March is Women’s History Month, a time to reflect on the contribution women have brought to Columbus, Ohio and the world. There are a number of events being held downtown to mark the occasion. Throughout the month, in the Ohio Statehouse Map Room, the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation is presenting “Tradition of Leadership - Education to Enfranchisement and Enfranchisement to Employment.” This exhibit examines women’s history from 1870 to 1970, as they made their mark in education and eventually the workplace. The exhibit curator, Edith Petersilia Mayo, is known for her work on exhibits at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History; while the designer, Doug Distel, a CCAD graduate, animates her scripts with wonderful designs and graphics. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
The Department of Administrative Services, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, and the Ohio Department of Public Safety will also be offering a series of events to commemorate Women’s History Month and this year’s theme of “Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business.” Some events, including a book discussion group and the movie series, are open to employees only. But the Living History Performance on March 23 in the Rhodes Tower is free and open to the public. The event focuses on Victoria Woodhull,a native Ohioan who was the first woman to run for president and speak before Congress. Mark your calendar for this educational and interesting lunch hour (performance runs from noon - 1 p.m.).
If you are are an employee and want more information on the other events, you can contact Susan Russell at Susan.Russell@das.ohio.gov.