Park University Hosting International Women’s Day Event on March 8

Park University will celebrate International Women’s Day with a program on “Woman in a Mirror: The Myth Versus the Reality of Women’s Imagery in Art and Design.” The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Friday, March 8, starting at 7 p.m. in the McCoy Meetin’ House on the University’s Parkville Campus.

“Woman in a Mirror” will consist of a joint presentation by faculty of the University’s Department of Art and Design — Donna Bachmann, professor and program coordinator of art, and director of Park’s Campanella Gallery; and Ardus “Soodie” Beasley, Leslie Buckingham and Andrea Lee, Ph.D., adjunct instructors of art. Additional comments will be provided by Stacey Carrow, Lillian Pardo, M.D., and Christine Traner, board members of the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the United Nations Association. Pardo is also a past president of the Kansas City, Mo. II Chapter of Zonta International.

Celebrated annually on March 8, International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events to local women’s craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more. International Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900s, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. The first International Women’s Day was celebrated in the United States in 1909.

Park University’s International Women’s Day celebration is sponsored by the University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Center for Global Peace Journalism, the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the United Nations Association and Zonta International.

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