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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

Thursday, March 2, 2021

Elaine Weiss

10:00 AM & 2:00 PM | Zoom and BCSGA Facebook

Distinguished Speaker Elaine Weiss, journalist and author will inspire audiences with conversations about what it takes to change the Constitution, the power of civic engagement, how change is made, and the story of past and present voting rights. Read more and register for the Distinguished Speaker Elaine Weiss.

Women's History Events 2020

Note: Due to the campus closure for the safety of our students, faculty and staff during the pandemic, many events were canceled or rescheduled.

March 2, 2020

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.

March 3, 2020

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.

March 10, 2020

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.

March 12 - 13, 2020

Votes for Women

Cancelled

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

March 19, 2020

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.

March 30, 2020

Easel Event: A Suffragette

Postponed until further notice.

BC students and their families were invited to paint a suffragette as part of Spring Fling Week. Postponed while campuses are closed.

March 2 - March 31, 2020

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.

Women's History Events 2019

March 8, 2019

Portrait of smiling black woman.

Reimagining Equality: Inclusive Communities in Post-Obama America

7:00 PM | Simonsen Indoor Theater

Presented by Anita Hill, moderated by Dr. Jack Hernandez, Director of the Levan Center, and Erin Miller, Professor of History. See the Reimagining Equality Calendar event.

March 12, 2019

Movie poster with Dolores speaking into a bullhorn with American Flag in background.

Dolores: Rebel. Activist. Feminist. Mother.
Film & Panel Discussion

6:00 PM–8:30 PM | Levan Center for the Humanities/Delano Campus DST 118

Film Introduced at 6:00 PM in the Levan Center and at Delano. The Discussion Panel with Dolores Huerta and several of her adult children begins in Levan Center at 7:30 PM with a live stream between BC and Delano. Moderated by Professors of History, Tina Mendoza and Olivia Garcia and Professor of Academic Development Michelle Hart. Read more about Dolores Film and Discussion.

March 14, 2019

Post it held up with #metoo.

Pop-Up Performance "A Tribute to the #MeToo/TimesUp Movement & a Celebration of Women"

1:15 PM 2:15 PM | Campus Center Main Stage

Professor Kimberly Chin's Theater B2A & B2B classes perform improvisational tributes in celebration of women and in solidarity with the #MeToo Movement.

Concessions sold prior to the performances. Adult Content & Language. Organized and sponsored by Bakersfield College Department of Performing Arts and Professor Kim Chin.

March 19, 2019

Easel Event: Featuring the art of Frida Kahlo

6:00 PM | Cafeteria

You are invited to the Spring Fling Easel Event focusing on Women's History Month with a painting of Frida Kahlo brought to you by the Office of Student Life in collaboration with Brush & Blush Easel Events.

See the Spring Fling Easel Event for more details and to register.

March 22, 2019

Mexican American Women and Historical Preservation

6:00 PM | Fireside Room, Campus Center

As part of the Distinguished Speaker Series, Dr. Lydia Otero will focus on her book La Calle: Spatial Conflicts and Urban Renewal in a Southwestern City and highlight the efforts of Mexican American Women who launched separate historical projects in the latter half of the twentieth century in Tucson, Arizona and whose activism spanned more than three decades. See the Mexican American Women and Historical Preservation event details.

April 5, 2019

Lady Leaders: Local Political Leaders Explain Their Rise & Triumph

6:30 PM | Levan Center for the Humanities

Leading, Central Valley Republican Strategist, Cathy Abernathy takes the stage with leading Central Valley Democrats & Women's March organizers Kimberly Kirchmer & Jessica Flores to discuss what drew them to activism, how they pursued political agendas, what challenges they faced, and how they've triumphed. In these often-divisive times, Abernathy, Kirchmer, and Flores three of the most influential women on opposing sides offer their insights to the audience on how to engage in and pursue political activism.They will also take questions and comments from the audience.

March 1–24, 2019

"Local & Wide-Spread Female Activism" Display

Grace Van Dyke Bird Library

On Display the Month of March on the Main Floor, titles from the library that focus on female activists in California, and specifically Kern County, as well as touch on the broader theme of the history of female activism in the United States. Display by Reference Librarian, Faith Bradham. Also visit Bakersfield College Libguides Women's History Month for more resources on women in history.

Women's History Events 2018

March 8, 2018

Reimagining Equality: Inclusive Communities in Post-Obama America

7:00 PM | Simonsen Indoor Theater

Presented by Anita Hill, moderated by Dr. Jack Hernandez, Director of the Levan Center, and Erin Miller, Professor of History. This presentation contained inspiration for us to redouble our efforts and think new about how we address questions of equity, including sexual harassment and assault, gender and racial economic gaps, and leadership disparities.

March 12, 2018

Film: Dolores: Rebel. Activist. Feminist. Mother.

6:00 PM | Levan Center for the Humanities/Delano

The audience viewed the film followed by a Discussion Panel with Dolores Huerta and several of her adult children. Moderated by Professors of History, Tina Mendoza (Taft College) and Olivia Garcia (Bakersfield College).

March 19, 2018

Paint Night: Featuring the art of Frida Kahlo

6:00 PM | Cafeteria

Students, staff and community members congregated to celebrate Women's History month with the Spring Fling Easel Event with a painting of Frida Kahlo. This was sponsored by the Office of Student Life in collaboration with Brush & Blush Easel Events.

March 22,2018

Mexican American Women and Historical Preservation

6:00 PM | Fireside Room, Campus Center

As part of the Distinguished Speaker Series, Dr. Lydia Otero highlighted the efforts of Mexican American Women who launched separate historical projects in the latter half of the twentieth century in Tucson, Arizona and whose activism spanned more than three decades. She focused on her book La Calle: Spatial Conflicts and Urban Renewal in a Southwestern City.

April 5, 2018

Political Activism: Panel and Discussion

6:30 PM | Levan Center for the Humanities

Leading, Central Valley Republican Strategist, Cathy Abernathy took the stage with leading Central Valley Democrats & Women's March organizers Kimberly Kirchmer & Jessica Flores to discuss what drew them to activism, how they pursued political agendas, what challenges they faced, and how they've triumphed. In these often-divisive times, Abernathy, Kirchmer, and Flores, three of the most influential women on opposing sides, offered their insights to the audience on how to engage in and pursue political activism. They also took questions and comments from the audience. Moderator: Erin Miller, Professor of History

March 1st-24, 2018

Political Activism in Kern County Display

Grace Van Dyke Bird Library

On Display the Month of March on the Main Floor, titles from the library that focus on female activists in California, and specifically Kern County, as well as touch on the broader theme of the history of female activism in the United States. Display by Reference Librarian, Faith Bradham.

Kern Community College District