Ban Righ Centre celebrates National Women's History Month
A Ban Righ Centre initiative has led the City of Kingston to proclaim October as “National Women’s History Month.”
“We drafted the proclamation and asked city council to endorse it in order to highlight the contributions women make and how that work is sometimes unrecognized or unacknowledged,” says Carole Morrison, Director, Ban Righ Centre. “The proclamation also talks about the knowledge and skills women share with their families and communities.”
Kingston Mayor Mark Gerretsen will visit campus and read the proclamation on Persons Day (October 18), the anniversary of the 1929 court decision that recognized women as persons under the law. Canadian Senator Nancy Ruth and retired Senator Lois Wilson will then speak on the topic of “What Stories Shall We Tell our Grandkids?”
“Storytelling is a huge part of the history and legacy of this place,” says Lisa Webb, a student advisor at the Ban Righ Centre. “There are remarkable stories about the people who created the centre, those who have been supported at the centre, and the relationships that have developed as a result.”
For Ms Morrison, National Women’s History Month represents a collective celebration, which will be on display October 20 when five male choirs hold a fundraising performance for the Ban Righ Centre.
“The concert is a wonderful way of saying that this month is not just about women seeking recognition, but it is about valuing the roles women play and have played in society, and wanting to celebrate them together,” she says. “It is fantastic that these men want to demonstrate support for women’s education.”
Ban Righ Centre shines the spotlight on women’s history, perspectives and contributions all year during its speaker series, award celebrations and Who is She? campaign. The centre fosters the continuing education of women by providing a number of personal and academic supports.