinator: Elizabeth Rodacker, Professor of English for Multilingual Students. Brought to you in collaboration with the Bakersfield College Student Government Association, the Office of Student Life, and the BC Women’s History and More Committee (WHAM).

March 17, 2022

Alliance & Power in a Time of Adversity, A Panel Discussion

6:30 PM-8:00 PM | Virtual Zoom Webinar

Dr. Jessica Grimes; Edith Mata; Dr. Erica Menchaca; Jenny Grohol; Michelle Oja

Gender Theory, Applying Theory Through Activism, Volunteerism, Power

An inspiring discussion about how women can create power and build alliances into forces for change. Themes of overcoming challenges, building alliances, creating power for women and for society, and civic duty. Faculty Coordinator and Moderator: Tina Mendoza, History Professor, Taft College & Bakersfield College Brought to you by the BC Women’s History and More Committee (WHAM)

March 22, 2022

Ain't I a Woman!: A Musical Theatrical Presentation by Core Ensemble

3:00 PM | Virtual Zoom Webinar

Fannie Lou Hamer | Clementine Hunter | Zora Neale Hurston | Sojourner Truth

African American | Women | Activism |Leadership

"A chamber music theatre work for actress and trio (cello, piano & percussion) celebrating the lives and times of four significant African American women: ex-slave and fiery abolitionist Sojourner Truth, renowned novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, exuberant folks artist Clementine Hunter and fervent civil rights worker Fannie Lou Hamer. Text is by Kim Hines. The musical score is drawn from the heartfelt spirituals of the Deep South, the urban exuberance of the Jazz Age and concert music by African American composers including Diane Monroe."

Ain't I Woman: Full Show

Umoja: Indaba. Ain't I A Woman!

Latinas in Business Leadership, A Panel Discussion

6:00 PM-7:30 PM | Virtual Zoom Webinar

Latinas; Success; Empowerment

An engaging dialogue about Latinas engaged in local business and leadership roles. Themes of achieving success, overcoming challenges, embracing empowerment, and finding the secrets to business collaboration and partnerships. Brought to you by the BC Women’s History and More Committee (WHAM).

Faculty Coordinator and Moderator: Olivia Garcia, Professor of History and Chairwoman of the KCHCC

March 24, 2022

Distinguished Speaker Erika Sánchez: Novelist, Poet & Feminist

Erika Sanchez and Book Cover

10 a.m. & 2 p.m. | Live via Zoom and BCSGA Facebook

Zoom Registration 10 a.m. | Zoom Registration 2 p.m.

Erika L. Sánchez is a novelist, poet, feminist, and cheerleader for young women everywhere. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling Young Adult novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter (Knopf, 2017), which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and the acclaimed debut poetry collection, Lessons in Expulsion (Graywolf Press, 2017), which the Washington Post called “a fierce, assertive debut.” Her poems have appeared in many literary journals, including, Vinyl Poetry, Guernica, diode, Boston Review, the Paris Review, Gulf Coast, POETRY Magazine, and The New York Times Magazine. Her poetry has also been featured on “Latino USA” on NPR and published in Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poems for the Next Generation (Viking 2015).

The daughter of undocumented Mexican immigrants, Sánchez grew up in the working-class town of Cicero, IL. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from the University of Illinois at Chicago, then went onto Madrid, Spain on a Fulbright Scholarship. After her scholarship, she moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico where she received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Mexico. She currently lives in Chicago.

March 1-31, 2022

Women's Voices In a Time of Authenticity, Intersectionality, Alliance & Power: A Library Book Display

BC Library

Faith Bradham | Books to Read

Women's History Month - LibGuides at Bakersfield College

April 22, 2022

I Have A Voice, A Musical Concert by Moira Smiley

7:30 PM | BC Indoor Theatre

Musical Concert | Female Composers | Women's Voices

Director and Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Jennifer Garrett, Professor of Music

Brought to you by the BC Performing Arts Department

April 27-30, 2022

The Wolves A Theatre Production by Sarah DeLappe

7:30 p.m. | The BC Outdoor Theatre

Dramatic Play | Conflict & Overcoming | Women

Professor of Theatre Brian Sivesind will direct Bakersfield College theatre actors in his production of Sarah DeLappe’s play The Wolves. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Free event. Adult content and language. No children will be admitted.

Director and Faculty Coordinator: Brian Sivesind, Professor of Performing Arts, brought to you by the BC Performing Arts Department.