Women’s History Month 2003
Empowering, Enlightening & Enriching Our Community

Monday, March 3
Womansong Circle with Betsy Rose
- Singing together in circles is a time-honored tradition among women. Join the circle to sing chants and modern songs for celebrating the rich experiences and wisdom of women's lives. You will experience your voice as a sacred and joyful instrument to awaken body, mind and spirit. Shy singers are especially welcome. Visitors must purchase a campus parking permit for $2. For more information, call (650) 949-7282.
Time: Noon-1 p.m.
Location: Room 1301
Free Admission

Monday, March 3
Lysistrata Project
- Experience a live reading of Aristophones' bawdy play, Lysistrata, itself an ancient anti-war protest. The show is presented as part of a simultaneous worldwide anti-war protest by people from 26 countries. The Foothill production is directed and performed by Foothill students. The reading is free. Donations will be accepted and benefit United for Peace. Lysistrata is rated PG-13 for explicit sexual innuendo. For more information, access www.lysistrataproject.org. Visitors must purchase a campus parking permit for $2.For more information, call (650) 949-7282.
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Smithwick Theater
Free Admission

Tuesday, March 4
Women Taking Charge Lecture Series Part I
- Guest speaker Paula Leslie specializes in prevention of a hostile workplace, managing change during turbulent times, and women taking charge. She is the author of Women Taking Charge: Five Steps to Succeed in Life & Work. Visitors must purchase a campus parking permit for $2. For more information, call (650) 949-7282.
Time: 11 a.m.-Noon; Book Signing and Q & A Session, Noon-1 p.m.
Location: Room 3525
Free Admission

Wednesday, March 5
Opening Ceremony & Reception
- Refresh and raise your spirits with the empowering lyrics and beautiful voice of Allette Brooks, a classically trained vocalist who performs acoustic folk. Refreshments will be served. Visitors must purchase a campus parking permit for $2.For more information, call (650) 949-7282.
Time: Noon-1 p.m.
Location: Cesar Chavez Plaza
Rain Location: Campus Center Dining Room
Free Admission

Wednesday, March 5
30th Anniversary Row v. Wade Debate
- Foothill's award-winning Speech & Debate Team presents a formal parliamentary debate of the 1971 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States. Debate team members will examine major arguments on both sides of the issue and present them in parliamentary style. Audience reaction encouraged. Visitors must purchase a campus parking permit for $2. For more information, call (650) 949-7282.
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Lounge
Free Admission

Thursday, March 6
The Vagina Monologues Free Dress Rehearsal
- Enjoy the hilarious, touching, world-renowned performance, which brings life to the most intimate experiences of women. Written by Eve Ensler, Foothill's performance of The Vagina Monologues features Janis Bergmann, Julie Valentine, and Susan Overland. The show has contributed to a global movement to help women escape the nightmare of violence and oppression, both in the U.S. and around the world. The primary goal of performance is to bring the voices of women to creative theatre. The rehearsal is free. Donations for local violence prevention organizations will be accepted. Visitors must purchase a campus parking permit for $2.For more information, call (650) 949-7282.
Time: Noon-1:30 p.m.
Location: Smithwick Theater
Free Admission

Thursday, March 6
Chandani Bar Film & Festival
- Staring film actress Tabu, Chandani Bar chronicles the life of a young girl from a conservative family who comes to Bombay after her parents are killed. To survive, she starts dancing in a bar. Soon she begins to unravel the realities that lie behind the life of a bar dancer. She then marries, becomes a mother and is forced her to make hard choices for the survival of her children. Visitors must purchase a campus parking permit for $2.For more information, call (650) 949-7282.
Time: 5-8 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Lounge
Free Admission

Friday through Sunday, March 7, 8 and 9
The Vagina Monologues
- Written by Eve Ensler, Foothill's performance of The Vagina Monologues features Janis Bergmann, Julie Valentine, and Susan Overland. This production has contributed to a global movement to help women escape the nightmare of violence and oppression, both in the U.S. and around the world. The primary goal of performance is to bring the voices of women to creative theatre. Proceeds benefit nonprofit domestic violence prevention programs, including Maitri, Support Network for Battered Women and Asian Americans for Community Involvement Domestic Violence Program. Tickets are $20, general; $15, students, staff, faculty, seniors with ID. Group rates also available. Purchase tickets at the door or call (650) 949-7360 or purchase at the door. Visitors must purchase a campus parking permit for $2.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Smithwick Theater

Monday, March 10
The Last Time I Wore a Dress: The Myth of Gender Identity Disorder
- Daphne Scholinski, author of the memoir, The Last Time I Wore a Dress, will discuss her experience as a teen-age girl who was diagnosed with "gender identity disorder" while committed to a psychiatric hospital. Visitors must purchase a campus parking permit for $2.For more information, call (650) 949-7282.
Time: 11 a.m.-Noon, presentation; Noon-1 p.m., Reception & Book Signing
Location: Room 3525 Free Admission
Free Admission

Tuesday, March 11
Women in Afghanistan: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
- In honor of International Women's Day, attend a free screening of Shroud of Silence, the award-winning documentary that chronicles life for women under the Taliban regime's brutal system of gender apartheid. Featuring footage from contemporary Afghanistan, this video offers a powerful glimpse into a politically repressive situation for women. Get the historical perspective, see conditions as they exist today, and find out about organizations that are educating people around the world about these human rights violations. A discussion will follow the 15-minute video. Visitors must purchase a campus parking permit for $2. For more information, call (650) 949-7282.
Time: 11 a.m.-Noon
Location: Room 3525
Free Admission

Wednesday, March 12
Women Taking Charge - Lecture Series Part II & Reception
- For the first time in its 46-year history, women hold the four highest-ranking positions in the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. This panel discussion features prominent women leaders from Foothill-De Anza, including Interim Chancellor Lois Callahan, Board President Mary Mason, Foothill College President Bernadine Chuck Fong and De Anza College President Martha Kanter. A question-and-answer session will follow the discussion, and refreshments will be served. Visitors must purchase a campus parking permit for $2. For more information, call (650) 949-7282.
Time: Noon-1 p.m.
Location: Room 3525
Free Admission

Thursday, March 13
The Power of a Woman Telling Her Story
- Molly Hale tells her riveting story, which began with a horrific auto accident and severe spinal cord injury. Told that she would never again move voluntarily from her shoulders to her toes, she has harnessed determination, knowledge and her residual capacities in a phenomenal recovery process. She will be joined by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Dorothy Fadiman and co-producer Anillise Hyllmon who are documenting Hale's story. Video excerpts will be shown. Visitors must purchase a campus parking permit for $2. For more information, call (650) 949-7282.
Time: Noon-1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Lounge
Free Admission

Thursday, March 13
Bawandar Film Screening & Festival
- Based on a shocking true story, Bawandar has been the recipient of numerous international awards. It depicts the life of a rural low-caste woman working for Rajastan government's ìsaathinî program. She is brutally assaulted by the upper-caste men in her village for speaking up against the prevalent custom of child marriages. She then courageously stands up for herself and justice in a judicial system corrupted by sexism, chauvinism, feudalism and political opportunism. Visitors must purchase a campus parking permit for $2. For more information, call (650) 949-7282.
Time: 5-8 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Lounge
Free Admission

Friday, March 14
Exploring Our Origins: Cosmic Background Radiation as Evidence for the Big Bang
- Dr. Sarah Church, assistant professor of physics at Stanford University, will explain how cosmic microwave background radiation lends credence to the Big Bang Theory. Following the lecture, the Foothill Observatory will open for stellar observation, weather permitting. Refreshments will be served. Visitors must purchase a campus parking permit for $2. For more information, call (650) 949-7282.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Room 5001
Free Admission

Tuesday, March 11
Self-Defense Clinic
- Participate in a self-defense clinic for women who are interested in basic physical skills to protect themselves in situations when they may experience emotional, physical or sexual aggression. Learn how to prevent becoming a victim. Co-sponsored by Health Services. Visitors must purchase a campus parking permit for $2. For more information, call (650) 949-7282.
Time: Noon-1:30 p.m.
Location: Cesar Chavez Plaza
Rain Location: Campus Center Main Dining Room
Free Admission

March 17
March in March Rally in Sacramento for Community College Funding
- California’s Governor proposes cutting $1 billion from the state’s 108 community colleges over 18 months, a devastating reduction to a system serving over 2 million Californians in transfer, career, basic skills, and continuing education programs. Community colleges like Foothill College are being asked to take a disproportionate share of the proposed budget’s total cuts. In addition to closing the doors to higher education to thousands of students in our region alone, these cuts will devastate support for disabled students, economically disadvantaged students, and threaten the progress we've made over recent years in preparing students for transfer to the four-year universities. Your legislators will have to make many difficult decisions throughout this budget process. Join us for the March in March to demonstrate that a disproportionate burden of funding the state’s deficit must not fall upon community college students. For more information, call (650) 949-7282.
Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: State Capitol Building in Sacramento

Tuesday, March 18
Robin Davis Williams Financial Workshop
- Robin Davis Williams will teach you the latest techniques for managing money. The topic is presented with a woman's needs in mind. Find answers, discuss solutions and take control of your finances. Visitors must purchase a campus parking permit for $2. For more information, call (650) 949-7282.
Time: Noon-1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Lounge
Free Admission

Wednesday, March 19
Women in Islam Panel & Reception
- Muslim women are perhaps one of the most misrepresented groups in today's media and society. Listen to a panel of women, who will share their unique stories and thoughts on what it is like to live as Muslim women in America. Co-sponsored by Foothill Muslim Student Association. Visitors must purchase a campus parking permit for $2. For more information, call (650) 949-7282.
Time: Noon-1 p.m. (College Hour)
Location: Campus Center Lounge
Free Admission

Thursday, March 20
Astitva Film Screening & Festival
- Join us for the screening of Astitva, a film about an Indian woman's struggle to find her identity. The film's protagonist tells her story in a candid manner. Tired of her dull life, she walks away from her family in search of herself. Visitors must purchase a campus parking permit for $2. For more information, call (650) 949-7282.
Time: 5-8 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Lounge
Free Admission

Ongoing Programs & Events

  • Folk musician and vocalist Mahara D’elia.
  • The Clothesline Project raises awareness about relationship violence. Featuring honest and powerful expressions of those who have been affected by relationship violence, the Clothesline Project will be displayed at various campus locations March 13-18. Students, faculty and staff are invited to create T-shirts that express opinions and feelings toward domestic violence. Materials are provided. To participate, visit the Health Services Office (Room 2320) or call (650) 949-7243.
  • Asian Clothesline Project illustrates stories of relationship violence written on traditional Asian clothing. The project is on display throughout March in the Campus Center.
  • Career Closet Clothing Drive Benefiting Women in Need includes a month-long clothing drive to benefit clients of The Career Closet, a local non-profit organization that helps raise the self-esteem of economically disadvantaged women as they participate in professional job-training programs. Drop off donations of professional, quality apparel suitable for a job interview at the Smart Shop or Administration Building Staff Lounge. Donations will be accepted March 1-31 and are tax deductible. Receipts are available upon request at the Smart Shop or from the communications operator/receptionist in the Administration Building. For more information, call (650) 949-7282.
  • Earn College Credit
  • Enroll in the SOSC 36 course and earn one unit of transferable credit. For requirements and registration information, call (650) 949-7218.
  • PAA and PGA available for faculty and staff participation.


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