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MCC kicks off Women’s History Month with events

Published: Sunday, March 3, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

CRYSTAL LAKE – March is Women’s History Month, and McHenry County College is offering events to celebrate “Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination,” with free lunchtime lectures, a Women’s Expo, the eighth annual Women’s Film Festival and more.

Women’s History Month kicks off at 1 p.m. today with the eighth annual Women’s Film Festival featuring two films by and about women. Shown in the Luecht Conference Center (Building B), the films include “Water Children” by Aliona van der Horst and “No Job for a Woman: The Women Who Fought to Report WWII” by Michele Midori Fillion.

A discussion will follow both films, and the event concludes at 4 p.m. Admission is $5 and free for MCC students. Refreshments provided. Admission fees go toward enhancing the collection of women’s films in the MCC Library. For details about each film, visit

Other highlights include a Women’s History Month Breakfast from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesday in the MCC Commons, as well as a Lunch and Learn presentation, “Igniting Your Passion” from noon to 12:30 p.m. March 12 in Room A143. The event will feature six presenters who will each share five minutes of what inspires them and makes them passionate. Another Lunch and Learn, “Grow the Innovator in You!” will take place from noon to 1 p.m. March 21 in the Scot Room, located in the back of the cafeteria. Guests are invited to browse, watch a demo, enter a raffle or give and take innovative ideas.

The Empowering Women Expo will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 13 in the MCC Atrium. Topics and participating exhibitors will provide resources and highlight accomplishments in health and wellness, science and technology and money management. Three special exhibits will include a personal assistance station to help people fill out their taxes, a cellphone recycling station and a prize booth featuring drawings for gift baskets and prizes.

Women’s History Month concludes March 21 with a Book-of-the-Month Club discussion from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Student Life Multicultural Room. Readers should be ready to discuss “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot. Books are available in the MCC Bookstore at a discount. This event is co-sponsored by the Cheshire Cheese Literary Society.

All Women’s History Month events are hosted by the MCC Chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges, with support from the Northwest Herald.

More information on MCC 2013 Women’s History Month is available at For information, call Kate Midday at 815-455-8735.

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