Women’s History Month at YSU features lectures, exhibits and more

“The Beautiful Girls,” an episode of AMC’s popular “Mad Men” TV show will be shown and discussed 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 in DeBartolo Hall as part of YSU’s celebration of Women’s History Month.

“The Beautiful Girls,” an episode of AMC’s popular “Mad Men” TV show will be shown and discussed 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 in DeBartolo Hall as part of YSU’s celebration of Women’s History Month. It is among many events scheduled throughout the month. Pictured in this scene from the show are, from the left Joan Harris (Christina Hendrick), Peggy Olson (Elizabeth Moss) and Faye Miller (Cara Buono).

“Healthy Women: Strong Communities” is the theme of this year’s celebration of Women’s History Month at Youngstown State University, featuring exhibits, lectures and other events on a variety of topics. The celebration is sponsored by YSU’s Women’s Studies Program. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Mehera Gerardo at gmgerardo@ysu.edu or 330-941-3459

Here are the activities planned for the month:

Contraception in the 20th Century: Pieces from the Percy Skuy Collection, March 5 through 30 at the Rose Melnick Medical Museum on Wick Avenue at YSU. The Percy Skuy Collection of the Dittrick Medical History Center at Case Western University includes approximately 1,100 artifacts.

Pretty Women & Mad Men, March 7, 4 p.m. in Room 3423 of Williamson Hall. Screening of AMC’s Mad Men episode, “The Beautiful Girls,” followed by panel discussion.

International Women’s Day, March 8, 5:30 p.m., fifth floor of Maag Library. Panel discussion and wine and cheese happy hour.

Reproductive and Sexual Health Sleeping with Uncle Sam, March 21, 5:30 p.m., McKay Auditorium in Beeghly Hall. Lecture by Alexandra Lord, National Park Service.

The Education of Shelby Knox, March 22, 4 p.m., McKay Auditorium in Beeghly Hall. Screening and panel discussion of the 2005 documentary (left) about, Shelby Knox, a teenage girl who joins a campaign for comprehensive sex education in the high schools of Lubbock, Texas.

Sex + Money: A National Search for Human Worth, March 23, 4 p.m., Room 132 of DeBartolo Hall. Screening and discussion with members of Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative Anti-Human Trafficking Core Team of the documentary about domestic minor sex trafficking and the modern-day abolitionist movement fighting to stop it.

Virtue, Vice, and Contraband: A History of Contraception in America, March 26, 10 a.m., Rose Melnick Medical Museum. Lecture by James Edmonson of the Dittrick Medical History Museum at Case Western Reserve University.

The Issues of Today’s Women, March 28, noon at the Main Branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning Valley, 305 Wick Avenue. Women’s achievements are integral to the fabric of history. We learn from their tenacity, courage, intellect and creativity as tremendous sources of strength.

Retirement Security, Women’s Security, March 28, 3 p.m. Channing Hall, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown, 1105 Elm St. Panel discussion with Tammy Thomas and members of Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative Health Equity Campaign.

Of Clubs and Whiskers: Gender, Honor, and Violence in the Brazilian Backlands of Ceara, 1845-1889, March 28, 5:30 p.m., fifth floor of YSU’s Maag Library. Lecture by Martha Santos of University of Akron.

Sin by Silence, March 30, 1 p.m. in YSU McDonough Museum of Art, co-sponsored by United Purpose II. Screening and discussion of the film about the first inmate-initiated and led support group in the U.S. prison system that reveals the history and stories of the members of the group, Convicted Women Against Abuse.