Fairy tale expectations, comic book superheroines and the ongoing battle for equality will mark Women’s History Month at Tennessee Tech University.
The month’s events will include talks by Anita Hill, who gained national exposure when her allegations of sexual harassment against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas went public in 1991 and Samhita Mukhopadhyay, executive editor of the popular feminist blog Feministing.com. Also scheduled are a screening of the film “Wonder Women! The untold story of American superheroines” and a display about women’s history.
The display, put together by volunteers and student workers from TTU’s Women’s Center, will include quizzes, pamphlets and posters to raise awareness. It will be in the first floor lobby of the Roaden University Center Monday through Thursday, March 4-7.
Mukhopadhyay will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in Derryberry Hall Auditorium. Her talk, sponsored by TTU’s Center Stage and hosted by the Women’s Center, will focus on popular dating narratives, what they leave out and how young people can better navigate issues of love and romance. In addition to her work at Feministing.com, she is the author of “Outdated: Why dating is ruining your love life.”
“Wonder Women!” will show at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, in TTU’s Backdoor Playhouse. The film, sponsored by WCTE’s Community Cinema, traces the evolution of Wonder Woman, an immortal Amazon from Greek mythology, from her pop culture creation in the 1940s to today. It tracks how the portrayal of the comic book heroine, and real-life powerful women, often reflects society’s anxieties about women’s liberation. The Backdoor Playhouse is in the back of Jere Whitson Memorial Building on TTU’s quadrangle.
Hill will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, in Derryberry Auditorium. Her talk is entitled “Finding Home: In search of a 21st century vision of equality.” Hill is a professor of social policy, law and women’s studies at Brandeis University and author of “Reimagining Equality: Stories of gender, race and finding home.” Her talk is sponsored by Center Stage and hosted by the TTU Commission on the Status of Women.
All events are free and open to the public.