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UNI celebrates women's accomplishments

March 9, 2012

Barbara Cutter, director, Women's and Gender Studies Program, 319-273-7102,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- In honor of Women's History Month, the University of Northern Iowa will host a series of events throughout March. All events are free and open to the public.

A "Men in Feminism" panel will be held at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, March 22, in 115 Seerley Hall on UNI's campus. The panel will examine men's roles as feminists and how they can advocate for women's rights. Following the discussion, at 5 p.m., a documentary called "Maid in America" will be shown in the same room. The film looks at three Latin American immigrant women in Los Angeles who left their families behind to earn a living by caring for other peoples' families and households.

"Celebrating Colors: Women, Past, Present & Future," a celebration to highlight women's accomplishments, will take place at 7 p.m., Friday, March 23, in the Center for Multicultural Education on UNI's campus.  This event is presented by Muchas Manos Light Work, Minority Graduate Student Association and the UNI Black Student Union. The celebration is intended to showcase women who have gone before us, to honor women who are settling and accomplishing goals in the present and to encourage young women to do the same in the future.

A second panel for "Global Women in a Local Workforce" will be held at noon, Monday, March 26, in 002 Sabin Hall. The panel will address experiences of immigrant women in Iowa's workforce, including a variety of topics, such as obstacles in gaining employment, negotiating legal status, family life and everyday workforce interactions.

For additional information or a complete list of events, visit or contact Barbara Cutter, director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at UNI, at 319-273-7102 or