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UNI to celebrate Women's History Month

February 24, 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. To kick off Women's History Month, there will be a showing of the documentary "Maquilapolis" at 5 p.m., Thursday, March 1, in 115 Seerley, on the UNI campus. The film focuses on the stories and struggles of female workers in Tijuana's assembly factories, called maquiladoras.

Wendy Hoofnagle, associate professor of language and literatures at UNI, will present "Chaucer's 'tikel-ish Wife of Bath: The Unstable Female Body in the Middle Ages" at noon, Monday, March 5, as part of the Current Research on Women's Studies (CROW) Forum. The forum will be held at 109A Center For Multicultural Education, located in Maucker Union.

Eileen Boris, Hull professor and chair of the Department of Feminist Studies and affiliate professor of History and Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will present "You Are What You Shop: Women Against the Sweatshops, Past and Present" at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 6, in 109 Curris Business Building. Boris will focus on today's global assembly line, labor sub-contracting and movements for social responsibility, worker rights and fair trade in light of the history of worker and consumer struggles against the exploitative labor conditions.

Donna Maier, a professor in history at UNI, will present "When Women are Killers: Female Perpetrators of Rwanda Genocide" at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 7, in 115 Seerley, on the UNI campus.

All events are free and open to the public. 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