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Ball State gears up for women’s week

MUNCIE, Ind. — March is Women’s History Month, and one department at Ball State keeps a unique tradition alive.

“Women’s History Month is an important opportunity to highlight the contributions of women locally, regionally and nationally,” Sharon Jones, Department Chair of Women’s, Gender and African American Studies said. 

According to Jones, while it is important to celebrate the accomplishments of women year-round, it’s important to have a month built-in for women’s history.

“Women’s History Month was founded at a time when most history books were filled with men and ignored the contributions of women, and that’s why it was founded,” Addison Smith, Administrative Coordinator of the Department of Women’s, Gender and African-American Studies, said. “And even today, you’ll find it’s sometimes difficult to get women’s contributions acknowledged.”

To contribute to Women’s History Month, the Department of Women’s, Gender and African-American Studies hosts “Women’s Week.”

“One of the things that made coming to Ball State to work here, that was very appealing to me, is what I had learned about Women’s Week, and I thought, I would like to be at a place that has a women’s week,” Jones said. 

Women’s Week is a Ball State tradition. According to a press release from the university, Women’s Week will be from March 25-29. 

The release states that events will include opportunities to network, panel discussions, and workshops.

According to the release, Loretta Ross will have a keynote address on March 26.

For more information on Women’s Week and the calendar of events, visit the Women’s Week website

Contact Emma Matlock with comments at emma.matlock@bsu.edu