Women's History Month events kick off at TTU March 13

In observance of March as Women’s History Month, several events are scheduled at Tennessee Tech University that highlight this year’s theme of “Women’s Art: Women’s Vision.”

“This theme, chosen by the National Women’s History Project, honors the originality, beauty, imagination and multiple dimensions of women’s lives and provides a special opportunity to discover and celebrate women’s visual arts in a variety of forms and media that help expand our perceptions of ourselves and each other,” said Gretta Stanger, director of TTU’s Women’s Center.

Campus events kick off at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 13, with a presentation in the Tech Pride Room, located on the first floor of the Roaden University Center.

TTU art faculty Carol Ventura, Patricia Coleman and Kimberly Winkle will discuss their work and the challenges they face as female artists. The presentation will be followed with a question-and-answer session, and examples of the women’s art will be on display through 1 p.m.

Other Women’s History Month events on campus will include:

• TTU history professor Paula Hinton will give a presentation at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, in Room 342 of the RUC. Her topic will be “An Iron-Jawed Angel Fights for ‘Ordinary Equality’: Alice Paul and the Vote for Women.”

Paul was a well-known suffragette who, along with many other women, spent years working toward that cause, even going on a hunger strike while in prison. Hinton’s presentation is cosponsored by the Women’s Center and the Cookeville chapter of the American Association of University Women.

• Bonnie Askowitz, an artist and quilter based in Miami, will give two presentations on Tuesday, March 18. The first will be at 11 a.m. in the Tech Pride Room, and the second will be at 6 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the RUC.

She shares more than 100 slides and a few of her quilted wall hangings, all with unusual themes that touch on the universality of women’s experiences and their culture, history, restrictions and triumphs. The morning’s session will be a shortened version of the evening’s program, which will include a question-and-answer portion. Both are Center Stage events hosted by the Women’s Center.

• And Patricia Gaines, an award-winning former reporter at the Washington Post, will speak about “Finding Power in a World Fixated with Race and Maleness” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25, in Derryberry Hall Auditorium.

Author of Laughing in the Dark and Moments of Grace: Meeting the Challenge to Change, Gaines is also the cofounder of the Brown Angel Center, which provides formerly incarcerated women and their families with tools to renew their lives. The presentation is a Center Stage event hosted by the Women’s Center.

For more information about any TTU Women’s History Month event, call or e-mail the Women’s Center at 931/372-3850 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or log onto its web site at www.tntech.edu/women.

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