MACC Celebrates Women's History Month
This month, Moberly Area Community College celebrates the contributions of women throughout history, as well as their struggle for equality in the United States. This year's theme is Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives.
At MACC’s Columbia Center, Assistant Professor of History Dr. Andrea Weingartner and students from her History 201: American Women, American Times class constructed a quilt illustrating the contributions women have made to American History. Students designed one square based on a topic of their choice, focusing on an American woman or women's contributions in history. The squares were sewn into a quilt, which will be displayed at the Columbia Center throughout the month of March. Accompanying the quilt are short explanations of each square describing why the student chose that particular topic and its importance to understanding women's history.
“We hope to facilitate a discussion and awareness on campus about women’s contributions to American history and to add to the aesthetic quality of the campus with our artwork,” said Dr. Weingartner.
As part of the celebration, a special presentation of Home of the Brave will be shown on the Moberly campus. The documentary profiles Viola Luizzo, a civil rights activist who was murdered by Klansmen after the Selma Voting Rights March in 1965. Luizzo is the only white woman murdered in the Civil Rights Movement. Viewing dates are Wednesday, March 11, at 2PM in room 235 and Thursday, March 12, at 2PM in room 233.
The week of March 7, 1982 marked the first national celebration of women’s history. In 1987, Congress enacted Women’s History Month. For more details on National Women's History month, visit www.nwhp.org or womenshistorymonth.gov.
A quilt illustrating the contributions women have made to American History is currently on display at the Columbia Center throughout the month of March. Students from the History 201: American Women, American Times class designed squares based on a topic of their choice, focusing on an American woman or women's contributions in history.
1st Row, Left to Right:
Raquel Peyton, "Phyllis Wheatley"
Phyllis Wheatley was the first published African American woman and only the second African American published poet. She grew up in slavery, but was taught to read and write by her masters who encouraged her talents for poetry. Wheatley has been celebrated for her contribution to African American literature and American culture.
Paige Paalhar, "Women Choose To Battle"
This square represents Deborah Sampson and her endeavors as a male soldier during the Revolutionary War. This is important because it shows that women can do what men can do. Deborah made an impact in women's history through battle and surviving what most thought a woman couldn't.
2nd Row, Left to Right:
Tawna Woods, "Molly Pitcher"
Molly Pitcher, as she came to be known, assisted soldiers during the Revolutionary War by carrying water to artillerymen who would then use it to cool down the hot cannon barrel and soak the ramrod. After her husband was wounded, she took his place at the cannon, risking her life for the Patriot cause.
Michael Spero, "Sacagawea: The Western Journey"
Here stands Sacagawea, a woman who led a group though a perilous journey of a devolving United States. She was a Native American who supported an infant, and had all the skills needed to help the group of Americans hired by President Jefferson explore unknown land and established an American presence. She is responsible for the completion of the Lewis and Clark expedition and the shaping of our country today.
Kreagan Carbone, "Harriet Tubman"
This quilt square represents Harriet Tubman, an African American abolitionist born in 1822. Tubman was once a slave, which is represented with handcuffs. Tubman had a great deal to do with the Underground Railroad during this time period, as shown by the railroad tracks and sign. She freed many slaves, never once losing a passenger. She often snuck the people at night, using a flashlight. For this, her peers often called her 'Moses' because she moved people to safer grounds as Moses did for the Hebrews.
3rd Row, Left to Right:
Patrick Rhea, "Elizabeth Blackwell"
Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman in the U.S. to earn a medical degree in 1849, opening the door for more women to pursue medical knowledge. I chose this topic because my family has a deep history of women serving as nurses and doctors. Blackwell thus helped others by helping herself.
Kallie Mclouth, "Clara Barton"
This quilt square represents Clara Barton, the founder of The American Red Cross. Barton is important to women's history because she founded an organization that helps several Americans in crisis, and this organization is still used today.
Cara Souder, "Carry Nation, Saloon Hatchetations"
Carry Nation was an activist that promoted temperance, outlawing drinking, and prohibition by destroying barrooms. Her symbol was a hatchet, which she used in her destruction efforts. She contributed to the passing of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which was Prohibition.
4th Row, Left to Right:
Andrea Weingartner, "Women's Suffrage"
The square represents the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920, which granted women the right to vote. Women's rights activists such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony began the movement in the mid-19th century. Yet it took over 70 years, one world war, and the efforts of 20th century activists Carrie Chapman Catt and Alice Paul to finally achieve women's suffrage.
Kara Pauley, "Amelia Earhart's Contributions to Women's History"
Amelia Earhart was one of very few female pilots of her time. During her 1937 flight around the world, she lost contact with land and virtually disappeared into thin air. During her career, she broke numerous records and received countless awards and honors, such as the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross. She helped pave the way for more female pilots and inspired women around the world to follow their dreams, even if it meant breaking traditional gender norms.
Cheyenne Mendenhall, "Rosie the Riveter"
Rosie the Riveter is an iconic symbol of feminism, women's power, and capabilities in the world. Women filled the rolls of men in the factory during WWII. It showed how strong and independent women can be. It also showed society that women can be more than just a pretty face. This is one of the most iconic images of this time.
5th Row, Left to Right:
Madison Constance, "WASPs"
The Women Airforce Service Pilots was a pioneering organization of civilian female pilots during WWII. WASPs assumed numerous flight-related missions, including operational flights from aircraft factories to ports of embarkation and military training bases, thus freeing up male pilots for combat flights. Their service allowed the U.S. to achieve victory during WWII.
Emily Whitmar, "The Forgotten POW"
My quilt square says POW across the middle because Reba Whittle was the only female prisoner of war in Europe in World War II. I made my square in black and white because that is how the US government saw Whittle's experience. Since she was a female she couldn't get her full retirement benefits that she was owed, and she wasn't even recognized as a POW until years after she died. Reba Whittle is the forgotten prisoner of war.
Kayla Bouchey, "Margret Sanger and the Birth Control Movement"
Margret Sanger was a sex educator, birth control activist (in fact, she coined the term "birth control"), and also a nurse. In 1916 she opened the first birth control clinic in the United States, which later on became Planned Parenthood. She pushed for women's rights to their own bodies, and eventually made contraception legal.
6th Row, Left to Right:
Amanda Hyer, "The Pill"
This quilt square represents the introduction of the birth control pill and its importance to women's reproductive choice and family planning. This square is constructed of stitched fabric, beads, and machine embroidery.
Skylar Sportsman, "Woman of Selma"
Amelia Boynton was left for dead after being savagely beaten and having tear gas sprayed down her throat by police, all for marching from Selma Alabama to Montgomery for African American voting rights. Her iconic photo held by a black man as she laid unconscious on the road became headlines news. The historical march launched the Voting Rights Act. Amelia is now 103 years old and plans on going to Selma's 50th Anniversary in March 2015.
Lee Holt, "Phenomenal Woman"
My quilt design is based on the strength of women. The reason I chose this design is because of what Maya Angelou fought for. She represented women's strength. I think that the sign of women's power shows the importance of Maya Angelou on its own. I also included the poem "Phenomenal Woman," one of Angelou's most popular.