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LSU Celebrates Women’s History Month

“Women’s Education – Women’s Empowerment”

03/14/2012 03:00 PM

BATON ROUGE – Every March, LSU celebrates Women’s History Month, or WHM, to honor and celebrate women from all walks of life. The 2012 Women’s History Month’s overarching theme is “Women’s Education – Women’s Empowerment,” recognizing the pioneering leadership of women and their impact on the diverse areas of education.


Oberlin College was the first university to accept women, beginning in 1833. In 1906, LSU enrolled it first class with female students, 17 in all. Among those that enrolled was Annie Boyd, the daughter of LSU’s president. A major triumph in women’s equality in education came with the passage of Title IX of the Educational Codes of the Higher Education Act Amendments in 1972 and enacted in 1977. Title IX prohibits gender discrimination by federally funded institutions, transforming the educational landscape of the nation.


The following is a schedule of events for the LSU Women’s History Month Celebration:


WHM Community Service Project: Women Chef’s Show Off
Thursday, March 15
6 p.m.-9 p.m. – Bell of Baton Rouge Atrium


LSU will participate in the 17th annual Women Chef’s Show Off. With more than 40 premier area chefs participating, live and silent auctions will benefit the Capital Area Family Violence Intervention Center Inc./Battered Women’s Program.


Women’s Networking and Business Etiquette Dinner
Tuesday, March 20
6 p.m.-8 p.m. – LSU Faculty Club


The LSU Women’s Center, the E. J. Ourso College of Business, the College of Engineering, the Ronald E. McNair Scholar Program, LSU Dining and Career Services will present the fourth annual Women’s Networking and Business Etiquette Dinner. This event provides students the opportunity to network with professional women from various fields and discuss issues affecting women in the workplace. There is an informal meet-and-greet followed by a formal business etiquette dinner, which will be facilitated by Steve Sweeney, president and CEO of Chartwells. To register for this event, please visit


Women in the Arts Night and Esprit de Femme Awards
Thursday, March 22
6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. – Art Gallery
7 p.m.-9 p.m. – Performing Arts Show – LSU Student Union Theater


The LSU Women’s Center and Student Government will hold the 19th annual Women in the Arts Night. The Women in the Arts Night will be the capstone event of the 2012 Women’s History Month celebration and will include a gallery of art by women artists as well a performing arts showcase. The goal of Women in the Arts Night is to empower women through gender-related arts and to bring Louisiana’s art community to LSU’s campus in order to promote a diverse cultural environment for students and Louisiana residents.


In addition, the LSU Women’s Center will present its annual Esprit de Femme Award. The LSU Women’s Center Esprit de Femme Award is an annual acknowledgement of a person who has made exceptional efforts towards the advancement of women. The 2012 recipients are Stephanie Anderson, senior vice president and chief financial officer at Woman’s Hospital, and Mary Terrell Joseph, member of McGlinchey Stafford PLLC. Past recipients include Jennifer Eplett Reily, trustee and co-found of City Year Inc.; Irma Thomas, “the soul queen of New Orleans”; Becky Kondkar, deputy director of the Domestic Violence Clinic; and Catherine “Kitty” Kimball, chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court.


Penthouse Exchange: Gender and Justice for All Panel
Tuesday, March 27
7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. – Broussard Hall Assembly Room


The LSU Women’s Center and Residential Life will hold a panel on gender and justice for all.


LSU’s Women’s History Month Celebration is coordinated by the LSU Women’s Center. The Women’s Center provides support, referral and information to students, faculty and staff on issues and concerns related to women. The Women’s Center also promotes the advancement of women’s issues and well-being through its services, educational programs and advocacy efforts. For information about Women’s History Month or the LSU Women’s Center, please contact Catherine Hopkins at or 225-578-1714, or visit

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