Women’s History Month 2005
Our History Is Our Strength

Highlights at Foothill College

Tuesday, March 1
Women’s History Month Lecture Series Part I: The Struggle for Women’s Suffrage
2005 marks the 85th anniversary of the United States granting women the right to vote; however, the struggle for women’s suffrage dates back nearly a century earlier and had its foundations in the abolition movement that sought freedom for the slaves in the American South. Foothill College Associate Professor of History & Women’s Studies Dolores M. Davison, will discuss the humiliation and struggles experienced by the early suffragists and the enduring strength, courage and perseverance that finally gave them—and today’s generation—the victory to vote..
Time: 11 a.m. to Noon.
Location: Room 3402
Free Admission

Wednesday, March 2
Women’s History Month Opening Ceremony “Song of Survival” featuring Peninsula Women’s Chorus
The music of Song of Survival was created in a World War II prison camp. Women sang the orchestral and piano masterpieces of great composers. Their music became a symbol of freedom and a tool for survival. This performance phenomenon was the creation of two women captives, Margaret Dryburgh—a natural music genius, and Norah Chambers—a skilled conductor. Join us for this live performance and hear about events at Foothill to commemorate Women’s History Month. Enjoy live entertainment, refreshments and complimentary brownies from Luv’s Brownies’ entrepreneur and book author, Aundrea Lacy, and meet her at the book signing. Also, Katarina Gala will explain the history and health benefits of exotic belly dancing.
Time: Noon to 1 p.m. (College Hour)
Location: Library Quad Event Tent
Free Admission

Thursday, March 3
Women’s History Month Lecture Series Part II FeminIsrael 2005: Celebrating Israeli Women in the Arts to Promote Social Justice
Producer Amit Breuer will present a program on Jewish women’s issues and conditions based on the films Purity and Sentenced to Marriage. She will show excerpts from each film and answer audience questions. Co-sponsored by Jewish Israeli Friends of Foothill (JIFF) and Hillel of Silicon Valley.
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Appreciation Hall (Room 1501)
Free Admission

Monday, March 7
Women’s Healthy Spirit
Fern Davye, the highly acclaimed artist of modern and contemporary international poetry, delivers a painterly body of work by poets both well known and emerging. She delivers an afternoon of “language-as-theatre,” presenting women’s health issues in an emotionally powerful way that creates in the listener a true rearrangement of the senses. Join her as she reveals the passionate, powerful and sensual voices of women’s natural strength and spirit. Co-sponsored by Health Services Office.
Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Smithwick Theater
Free Admission


Tuesday, March 8
International Women’s Day
Celebrated around the world and commemorated at the United Nations, this day is a time to reflect on progress made, call for change and celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of women’s rights.
Women’s History Month Lecture Series Part III Working Against Child Labor: A History of Women & Men Helping Girls & Boys
Accompanied by haunting images on slides, Sarah L. Bachman, award-winning freelance reporter, editor, and assistant director of Child Labor & the Global Village: Photography for Social Change, will talk about modern child labor in the context of international efforts by women and men to get children out of dangerous and exploitative work.
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Appreciation Hall (Room 1501)
Free Admission

Wednesday, March 9
Scholarships—A Wealth of Untapped Dollars for Women
Learn more about the numerous financial aid and scholarship opportunities for women by attending a presentation by Foothill College Financial Aid Outreach Coordinator Josephine Christensen. Co-sponsored by the Foothill College Financial Aid Office.
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Appreciation Hall (Rm. 1501)
Free Admission

Thursday, March 10
Meet the Artist Reception

Meet Gloria Grandy, the creative spirit whose prolific work in various media is on exhibit in the Semans Library throughout March. As a freelance artist, she is an illustrator, costume designer, and arts and crafts designer whose techniques use fabrics and textiles, acrylics, watercolors, prisma pencil, pen, pencil and photography. Her crafting skills include tile, ceramic and glass painting, woodwork, jewelry making and cloth dolls. She creates fabric art and creative clothing using quilting, fabric collage, silk painting, appliqué, embroidery and beading.
Time: Noon to 1 p.m. (College Hour)
Location: Semans Library; Refreshments in Library Patio
Free Admission

Monday, March 14
Self-Defense Training

Cordelia Clancy, director of Training for the Concrete Jungle Self-Defense Training Organization, is the first hand-to-hand combat woman instructor to train the bodyguards for the Pentagon's Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Richard Myers. Gain confidence, freedom and peace of mind and empower yourself with the same street-effective skills used by bodyguards, police officers and special forces teams. Co-ed training and all fitness levels welcome.
Time: Noon to 1 p.m. (College Hour)
Location: Library Quad Event Tent
Free Admission

Tuesday, March 15
Debate by the Foothill Speech & Debate Team

Hear our award-winning team debate important women’s issues. Co-sponsored by Foothill Speech & Debate Team.
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Room 1220
Free Admission

Wednesday, March 16
Closing Ceremony for Women’s History Month FemPhotogs: Showcasing & Honoring Women Photographers
Award-winning Foothill College Photography Instructor, Kate Jordahl, who is also the co-director/founder of PhotoCentral, will showcase and honor the rich and varied bodies of work of notable female photographers worldwide. Hear Jordahl’ own intriguing involvement in documenting UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m. (College Hour)
Location: Appreciation Hall (Room 1501)
Free Admission

Foothill College Women of the Year Recognition Ceremony
Foothill’s Women’s History Month Committee invites you to participate in their recognition ceremony for Women of the Year. Participate by nominating a Foothill female student, staff, or faculty member who has been inspirational in your life. This event will feature entertainment, music, and refreshments. For more information, or to nominate someone, call (650) 949-7064, or visit the ASFC Student Government Office, Room 6401.
Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Appreciation Hall (Rm. 1501)
Free Admission

Ongoing Activities

  • March 1-18—Library Gallery Exhibit featuring Gloria Grandy: Creative Spirit. Gloria Grandy’s art is her second language. View the strength, individuality, creativity, beauty and diversity of a woman whose goal is to communicate the universality of the creative spirit. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. .
  • Feb. 21 through March 9—Women of the Year Nominations Accepted. Nominate a woman student, faculty member or staff member from Foothill College who has touched your life for the Women of the Year Recognition Ceremony. One woman from each category will be recognized at the ceremony. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, March 9. Nomination boxes are located around campus and at the student tables in the Library Quad. For more information, or to nominate someone, call (650) 949-7064, or visit the ASFC Student Government Office, Room 6401. The ceremony takes place March 16. Read the related event listing in this brochure. The ceremony is sponsored by the Foothill College Women’s History Month Committee.
  • Earn College Credit. Enroll in the SOSC 36 course and earn one unit of transferable credit. For requirements and registration information, call (650) 949-7218. PAA and PGA available for faculty and staff participation.



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