SC State University Celebrates International Women’s Day

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

SC State University will celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day on Tuesday, Mar. 8, 2011 by hosting a forum. This event will take place at 9:30 a.m. in the Dr. Barbara A. Vaughan Recital Hall, located in the Fine Arts Center. The theme of the forum is ."Equal Access to Education, Training, Science and Technology: Pathway to Decent Work for Women". International Women’s Day is free and open to the public. All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women-past, present and future. In some places such as China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women's Day is a national holiday. International Women’s Day is now an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China, Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia. In other countries, International Women’s Day has the equivalent status of Mother's Day, where children offer small gifts to their mothers and grandmothers.

“The observance of this centennial is very important,” says Dr. Learie Luke, interim director of the Office of International and National Student Exchange Programs. “The significant role women have played in all cultures and countries is unquestionable, yet women have had to struggle for equality, the right to education, the right to vote and so much more,” Luke states. “We should all celebrate the accomplishments of women and honor them.”

This year’s forum will feature female faculty to include: Dr. Valerie Fields, associate professor of education; Dr. Jennifer Cash, associate professor of physics; Dr. Gnana Warshamanna-Greene, assistant professor of bio-chemistry; Dr. Gloria Hayes-Smith, assistant professor of special education; and Nayo Mack, instructor of industrial technology education. The forum will be moderated by Dr. Harriet Roland, interim dean of SC State’s Honors College.

International Women’s Day is sponsored by the newly established Office of International & National Student Exchange Programs.

For additional Information about International Women’s Day, contact Dr. Learie Luke at (803) 533-3615, or via email at