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Women in history celebrated with acclaimed films

March 6, 2005

KALAMAZOO--March is Women's History Month, and the Center for Women's Studies at Western Michigan University celebrates women in history with a series of films throughout the month. The presentations are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, March 8, "Whale Rider" will be shown in Room 1021 of Brown Hall at 7 p.m. Keisha Castle-Hughes received a 2004 Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her portrayal of a 12-year-old Maori girl who dreams of becoming the chief of her New Zealand tribe. The highly acclaimed film also earned nominations and awards from the Screen Actors Guild, Sundance Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and more than a dozen other major film festivals and critics circles.

Wednesday, March 16, "Not for Ourselves Alone" will be shown in Room 2208 of Dunbar Hall at 6:30 p.m. This outstanding Peabody Award-winning PBS documentary is the story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and the struggle for women's rights. In 2000, Julie Harris received an Emmy Award for her role as the voice of Susan B. Anthony. The documentary also features the voice talents of Sally Kellerman, Ronnie Gilbert and Amy Madigan.

Wednesday, March 23, "Iron-Jawed Angels" will be shown in Room 2208 of Dunbar Hall at 6:30 p.m. This acclaimed story of Alice Paul and the battle for women's suffrage earned multiple Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominations. Hilary Swank was Golden Globe nominated for Best Actress for her lead role as Alice Paul, and Anjelica Huston won the 2005 Golden Globe for her supporting role as Carrie Chapman Catt.

The Center for Women's Studies also is presenting programs on self-defense for women exclusively for WMU students, faculty and staff. Allison Hartman of Power for Women presents a free lecture on self-defense Thursday, March 24, from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in Room 3206 of Dunbar Hall. A free class and demonstration of self-defense techniques will be held the same day from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in 4204 Dunbar.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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