Friday night involved lecture and discussion of how women's participation in all aspects of life was missing from history books and general knowledge until about 30 years ago. At that time, women scholars began to unearth the stories of "ordinary" women, as well as those who were well known in their own time.
We talked about how strange it can feel to take a womancentric view of history. We discussed stories of women who came before us in our own families, what we do and don't know about them, and what we imagine they were like.
Saturday the students did creative projects, focusing on a woman or women in their families whose life inspires them and whose history is important to them to record and remember. We discussed how it is important for us to know the stories of those who came before us and who helped shape who we are.
The creative projects were focused on the good qualities and strengths of the ancestors or relatives, but we also acknowledged the mixed feelings that we all have toward close family members. Several students said the projects helped them integrate their feelings about the women they chose to portray.
This collage is dedicated to the student's grandmother.It includes a copy of one of her grandmother's favorite hymns, photographs, and symbols of her grandmother's favorite pastimes.
This student turned an old piece of cardboard into an elegant triptych for several generations of women in his family.
A rich collage of gratitude for women family members.
This collage honors the Mexican heritage of the student. She chose vivid colors reminiscent of Mexicio. She placed "rayas' like those shown in images of the Virgen de Guadalupe, around a photo of her grandparents.