International Women’s day, March 8th, brings back memories for me of the Women’s Week events that my mom, her colleagues, and students organized at the State University College at Oneonta (SUCO). Those were exciting, if exhausting, times. When I was a “tween” and a teen I remember going to hear some of the speakers and just absorbing it all like a sponge: the excitement, energy, activities and political dialogues.
According to Wikipedia, International Women’s day was first celebrated in 1908. The day had a political focus from the start and quickly included women’s suffrage as part of its focus. So in honor of those roots, here’s another card from my mom’s suffrage postcard collection.
And what better way to honor International Women’s Day, those SUCO Women’s Weeks, and Joan Iversen herself than by giving to the Joan Iversen Scholarship? The scholarship will be the first at Oneonta to go to a women’s/gender studies student. We are already past the halfway mark for our scholarship goal. You can donate here and move us one step closer.
What do you remember about the SUCO Women’s Weeks?
~ Nancy J. Smyth (Joan’s oldest daughter)