Nationally Recognized Sociologist/Author Opens Women’s History Month Observance at Purdue Calumet on Tuesday, March 3, 2015

PUC-LogoA presentation by nationally respected sociologist and author Marianne Cooper kicks off Purdue University Calumet’s Women’s History Month observance at 5 p.m., Tuesday (3/3) in the university’s Student Union & Library-Room with a View.

Author of “Cut Adrift: Families in Insecure Times” and lead researcher for the bestseller, “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead”, Cooper will discuss “Cut Adrift…” and its perspective about inequality and risk in American society. She will address concerns of families, how families cope and manage anxiety, and how social class shapes these dynamics.

“No Longer ‘His Girl Friday’...Thursday (3/5)
Also, Katherine Turk, assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina, will deliver the lecture, “No Longer ‘His Girl Friday’: Women’s Workplace Activism and Notions of Equality in the 1970s,” at 4 p.m., Thursday (3/5) in Student Union & Library-Room with a View.

She will examine women’s campaigns for workplace equality in the 1970s by exploring the legal and political forces that supported and restricted women’s efforts and struggles.

Celebrating ‘women’s work’
“This year, Women’s History Month events on our campus celebrate ‘women’s work’ by exploring both the challenges we face-gender and pay equity, family/work life balance and our male-dominated society, for example—as well as the great rewards we can realize through hard work, courage and perseverance, such as career success, a fulfilling family life and breaking that glass ceiling,” Purdue Calumet Director of Women’s Studies Rebecca Stankowski said.

Other Purdue Calumet Women’s History Month events:
1 p.m., March 17 – “That Takes Ovaries”—a highly participatory event that celebrates gutsy women’s strength and diversity around the globe (Student Union & Library— Alumni Hall);
11:30 a.m., March 26 & 5 p.m., April 1 – Dean’s Reading Circle, “Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie”, by Barbara Goldsmith (Student Union & Library-Founders Lounge);
5:30 p.m., March 31 – Panel Discussion, “Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Stories of Success from Purdue Calumet Alumnae” (Student Union & Library-Room with a View).

Other information about Purdue Calumet’s Women’s History Month observance is available by visiting or contacting Director Stankowski (ext. 2208).