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Many Activities Will Mark Women’s History Month at the University of Memphis

For release: February 21, 2013
For press information, contact Curt Guenther, 901-678-2843

Women’s History Month will be observed at the University of Memphis with more than 20 events that will celebrate “Women Making History Every Day,” which is the theme for this year’s observance.  Setting the tone will be the March 1 opening event, “A Personal Journey Through Women’s History.”

The luncheon, from noon to 2 p.m., in the University Center Ballroom, will feature a presentation by Dr. Janann Sherman, chair of the U of M History Department.  Dr. Sherman will share her own story as a chronicler of history, especially women’s history and politics in 20th century America.   Dr. Sherman’s research and books have explored the lives and careers of progressive women such as the early feminists who secured women’s suffrage; the first elected woman senator, Margaret Chase Smith; the founder of the modern women’s movement, Betty Friedan; and pioneering aviatrix Phoebe Omlie.

Because of limited space, reservations are necessary for the luncheon.  They should be made no later than Feb. 25 via email to

The second major event, “Muted Belles Revisited: A Conversation Celebrating Women’s Lives,” will be an art exhibit and discussion March 7 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the U of M Art Museum.  It will feature the “Muted Belles” sculpture on the U of M campus.  Created in 1994 by Gail Rothschild in cooperation with U of M students and faculty, the statue honors eight Memphis women. Dr. Janann Sherman, Peggy Caffrey and Christine Eisel of the U of M History Department and Leslie Luebbers, director of the Art Museum, will discuss the significance of the sculpture and the women it represents.  Light refreshments will be served.

The “Muted Belles” exhibit will open March 5 and remain in the Art Museum Lobby through March 31.

The third major event will be March 26 from noon to 2 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom.  “Women Who Lead” will feature a panel discussion by U of M President Shirley Raines and the women who occupy four of the six vice-presidential-level positions at the University – Dr. Rosie Bingham, vice president for Student Affairs; Ms. Linda Bonnin, vice president for Communications, Public Relations and Marketing; Ms. Ellen Watson, vice president for Information Technology; and Ms. Julie Johnson, vice president for Advancement.

This is the first time ever that the President’s Executive Council has been predominantly female, so it is critical to capture and celebrate this unparalleled moment in the history of the University.  Having a predominantly female executive council contributes uniquely to the campus climate, culture, aesthetics and overall success. Each of these female leaders will share their "herstories" of their journeys to advancement and success in their current roles.

Space is limited, so reservations are requested.  They should be made by March 22 via email to Ms. Kelli O’Brien at  Light refreshments will be served.

“Women Who Lead” is sponsored by representatives of Women in Higher Education in Tennessee (WHET) at the University of Memphis.

A few of the other events set to take place during Women’s History Month at the main U of M campus are Wellness Days, March 6 and 26; Islamic Art, March 9; a screening of films dealing with domestic violence, March 25; the Mr. Gentleman Pageant, March 26; Women in Nursing, March 27; and several music concerts and women’s basketball and softball games.

Women’s History Month events at the U of M’s Lambuth Campus in Jackson will include Pie Day on March 13 and a Lunch and Learn meeting on March 28.

Details about these events, plus a full list of all U of M Women’s History Month events, are available online at


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