Women’s Heritage Month

2018 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.

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!

2018 Women's Heritage Month Events
My Vagina, My Voice
March 2, 2018
6 - 8 PM; SCE 605, 750 S. HALSTED
African American women’s performance ensemble from southside Chicago sharing stories about bodies, sexuality, desire, learning to love themselves unconditionally, and the importance of self-knowledge in countering oppressive ideas about Black women and girls. Come with an open mind; be ready to listen, laugh, reflect and support Black women and girls in their journeys to wholeness and self-love. Must be at least 18 years old or accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Race, Gender and the Fashioning of Identity in “Rewriting History”
March 5, 2018
Fabiola Jean-Louis is a Haitian-born, fine artist and photographer currently based in Brooklyn, N.Y. Jean-Louis studied fashion design & illustration at the High School of Fashion Industries, attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and has independently developed a love and talent for photography and paper sculpture. Her work reflects the ways in which she pulls in elements from her Afro-Caribbean heritage, Black diasporic culture, as well as interests in goth, punk and science fiction.

“Rewriting History”, which is currently on exhibition at The DuSable Museum of African American History, features paper sculptures styled to mimic garments worn by female European nobility between the 15th & 19th centuries. Blending the magical and the mundane, the speculative and the real, the sculptures and the photographs contain – and are informed by – intersecting layers of history, method, violence, beauty, modes of resistance, and alternative futures, all imagined through representations of women of color.
Seeking Asian Female: Rape Culture and Asian Women
March 13th, 2018, 3:30pm-5pm
Women’s Leadership & Resource Center- 1101 W Taylor Street, Suite 310 (3rd floor above Chicago Public Library)

We will be exploring the ways that Asian women encounter sexualized racism and the forms these interactions take. How does the fetishization of Asian women play a part in rape culture? We will be using excerpts of the film “Seeking Asian Female” and more to unpack such issues.

If you are in need of accommodations please contact the AARCC at 312-413-9569 or arcc@uic.edu
Feminist Filipino Resistance in the Imperial American Museum
March 15, 2018, 6 -8PM
Jane Addams Hull-House, 750 S. Halsted Street

Join Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and partners in celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day. Sarita Echavez See draws from her new book, “The Filipino Primitive: Accumulation and Resistance in the American Museum.” This interdisciplinary book analyzes the phenomenon of accumulating the primitive—the barbarian, the uncivilized, the savage—by focusing on the representation of the Filipino in American imperial museum collections and in Filipino American theatre, writing, and art. See will analyze works by the multi-media feminist Filipino American artist Stephanie Syjuco who critiques the capitalist, heterosexist and colonial tendencies of the museum.

Free Book Signing and Reception.
Please RSVP!

Sarita Echavez See is a Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California Riverside. She is co-founder and executive director of the Center for Art and Thought, a web-based, Philippine-centric non-profit organization.

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum Women's History Month partners: Chicago Cultural Alliance, Filipino American Historical Society of Chicago; and the following University of Illinois partners: Arab American Cultural Center, Asian American Resource and Cultural Center, Women's Leadership and Resource Center, African American Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, Global Asian Studies, Native American Support Program, and the Social Justice initiative.
March 20th, 2018, 6pm-8pm
James J. Stukel Towers Event Center- 718 W Rochford St.
(corner of Halsted/Roosevelt, next to UIC Forum)
Join us for an evening with activist CeCe McDonald as we celebrate Women’s Heritage Month . We'll watch the film "FREE CeCe!," which chronicles the story of CeCe McDonald, a Black trans woman who served over a year in a men’s prison for defending her friends and herself from a racist, homophobic, and transphobic attack. The event will include a conversation post-screening between CeCe McDonald and a local transgender activist/organizer.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. Wheelchair accessible. Howard Brown Health Center will be offering free testing services for STIs and HIV during the event.

Presented by UIC Women’s Leadership & Resource Center (WLRC), Gender and Women’s Studies, Gender & Sexuality Center, Social Justice Initiative, Campus Housing, Criminology Law & Justice, and Howard Brown Health Center.

This program is part of the Women’s Leadership and Resource Center’s Feminist Films.
Films center women and femmes, people of color, LGBTQIA+ community, those with disabilities, indigenous people and other marginalized perspectives. Each screening is accompanied by a workshop, discussion, or art-making session. Interested in partnering with us? Contact Iliana Figueroa at ifigue2@uic.edu for more information.
Never Forgotten: Fighting Erasure by Mapping ​Black Women's Histories in Chicago & Beyond
March 21, 2018, 12:30PM - 1:30PM
Essence McDowell is a communications strategist, writer, and activist. She is also co-author of Lifting as they Climbed: Mapping a History of Black Women on Chicago's South Side – A Self-Guided Tour.

As a New Jersey native, Essence moved to Chicago in 2008 to obtain her master’s degree in journalism & new media from DePaul University. Not long after graduation, she started working for the Illinois Humanities Council. There, she created the Cafe Society toolkit, a digital resource used to connect local communities through conversations and issues of social justice.

In 2013, Essence joined the Social Justice Initiative at University of Illinois in Chicago as the media coordinator and digital activist for the Freedom Dreams, Freedom Now conference. The success of the conference inspired Essence to connect her communications repertoire with movement building within Chicago communities. Since then, she has worked as communications coordinator for the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials, national media coordinator for INCITE!’s Color of Violence 4 Conference, and community engagement manager with Chicago's Gallery 400.

For the past few years, Essence has joined forces with a small group of women to organize the Free Black Women’s Library. On a broader community level, she has been a member of the All-African People Revolutionary Party, the Black Youth Project 100 and most recently, Love and Protect, an organization that provides support for women and gender nonconforming individuals who have been criminalized by the state for defending themselves against intimate partner violence.

Essence currently works at the Social Justice Initiative as the Digital Media Strategist and Program manager.