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The 19th Amendment: 100 Years since Women Earned the Right to Vote

Tuesday, March 3, 3:00-4:30 p.m., Newman Auditorium (Emeritus 1564)

The first time the idea of women voting was discussed publicly in the United States was in 1848, at the Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention. Yet it wasn’t until 1920, when the 19th Amendment was added to the U.S. Constitution, that the idea became a reality. The amendment, granting women the right to vote, was the pinnacle of the women’s suffrage movement and was championed by the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA). In this talk, SRJC History Instructor Anne Donegan will focus on what happened between 1848 and 1920, how women were able to achieve their goal, and why it took so long to achieve.  


Penelope at Her Loom: The Process of Women’s Mythmaking 

Thursday, March 5, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Newman Auditorium (Emeritus 1564)

Sharing myths unites groups of people and provides individuals with the necessary experience, language, words, and stories to help them develop their identities and shape their lives. Thus, mythmakers, who possess these keys, have the power to influence, manipulate, and change societies. For centuries women were deterred from creating their own myths and shaping their lives. In this presentation, SRJC English Faculty Dr. Purnur Ozbirinci will argue that women can only exist as equals when their myths are retold and are rightfully accepted. It is our utmost duty to reveal the patriarchy's oppressive myths in order to regain our own voice, to create an equal standing in the contemporary social order, and to recreate our own myths. 


Art, Social Justice and the Radical Imaginary: A Talk by Favianna Rodriguez 

Monday, March 9, 12:00-2:00

12:00-1:00 - Burbank Black Box Theater 

1:00-2:00 - Hands-on art workshop, Intercultural Center, Pioneer Hall 

Art and culture surround us at all times, shaping our identity and forging our collective imagination. Why is art so critical in today’s age of systemic racism and gender inequality? How can art challenge the status quo and promote ideas centered on dignity, joy, and pleasure? Renowned award-winning Bay Area artist and activist, Favianna Rodriguez, discusses how art can inspire, mobilize, and help spur the imagination beyond the realms of what politics alone is able to do. This lecture will be followed by a hands-on art workshop with Ms. Rodriguez which will include food, drinks, and the opportunity to purchase Ms. Rodriguez’s art posters and have them signed.


Preserving Institutional Memory: Women’s Legacy at SRJC  

Tuesday, March 10, 3:00-5:00 p.m., Newman Auditorium (Emeritus 1564)

In 2019, 39 SRJC faculty, 46 classified professionals, and 13 managers took advantage of an Early Retirement Initiative and retired. These employees’ years of service total a staggering 1,962 years. Among those retirees were esteemed SRJC Women’s History Month Committee members who have dedicated their careers to empowering female-identifying SRJC colleagues and students. In this panel, we will hear from Psychology Faculty Dr. Brenda Flyswithhawks, SRJC’s Director of Institutional Research KC Greaney, English Faculty Abby Bogomolny, and others who served the college for more than 20 years. Panelists will reflect on what it was like to work at SRJC as a woman, and, if applicable, as a woman of color, as a queer woman, as a parent, and more. They will discuss the biggest challenges they have faced, their most meaningful accomplishments, and their advice to future generations. All female-identifying SRJC retirees are invited to attend and are encouraged to participate in this event.


Closing Equity Gaps: Integrating SRJC Student Data with Students' Experiences  

Thursday, March 12, 3:00-5:00 p.m., Welcome & Connect Center (Plover Hall Rm 531)  

As part of the Integrated Student Success Committee (ISSC), a branch of the Fall 2019 research inquiry teamwork was centered on first-year student achievements. Surprising results revealed a lower success rate for specific female groups who are part of the Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) and who identify as LGTBQ, white, African American, and Native American. Director of Assessment Services & Student Success Technologies, Michelle Vidaurri will present research and data to narrow down the criteria that result in a higher disproportionate impact for our first year, female students. To learn more about how Santa Rosa Junior College can work to close these equity gaps, we will hear from a panel of SRJC students, so we can pair research and data with SRJC students’ experiences.  


CANCELED: Education was the Foundation of the Civil Rights Movement and Septima Clark was their Champion 

Tuesday, March 24, 3:00-4:30 p.m., Newman Auditorium (Emeritus 1564)

Septima Clark argued that illiteracy was at the core of racial inequities, but she didn’t just teach the Black community how to read and write; she used daily experiences to show how self-sufficiency was a worthy aspiration. She shared the same social, economic, and segregated background as other black community members, and she constantly struggled to be heard. Her struggles, sacrifices, and legacy in the Civil Rights Movement have been forgotten. The American cultural memory of women in the Civil Rights Movement is still problematic, as female leaders continue to be left out of historiography. In this presentation, former SRJC student and current Sonoma State University MA candidate, Sabrina Rawson will present Septima Clark's argument that education is a necessary cornerstone for political and legislative freedom and how gendered ideas about activism—both then and now—have kept her significant contributions from being recognized.



One Woman, One Vote – A PBS Documentary (Film Screening)

Monday, March 2, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Richard Call Building, PC 656

To celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage, SRJC Instructor Alice Roberti will be screening the PBS documentary narrated by Susan Sarandon and produced by Ruth Pollak, One Woman, One Vote (1995).


“Moon Mujeres” Painting Plática with Amanda Ayala

Wednesday, March 4, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Our House Intercultural Center, Jacobs Hall PC 116

In honor of Women’s History Month, Sonoma County artist and SRJC alumnus, Amanda Ayala, will lead a Chicana-feminist themed painting workshop focused on the motif of la luna (the moon).


CANCELED: Iron Jawed Angels (Film Screening)

Monday, March 30, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Richard Call Building, PC 656

In celebration of 100 years of women’s suffrage, SRJC Instructor Alice Roberti will be screening director Katja von Garnier’s Iron Clawed Angels (2004). The movie commemorates the contributions of the courageous suffragettes who fought for American women’s citizenship and voting rights.


All events are sponsored by the SRJC Women’s History Month Committee. 

Contact ssanlivasquez@santarosa.edu for more info. 

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All events are FREE and open to the public.  All events are flex approved.