Enduring leadership is theme of BGSU Women's History Month

“Make Women’s Leadership Stick” is the theme of Women’s History Month on campus.

The keynote speakers for the month are authors Amy Richards and Jennifer Baumgardner, who co-wrote Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism and the Future and Grassroots: A Field Guide to Feminist Activism. Their March 28 talk on “Manifesting Feminism” will begin at 5:30 p.m. in 228 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. A question-and-answer period will follow their presentation.

Leadership in government will be discussed by Rebecca Bhaer, Wood County Clerk of Courts, and state Sen. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) in “So You Wanna Run for Office?” They will share their personal perspectives and experiences at 12:30 p.m. Friday (March 17) in the Women’s Center, 107 Hanna Hall.

Other highlights of the month are three noontime brown-bag lunches in the Women’s Center.

On Wednesday (March 15), students from the Organization for Women’s Issues will present “Feminist Students: Thinking Globally, Acting (Up) Locally.”

On March 22, Karri Moore, coordinator of Greek Affairs, will speak on “Paving the Way: Sorority Life and Leadership Initiatives.”

The final lunch program will be the eighth annual “Bring Your Favorite Professor/Mentor to Lunch,” provided by the Women’s Center on March 29. Those wishing to invite someone to lunch must notify the center by March 22. Call 2-7227 or email for reservations.

Closing out the month will be a talk on “Feminist Leadership in the Academy.” Doctoral students Tracy Barton, communication studies, and Korine Steinke, higher education and leadership, will address the topic at 1:30 p.m. March 31 in the Women’s Center. Barton will present findings from her qualitative study of feminist leadership in American higher education. Steinke, who is also the graduate student member of the BGSU Board of Trustees, will present findings from her study of eight women who were or are the first woman president of their respective universities.

Statistics released by the Center for Family and Demographic Research at BGSU show some gains made by Ohio women in recent years. The number of women-owned businesses rose from 205,000 in 1997 to nearly 230,000 in 2002, for example. More than half the state’s 70,000 health-care and social assistance firms were owned by women, as were almost 20 percent of wholesale/retail businesses.

However, as of 2004, women working full time still earned just 73 cents for every dollar earned by men.

Women have also made educational gains, although not across the board. Educational progress varies by race and income levels, with fewer than 10 percent of non-Hispanic black women attaining a bachelor’s degree by the age of 29, compared to over a third of non-Hispanic white women. In 2004, women in their 30s were twice as likely to be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate/professional program than were men in that age group.
March 13, 2006