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CCU celebrates March as Womens History Month

March 3, 2011

Coastal Carolina University will commemorate Womens History Month in March, with six events on-campus throughout the month for students and the community that discuss issues affecting women locally and worldwide.

From noon to 1 p.m. Friday, March 4, assistant professor of history Aneilya Barnes will speak on Women in the Early Islamic World, part of the Womens Resource Center Brown Bag Lunch series. The event will be held in the Womens Resource Center, room 313 in the Wall Building. For additional information, e-mail

From 4:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, the 100th annual International Womens Day will celebrate with a Join Me on the Bridge! event on the Wall Bridge at Prince Lawn. Women and men are invited to stand together on the bridge to make the statement that Stronger Women Build Bridges of Peace and to honor those women who fought for womens equality 100 years ago. This Women for Women International event will be taking place at more than 100 bridges around the world.

Also on March 8 at 7 p.m., the film Persepolis, which follows the story of an outspoken, young Iranian girl, will be showing in room 253 of the Edwards Building. A discussion led by Suheir Daoud, assistant professor of politics, and free pizza will follow. For additional information, e-mail the Womens and Gender Studies department at

From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, a Battle of the Sexes trivia game will be held with prizes awarded in The Commons dining hall. For additional information, e-mail the Womens and Gender Studies department at

Also on March 23 at 4:30 p.m., Dr. Robin James of UNC-Charlotte will present Feminism Calling: Beyonce, Lady Gaga and the Politics of Popular Music as part of the Nancy Smith Visiting Scholars Series in the Wall Auditorium. The discussion will cover how the pop artists, who consider themselves feminists, may actually reinforce gender roles through their songs and videos, such as Telephone and Single Ladies. For additional information, e-mail the Womens and Gender Studies department at From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, March 25, the Womens Leadership Conference and Celebration of Inspiring Women will take place at the Myrtle Beach Marriott Grande Dunes Resort and Spa. Sponsored by CCUs Women in Leadership and Philanthropy, the conference will feature accomplished female speakers from the state, regional and national levels. ABC News correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi will serve as master of ceremonies for the conference and the awards celebration that follows. Tickets for the conference are $75 each and for the celebration are $125 each; a student rate is available. For additional information, visit For additional information on any Womens History Month event, call Julinna Oxley, director of the Womens and Gender Studies program, at 843-349-6548.