Women's History Month Series

Posted: March 5, 2018

March is Women's History Month. Join local women as they explore topics in women's history every Tuesday night in March. Four unique topics, some serious, some personal, one just a bit quirky. The programs run from 6:30 - 7:30 every Tuesday night. Free and open to the public. Contact Karen Jacobson at 715-834-7871 or k.jacobson@cvmuseum.com for more information.

March 6: Lessons of the Civil Rights Movement for Bridging Racial Divisions Among Women. UW-Eau Claire historian Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton will take a look at women activists during the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. Her presentation will include a discussion on how some of the strategies and tools applied during the Civil Rights Movement can also be used today. In addition to her role as an educator and community organizer, Dr. Ducksworth-Lawton is also an active liaison to local law enforcement and school districts on civil rights

March 13: Record Setter Anita King. Join Lucianne Boardman of Chippewa Falls as she discusses the adventures of her ancestor's historic road trip along the Lincoln Highway in 1915. Discover how her great-great aunt, who was both a silent screen star and successful race car driver, dispelled female stereotypes over a hundred years ago.

March 20: Corsets to Girdles. Fashion and conceptions of beauty influence what women wear under their clothing. Using clothing from the Chippewa Valley Museum's collections as examples, Chippewa Valley Museum director and curator Carrie Ronnander will take a look at women's history through women's fashions and undergarments from the early 19th century through the 20th century

March 27: Hmong in America: One Woman's Journey. At 9 years of age, Blia Vang Schwahn fled Laos with her family to escape government persecution of the Hmong people. By the time she was a teenager she was living in Eau Claire. Today, she is the Hmong school and community liaison for the Eau Claire Area School District. Schwahn will share her life-changing story and her perspectives on the roles of Hmong women in 21st century America.

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