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MCC to Host Women's History Month Celebration March 5-21

[Thursday, February 22, 2018]

In celebration of Women’s History Month, McHenry County College is honoring the contributions women have made in history and to society as a whole.

This year’s theme of “Nevertheless She Persisted” features a variety of fun and educational events to showcase women and reflect on the challenges they’ve overcome and the issues they’re facing today.

Kicking off the month-long celebration on March 5 is “Breaking the Barriers,” a panel discussion by a group of inspiring women from the McHenry County area who have chosen non-traditional occupations. Other highlights include “Wear a hijab for a day,” historic presentations, and a diversity fashion show, and a documentary film about Erane Scully of Woodstock, who survived a Siberian labor camp during World War II.

 “Our Women’s History Month activities benefit both our male and female students, because it creates awareness of the successful women, not just in our country’s history, but in our local history as well,” said business instructor Sherry Ridge, who also serves as chapter president of American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC), one of the co-sponsors of Women’s History Month.

The following activities are planned for students, faculty, staff and community members:

The “Breaking the Barriers—Women in Non-Traditional Occupations” panel discussion, will take place from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, March 5 in Room B166-167.

A hijab headscarf demonstration will take place from 10-11 a.m. Monday, March 12 in Room B168-169, followed by a panel discussion about women who wear the hijab and those who choose not to wear them, from noon to 2 p.m. in the MCC Commons area.

Casting a Historic Vote: Suffrage in Illinois, a presentation by Jeanne Schulz Angel, will take place from 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13 in the Bersted Lecture Hall, Room A240. She will talk about the women who fought for voting rights, including the first women to vote.

A panel of moms in business and other influential women will share their challenges and successes at a Meals with Moms sold-out breakfast panel discussion from 8-10 a.m. Thursday, March 15 in the Scot Room. These women will share what it took to succeed and rise to the top.

A Diversity Fashion Show featuring authentic clothing worn by women from a variety of cultures will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, March 19 in the MCC Commons.

MCC students in Sarah Sullivan’s U.S. History class will present “Women in America: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness prior to 1865” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 in Room B166. Students will highlight a variety of issues and events that have impacted women throughout history.

Women’s History Month concludes on Wednesday, March 21 with “The Carrion Vine,” movie and discussion from noon to 2 p.m. in Room A117. This documentary is a true story about Erane Scully’s capture by the Russians and life in a Siberian labor camp. At 91, Scully narrates her own incredible story.

The Women’s History Month events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Stephanie Wilson at (815) 479-7794.

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