SCC Celebrates National Women’s History Month with Series of Programs


Keokuk, IA- Southeastern Community College (SCC) is partnering with several other organizations to celebrate National Women’s History Month in Keokuk. A series of programs throughout March will explore current issues women face in the community and pay tribute to women who have made a difference in southeast Iowa and beyond.

The events begin on March 4 with the presentation, “Women’s Lives, Women’s Stories, Women’s History: An Iowa Sampler,” at SCC’s Keokuk campus at 335 Messenger Road.  Kären Mason, curator of the Iowa Women’s Archives (IWA), will discuss little-known aspects of Iowa history learned through photos, letters, and stories preserved by the IWA collections housed at the University of Iowa.

A light dinner will be served in the student commons at 6 p.m., followed by the presentation at 7 p.m.  The program features pictures of the IWA collections, including some that highlight the lives of women from southeast Iowa.

The event is cosponsored by the Keokuk chapters of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Business and Professional Women (BPW) and the SCC Culture on Campus program. It is free and open to the public.

Additional events planned for Women’s History Month include:

  • March 19, 2015: The Keokuk Area Chamber of Commerce (KACC) will recognize local women’s achievements at a RAP Breakfast on Thursday, March 19, 2015. The program begins at 7 a.m. at the Lake Cooper Event Center with breakfast service beginning at 6:45am. Call the KACC at (319) 524-5055 to reserve a seat ($10/person).
  • March 24, 2015: A panel discussion on the opportunities and challenges for women seeking economic security and social advancement in the greater Keokuk area is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in room 402 at SCC’s Keokuk campus on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Panelists include women representing business, education, and other sectors of the community. The event is sponsored by the KACC, AAUW, and SCC. It is free and open to the public.
  • March 30, 2015: The Keokuk Public Library will be hosting a screening of the documentary film “Terra Firma” on Monday, March 30 at 6:00 pm in the Round Room. The event is sponsored by AAUW, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Lee County, and the Keokuk Public Library Foundation. “Terra Firma” weaves together the stories of three female veterans who were deployed to Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan in 2003. After struggling for years with combat-related PTSD they have each found ways to heal their hidden wounds through farming. This event is free and open to the public.

SCC Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Carole Richardson, says the college is looking forward to honoring women’s history with the Keokuk community.

“We’re excited to join the Keokuk Area Chamber of Commerce, AAUW, and other local organizations in observing Women’s History Month. We welcome the opportunity to celebrate women’s history and to explore critical issues facing women today.”

The 2015 theme for National Women’s History Month is: Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives. The National Women’s History Project notes the theme “presents the opportunity to weave women’s stories, individually and collectively, into the essential fabric of our nation’s history.”

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