March is National Women's History Month, and, like February's Black History Month, this celebration was created to honor the too-often overlooked people who have dedicated their lives to leveling the American playing field. Here's a short but (we hope) sweet overview of some of femme-positive events taking place around town:
Thursday, March 1
Grace Lee Boggs
Known for her participation in the black power and civil rights movements, Grace Lee Boggs will discuss her journey from "female to feminist." Noon at the David Adamany Undergraduate Library on the campus of Wayne State University. E-mail Frances Ranney, director of women's studies, at [email protected] or call 313-577-6331 for further information.
Saturday, March 3
Sleeping with Cambodia
Director James Ricketson delves into the world of pedophilia and child prostitution in his documentary, Sleeping with Cambodia. This film is being screened in conjunction with National Women's History Month in order to raise awareness about the worldwide struggle for women's and children's liberation. Discussion to follow. Doors at 7 p.m. at the Detroit Film Center, 1227 Washington Blvd., Detroit; 313-961-9936. $3 members and $5 non-members.
Thursday, March 8
Working as a Feminist?
Carmen Wargel from the Turning Point Inc., a shelter alliance for the empowerment of victims of domestic abuse, will discuss what it's like to work for a feminist organization. Noon to 1 p.m. in the Lake Superior Room A on the campus of Oakland University, 2200 N. University, Rochester Hills. Contact professor Jo Reger at [email protected] for more information.
Friday, March 23
Women Image Women and Crone Celebration
The Scarab Club's latest exhibit, Women Image Women an all-female multimedia art exhibition will be held in conjunction with the Crone Celebration, a reclamation of the word "crone," which should mean much more than "withered old woman." Featured artists include Jeanne Bieri, Marsha Wright, Marilyn Zimmerman and Pi Benio. 6-9 p.m. at 217 Farnsworth St., Detroit; 313-831-1250.
Saturday, March 24
Immigration Policies & Human Rights in Michigan
The League of Women Voters will sponsor this discussion about women's role in the highly controversial immigration rights dilemma. 10 a.m. at the Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Rd., Southfield; 248-796-4200. To contact or join the League of Women Voters call 248-548-1097.
Saturday, March 24
Detroit Derby Girls
Nothing screams "powerful female" quite like a chick with a mouth guard and a 'tude. Check out the D-Funk All-Stars as they take on the Devil's Night Dames. 7 p.m. at the Masonic Temple, 500 Temple St., Detroit; 313-832-2232.
Tuesday, March 27
Ariel Levy, author of Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture
Controversial author Ariel Levy will discuss her book about the role of today's young women in their own regressive objectification. Noon to 1 p.m. in the Gold Room on the campus of Oakland University, 2200 N. University, Rochester Hills. Contact the Women's Studies Program at 248-370-3221 for more information.
Saturday, March 31
Michigan National Organization for Women's Silent Auction
Attendees are invited to bring items to donate to a silent auction to benefit the Michigan NOW State Conference and Vision Summit. This event will include an update from Michigan NOW's lobbyist and an election of new officers. Keynote speaker will be Maxine Berman, director of Special Projects, Office of Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Building J on the Campus of Oakland Community College Orchard Ridge, 27055 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hill. Visit michnow.org for more information.
All Girls Month at the Firefly Club
Peace and thumbs up to Ann Arbor's hottest jazz club for commemorating Women's History Month with a monthlong emphasis on women in jazz. Spotlights include:
Friday, March 9
Rachel Z Trio
Peter Gabriel's pianist (and a former Wayne Shorter collaborator) celebrates the release of her new CD, Grace.
Friday, March 16
Grazyna Auguscik and Eastern Bloc
Polish vocal powerhouse by way of her adopted home of Chicago who mixes her Old World influences with the spirit of jazz improvisation. Featuring guitarist Goran Ivanovic.
Friday, March 30
New York jazz guitarist. At 207 S. Ashley, Ann Arbor; 734-665-9090.
Know of a Women’s History Month event we missed? Send information to [email protected]