Gender issues highlighted during National Women’s National History Month
By Audrey Webb
On March 3, 1913 — just 100 years ago — 5,000 women marched to the White House to demand their right to vote. In the U.S., women have won many fundamental rights since then, but both here and around the world, gender inequality remains an issue to be addressed.
The third annual Women and Gender Research Collaborative Symposium, which will take place in the LBJ Student Center Multipurpose Room this Friday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., draws international scholars to present their research on a variety of topics that have an impact on gender equality, such as food security, climate change, domestic violence and women in sports. The event’s theme, “Global Odyssey: Gender, Social Justice, and Leadership,” reflects that of Texas State’s 2012-2013 Common Experience: “A Global Odyssey: Exploring Our Connections to the Changing World.” The symposium spotlights some of the subtle and not-so-subtle ways that gender issues intersect with political and social issues.
Dr. Sandra Mayo, director of the Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies and symposium chair, says the event is designed to advance central concepts that are critical to a deeper understanding of gender issues. “Women have been involved in leadership around the world, trying to take control of their lives,” Mayo notes. “We want to bring awareness to those challenges and to women’s work on those challenges. We’re celebrating women’s contributions to the well-being of all society and pushing forward women’s stories and, particularly this year, women’s leadership, especially as it relates to STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math.”