Women's History Month

LEWISTON, Idaho – “Celebrating 50 Years of Title IX: Searching for Equity in Education and Sports” is the theme for events that will be held during Lewis-Clark State College’s Women’s History Month in March.

A variety of talks, film screenings and the 5th annual Women’s Leadership Conference are among the highlights. All events are in person and free and open to the public, with the exception of the Women’s Leadership Conference, which is virtual and has a $20 registration fee. The in-person events will be held at noon on the specified days in the Teleconference Communications Classroom inside the LC State library. The college’s COVID-19 protocols will be followed for all in-person events. Face coverings are required indoors. This and other protocols may be found on the college’s Coronavirus Resource Page.

The first event is the presentation “Working Toward Equity: The Successes and Challenges of Title IX” by Heather Van Mullem, an LC State professor in the Physical, Life, Movement & Sport Sciences Division. This discussion will take place on March 2.

On the following day, March 3, Ashley Hull will discuss “Title IX at LC State.” Hull is the director of public safety and the Title IX coordinator at the college.

The Women’s Leadership Conference has the theme “Celebrating 50 Years of Title IX: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going.” The March 4 conference, which runs 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., features speakers and breakout sessions throughout the morning, along with its annual awards. Registration for the conference is free for students (K-12 and higher education) and $20 for everyone else. Students will need to email Amy Canfield, a history professor in the LC State Social Sciences Division, at [email protected] to receive their free registration while all others can register online.

Laura Earles, a sociology professor at LC State, will lead a panel discussion of multi-generational college athletes on “The Legacy of Title IX: The Role of Sport in Women’s Personal Histories.” This discussion will take place on March 7.

On March 9, there will be a film screening of “Nine for IX: Swoopes,” which looks at the life of professional women’s basketball player Sheryl Swoopes. The film looks at her struggles with love, money and personal identity. Canfield will lead a discussion following the screening.

The final scheduled event is the keynote presentation on March 10, which will be made by LC State president Cynthia Pemberton. She will discuss “More Than a Game.” Pemberton is the author of the book “More Than a Game: One Woman’s Fight for Gender Equity in Sport,” which examines Title IX compliance and gender equity in sports during the 1990s at Linfield College while Pemberton was there serving as head women’s and men’s swim coach, a faculty member, and later as senior women’s administrator for athletics.

For more information on Women’s History Month at LC State, contact Canfield at [email protected].