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In honor of Women’s History Month, Westfield State University is hosting a month-long celebration of events, titled “Month Celebrating Womyn.”

For nearly 30 years, Westfield State has held events dedicated toward awareness and celebration of women’s rights and related issues. What started off as a week-long celebration organized around International Women’s Day (March 8th) is now a month-long tribute complete with guest speakers, panel discussions, and presentations. The month is organized by the University’s Department of Diversity & Inclusion. This year, the month has been renamed to include an alternative spelling of “womyn,” to be more inclusive of modern-day feminism, according Ashiah Richeme, director of Diversity & Inclusion.

“Events that celebrate diversity are always important because they represent all of our history,” Richeme said. “It’s global history, in which we are reminded that inclusiveness is pertinent to human stainability.”

This year’s Month Celebrating Womyn events include:

“Do We need Feminism in the World Today?” a panel discussion.
Wednesday, March 8, 3:30 to 5 p.m.
New Hall 141 B

“What is Anarcha-Feminism?”
  a Brown Bag article discussion. The discussion is on an article from the book “Quiet Rumours: An Anarcha-Feminist Reader.”
Thursday, March 9, noon to 1 p.m.
Faculty Center, Parenzo 215

“Negative Effects of Image-based Media”
a presentation and discussion.
Monday, March 20, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Media Service Meeting Room

“Womyn in Comics” a discussion on the portrayal of female comic book characters.
Thursday, March 23, noon to 1 p.m.
Catherine Dower Center, Drawing Room 273

 “What is Anarcha-Feminism?” a second Brown Bag article discussion. The discussion is on an article from the book “Quiet Rumours: An Anarcha-Feminist Reader.”
Monday, March 27, noon to 1 p.m.
Tekoa Room in the Dining Commons

 “Where did We Go Wrong?” a discussion led by guest speaker Hsiu-Jung Mindy Chang will address the recent election and the current political climate in regards to women’s issues.
Wednesday, March 29, 6 to 7 p.m.
Loughman Living Room in Scanlon Hall.

“Paint and Sip Fundaraiser” The event benefits the Emilee Dawn Gagnon scholarship. Tickets are $15 for students and $40 for general admission and include appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages. There will also be a cash bar. Tickets can be purchased at
Friday, March 31, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Loughman Living Room in Scanlon Hall

Throughout the month, there will also be a clothing drive for Dress For Success Western Massachusetts. Business wear and interview-appropriate donations can be dropped off at the following locations: Parenzo Hall outside of Room P117; The Horace Mann Center lobby; Ely Campus Center in the Diversity & Inclusion Office  Ely 069; and in the Catherine Dower Center main office , Room D101.

All of the events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit


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