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Events taking place in March to commemorate Women’s History Month

Caylee Lacey

March is Women’s History Month, and several events are being held to commemorate the topic.

Dr. Bernadette Barton is a professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at MSU. She said patriarchy works to minimize women’s contributions to the social world by erasing that history.

“The importance of Women’s History Month is to help us see all that women contribute both in the present, and in the past to making our world function, and supporting women as we achieve our goals in the future,” said Barton.

The Gender Studies program at Morehead State University is hosting a discussion about sexual assault on Tuesday, March 19. Barton said there are many perspectives to take when discussing the topic, including the social work perspective. She said the talk will cover the steps people can take after experiencing a sexual assault and how to guide someone who has gone through it.

“What can you do if someone discloses to you that they had a sexual assault? What’s the best way to respond? How can you best support that person? So, I just think this conversation is enormously valuable to the campus community and needed and wanted,” said Barton.

Professor Barbara G. Brents from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, will also be presenting a lecture, "The State of Sex: Nevada's Legal Brothels, and the Political Economy of Sex," on March 26.

The Eagle Diversity Center is also sponsoring several events this month, including a screening of the film “Selena” on Monday at 6 p.m. More information on the events can be found online here.