“We wanted to do something for the Tabor women that would in some way just make us think about how important other women are in our lives,” Denning said.
Begun as Women’s History Week by the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women, the recognition period was expanded in 1987 to Women’s History Month.
The mission of Women’s History Month is “to ensure that the history of American women will be recognized and celebrated in schools, workplaces, and communities throughout the country,” according to a National Women’s History Project press release.
The recent event at Tabor College was organized not only as a way to celebrate Women’s History Month, but to communicate that women’s history is broader than people listed in history books, according to Denning.
“Women’s history is made by people who influence who we are now,” Denning said. “I think we aren’t as affected by Amelia Earhart—she doesn’t impact me personally—but my college roommate did, just how she was a woman of God.”
The Tabor event included time for the participating women to share about important women in their lives, honor influential women by making collages and munching on chocolate.
“(We made) collages out of pictures or mementos of those women,” Denning said. “(We made) something beautiful and artistic to express our appreciation.”
The collages are now on display in the Schlicting Center on campus.
More than 50 women attended the event to celebrate mothers, grandmothers, coaches, friends, mentors and teachers.
“A woman’s strength is in her intuition, in her emotions, in her insight,” Denning said. “And those are things that, in our very left-brained society, don’t get the value that they deserve.
“And so thinking about women who have made a difference, I think that’s really important.”