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DSU observes Women’s History Month

Wed Mar 5, 2014 at 12:00 AM

In 1975, the United Nations recognized March 8, as International Women’s Day to encourage awareness of women’s contributions to issues of human rights, liberty, and security. Since 1987, the United States has dedicated the entire month of March to the recognition of women’s contributions to society, culture, and history. 

In keeping with both United Nations and United States Presidential proclamations, Dickinson State University created “Women’s Voices”—a series of themed public presentations dedicated to the recognition of the strength and influence of women in various facets.

The 2014 Women’s Voices theme is Superheroes Unmasked:  Women Who Make a Difference.  Four evening events are scheduled to promote women who make a difference. The series will feature female artists, illustrators, and speakers who will address topics related to: pursuing dreams; being published; the power of role models; and societal pressures on women.  All evening events will be held in DSU’s Beck Auditorium, Klinefelter Hall at 7 p.m.  In addition to the evening events, the DSU art gallery will be open daily featuring photography by North Dakota artist Ms. Pam Rettig.

 “Women’s History Month and the Women’s Voices project are about women, but are not only for women,” said event co-director and lecturer of English, Ms. Margaret Barnhart. “Women and men, girls and boys have all been guided or inspired by women, and history shows that women as well as men have been instrumental in struggles to preserve ‘truth, justice, and the American way.’” 

All events are free and open to the public. More information can be found online at: 

The 2014 Women’s Voices program is sponsored locally by Dickinson State University, the DSU Alumni Foundation, AAUW, Heart River Writers Circle, and Quality Quick Print.  It is also supported in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.