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March is Women’s History Month AND Irish American Heritage Month!

Here’s to Colonel Eileen Marie Collins who helps us celebrate Women’s History Month and St. Patrick’s Day!

On July 30th 1999, 30 years and two days after the first successful moonwalk, Irish American Colonel Eileen Marie Collins became the first woman to command a U.S. spacecraft. Eileen Collins was one of four children born to immigrant parents from County Cork in Elmira New York. Eileen expressed an early interest in flying, her parents often taking her to the local airport to watch aircraft take off and land. She worked to pay her tuition at the local community college where upon graduation she was awarded a scholarship to Syracuse University. At Syracuse, she earned degrees in Mathematics and Economics and joined the Air Force ROTC.

In the course of her 27 year Air Force/NASA career, Eileen Collins would attain the rank of Colonel and log 6,751 flight hours in 30 different types of aircraft and 872 hours in space. Collins was selected for the Astronaut program in 1990. She was the first woman to pilot a Shuttle in 1995 in the first joint American/Russian Mission to the Mir Space Station. She would pilot a subsequent mission to the Mir before her third shuttle flight where she was commander. In recognition of this special moment, Collins carried a scarf that had once belonged to aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart. In her fourth and final Shuttle Mission, Eileen Collins would be the first pilot to take the shuttle through a 360 degree pitch maneuver to ensure that the shuttle had not incurred damage during launch.

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Another event about women: Beyond Wool and Chastity: Roman Women in Public View

Today, Tuesday, March 11  5 pm at CNS 15

 

Professor Jacqueline Carlon (University of Massachusetts, Boston) will talk on “Beyond Wool and Chastity: Roman Women in Public View.”

 

Prof. Carlon will examine evidence of Roman women’s presence in public life, in contrast to the sheltered role Roman ideology assigned them.

Another great lecture on the topic of women during Women’s History Month!

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March is Women’s History Month – Celebrate Fairfield Firsts on Monday, March 10

Celebrate Women’s History Month by attending our panel on “Fairfield Firsts” on Monday, March 10 at 5:00pm at the Kelley Center Presentation Room

What was it like to be part of the first wave of women students at an all-male school? How were women treated when they joined the university as faculty members in the 1970s? How have things changed for women in leadership positions and in the other roles that were once reserved for men? Come join the discussion and add your questions, as we talk with “Fairfield Firsts” and celebrate Women’s History Month.

Light refreshments will be served.

Panelists include: Dr. Dorothea Braginsky, Dr. Phyllis Braun, Janet Canepa, Dr. Robbin Crabtree, Dr. Doris Lippman

Moderator: Dr. Anna Lawrence

Sponsored by the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program

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A history of Women’s History Month:

Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.”  Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.”  In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.”  Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month.  Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”

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March 10 at 5pm – Fairfield Firsts: 40 Years of Women Making History at Fairfield University

20070906_FU_logo_186_k_vert_03Fairfield Firsts: 40 Years of Women Making History at Fairfield University

Mon. March 10, 5-6:30pm

Kelley Center, Presentation Room – Light Refreshments will be served.

What was it like to be part of the first wave of women students at an all-male school? How were women treated when they joined the university as faculty members in the 1970s? How have things changed for women in leadership positions and in the other roles that were once reserved for men? Come join the discussion and add your questions, as we talk with “Fairfield Firsts” and celebrate Women’s History Month.

Panelists include: Dr. Dorothea Braginsky, Dr. Phyllis Braun, Janet Canepa, Dr. Robbin Crabtree, Dr. Doris Lippman

Moderator: Dr. Anna Lawrence

Sponsored by the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program

 

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glaad reports Facebook introduces custom gender field to allow users to more accurately reflect who they are

From the glaad website - http://www.glaad.org/blog/facebook-introduces-custom-gender-field-allow-users-more-accurately-reflect-who-they-are

Facebook introduces custom gender field to allow users to more accurately reflect who they are

 


Facebook announced today
that it will now offer a custom gender field for transgender and gender nonconforming people. The new feature, which GLAAD helped develop, enables users to select a custom gender option, indicate preferred pronouns and adjust privacy settings for the custom gender field. It will be available to those who use Facebook in U.S. English.

“This new feature is a step forward in recognizing transgender people and allows them to tell their authentic story in their own words,” said GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis. “Once again, Facebook is on the forefront of ensuring that the platform is safe and accessible to all of its LGBT users.”

Previously, Facebook users were required to select either “male” or “female” in the gender identification field. Users now the option to select “Custom.” Once users select custom, they will have the ability to enter up to ten identification terms (e.g., transgender, androgynous, genderqueer, etc.) to better express their gender identities. Users who use the new custom gender options will also have the ability to choose the pronoun they’d like to be referred to publicly and select which groups of their Facebook friends they feel safe sharing their gender field with.

“Facebook users from across the country have been asking for the ability to reflect their gender accurately, and today Facebook showed they have been listening,” said Allison Palmer, GLAAD’s former Vice President of Campaigns & Programs who worked on the project with Facebook and current GLAAD staff. “Facebook’s new gender options will make a difference to many transgender and gender nonconforming users, who are now empowered to accurately describe their own identities on the platform.”

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A Nun on the Bus – a new book by Sister Simone Campbell, our 40/20 Celebration Speaker

coverIn the summer of 2012, Sister Simone Campbell and a group of fellow Roman Catholic nuns toured parts of the country to rally support against Congressman Paul Ryan’s budget, a plan that cut vital social programs for the hurting poor and the struggling middle class.

Prayer groups turned into rallies and small town meetings became national media events. Sister Simone became a galvanizing force for progressives of all stripes and remains a driving force for programs and policies that support faith, family, and fairness.

Rooted in a deep spirituality of compassion and service, Sister Simone gives voice to the hunger, isolation, and fear that so many people in America are feeling right now and shows us how we can create real transformation in our communities and in our own hearts through the contemplative life of prayer.

Powerful, inspiring stories from the Nuns on the Bus tour and from Sister Simone’s own life offer readers a fresh vision for a lived spirituality that is at the heart of today’s progressive Christian movements working for change. http://www.networklobby.org/BookOrdernyt2

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