U-Idaho Women’s Center Celebrates Women’s Equality Day with FEMFest

Tuesday, August 27 2013


MOSCOW, Idaho – The U-Idaho Women’s Center and affiliated campus and community women’s rights and advocacy groups will host a dynamic celebration of Women’s Equality Day (observed nationally on Aug. 26) with an outdoor Feminist Fair, featuring free popcorn and sno-cones, music, lots of feminist swag, and great prizes. This event is aimed to get students talking about just why feminism is still relevant today. The festival is free and open to all.

FEMFest will take place on Friday, Aug. 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Idaho Commons Plaza, located on the University of Idaho campus in Moscow. FEMfest will feature interactive booths by, among others, the Women's Center, the LGBTQA Office, Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest, Moscow Women's Giving Circle, the Rolling Hills Derby Dames, the American Association of University Women-Idaho, the Office of Human Rights, Access and Inclusion, the Moscow League of Women Voters, Vandal Health Education, the Society of Women Engineers, Palouse Women Artists, Inland Oasis, Inc., the Gay-Straight Alliance, UI VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood, the Violence Prevention Programs Office, and the UI Women's Studies Program.

About Women’s Equality Day

In 1971, U.S. Congress designated Aug. 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.” The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a prolonged, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York. The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. Workplaces, libraries, organizations, and public facilities now participate with Women’s Equality Day programs, displays, film showings, and other activities.

For more information about FEMFest, please contact the Women’s Center at 208-885-2777 or wcenter@uidaho.edu.
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