Departments recognize the 40th Anniversary of the February Sisters
Lawrence, Kan. (Jan. 30, 2012) On the evening of Friday, February 4, 1972, members of a women’s rights advocacy group at the University of Kansas known as the February Sisters occupied the East Asian Studies building located at 1322 Louisiana Street in Lawrence. They defined their purpose as a “means of obtaining the resources to meet the pressing needs of women.” Thirty women stayed in the building for 13 hours, leaving only after the KU administration agreed to give them an audience and when they felt they had made their point publicly.
A number of KU groups, including the Spencer Museum of Art, Commission on the Status of Women, and the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, are sponsoring events during the first week of February to recognize the contributions of the February Sisters at KU. View a complete schedule at the the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies website.
The week will conclude on February 7th with a lecture by activist Angela Davis. The lecture begins at 5:00 p.m. in Budig Hall 120 on the Lawrence campus.