Women’s History Month Celebrations at The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women’s Education

The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women’s Education is delighted to announce its program of events to celebrate Women’s History Month!

We will kick off the celebrations by publishing the two winning essays of the recent essay competition sponsored by The Friends of the Bryn Mawr College Library. The two winners – one alum, one current student – responded to the competition’s theme, “Transformations: How has the Bryn Mawr College experience made you the person you are today?” In different but equally thoughtful essays, current student Emily Adams (class of 2014) and alum Kären Mason (class of 1975) reflected on the ways in which their time at the college challenged them, shaped them and led them to questions, opportunities and unique experiences. Kären Mason’s essay will be published on the site on Friday March 1st with Emily’s Adam’s contribution being published in the third the week of March so keep an eye on the site for updates.

The celebrations continue with a weekly blog post dedicated to a brand new acquisition, The Woman’s Column, a pro-suffrage newsletter that recorded events from around the world. Our collection spans from 1892-1903 and features fascinating articles from some of the best known political and social campaigners of the time. Read the extracts for insights into what women thought about the issues of their day, what organizations they were involved in, and what public rhetoric they had to argue against in their quest to allow women throughout the world the right to vote.

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On Thursday March 21st we will have a film screening in conjunction with the Bryn Mawr College campus chapter of the global initiative She’s The First and Half the Sky who are working to raise money for girls across the world accessing education for the first time. We will be showing one of Katharine Hepburn’s best known films, Adam’s Rib, in Thomas 110 at 6pm. Don’t miss your chance to see this iconic film! For further info on the film click here

Refreshments will be served and She’s the First will be selling cupcakes for $2. The money raised will go toward a scholarship for Namtasha, a junior involved in AfricAid’s The Kisa Project so please come hungry and support this fantastic cause. .

Follow the She’s the First campaign on Twitter @STF_BrynMawr and follow Half the Sky @half

These are important causes to ensure that women’s education keeps progressing throughout the world and the legacy of those who fought for women’s access to education in the past continues into the future.

We are also having our first conference, Women’s History in the Digital World, on Friday March 22nd and Saturday March 23rd. For access to the conference schedule, please visit the official conference website.

The conference brings together scholars, archivists, technologists, librarians, graduate students and those involved in the arts, heritage and cultural sectors to discuss their work on women’s history in the new realm of the digital world of research and teaching. Our keynote speaker, Professor Laura Mandell is Director of the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture and Professor of English at Texas A&M University. She will speak on ‘Feminist Critique vs. Feminist Production in Digital Humanities’ at 5.30pm in Wyndham Alumnae House. This event is free and open to the community and will be followed by a reception, also at Wyndham. We have free student places available for the entire conference and are asking all students to RSVP in advance to secure their place by emailing greenfieldhwe@brynmawr.edu with your name and student ID number.

Are you arranging any Women’s History Month events? Be sure to let us know, we’d be happy to help you promote them (email greenfieldhwe@brynmawr.edu)

We will be tweeting regularly so don’t forget to follow us @GreenfieldHWE