In case you didn’t already know, March is National Women’s History Month.

And during the last week of the month, Ball State’s Women’s and Gender Studies program celebrates the achievements and experiences of women through lectures, critical discussions, theatrical performances, and more!

Since this year’s theme is “Celebrating Variety,” those involved in Women’s Week hope to support all women across all intersections by addressing the inequalities suffered due to race, gender, class, sexuality, age, and ethnicity.

Speakers from the English Department


Cathy Day: Women in PublishingCathy Day

  • Thursday, March 26th
  • 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
  • Student Center 301
  • Are you an aspiring writer, editor, or publisher? Prof. Cathy Day (Assistant Chair of English) can tell you what to expect about the publishing world, while also offering some tips for being a good literary citizen.
  • Cathy (@daycathy) runs a blog on literary citizenship, a blog on teaching, and a blog on novel-writing. She’s also the author of two books; one of which has been adapted into a musical.


Sarah Hollowell and Esther Wolfe: Fat Positivity Sarah Hollowell and Esther Wolfe

  • Friday, March 27th
  • 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Bracken Library 104
  • If you’ve ever wondered why only certain body types are hailed as “beautiful,” this is the presentation for you. In their panel, Sarah Hollowell and Esther Wolfe will discuss fat liberation, intimate partner violence, the policing of fat black bodies, and fat-phobic ableism.
  • Sarah Hollowell (@sarahhollowell) is a senior creative writing major. Her essays have been published in The Gloss and The Butter (a sister site of The Toast).
  • Esther Wolfe is a senior English major, with a focus on literature. You can follow her on Twitter (@WolfeEsther), where she often tweets about transformative justice.


Brittany Means: Comprehensive Sex EducationBrittany Means

  • Friday, March 27th
  • 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
  • Bracken Library 104
  • You’d be surprised how much your sex education instructors never told you. By listening to Brittany Means’ presentation, you can learn about a more comprehensive and inclusive approach to sex education.
  • Brittany (@BrittanyMeansIt) is a senior creative writing major. She’s been published in The Broken Plate and Metazen Magazine. You can find her website here.