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Read-In Celebrates Women's History Month - March 14

Posted Mar. 12, 2012

 

Area residents are invited to join Kent State University-Salem students and faculty in a Read-In to celebrate National Women’s History Month. The Read-In will take place in the Salem Campus Library from 12:30 to 1:30 pm on Wednesday, March 14th.

Readers will share favorite selections from writings that speak to the role of women in shaping American history, culture, and politics. The contributions of local women and communities as well as national honorees will be recognized.

The 2012 theme is "Women’s Education – Women’s Empowerment.” It honors the accomplishments of women such as Emma Willard, Charlotte Forten, and Annie Sullivan whose lives testify to the theme.

Opportunities for girls to gain a basic education increased in this country after the American Revolution. However, that education was based largely on the premise that, as mothers, women would nurture the minds and bodies of the (male) citizens and leaders. This idea persisted for a long time and access to college and professional education remained limited. The closing of the gender gap in higher education is relatively recent. It owes much to Title IX the Higher Education Act passed in 1972 and enacted in 1977.

The Kent Salem Read-In is sponsored the Library and the Diversity Advisory Committee.

For more information about the program or about the Kent State Columbiana County Campuses please call 330-332-0361 or go to www.col.kent.edu.  

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