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NMSU Women's Studies asks community to blog for Women's History Month on March 8

The Women's Studies Program at New Mexico State University is going global for Women's History Month by asking the NMSU and regional communities to unite with them and women around the world in a blogging event on Thursday, March 8. The groups Gender Across Borders (GAB) and CARE are initiating a "Blog for International Women's Day."

"Using the Internet will mean greater access to greater numbers of girls. That is the way young people connect these days," said NMSU women's studies assistant professor Mary Benanti. "We want to connect with girls around the world and we are inviting our students to join in the blog and connect with their counterparts across the globe."

Through the blog, women's studies faculty members hope to promote the education and empowerment of women (the national theme for Women's History Month) and extend it beyond U.S. borders to reach every corner of the world.

March 8 is a day on which bloggers, writers and humanitarian organizations are asked to write about the International Women's Day theme 'Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures.' Those who wish to participate are asked to discuss one or both of these questions: "How can we, as a culture and as members of the global community, involve, educate, and inspire girls in a positive way?" and "Describe a particular organization, person, group or moment in history that helped to inspire a positive future and impact the minds and aspirations for girls."

"By participating in a web event, the NMSU Women's Studies Program will work "locally" on a global issue with many different activists and organizations," said Melody 'Cat' Jonet who designed the women's studies pages at NMSU and created a page for the event.

"The directory of participants in this event already contains more than 60 blogs," Jonet said. "We are also seeking entries from NMSU faculty, staff, students and our local community to join us by emailing one of the WSP faculty members either a paragraph or short message before March 8 that addresses one of the event's suggested writing topics."

Over the past few weeks, several potential students from other countries have contacted Benanti about the possibility of earning degrees in women's studies at NMSU.

"We want them to know our doors are open and we want them to know who we are as a faculty," Benanti said, adding that such inquiries show the value of NMSU's Women's Studies Program in a global era.

To join the worldwide blog, email one of the women's studies faculty: mbenanti@nmsu.edu; lawill@nmsu.edu; mjonet@nmsu.edu; or manahamz@nmsu.edu

For more information on the event itself, go to the women's studies home page: http://www.nmsu.edu/~wstudies/ and click on Women's History Month 2012 or go to http://www.nmsu.edu/~wstudies/womens-history-month.html

Gender Across Borders (GAB) describes itself as "an international feminist community where issues of gender, race, sexuality, and class are discussed and critically examined." CARE is a well-known "humanitarian organization fighting global poverty" with a "special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty," according to its own description.