Janet Badia, associate professor and director of women's studies at IPFW, offered this response tonight:
Each year the Women’s Studies Program at IPFW collaborates with other organizations, offices, and departments on campus to recognize Women’s History Month through co-curricular programming designed to educate the campus and community about an important topic or theme related to women’s history. Past programming has focused on "women and work," "women and the body," and "women and power."
For Women’s History Month 2013, we selected the theme “Women’s Reproductive Rights: A Historical and Global Perspective” to recognize the 40th anniversary of Roe V. Wade. While some may disagree with the ruling reached by the Supreme Court in the case, Roe V. Wade nonetheless represents a pivotal moment in women’s history, not only for its impact on women’s legal access to abortion in the U.S., but also for its reverberating effects on women’s reproductive rights around the world.
With this context in mind, the five events on our Women’s History Month calendar were designed to illuminate the 4,000 year (plus) history of women’s birth control practices; the history of abortion prior to and after Roe V. Wade; the impact of anti-choice policies and rhetoric on women’s health in the U.S. and around the globe; and the role of government in reproductive decisions. Such topics have been centrally important to women’s lives throughout history and remain so today. We are proud to offer the campus and the community a chance to participate in conversations about them.