TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

March 12, 2014

Colleges, universities to celebrate Women’s History Month


TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

CORBIN — Special to The Times-Tribune

The Governor’s Kentucky Commission on Women and Union College will celebrate Women’s History Month with a three-night showing and discussion of “Makers: Women Who Make America.”

Kentucky Commissioner Melissa Newman, who is also a professor at Eastern Kentucky University, and Union College’s Dr. Linda Silber, professor of sociology, invite the public, as well as Union College students, to view the Public Broadcasting Service documentary.

“Makers: Women Who Make America” is divided into three, one-hour segments. The first viewing begins Monday, March 17 at 7 p.m. with an introduction by Commissioner Newman; the second begins Monday, March 24 at 7 p.m. with a short presentation via Union College President Dr. Marcia Hawkins; and the third and final viewing takes place Monday, March 31 with discussions by Silber and Union College Assistant Professor of English Dr. Katie Egging. The documentary viewings and discussions are at Union College’s lower level student center.

Viewings of “Makers: Women Who Make America” have dotted the Commonwealth at colleges and during the past several months. The film is an unbiased look at discontent and transformation over the last several decades, detailing many pivotal moments in women’s history: ERA (Equal Rights Amendment) and Political Backlash, Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, Women in the Civil Rights Movement and more.

“What began as a simple discussion about this documentary during one of our commission meetings has now broadened to a statewide endeavor. This film has been shown on college campuses all over Kentucky. We are happy to have Union College on board to help us continue this talk,” Newman said. “’Makers’ reminds us that without those strong women who made America what it is today, we wouldn’t enjoy our current rights. It also reminds us that we can’t stop. We need a new generation of women to step forward and take the place of those who came before us.”

The showing of “Makers” isn’t the first collaboration between the Kentucky Commission on Women and Union College. Silber took Union students to a Commission-sponsored event in 2010 for the “90 Years and Counting” celebration in Frankfort. This celebration kicked off the 10 year run-up to the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. Silber also hosted Eleanor Jordan, executive director for the Kentucky Commission on Women, as a special speaker on campus in conjunction with the annual Minorities Day program that she organizes. Silber likes the idea of having more discussions like the one that “Makers” has prompted in the community.

“I would hope that students, as well as members of the Union and Barbourville community more broadly, would be more aware of how far women have come, as well as the issues that women still confront,” Silber said.

For information about the documentary visit http://www.pbs.org/makers/home/

IF YOU GO

What: “Makers: Women Who Make America”

Where: Union College Lower Level Student Center

When: 7 p.m. Monday, March 17; 7 p.m., Monday, March 24; and 7 p.m., Monday March 31