Women and Gender Studies

Women, Media & the Art of Inquiry: You Have Struck A Rock!

Date: January 16, 2013
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: 2215/2216 Kirkhof Center

The Women’s Center mission is to create meaningful learning about women and gender and to advocate for gender justice through the education, engagement, and empowerment of students and the greater GVSU community.  This media series, followed by meaningful dialogue, will provide an opportunity to look at gender justice through a feminist lens.  Light snacks and comfortable seating will be available!

You Have Struck A Rock!

You Have Struck A Rock! commemorates the special contribution of South African women to the success of the anti-apartheid struggle. It recovers the remarkable "women's campaigns" of the 1950s against the hated pass system. This massive, non-violent civil disobedience movement was only finally crushed by the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre and the banning of anti-apartheid organizations. Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Dora Tamana and other leaders recall this struggle and their imprisonment and banning. Yet they remain undaunted, demonstrating the South African proverb: "When you have touched a woman, you have struck a rock."

Following the film, Women and Gender Studies faculty member Dr. DeMuth will lead a facilitated discussion. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn more about the 2013 South Africa Study Abroad trip, a collaboration between Women & Gender Studies and the Women's Center!