UI Women’s Center Celebrates Women’s Equality Day with FEMFest

Monday, August 25


MOSCOW, Idaho – Aug. 25, 2014 – The University of 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 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 29 on the Idaho Commons Plaza.  The celebration includes an outdoor Feminist Fair featuring free popcorn and sno-cones, music, lots of feminist swag, and great prizes. Women’s Equality Day is observed nationally on Aug. 26, and 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 feature interactive booths by the Women's Center; the LGBTQA Office; Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse; Planned Parenthood of Washington and North Idaho; Moscow Women's Giving Circle; the Palouse River Rollers; the American Association of University Women-Idaho; the Office of Human Rights, Access and Inclusion; the Moscow League of Women Voters; the UI Women’s Law Caucus; the Violence Prevention Programs Office; and the U-Idaho Women's and Gender Studies Program, among others.
 
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.

About UI
The University of Idaho is one of only 72 land-grant research universities across the country. Home to nearly 12,000 students, the UI is a leader in student-centered learning and excels at interdisciplinary research, service to businesses and communities and in advancing diversity, citizenship and global outreach.  U-Idaho is home to the Vandals and competes in the Big Sky Conference and Sun Belt Conference.  Learn more: www.uidaho.edu.

Contact
Bekah MillerMacPhee
University of Idaho Women’s Center
208-885-2777
bekahm@uidaho.edu



About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.