Thirty-five years ago, President Jimmy Carter issued a Presidential Proclamation declaring the week of March 8, 1980, 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 the 1980s, Bakersfield College has participated in the countrywide 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's theme is Women's Voices: Narratives & Political Activism.
Find out more about Women's History Month at these sites:
Note: The following events are from March 2018. Please check back for the 2019 schedule of events.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Kimberly Chin||Professor of Theater and Performing Arts||(661) 395-4388|
|Dawn Dobie||Librarian, Retired||n/a|
|Jessica Flores||Academic Liaison, Adult Education||(661) 396-4990|
|Megan Fenwick||Bakersfield College Student||n/a|
|Olivia Garcia||History and Journalism Professor||n/a|
|Rosa Garza||History Professor||(661) 395-4456|
|Marci Lingo||Librarian, Retired||n/a|
|Tina Mendoza||History Professor at Bakersfield and Taft Colleges, and WHAM Co-Chair||n/a|
|Erin Miller||History Professor, Website Manager, and WHAM Co-Chair||(661) 395-4006|
|Sara Palasch||Professor of Foreign Languages||(661) 395-4795|
|Jeannie Parent||English for Multilingual Students Department Chair||(661) 395-4543|
|Anna Poetker||Philosophy Professor||(661) 395-4025|
|Shohreh Rahman||International Students Director and Counselor||(661) 395-4412|
|Elizabeth K. Rodacker||English for Multicultural Students Professor||(661) 395-4793|
|Julie Jordan Scott||Thespian||n/a|
|Marcus Duarte-Smith||Sociology Professor||n/a|
|Patricia Smith||Behavioral Science Professor||(661) 395-4407|
|Patricia Thompson||Professor of Anthropology and Sociology, Retired||n/a|
|Andrea Thorson||Communications Professor||(661) 395-4216|
|Karen Valenzuela||Library Technician II||(661) 395-4413|
|Ann Wiederrect||Emeritus History Professor||(661) 395-4692|