Women's History Month 2018

Women's History Month 2018

Resist & Persist: Women Build the Movements

The following events and films highlight histories and present work of feminist organizing for justice, as well as women’s roles in building and maintaining movements for change. All events are free and open to everyone.

Unless otherwise noted, events are held on the Ocean Campus, 50 Phelan (at Ocean). 

For more information, call (415) 452-5825.

For accommodations, call (415) 452-5481, 48 hours in advance.

Events are organized and co-sponsored by Women’s Studies, Project SURVIVE, Ourstories Club, Women’s Resource Center, African American Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Latin American and Latino/a Studies, LGBT Studies, Diversity Collaborative, Creative Writing Visiting Writers Series, Trauma Prevention and Recovery Program, SWANA Studies, VĀSĀ/Oceana Studies & Talanoa Series, Gender Diversity Project, English, Foreign Languages, Health Education, Associated Students, Office of Student Equity, School of Behavioral & Social Sciences and Multicultural Studies, Visual Media Design, and Concert & Lecture Series. Supported by your $5 Student Activity Fee.



WHM 2018

Thursday, February 15
1:45-3:00 pm | Rosenberg 305
MAJOR! (Documentary Film)
The film follows the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a 73-year-old Black transgender woman who has been fighting against the prison industrial complex and for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years.This is the story of one woman’s journey, a community’s history, and how caring for each other can be a revolutionary act.

Wednesday, February 21
12:00-2:00 pm | Upper Level Student Union
Womyn of Color Gathering
Reclaiming our lost herstories, restoring our resiliency, and empowering ourselves in the face of oppression. A meal will be served.

Monday, February 26
11:40 am-12:55 pm | Rosenberg 305
Smadar Lavie: Gaza 2014 and Mizrahi Feminism
What is the relationship between Mizraḥi feminism and Israeli ultra-nationalism? What is the relevance of gender justice activism to the 2014 Gaza War and Israel’s foreign policy? Mizraḥi protests dissipate and disappear when the Israel-Palestine conflict dominates the headlines. This talk connects intra-Jewish racial and gendered dynamics to the 2014 Gaza War and tracks sequences that began with social protest and ended with elections that bolstered Israel’s political Right.

Monday, February 26
6:00-7:30 pm | R 305
Killing Us Softly 4 (Documentary Film & Discussion)
Killing Us Softly 4 shows how the advertising industry continues to reinforce, and glamorize, a regressive and debased notion of femininity. The movie challenges viewers to question traditional gender norms and think critically about the fundamental relationship between representation and power. Discussion to follow the screening (moderated by Professor Erik Green).

Tuesday, February 27
2:45-5:45 pm | MUB 140
Transpersonal Change:
Somatic Practice and Community Healing

Former Project SURVIVE peer educator Angela Newsham leads this interactive event based on her performance project, Eyes Yield: The Importance of Community to Heal from Rape, as a part of the One Billion Rising movement. Includes a community meal.

Wednesday, February 28
12:00-2:00 pm | Batmale 203
Feminism Inshallah:
A history of Arab feminism
(Documentary Film)

This groundbreaking documentary recounts Arab feminism's largely unknown story, from its taboo-shattering birth in Egypt by feminist pioneers up through viral Internet campaigns by today's tech-savvy young activists during the Arab Spring.

Wednesday, February 28
5:00-8:00 pm | Student Union Lower Level
Singing to Your Soul: How your Voice Can Heal the World
Medicine Woman Gina Breedlove, Sound Healer, Singer & Songwriter from Brooklyn, NY, leads this healing circle. The sound of our voices carries its own medicine, which can gift us with dominion over our minds and spirits. Includes a community meal.

Thursday, March 1
11:10am-12:30 pm | Rosenberg 305
Indigenous Women Resist and Persist,
featuring Pennie Opal Plant

Pennie Opal Plant, wife, mother, and grandmother of Yaqui, Mexican, Choctaw, Cherokee, and European descent, activist on behalf of Indigenous Peoples and Mother Earth for over 38 years, and co-founder of Idle No More SF Bay and Movement Rights, discusses Indigenous Women’s movement resisting desecration of the land, and particularly Big Oil, locally and globally.

Wednesday March 7
12:00-2:00 pm | Women’s Resource Center, Smith Hall
Women’s Resource Center Open House
Celebrating the WRC legacy, building community, and sharing herstories over a meal.

Thursday, March 8
12:00-1:00 pm | Student Cafeteria
International Women’s Day Celebration

Monday, March 12
6:00-7:30 pm | Rosenberg 305
Writing Sexuality in the Media: Who Has Control?
How is sexuality portrayed in popular media, and who has the power and control to write those narratives? Join us as we view a variety of clips regarding how popular media "writes" specific versions of sexuality, with discussion interspersed (moderated by Professor Erik Green).

Thursday, March 15
12:45-2:45 pm | Rosenberg 301
Immigrant Women Worker Power & Organizing
Join leaders from the California Domestic Workers’ Coalition in conversation.

Thursday, March 15
6:00-9:00 pm | Mission Campus - 1125 Valencia Street - Room 109
Birthright: A War Story (Documentary Film & Discussion)
This feature length documentary examines how women are being jailed, physically violated and even put at risk of dying as a radical movement tightens its grip across America: the aggressive campaign to take control over women’s reproductive healthcare decisions.

Tuesday, March 20
6:00-9:00 pm | Student Union, Lower Level
Terisa Siagatonu - Talanoa poet
Experience the work of award-winning queer Samoan womyn poet, activist, and arts educator.

Wednesday, March 21
10:00 am-4:00 pm | Student Union, Upper Level
Intersecting Identities Conference - Coming From Where You Are: Seeing Your Roots Grow into Branches
This collaborative, student-led conference aims to build bridges among many different communities and promote understanding and acceptance by sharing stories and personal experiences of oppression. We celebrate the roots of all our identities and nurture a welcoming environment where we can all thrive.

Wednesday, March 21
6:30-8:00 pm | Creative Arts 133
Avotcja and Modúpue
Poet, Playwright, and Percussionist, Avotcja and her Jazz Ensemble Modúpue perform, addressing resilience in response to tragedy as recent as the devastation following hurricanes in Puerto Rico just months ago and extending back to the origin of the African diaspora.

Wednesday, April 4
1:00-2:30 pm | Rosenberg 301
Ananda Esteva on Imagining and Creating The Wanderings of Chela Coatlicue: Touring Califaztlán
Chilean American fiction writer, poet, teacher and performer Ananda Esteva will read from and discuss the writing of her novel, published in 2017 by Transgress Press.

Thursday, April 5
4:15-6:15 pm | Rosenberg 305
Conversation with Bill Tamayo, EEOC District Director, and Rape on the Night Shift and Rape In the Fields screenings
Join Bill Tamayo to learn about the history of workplace sexual harassment litigation and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s work to support women working as janitors and farm workers in resisting sexual abuse in the workplace.

Saturday, April 7
10:00am-2:30pm | Meet at the Women’s Building, 3543 18th St.
Walk Against Rape
Join Project SURVIVE’s contingent in the 13th annual Walk to end sexual violence, organized by our community partner, San Francisco Women Against Rape.

Tuesday, April 10
3:00-6:00 pm | MUB 140
Healing Through Movement
African American Studies and History professor Aliyah Dunn-Salahuddin will lead this dynamic movement workshop, utilizing Dunham Technique to help participants connect to our ancestors and sustain our work as we move through the semester. Includes a community meal.

Thursday, April 19
2:30-4:00 pm | MUB350
Alisha Coleman from CA Coalition for Women Prisoners
CCWP is a grassroots social justice organization, with members inside and outside prison, that challenges the institutional violence imposed on women, transgender people, and communities of color by the prison industrial complex.

Thursday, April 19
4:00-6:00 pm | Chef's Table, Statler Wing
Sexual Harassment in the Hospitality Industry
It's real. It's everyone's concern. Panel discussion organized by the Meeting and Event Planning class of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Studies.

Monday, April 23
11:40 am-12:55 pm | Batmale 203
Arranged (Feature Film & party)
This 2007 film by Diane Crespo centers on two young women — one an Orthodox Jew, the other a devout Muslim — who meet and become friends as first-year teachers at a public school in Brooklyn. Over the course of the year they learn that they share much in common, not least of which is that they are both going through arranged marriages.

Wednesday, April 25
4-6 pm | Batmale 349
Alisha Coleman from CA Coalition for Women Prisoners
CCWP is a grassroots social justice organization, with members inside and outside prison, that challenges the institutional violence imposed on women, transgender people, and communities of color by the prison industrial complex.

Thursday, May 3
5:00-8:00 pm | Location TBA
Writing as Alchemy (For Healing)
Join Tanea Lunsford Lynx, a third generation born Black San Franciscan on both sides, artist, activist, educator, abolitionist, and award-winning writer for this interactive workshop on the role of the written word in the process of healing and transformation. Includes a community meal.

Tuesday, May 8
11:00 am-1:00 pm | Rosenberg 305
4:00-7:00 pm | Rosenberg 305
Healing Justice (Documentary Film) - Screenings and Community Workshops led by Dr. Shakti Butler
This powerful film from World Trust walks back through the history of violence that has led to our current American justice system, bringing into focus the histories of trauma – on a personal, interpersonal, community, and generational level. The documentary addresses the school-to-prison pipeline, the need for comprehensive criminal justice reform, and the importance of healing and restorative practices. Filmmaker Dr. Shakti Butler leads participants in dialogue for social change.