"March is Women's History Month, and McHenry County College is offering a variety of fun and educational events to celebrate “Women of Character, Courage and Commitment," with free lunchtime lectures, a movie showing of "I am Malala," and a Women's Expo.
Women's History Month kicks off at noon Wednesday, March 5 with the first lecture in a Speaker Series titled "Obscenity! The Birth Control Movement in the 1920s" in the Scot Room, B178, located in back of the cafeteria. The presenter is Sarah Sullivan, MCC business instructor, who wrote her thesis on the Comstock Act of 1873, which made it illegal to disseminate information regarding birth control by labeling it as obscene. Desserts will be provided.
The following are more highlights of Women’s History Month at MCC:
On Thursday, March 6, the College will host a movie showing "We are Malala," at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Room B166-167, facilitated by Patricia Gaughan, MCC music instructor and advisor to the MCC Student Peace Action Network. "We are Malala" is a series of three short documentaries about Malala Yousafzai, who has inspired the world with her championing of the right of girls and boys to an education from the Swat Valley in Pakistan to the United Nations. Following her recovery from an October 2012 assassination attempt carried out by the Taliban against Malala, in which her friends Shazia and Kainat were also shot, she captured the world’s attention with an inspirational speech at the United Nations in front of an audience of over 500 young people from more than 90 countries, as well as millions worldwide. She launched the Malala Fund, and published an autobiography, "I am Malala: The girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban."
Tuesday, March 11
12 to 1 p.m. Board Room (A219): "MCC Models of Character featuring MCC Alums/Student," featuring five MCC alumnae panelists and one current student veteran, who will talk about their accomplishments. Panelists include: Molly McQueen, program associate for the American Friends Service Committee in Chicago; Laura Gallagher, a Co-Op participant as a project engineer with Rolls Royce while continuing her higher education; Sara Royce, pursuing her doctorate in physical therapy and researching the potential implications of LGB-identity disclosure on physical therapy services; Maria Fatima Perez, employed by Senior Services of McHenry County and completing her master’s degree in social work; Julie Haller, dance director/choreographer at Harper College; Janelle Lebroke, U.S. Air Force veteran and MCC student utilizing her military education benefits toward an Associate of Science degree to later transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree in fine arts.
Tuesday, March 18
12 to 1 p.m. Scot Room (B178): "Daughters of the South, Daughters of Destiny: The Incredible Grimke Sisters, Inadvertent Instigators for the Abolitionist/Women’s Rights Split" facilitated by MCC Reference librarian Cynthia Letteri. She will share how the historical fiction bestseller, "The Invention of Wings," by Sue Monk Kidd, led to a personal investigation of the real characters and events surrounding the abolitionists' attempts to thwart the emerging women's rights movement.
Wednesday, March 19
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Commons Area, Building B: Empowering Women Expo: Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment: Topics and participating exhibitors will provide resources and information about their organizations. An opportunity to win prizes. Special speakers will include Vicky Smith, Ed.D., at 10 a.m.; Amy Ortiz, Ph.D., fine arts instructor at 11 a.m. and Christina Haggerty, chief communications officer, at 12 p.m.
Wednesday, March 19
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Luecht Conference Center: "Dress to Impress" Business Fashion Show: Features an opportunity for women to learn more about how to put together a professional ensemble for that first interview or business meeting.
All events are free and open to the public. Snacks and refreshments will be available at all events. For more information, contact the MCC Student Life Office at (815) 455-8550.