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Trailblazers honored during Women’s History Month

In recognition of the 2017 national Women’s History Month theme “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business,” the Institute for Women’s Studies at the University of Georgia will be sponsoring numerous programs in March.

The Institute for Women’s Studies will partner with the Office of Institutional Diversity, the Institute for African American Studies, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the Atlanta branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and the Athens Area Black History Bowl to bring Evelyn Higginbotham, professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, to UGA as part of the Women’s History Month programming.

Higginbotham, who received the 2014 National Humanities Medal from former President Barack Obama, is a renowned historian whose work has influenced the inclusion of women’s perspectives and voices in the development of oral history reports.

Her lecture, “ ‘The Metalanguage of Race’: Then and Now,” will take place March 16 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 271 of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. A reception will immediately follow the lecture.

Christine L. Williams, professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, will present this year’s keynote address. Williams’ research focuses on gender, race and class inequality in the workplace. Her most recent book, Inside Toyland: Working, Shopping, and Social Inequality, exposes how the social inequalities of gender, race and class are embedded within consumer culture through an examination of low-wage retail work.

Williams’ lecture, “Diversity, Flexibility and Instability: How the New Economy is Shaping Leadership Opportunities for Women,” will take place March 28 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 271 of the special collections libraries. A reception will immediately follow the lecture.

The Institute for Women’s Studies will continue its tradition of hosting a film festival during March featuring documentaries highlighting the often-untold stories of women fighting for equal pay and respect in the workforce. All film screenings are open free to the public and will take place at 6:30 p.m. in Room 271 of the special collections libraries.

This year’s festival will include

• Maggie Growls March 13.
• No Job for a Woman: The Women Who Fought to Report WWII March 20.
• Made in L.A. March 27.

A complete list of Women’s History Month programming at UGA is available at