Marywood University to Celebrate Women’s History Month


SCRANTON, PA (February 25, 2016)-Marywood University continues to celebrate its 100th year anniversary with events that celebrate the University and Women’s History Month. When it was founded in 1915, Marywood was the fist college for women in Northeastern Pennsylvania and the first Catholic college for women in the state. That makes this March, which is Women’s History month, a particularly special time.


The following events, which are free and open to the public, are planned for the month of March:


  • Talk of the University: A screening and discussion of the film, He Named Me Malala, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at the Nazareth Student Center, in the Latour Room. The film is a new documentary about Pakistani education activist, Malala Yousafzai, and is directed by Academy Award winner Davis Guggenheim. It is an intimate portrait of Malala and her family and their fight for the right of girls everywhere to go to school. The film’s launch coincides with the Malala Fund’s new global social action campaign for girls’ education: Stand #withMalala.


  • Women’s History is Alive! at Marywood, on Wednesday, March 16, and Thursday, March 17, 2016. Women’s History is Alive! Highlights the accomplishments and presence of women in world history by bringing the women back to life on campus. Students, staff and administration, and the community are invited to dress as historical women figures. The event is spread across the campus and across two days to create numerous casual encounters for students and others on campus.


Samantha Christiansen, Ph.D., assistant professor of history and director of the Women’s Studies program at Marywood University, has organized the range of events planned and invites members of the community to visit and take part in them. Dr. Christiansen said, “The events are all public, and I hope to provide some avenue for our entire community to celebrate Women’s History Month together. This University is a living celebration of Women’s History-it was a huge accomplishment for the IHM sisters to build and establish Marywood 100 years ago, and the University has continued to grow and expand, thanks to the vision and continued hard work of the women of the IHM, as well as the countless men and women who saw the importance of education and social justice.”


For additional information on Women’s History Month Celebrations at Marywood University, please email Dr. Christiansen,, or call the social sciences department at Marywood University, at (570) 348-6288.