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    Recognizing Women’s History Month

    March is Women’s History Month, a time that we remember the strong women who have overcome prejudice and sexism throughout the years. We praise the contributions women have made and continue to make that have given them the opportunities they have today. In 1981 Congress passed Public Law 97-28, which declared the first week of March as Women’s History Week. Six years later, after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress declared the month of March as Women’s History Month. During Women’s History Month we recognize compelling women such as Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross; Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly by herself…

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    Discussion of politics and gender at conference

    Students and professors of Queens College gathered March 21 for the Virginia Frese Palmer Women and Gender Studies conference on the fourth floor of the Student Union. The event was held in honor of Women’s History Month. Seven panelists— officials, professors, activists and authors—shared their experiences, beliefs and aspirations about different topics. Some of the topics covered included race, independent, equality and feminism. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, a Democrat, began the conference with a speech about her personal opinions and experiences in office as a woman. “The next generation needs to be helped. The next generation needs to understand where we’ve come from in order to get ahead even…

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    Professor Giardina, a lifelong activist

    Queens College history professor Carol Giardina was issued more “offense slips” during her four years in college than she can remember. The self-proclaimed “beatnik,” a member of the popular ‘50s youth culture, attended the University of Florida and lived in the school’s dorms in 1963. During that time, women were forced to adhere to strict dress codes and curfews, which, if violated, resulted in punishment. Giardina especially got in trouble for these two rules, including her wearing pants, which was not allowed at the time for the women on campus. “You got 48 hours enforced physical detention,” Giardina said. “If you got caught three times you got ‘campussed’ [sic] which…