Panel sheds light on women’s history Reply

By Casey O’Brien — News Editor

March is Women’s History Month, and on March 6, Lasell hosted a women’s panel called the “Third Annual Intergenerational Celebration of Women’s History Month.”

The five-person panel featured women from different backgrounds: Callie Crossley, host of the “Callie Crossley Show” on Boston radio’s WGBH, LeLaina Romero, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Jenifer Drew, Associate Professor of Sociology, Peggy Ives, a Lasell Village resident, and Terri Moody, a sophomore at Lasell.

The event, held in Yamawaki Auditorium, started with Drew explaining the origin of Women’s History Month, stating it “shines a spotlight on information that is suppressed or ignored.” Women’s History Month began as a day, which later turned into a week, and in 1987, a month. The theme of this year’s month was women’s education and empowerment. She explained that in the past, it was thought that educating a woman too much would make her infertile, and putting women in a co-ed environment put them at risk.

Ives, the oldest woman on the panel, spoke about how women’s rights were almost non-existent when she grew up. Born in 1926 as one of six children, Ives grew up with “all of politics, religion, and values talked about at the dinner table.” She was raised to think, however, she “should find [her] identity through the right man, marry- ing, and having children.” She graduated college and married at 20, then moved to Washington D.C., where she joined a consciousness raising group consisting of women.

The youngest woman on the panel was Moody. She was involved in the Occupy Boston movement earlier this year, and did not have the same problems that Ives had. She spoke about an experience when she felt women’s rights were important when she played floor hockey at her local YMCA, and realized that she was one of two girls on the team.

Romero was the first in her family to go to college, and was 14 when she first remembers arguing about a topic she felt passionate about: gays in the military. She supports women’s and equal rights, and is an advocate for LGBT rights.

Crossley, who produced an Oscar-nominated documentary, “Bridge to Freedom,” spoke of growing up in Memphis, Tenn., during the 1960’s. She remembered the excitement of Martin Luther King Jr. coming to town, and said events that happened while growing up shaped her.

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