Women’s Heritage Month

2017 Women’s Heritage Month Celebration at UIC

The goal of our annual Women’s Heritage Month (WHM) celebration at UIC is to promote on-campus activities and lectures that engage and inform people about the diverse roles and unique contributions of women in our community. The theme for this year’s Women’s Leadership & Resource Center programming is reproductive justice. The programs highlight the experiences of women of color, transgender and gender non-conforming individuals whose narratives are often excluded from conversations around reproductive health and sexual freedom.

By centering UIC faculty, staff & student research and community involvement in this month-long program, we hope to provide a unified voice sharing Women’s Heritage Month activities and events to the campus community and beyond. Come join us!

MARCH 2017
Reproductive Justice Film Series
The Women’s Leadership and Resource Center, in collaboration with several Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change (CCUSC), will host the Reproductive Justice film series to help expand the conversation and center the experiences of women of color, transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. Through the films, we’ll see various efforts by the state – both historical and contemporary - to police and/or or reduce access to quality care for sexual and reproductive health. In its own way, each film will also celebrates the ways that various communities have survived and resisted efforts to curtail sexual freedom.

The series will take place throughout the month of March and close with a final panel discussion in April. Each screening will occur at one of the centers on campus and will be followed with a facilitated discussion.


No Más Bebés
March 2, 3 -5pm
Latino Cultural Center, 803 S. Morgan Street, LCB2

The story of immigrant mothers who sued county doctors, the state, and the U.S. government after they were pushed into sterilizations while giving birth at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the 1960s and 70s. This program is also part of LCC’s Civic Cinema Film Series.

Transgender Parents
March 9, 3 - 5pm
Gender & Sexuality Center, 1007 W. Harrison St., Room 181

Transgender Parents is about love, life and kids after a gender transition. It shares the struggles and strengths of several trans women and trans men navigating different stages of parenting: from pregnancy, through raising infants, toddlers and teenagers. This program is a collaboration with GSC’s Queer Compass program.

March 16, 3 - 5pm
African-American Cultural Center, 830 S. Halsted St

African American women tell their own stories: they know what is wrong, they share their hopes, they share their fears, and they share about their American dream, related to maternal health in the US. This screening will coincide with the closing of AACC’s Exhibit “On Beauty and Heritage”

Children of Shatila
March 30, 3 - 5pm
Arab American Cultural Center
Stevenson Hall, Room 111

Living in Beirut's Palestinian Shatila refugee camp, two streetwise children, Farah and Issa, use their imagination and creativity to come to terms with the realities of growing up in a refugee camp that has survived massacre, siege, and starvation.

Made in India
April 6, 3 - 5pm
Women’s Leadership and Resource Center
1101 W. Taylor Street, Suite 310

Made in India is a feature length documentary film about the human experiences behind the phenomena of "outsourcing" surrogate mothers to India. The film explores a complicated clash of families in crisis, reproductive technology, and choice from a global perspective.
GINA ATHENA ULYSSE - Contemplating Absences and Distances
Friday, March 10, 6 - 8pm at UIC Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 South
Halsted Street

Artist-academic-activist, Gina Athena Ulysse presents her latest book Because
When God Is Too Busy: Haiti, me & THE WORLD. Ulysse uses chants, poetry,
performance and photography to confront the past, which looms too largely in the present. This event is hosted in partnership with with Jane Addams Hull-House, UIC African American Cultural Center, UIC Women’s Leadership and Resource Center, and the Haitian American Museum of Chicago. RSVP here.

Check Your Chivalry!
Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 5 – 7pm
Latino Cultural Center 803 S. Morgan Street, LCB2

Check Your Chivalry! will be dedicated to unpacking the privilege men have in society, and the subtle and not so subtle ways machismo can be perpetuated. Through this interactive workshop, people of all genders can gain a better understanding of what it means to be an ally to women and femmes, and discover tools to proactively resist machismo in their everyday life.
UIC Business and the Women's Network Celebrates International Women's Day
March 8, 11 am - 3 pm at Douglas Hall Lobby
• Take a photo with a cardboard cutout of Rosie the Riveter
• Enjoy FREE popcorn
• Take a free sticker supporting International Women's Day
• This year's theme for International Women's Day is Be Bold for Change so we are asking students, faculty, and staff to write on our poster boards with how they can #BeBoldForChange for women's rights
• Fill out one of our pre-filled letters asking for executive statements of support
• Watch the International Women's Day video featuring UIC Business students, faculty, and alumni.
3rd Annual Women in Business Conference: Achieving Success in the Professional World
March 9, 8 am - 2 pm at Illinois Rooms

On March 9, 2017 UIC Business will conduct the annual Women in Business Conference to boost the next generation of local and global women leaders in business and entrepreneurial ventures.
This 3rd annual conference will focus on the professional development skills you need to build your professional and personal brand.
Interactive Conference workshops will include:
• Professional Landscape Today
• Personal Branding
• Professional Presence

Register at go.uic.edu/WIB2017 by March 3, 2017

Crafting for Community: Paperclip Paper bead Necklaces
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Lunchtime Session: 11:30am – 1:30pm in Student Services Building, Room 3050
Afternoon Session: 5:00am – 7:00pm in Burnham Hall, Room B6 (basement level)
Check maps.uic.edu if unfamiliar with the locations

Please join CCSW Minority Women Concerns subcommittee, UIC Career Services, and Donate by Design student organization for our annual Crafting for Community event. Come to one or both sessions as your schedule allows. In session, we will make paperclip paper bead necklaces to donate to Deborah’s Place. Participants will walk away with a kit to make their own necklaces at home. FREE to UIC students, staff, and employees. $3 for Chicago community members. Questions may be directed to Kathyy at kathyy@uic.edu or 312-413-4141

RSVP required at http://ccsw.uic.edu/pbpcn by 4pm Tuesday, March 7th to ensure we have enough supplies.

Women & Leadership in Indigenous Communities

Thursday, March 9th
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Native American Support Program (NASP), 1200 W. Harrison Street, Suite 2700 SSB
Informal discussion about the challenges and opportunities when we engage in meaningful and purposeful collaborative work within communities.

RSVP to cmsoto@uic.edu or (312) 996-4515

Halal If You Hear Me
March 9, 6:30-8:30 PM
Jane Addams Hull-House, 800 S. Halsted Street

Halal If You Hear Me is a forthcoming anthology of writings by Muslims who are women, queer, genderqueer, nonbinary, or trans. This event is co-hosted by the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) and Young Chicago Authors as part of the 2017 Louder Than A Bomb Youth Poetry Festival. JAHMM presents this program in collaboration with the Muslim American Leadership Alliance and UIC Arab American Cultural Center. Sign-up for the Open Mic starts at 6:30pm. RSVP here.
Loretta Ross - When Does Feminism Serve White
Supremacy: Reproductive Justice in the Age of Trump?

Monday, March 13, 1 -3pm
Institute for the Humanities
Stevenson Hall (lower level),
701 South Morgan

Loretta Ross is a longtime African American feminist activist and leader who has organized, lectured and written extensively on reproductive justice issues, human rights, racism, white supremacy in the U.S. She is the former director of the first rape crisis center in the U.S. in the 1970s, co-director of the historic 2004 March for Women’s Lives and served in key leadership roles with the organizations SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, the Center for Democratic Renewal/National Anti-Klan Network, the National Center for Human Rights Education, and the National Black Women’s Health Project. She is the co-author of Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice (South End Press, 2004), co-editor (with Rickie Solinger) of Reproductive Justice: An Introduction (University of California Press, March 2017) and SisterSong Anthology: Radical Reproductive Justice (Feminist Press, November 2017). She is currently writing a book on African American women in the abortion rights movement entitled We Always Resist.

This event is co-sponsored by the Gender and Women's Studies Program.
NADIA ALEXANDRA - Girl in Crisis: Exposing the Crimes Behind Crisis Pregnancy Centers in the U.S.
Tuesday, March 14, 6:30 – 7:15pm at 1101 W. Taylor Street, Suite 310

This Chicago-based writer examines the role of crisis pregnancy centers in the anti-abortion movement. Attendees will learn about anti-choice campaigns and resources to help others obtain pro-choice health services.


Thursday, March 16, 6 – 8 PM
UIC Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 South Halsted Street

Join us for an evening with award-winning herstorian and writer Trina Robbins at the historic Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. As part of Chicago’s centennial celebration of Gwendolyn Brooks, Trina Robbins’ talk will focus on women and diversity in comics as vehicles for cultural understanding and social change. Her talk will draw from her various works, including the Junior Library Guild Selection graphic novel Chicagoland Detective Agency: The Drained Brains Caper and her forthcoming book Babes in Arms. A book-signing will follow.

Trina Robins is an Award-winning herstorian and writer. She has been writing books, comics and graphic novels for over forty years and has drawn comics from Wonder Woman to Barbie. Trina’s The Brinkley Girls: the Best of Nell Brinkley Cartoons from 1913-1940 (2009), and Tarpe Mills and Miss Fury (2011), were nominated for Eisner and Harvey Awards. Her graphic novel Chicagoland Detective Agency: The Drained Brains Caper, was a Junior Library Guild Selection and Lily Renee: Escape Artist won a gold medal from Moonbeam Childrens Books and silver medal from Sydney Taylor Jewish Library Awards. Trina’s recent work includes Pretty in Ink, her definitive history of women cartoonists. In 2013 Trina was voted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame.

If you are in need of accommodations, please contact AARCC at 312-413-9569. Parking is available at the pay parking structure located at 760 W Taylor.

RSVP http://go.uic.edu/trinarobbins
Limited seats available.
This event is FREE and open to the public.

Sponsors: UIC Asian American Resource and Cultural Center, UIC Women's Leadership and Resource Center, UIC Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, and Seminary Co-op Bookstores.