The event, which begins with registration at 1 p.m., will feature a panel discussion with alumnae and students titled "Reflections: Women at Boston College," moderated by Prof. Judith Wilt (English). Following the discussion will be a performance by the Voices of Imani and poetry readings.
Created through the Women's Action Committee, the center was opened on March 8, 1973, as part of International Women's Day. It was designed to serve as a multi-purpose facility for female faculty, staff and students, offering information in areas such as jobs, medical referrals and career counseling while providing a sense of identity for Boston College women.
"It's been a great experience working with the center to showcase the history of women at BC," said Assistant Dean for Student Development Jean Yoder, who is helping coordinate the event. "What promises to make the celebration particularly memorable is that some of the participants will be people who were active in the founding of the center. This will be a perfect opportunity to gain some insights into a very important chapter of BC history."
Following the performance and poetry readings, four roundtable discussions on "Boston College Women in Society" will be held in locations around Gasson, beginning at 4:15 p.m. These talks will feature current and former administrators, faculty and students, who will address the topics "Women in the Workplace," "Women and Religion and Spirituality," "Women and the Boston College Culture" and "Building Bridges Among Women."
A 5 p.m. reception in the Gasson Rotunda will conclude the celebration.
As part of the observance, the center has created an exhibition in the O'Neill Library lobby on the history of women at Boston College.
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