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On Tuesday, March 5, the Inclusive Islander Networker will be presenting Women’s History Month Celebration in University Center Anchor Ballroom A from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There will be two panel discussions, one featuring Dr. Clarenda Phillips, Stacy Rowan, Erin Lewis and Patricia Hernandez who are all women working in professional leadership capacities. The second panel will feature Arianna Rodriguez and Rosa Borrego Butler, who are both in student leadership positions on campus.

President Kelly Quintanilla will also be speaking at the event. As the first female president on TAMU-CC’s campus, she has broken a standard that most universities have.

“In most universities, basically, women are on the peak of — there’s more women in college than men, most people know that,” said Isabella Ruggiero, the graduate assistant for Inclusion Education in the office of Engagement Initiatives. “Or if not across the country, at least at this university there is more women that there is men. However, most university presidents and most people that are in that upper level, so those cabinet positions, those really high-level administration positions, are stereotypically not women. … So, obviously Dr. Quintanilla has broken that barrier but she’s, again, had certain experiences in breaking that. Both positive and negative.”

The event will also allow participants to partake in stereotypically devalued,  feminized crafts. This includes loom weaving, sewing, embroidering and jewelry making.

“Those are all things typically women have done,” said Ruggiero. “But there has just been this huge stereotype of like, ‘Well that’s women’s work,’ it’s lower, it’s not as skilled. But, again, those are things that women have been doing for years and if you actually do them, they’re not that simple. They require a lot of physical effort.”

The Inclusive Islander Networker will also be hosting two “Unschooled” events, one on March 20 and the other on March 21. Many other organizations will be hosting events throughout the month of March to celebrate Women’s History Month, so be sure to check the schedule here. And all of these events are geared to do one thing:

“So all of these events combined, as a whole, are showing students that there are things that women have been doing and will continue to do that one need recognition,” said Ruggiero, “and two, we can learn from women who are doing these things to not only elevate them, but learn from them.”

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