"Women Talking and Acting: Fierce, Fearless and Wise
is the theme of this years Womens History Month, and
perhaps even more so than in years past, it is a theme that speaks
directly to todays world.
The Womens History Month Committee at Emory met just
a week after Sept. 11, said Ali Crown, director of the Womens
Center. Traditionally an uplifting meeting, this first gathering
was solemn and filled with sadness. Reflecting on our place in the
human chain, we wondered about the conditions that breed terrorism.
We spoke of our sense of grief, horror and powerlessness and wondered
at the impact of our actions on other peoples of the world.
And then, Crown added, we decided to turn up
the volume on womens voices this spring.
Headlining the month will be Carol Moseley-Braun, former U.S. senator
from Illinois and current ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, who
will deliver a keynote address on March 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Cannon
Chapel. When she was elected in 1992, Moseley-Braun became the first
African American woman to serve in the U.S. Senate.
Look for a more detailed preview of the event in the March 18
But certainly before and even after Moseley-Brauns address,
Womens History Month offers a wide assortment of events and
activities that range from lectures and panel discussions to theatrical
performances and art exhibits, to films and conferences. A full
calendar of Womens History Month events can be found at www.emory.
I would just like to acknowledge the work of the Womens
History Month Committee, because this is such an interdisciplinary
set of events, with such wide participation from departments and
schools, that there is something here for just about everybodys
tastes, avocations and interests, Crown said.
2002 also marks the 10-year anniversary of the Womens Center
and, by extension, the anniversary of Emorys official Womens
History Month celebration, since it was the Womens Center
and Crown who championed the event back in 1992. Crown said the
Womens Center will continue to commemorate the anniversary
throughout the calendar year.
Its gone by so quickly for me, Crown said. There
have been lots of challenges but also lots of joy. Building a community
of women at Emory has been probably what I consider to be my lifes
Weve had a wonderful relationship with the Emory Womens
Center during the whole decade of its existence, said Susan
Henry-Crowe, dean of the Chapel and Religious Life and a former
member of the Womens History Month Committee. Ali has
given exemplary leadership and worked closely and cooperatively
with Religious Life.