Women’s History Month Celebrated with One-Day Conference

By Tom McLaughlin

Rutgers University–Camden will host the “Women’s History Month 2017 Conference: From Bossy to Boss” from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 3, on the Rutgers–Camden campus.

“This conference will bring together scholars, students, and activists from across the country to discuss some of the most vital issues relevant to women today,” says Gail Caputo, director of the women’s and gender studies program at Rutgers–Camden.

A series of presentations, which are free of charge and open to the public, will be held at various locations in the Campus Center, located on Third Street, between Cooper Street and Benjamin Franklin Bridge on the Rutgers–Camden campus.

Keynote speaker Amy Siskind, co-founder and president of the nonprofit New Agenda, will discuss “How Trump Inspired a Women’s Revolution” during a luncheon at 1:15 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room, located on the main floor of the Campus Center.

Among the presentations, Connie Tell, director of the Center for Women in Arts and Humanities at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, will discuss “Boss(y) Editors,” at 10 a.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room. Citing research from the Wikimedia Foundation, Tell will explain how 90 percent of Wikipedia editors are male, which is reflective in the gender bias of quality and quantity on the site. The session will be a call to action, teaching attendees how to add citations to Wikipedia articles, as well as edit, cite, and create content on Wikipedia in their areas of expertise.

Author, speaker, and life coach Rhonda Kinard will lead a discussion on “When Women Live the Impossible” at 5 p.m. in the Raptor Roost, located on the lower level of the Campus Center. In addition, undergraduate student Samantha Buchner will present “The Empowered Women’s Art Exhibit,” highlighting successful women who have made efforts to improve women’s quality of life around the globe.

“The Vagina Monologues,” the award-winning play based on V-Day founder and playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room. Directed by Dana Dilapo, a senior biology major with a minor in women’s and gender studies, the piece celebrates women’s sexuality and strength with humor and grace.

Throughout the conference, a tabletop game exploring social diversity and privilege will be on display and available for guests to play. Currently under development by Caputo with a Rutgers–Camden Digital Studies Project Grant, the game is set in a simulated city environment, where players adapt diverse identities and must work together to achieve equality, while at the same time locating and minimizing threatening situations posed by dominant groups who want to retain social privilege.

For more information or to register, visit the conference website or contact Caputo at gcaputo@nullcamden.rutgers.edu or (856) 225-2926.

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