‘Semana de mujeres’ honors underrepresented women at Chico State

Diana Castellanos of M.E.Ch.A helps place signs around campus on Wednesday, announcing the weeks events. Image courtesy of Jessica Godinez. Photo credit: Josh Cozine

Diana Castellanos of M.E.Ch.A helps place signs around campus on Wednesday, announcing the weeks events. Image courtesy of Jessica Godinez. Photo credit: Josh Cozine

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Students are sharing stories of influential women in communities historically underrepresented with events throughout the week meant to both educate and celebrate.

The event, which has been in the works since the beginning of the semester, was organized by members of M.E.Ch.A de Chico State, a group working to advance marginalized student communities.

Jessica Godinez, a leader at M.E.Ch.A, said she organized the event because, “the feminist movement does a good job, but in the mainstream media, women of color aren’t represented.”

It started Wednesday with a presentation titled, “Important Womxn in Central America,” and continues Thursday with two more presentations in Meriam Library 172.

“Revolutionary Womxn Throughout the Years,” which will highlight the women who worked either behind-the-scenes, or were less acknowledged, in movements like the Black Panthers, will take place from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., and “Machismo and Womxn of Color in Movements,” which focuses on the history of machismo culture in Central America and how it has shaped history, will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The week will cap off Friday with a five-hour open mic and dance event, “Honor the Strength of Womxn,” from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m at Selvester’s Cafe. Anyone interested in performing should email [email protected] or swing by the CCLC to sign up.

Josh Cozine can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @joshcozine.

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