Founder and executive director of Feminist.com Marianne Schnall will be the keynote speaker as the University of Mary Washington celebrates trailblazers and visionaries during Women’s History Month this month. She will speak on Monday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 411, on the Fredericksburg campus.
The talk is one of a monthlong series of open class lectures and film discussions honoring women.
Feminist.com is a leading women’s website and nonprofit organization that has fostered awareness, education and activism for people all across the world. Schnall also is the co-founder of EcoMall.com, one of the oldest environmental websites promoting earth-friendly living.
A widely published writer and interviewer, Schnall’s articles and interviews have appeared in media outlets such as O, The Oprah Magazine; TIME.com; In Style; CNN.com, EW.com and the Women’s Media Center. She is a featured blogger at The Huffington Post and a contributor to the nationally syndicated National Public Radio show 51 Percent: The Women’s Perspective.
In addition, the University will hold its inaugural underwear clothing drive, appropriately called the Unmentionables Project. The Women’s and Gender Studies program has partnered with student groups, including Women of Color, World Wide Web of Women, Alpha Mu Sigma and Feminists United, to collect donations of feminine hygiene products, women’s underwear and money, which will be donated to Micah, a nonprofit agency that helps the homeless in the Fredericksburg area.
“We really wanted to find a catchphrase that brought awareness to the issue of homelessness, which is rarely talked about in our community, and dovetailed with the items we hoped to collect,” said Professor of History Allyson Poska, who has coordinated women’s history month events for the past 24 years. “Unmentionables seemed to fit the bill perfectly.”
To find the complete list of events, please visit Women’s History Month.