Abington honors its own during Women's History Month

Members of the Penn State Abington community will gather next week for the highly anticipated Women Who Inspire reception, the centerpiece of events celebrating Women's History Month.

Each year -- students, faculty and staff -- compose tributes to exemplary women at Abington. The nominations are printed, and the campus community is invited for refreshments while reading about and enjoying the company of these inspiring women. The reception will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, in Lubert Commons in Lares Building.

The monthlong celebration at Abington also will include two performances during Common Break by women with international ties: Irish dancers and snacks at a Potato Bar at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, and Egyptian-American spoken word poet Jinahie at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, both in the Lares Building.

At 6:30 p.m. on March 22 in Room 112 of the Woodland Building, writer and director Jennifer Siebel Newsom will screen her documentary "Miss Representation," which exposes the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls. She will lead a discussion following the film. The event is open to the public. Admission is free to students, faculty and staff; $5 for the community. Register at [email protected] or call 215-881-7800.

Newsom’s appearance is part of the Abington Spring Lecture Series, sponsored by the Academic Environment Committee, Student Life and the Student Activity Fee.

This year’s theme, "Women’s Education – Women’s Empowerment," was chosen by the Women’s History Project to honor the struggle to earn the right to a college education.