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UCM Hosts Women's Week Events March 5-9

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Feb. 28, 2012) - The University of Central Missouri’s Center for Women’s and Gender Studies will host Women’s Week, a week-long celebration of Women’s History Month, March 5-9.

The week of events begins with a kick-off rally at 4 p.m. Monday, March 5 in the Elliott Union Atrium, followed by a dramatic presentation of author Eve Ensler’s “Good Body” by Miriam Fuller, associate professor of English.

“Teaching African American Women,” presented by Delia Gillis, associate professor of history, and Doretha Williams, associate professor of Africana Studies, begins a day of workshops at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 in Elliott Union 235. The R.A.D. self-defense workshop follows at 2 p.m. Mary McCord, associate professor of management, will present “How Women Entrepreneurs Burst Out” at 4 p.m. A dance workshoppresented by Mary Kelly, director of the Center for Women's and Gender Studies and associate professor of sociology, and Jamie Aiken, professor emeritus of physical education, will conclude the day at 6 p.m.

“Women's Week, and women's and gender issues are important to keep in the forefront of people's minds,” Kelly said. “It is essential to get students involved with activities celebrating women and make them aware of the social ills which women still face.”

Patty Hendrickson will discuss “Fingerprints of Leadership: What’s your Legacy?” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 in Elliott Union 237 A-B. Hendrickson is from La Crosse, Wis. and has been a professional speaker since 1987. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Illinois University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin.

The Women’s History Month Project, followed by a book discussion on Hendrickson’s work, “Who I am Depends on Me!” is planned for noon Thursday, March 8 in the James C. Kirkpatrick Library Performance Center. Hendrickson’s inspirational book is available at the UCM University Store.

The Show Me Justice Film Festival will co-sponsor a presentation of the movie “Warrior Woman” at 7 p.m. Friday, March 9 in the Elliott Union Ballroom. Following the screening, director Julie Reichert will respond to audience questions. Additional workshops co-sponsored by the Show Me Justice Film Festival will begin at 1 p.m. March 9 in Elliott Union 237B. Reichert also co-wrote “Breakin’ 2 is Electric Boogaloo.” She worked as a script reader for Tri-Star Pictures and wrote, produced and directed three short films: “Girls,” “Pipes,” and “Wings,” as well as her current feature film, “Warrior Woman.”  More information about the movie can be found at

For more information about UCM Women’s Week, please visit or contact the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at or 660-543-4832.