Student Poster Presentations Wanted for International Women’s Day

Posted on 2/22/2012 12:02:58 PM

On March 6, 2012, the Office of International Education will host an International Women’s Day event to celebrate the economic, political, and social achievements of women with other countries around the world. This year's theme is “Representations of Women in the Media: Myth vs. Reality.”

This event will include a panel of IUP faculty, including John Branscum, Sedef Smith, Gloria Park, and Michele Papakie, who will speak on our theme and student poster presentations as well. We are looking for student poster presentations for this event. Posters should match the theme “Representations of Women in Media: Myth vs. Reality” and focus on one country or region. It could include topics like:

  • Gender issues in your country
  • Strong women in history
  • Gender victories or setbacks
  • Compare and contrast
  • Photos and/or maps

Tri-fold diplay boards will be provided. Students can submit an application for a group or an individual. Please email Christina Arroyo,, for an application or more information. Submissions are due Tuesday, February 28, 2012. The event will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. in the HUB: Monongahela Room.

What is International Women’s Day?

The beginning of the 20th century was a dynamic period of time with regard to social change and the women’s rights movement. During the second International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen in 1911, International Women’s Day was established and then honored for the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. On this day, over a million men and women attended rallies to campaign for women’s rights to work, vote, be trained, hold public office, and end discrimination.

Just before World War I, campaigns for peace covered the streets of Russia. In this context, Russian women observed their first International Women’s Day. Not long after, the official date was set as March 8, and this has remained the global date. Since then, International Women’s Day has become an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Zambia.