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UNI to celebrate Women's History Month

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Catherine MacGillivray, interim director and associate professor, Women's and Gender Studies Program, 319-273-7102, catherine.macgillivray@uni.edu

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, stacey.christensen@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host a series of events throughout the month of March in honor of Women's History Month. The theme of this year's events is "Feminism and the Modern Family."

The documentary "Miss Representation" will be screened from 6 to 8 p.m., on Thursday, March 7, in Seerley Hall, Room 115. The film examines how the media's misrepresentation of women has led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence. A brief discussion will follow on ways to mitigate the negative effects of these images through feminist and gender-neutral parenting strategies.

UNI's Feminist Action League will host a discussion panel called "Feminism and Sisterhood" at 5 p.m., on Tuesday, March 12, in the University Room, Maucker Union. The panel will explore the role of sisterhood within the feminist movement and the role it plays in achieving women's liberation.

The feature film "Iron-Jawed Angels" will be screened at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, March 13, in the Schindler Education Center, Room 246. The film tells the story of Alice Paul and Lucy Burns as they lead the fight for women's right to vote.

Students from the Women's and Gender Studies Program will share stories of their experiences from the Suffrage Centennial Celebration in Washington, D.C. at 7 p.m., on Thursday, March 14, in Sabin Hall, Room 02. The presentation will include pictures, video and firsthand accounts of the celebration of the anniversary of this significant event in women's history.

"Celebrating Colors: Women Past, Present and Future" will take place at 5:30 p.m., on Tuesday, March 26, in Baker Hall, Room 161. The event will celebrate the diversity of feminists of yesterday, today and the future through story, poetry and music.

A Modern Parenthood panel will take place at 3 p.m., on Wednesday, March 27, in Seerley Hall, Room 115. A diverse group of panelists will discuss their experiences raising children in today's society, with a focus on gender-neutral and feminist parenting.

The month will wrap up with a screening of the documentary "The Evolution of Dad," at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 28, in Seerley Hall, Room 115. The documentary explores the changing role of fatherhood. A discussion will follow.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information or a complete list of events, visit www.uni.edu/csbs/womenstudies/womens-history-month-2013 or contact Catherine MacGillivray, interim director and associate professor in the Women's and Gender Studies Program, at 319-273-7102 or catherine.macgillivray@uni.edu.