Films highlight Women History Month programs in March

The Women’s Studies program at Youngstown State University presents the following programs to celebrate Women’s History Month in March. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Women’s Studies Program at or 330-941-2320. Event parking is available at the Lincoln Deck and lot M24, next to McDonald’s on Fifth Avenue.

Orange is the New Black

Orange is the New Black

Orange is the New Black: Women in the Criminal Justice System.
Tuesday, March 4, 11 to 12:15 p.m., Beeghly Hall, McKay Auditorium.
Retired Detective Sergeant Delphine Baldwin-Casey, one of the first female police officers in Youngstown; Sarah Kiepper, who worked as a Corrections Officer in a maximum security prison in Youngstown; and Deborah Lowry, who specializes in Women’s and Gender Studies, explore the topic of women in the criminal justice system from a variety of angles and from both sides of the bars. The presentations, which will include an analysis of a clip from the award-winning television series “Orange is the New Black,” will be followed by a Q&A session facilitated by Linda Strom.

Women of Steel
Thursday, March 6, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor (“The Steel Museum”), 151 W. Wood St., 330-941-1314.
Donna DeBlasio and Martha Pallante, YSU professors of History, show a short documentary film titled Women of Steel and facilitate a discussion about the role of women in the steel industry.

Careers and Women in Geography
Friday, March 7, 11am to 12:15pm, Kilcawley Center, Gallery Room.
The event will be an open dialogue of women with degrees in geography. Discussion will focus on how their major helped them get their career direction going and how geography is an asset in their career. As well, the discussion will include observations of women’s roles as geographers and what career opportunities are growing in the field. The panel will begin with a set of questions, and will transition into a discussion and audience participation.

BRAVO (Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization): Stopping Hate Crimes and Violence
Monday, March 17, 2 to 4 p.m., Kilcawley Center, James Room.
Co-sponsored by the Office of Student Diversity and PFLAG (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), BRAVO is Ohio’s only statewide organization dedicated to eliminating violence perpetrated on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identification. The central focus of this workshop is on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, & Intersex culture and the prevention of violence both within and against the LGBTQI community. Discussions will include some basic street safety tips.

women's history girl_rising-rzGirl Rising
Wednesday, March 19, 7 to 9 p.m. Beeghly Hall, McKay Auditorium.
Co-sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies Club
Girl Rising is a groundbreaking film, which tells the stories of nine extraordinary girls from nine countries, written by nine celebrated writers and narrated by nine renowned actresses. Girl Rising showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Featuring stars like Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Selena Gomez, Meryl Streep, Alicia Keys and Kerry Washington. The film will be followed by a brief discussion facilitated by Abby Kulisz.

Consent is Sexy
Friday, March 21, 11 to 11:50 a.m., Beeghly Hall, McKay Auditorium.
Kevin Carmody, associate director of Student Life, and Lynn Bilal, director of the Rape Crisis and Counseling Center (the only comprehensive rape crisis service center in Mahoning County), discuss the definition of consent, prevention of sexual assault, and assistance to victims of sexual assault.

Wendy and Lucy
Wednesday, March 26, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Kilcawley Center, Presidents’ Suite.
Co-sponsored by CLASS and the English Department.
Wendy and Lucy is a film about how a woman’s life is derailed en route to a potentially lucrative summer job in Alaska. When her car breaks down and her dog is taken to the pound, the thin fabric of her financial situation comes apart, and she is led through a series of increasingly dire economic decisions. The film won both Best Picture and Best Actress at the 12th Toronto Film Critics Association Awards. The film will be followed by a brief discussion facilitated by Laura Beadling.

Women in the Sciences
Thursday, March 27, 11 to 11:50 a.m., Kilcawley Center, Ohio Room.
Sherri Lovelace-Cameron, YSU professor of Chemistry, discusses the role of women in the sciences. What advancements have women made in recent years? Where have they stagnated or fallen behind? What have some universities like Carnegie Mellon done to recruit more female students to their science programs? These questions, as well as Lovelace-Cameron’s own story about the challenges she faced as a female entering into the sciences, are just some of the issues that will be explored.