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UCM Celebrates 25 Years of Women's and Gender Studies

Contact Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (March 9, 2010) – At the same time the nation commemorates women’s History Month, the University of Central Missouri will celebrate 25 Years of Women’s and Gender Studies on campus with a special performance by a nationally known group, guest speaker, a luncheon, and a fundraising auction.

According to Mary E. Kelly, associate professor of sociology and director of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, activities are set for March 25-26. All members of the campus community and interested area residents are encouraged to attend.

Kicking off the celebration will be a free performance by the Guerrilla Girls at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 25 in Hendricks Hall. The Guerrilla Girls are an anonymous group of females who make public appearances in gorilla masks to focus on the issues rather than individual personalities. Their presentations use humor to convey information and provoke discussion about important topics related to women. In their campus presentation, they will discuss many forms of discrimination against women and what they have done to expose such actions.

Three activities are planned for Friday, March 26. Beginning at noon, there will be a luncheon at the UCM Gallery of Art and Design. The cost is $15 per person. The program will feature comments from the founder of Women’s Studies, Patricia Ashman, professor emerita of history, and Kelly. Individuals who are interested in attending should RSVP to the UCM Office of Alumni Relations and Development via email at or calling 660-543-8000 by March 19.

Also on Friday will be the 2010 Virginia Wheeless Women’s History Month Lecture featuring guest speaker Miriam Forman-Brunell, professor of history at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and author of the book Babysitting in America. Her presentation on “The Rise of Teenage Girls and the Fall of Babysitting” is at 3 p.m. in Elliott Union, Room 236.

Topping off the celebration, President Aaron and Ms. Ronnie Podolefsky will host a fundraiser from 5-7 p.m. Friday to benefit UCM’s Center for Women’s and Gender Studies. The event takes place at Selmo Park, 518 S. Holden St., and includes appetizers, live entertainment, door prizes and a live auction. In addition to items such as a Kansas City Chiefs football jersey signed by Tony Gonzalez, UCM Performing Arts Series tickets, gift certificates and dining opportunities, the auction will include a “California Dreaming” package. The package consists of four tickets to Universal Studios, the opportunity for two adults to be extras on the sitcom, Rules of Engagement, and VIP passes to watch the filming of a television show. Individuals who want to attend should RSVP by March 19 by calling Michelle Knight at 660-543-4986 or contacting her via email at

The Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at UCM  offers a minor in women’s studies and a graduate certificate in women’s and gender studies. Courses focus on the intersections of gender and sexuality with race, ethnicity and class, and help students to understand and appreciate human diversity in a global context.

For more information about the center or 25th anniversary events, email or, phone 660-543-4832 or 660-543-8509.  Individuals also may contact the Office of Alumni Relations and Development with questions concerning the anniversary celebration.