Women’s History Month 2016

Events Funded by Northwest Minnesota Women’s Fund

Mayor Rita Albrecht; Chairwoman Carri Jones; and Beltrami County Administrator Kay Mack. 
Photo:   Bemidji Pioneer

Bemidji State University’s Gender and Women’s Studies Program WHM Signature Event featured a panel of local women who were the epitome of the 2016 National Women’s History Month Theme: Working Toward a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Government and Public Service. Rita Albrecht, Mayor of Bemidji; Carri Jones, Chairwoman of Leech Lake Band Ojibwe and Kay Mack, Beltrami County Administrator - all BSU Alumni - spoke of the need for women in leadership. Senator Amy Klobuchar addressed the audience at BSU via recorded video message.

‘Sister Amata’ presentation.   Photo: Beltrami Historical Society
Throughout the month March, Beltrami County Historical Society and Bemidji Public Library presented a series of six Women’s History Month lectures focused on multiple cultural/experiential frames of women of Northwest MN.

The series featured:“Strong Women/Strong Nations: Ojibwe Women at Work” by Historian Brenda Child; “Title IX and the Shaping of Bemidji Women’s Sports” by Professor Dr. Donna Palivec and retired BSU professor Dr. Pat Rosenbroek; “Bemidji’s First Librarians and the Ladies of the Library Association, 1904-1921” by Cecelia Wattles McKeig; “Sister Amata: The Lumberjack Nun” by Sara Breeze; “Women and Conservation in Northwest Minnesota” by Dr. Janet Rith-Najarian, biogeographer and educator with the Minnesota Alliance for Geographer Education; and “Celebrating the First 100 Northwest Minnesota Women’s Fund Women: Building Toward the Next 1,000!” by BSU professor Dr. Carla Norris-Raynbird.


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