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Contact: Rebekah Kohli, NIU Women’s Studies Program
( 815) 753-1044

February 29, 2008

Enterprising Women

NIU celebrates Women’s History Month

DeKalb, Ill. — The Women’s Studies Program at Northern Illinois University is kicking off its celebration of Women’s History Month. The theme this year is “Enterprising Women.”

“I've always been impressed by the number of interesting and accomplished women at all levels at NIU, and I hoped that by making ‘enterprising women’ our theme for the year we would be able to recognize some of these individuals as well as women from outside the university,” said Amy Levin, director of the Women’s Studies Program at NIU.

The Women’s Studies Program, together with numerous other sponsors, has organized many programs and activities throughout the month that will examine the many ways in which enterprising women gain accomplishments, break new ground and make changes. NIU students have participated in creating many of this year's events.

Featured events will include:

Monday, March 3

  • Diana Swanson will present “What is Feminism, Anyway?”—a lecture challenging stereotypes and misunderstandings about the nature and definition of feminism. The event will be held at 11 a.m. in the Heritage Room of the Holmes Student Center.
  • Lesley Rigg will use her black-belt karate skills to teach women how to protect themselves. Her workshop will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Anderson Hall 102.

Tuesday, March 4

  • Northern Illinois University’s fourth annual “This is What a Feminist Looks Like” Sticker Day will again show the various faces of feminism. Stickers are available in Reavis Hall 103.

Wednesday, March 5

  • Bring your lunch and enjoy a presentation by Barbara Cole Peters on enterprising women at NIU. The presentation will begin at noon in the Adams Hall Chandelier Room. Dessert will be provided. The event is sponsored by the NIU Women's Studies Program and Alumni Association.

Tuesday, March 25

  • “Necessary Feminists: The Feminist Presence in American Politics,” a public lecture given by Benita Roth, associate professor of sociology and women's studies at Binghamton University, will discuss enterprising women in politics and the role of feminism and feminists in U.S. politics. The lecture will begin at 11 a.m. in the Heritage Room of the Holmes Student Center. Roth also will present an informal seminar at 5:30 p.m. in the Heritage Room introducing students to the use of intersectional analysis in the study of social movements. Roth's events are sponsored by the NIU Women's Studies Program, Graduate Colloquium Committee and Department of Sociology.
  • Filmmaker Byron Hurt will give a showing of his film, “Beyond Beats and Rhymes,” at 7 p.m. in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium of the Holmes Student Center. The showing will be followed by a discussion about hip hop music and masculinity. Seats are limited; call (815) 753-0320 to reserve.

All Women’s History Month events are open to the public and, unless otherwise noted, are free. Sign language interpreters will be provided upon request; call (815) 753-6515. One week's notice is preferred.

A complete schedule of lectures, exhibits, performances and other activities, along with listings of the many event sponsors, can be found online at For further information, call the Women’s Studies Program at (815) 753-1038 or email Rebekah Kohli at