Women of Herstory will highlight accomplishments and diversity


Jessica Hice

Sacramento State will celebrate and inspire women by highlighting the history and accomplishments of women during “Women’s Herstory Month” in March.

The Women’s Research Center, in partnership with UNIQUE Programs, the PRIDE Center, the History and Women’s Studies Departments, has created a colorful month of concerts, panel discussions and film screenings.

The website refers to the space as a place to serve students, no matter their gender, race, sexual orientation or educational level. Students are invited to eat, study, network and host discussions in the center.

Jua Vang, sophomore child development major, said she walked into the center when she was nervous about expressing herself to her friends about everyday stresses.

“I was able to learn and understand more about stress and anxiety,” Vang said. “It helped me gain more confidence in expressing myself.”

The center provides resources on counseling, psychiatric services and information on substance abuse and general health advocacy for men and women.

“This is a special month to talk about history and issues,” said Chris Kent, program coordinator of the PRIDE Center on campus. Kent referred to the issues as narratives.

“One narrative is to focus on moving away from fairy tales,” Kent said. “Another narrative is uplifting voices that are suppressed.”

March 28 will be Fairy Tale Castle Deconstruction Day, to disentangle common stereotypes. The event will be an opportunity for all students to decorate a castle with words and pictures representative of common stereotypes. The castle will then be destroyed.

March 2 is a day focused on reproductive health. A film screening of “No Mas Bebes,” a response to a 1975 federal class action lawsuit involving forced sterilization of Latina women in Los Angeles, will be showed.

Rebecca Kluchin, associate professor of history, is assisting with the event.

“It’s important because it tells a history that has been hidden for a long time, but that is relevant,” Kluchin said.

For some women who come from Mexico or have families with many children, they feel that they have done something wrong and there is a sense of shame, she said.

March 29 will be a film screening of “Out in the Night” that documents the experiences of a group of black lesbians facing charges for defending themselves against street harassment and assault.

Tristan Josephson, assistant professor of women’s studies, requested this film be screened.

“They were actually put on trial and charged with aggravated assault, so the documentary is sort of taking that case and tracing it through the legal trial,” Josephson said. “Three of the women pleaded ‘guilty’ or accepted a plea bargain. Four of them refused and maintained their innocence.”

The Women’s Resource Center is located at the first floor of the University Union, next to Round Table Pizza. All events are free and open to the public.