By Jennifer Mikulay, MATC associate dean, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Every March each of us has an opportunity to learn more about what we can do to improve conditions for women by participating in Women’s History Month events. The events below represent my “top 10” selections:

March 2 at noon, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Women’s and Gender Studies Brown Bag Series will host Fran Kaplan of America’s Black Holocaust Museum. Kaplan’s presentation is entitled “Bread & Roses: The Birth of Feminist Healthcare in Milwaukee.”

March 8 is International Women’s Day, and this year’s theme is #BeBoldForChange. The focus for this global event is gender inclusion and acceleration of gender equity. On March 5, a local celebration of International Women’s Day will be held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Milwaukee from 1-4 p.m.

March 9 at 6 p.m., Marquette University will host a forum “Celebrating Women: Lesbian, Bi and Queer Women” at the student union.

March 11 from 2 -5 p.m., the Madison Public Library will host the “Art + Feminism Edit-a-thon” where anyone can use library resources to improve the quality of Wikipedia’s coverage of topics related to women. In 2011, a researcher found that only 10 percent of Wikipedia content was contributed by women. Efforts like the “Art + Feminism Edit-a-thon” seek to remedy this disparity by providing support and assistance to women who’d like to learn to contribute to one of the most popular websites in the world.

March 15 at 7 p.m., Boswell Books will feature Debra Majeed, a religious studies professor at Beloit College. Majeed will discuss her new book, Polygyny: What It Means When African American Muslim Women Share Their Husbands, which addresses a complex set of emotional, spiritual, relational and legal issues.

March 18 at 1 p.m., the Milwaukee Art Museum is hosting a tour for members to look at significant works made by women or representing significant female subjects. Examples may include contemporary works by sculptor Eva Hesse, conceptual artist Kara Walker and street photographer Helen Levitt.

March 21 at 6 p.m., stop by the Milwaukee Public Library’s East Branch to learn about how women operate in one male-dominated field: the beer industry. Tami Plourde, part owner of Pearl Street Brewery in LaCrosse, will explain how women are making inroads, including through ownership at New Glarus Brewery and leading as brewmaster at Capital Brewing Company.

March 27 at 4 p.m., MATC’s women’s softball team will play Concordia University. Women are still underrepresented in college and professional sports, so joining Stormers fans in the stands is a great way to show your support.

March 29 at 7 p.m., hear legendary activist Angela Davis speak at Marquette University’s Al McGuire Center. Among her many amazing contributions, Dr. Davis is a leading voice advocating intersectionality as a way to understand contemporary women’s experiences as simultaneously informed by race, class and gender.


MATC “Introduction to Women’s Studies” students, instructor Rose Lee and associate dean Jennifer Mikulay join Milwaukee-based civil rights and community pioneer Vel Phillips, family and guests to celebrate her birthday. (Phillips is at the head of the table with Mikulay to her immediate left. Lee is in the gray sweater and head band.) Photo by Mark Duerr.

I hope to see you at one of these events. Please say hello if you attend. If Women’s History Month sparks continued interest in learning about women’s issues, consider enrolling in “Introduction to Women’s Studies” (SOCSCI 211) at MATC–it’s a new transferrable course developed by instructor Rose Lee. The course gives students an opportunity to explore the ways in which gender influences our experiences, with special attention to differences shaped by race and class.

Happy Women’s History Month!