Series of Events to Celebrate Women’s History Month in March

By Tom McLaughlin

A series of events at Rutgers University–Camden will celebrate women’s achievements throughout Women’s History Month in March.

The events, which are free of charge and open to the public, will be held primarily at various locations in the Campus Center.

Highlighting the events will be a special installment of RED (Raptors Engaging in Discussion) TALKS, which will focus on remarkable women at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in the Multi-Purpose Room, located on the main floor of the Campus Center.

Other events planned are as follows:

Tuesday, March 6

Meghan Gillen, an associate professor at Penn State University, will discuss her research focusing on body image and adolescent and emerging adult development at 12:45 p.m. in the third floor faculty lounge of Armitage Hall. Gillen was recently featured in the U.S. News & World Report article “6 Myths About the Freshmen 15.” She is also collaborating with two former students on a manuscript on behavioral inhibition, reward sensitivity, and body image.

Monday, March 19, to Friday, March 30

The survivor art exhibit “What I Was Wearing” will be on display throughout the campus. First created at the University of Kentucky and inspired by the Mary Simmerling poem of the same name, the exhibit powerfully answers the question heard all too often by victims of sexual assault: “What were you wearing?” and reminds viewers that sexual violence has nothing to do with how we dress.

The main installation will be on display in the Campus Center pit area, with additional installations on display in the lobbies of Armitage Hall, the Fine Arts Building, School of Business, and Science Building, as well as in the Nursing and Science Building, Paul Robeson Library, Athletic and Science Center, and Law School Bridge. For an interactive map of the campus, visit camden.rutgers.edu/map.

Monday, March 26

Guests are invited to a screening of the hit movie Wonder Woman, followed by an in-depth discussion with Sarah Bear, training and outreach coordinator for the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room.

Tuesday, March 27

Guest speaker Jean Semelfort will lead an engaging discussion titled “Rolling with Rejection” at 7 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room. Semelfort will provide insight on how men can address rejection in a healthy way.

Wednesday, March 28

Guests are invited to a discussion titled “Women Engaging in Politics: Challenges and Opportunities” at 7 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room. The talk will explore activism, politics, and how to get involved. Attendees will learn more about their own leadership styles and formulate strategies for embarking on leadership roles in politics in order to make a difference in their communities.

For more information, contact Gail Caputo at gcaputo@nullcamden.rutgers.edu or (856) 225-2926.

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