What is celebrated nationally as Women’s History Month is known at Sacramento State as Women’s “Herstory” Month. And the university has a strong slate of exciting, enlightening, and educational programs in the offing – all on campus, free and open to the public.
A highlight is the sixth annual Women of Influence Awards at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 15, where Jody Nelsen – wife of Sacramento State President Robert S. Nelsen – will deliver the keynote address. The event, in the Redwood Room at the campus’ University Union, celebrates the contributions of the University’s outstanding female leaders and their impact on the campus and their community.
Nelsen has an MBA from the University of Texas-Dallas and serves on the advisory board for the Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center Foundation. Before coming to Sacramento, she was the executive vice president for finance and administration at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
Here’s the lineup of events through Mar. 15. Keep an eye on Sac Press later this month for the rest of Sac State’s Women’s Herstory Month calendar:
Thursday, Mar. 3, 7:30 p.m. at the University Union Ballroom. This concert will feature Sac State alumna Antoinette Clinton, who performs under the name Butterscotch. She is a Davis native who won the first World Hip-Hop Beatbox women’s championship in 2005 and the overall West Coast title in 2007. She achieved some notoriety on America’s Got Talent, the semifinals of which she reached in 2007.
“Women in STEM”
Tuesday, Mar. 8, 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Multi-Cultural Center. This panel discussion sheds light on the contributions and experiences of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
“Environmental Justice: Reclaiming Your Body”
Wednesday, Mar. 9, 11 a.m. at the Multi-Cultural Center. A discussion about the harmful effects of hygienic chemicals on reproductive health and the environment.
“An Evening of Spoken Word”
Thursday, Mar. 10, 7:30 p.m. at the University Union Ballroom. Spoken-word artists Katie Wirsing and Gabriela Garcia Medina are featured. Wirsing has been featured on NPR and the BBC, tackling topics such as gender, sexuality, and love. She also was a member of the 2006 National Poetry Slam Championship and was ranked 13th at the Women of The World Poetry Slam. In addition to her poetry, Garcia Medina has written, produced and directed films since 2006. In 2007 she was commissioned by actress Eva Longoria to write a poem that is now etched in glass on the walls of Longoria’s Hollywood restaurant, Beso. Garcia Medina has performed spoken word at universities and colleges across the nation for more than a decade.
“Reclaiming Grace Lee Boggs”
Friday, Mar. 11, Noon to 2 p.m. at the University Union, Redwood Room. This event features a screening of “American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs” (2013), the true story of a Chinese American woman who immersed herself in social activism for seven decades before her death this past October at the age of 100.
Photo by Steve McKay/Sacramento State