Texas Women of Influence Panel – March 20
March is Women’s History Month, a time to reflect on and celebrate the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. This year’s National Theme, Celebrating Women of Character, Courage & Commitment, celebrates women who have demonstrated these traits as educators, institution builders, business, labor, political and community leaders, and mothers. Their lives and their work inspire others to achieve their full potential, and to respect and understand the depth of their experience.
The San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) aims to celebrate Women’s History Month through hosting a variety of events, film screenings and discussions throughout the month, at various branch locations.
Our headliner event, Texas Women of Influence, is a panel discussion with local San Antonio female leaders: City Manager Sheryl Sculley; Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau; Patricia Pliego Stout, chair of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and owner of Alamo Travel Group; Janie Barrera, president and CEO of Acción Texas Inc.; and Adena Williams Loston, PhD., president of St. Phillips College. Each panelist will field questions about her career, and what challenges she has faced as a professional woman. Texas Public Radio personality Eileen Pace will serve as the moderator of the panel.
This event is free, but seating is limited. Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com (limit 2 per person); please show ticket for priority seating.
Can’t make it in person? SAPL will be streaming the event live on mysapl.org.
In addition to the Texas Women of Influence event, many locations will feature Women’s History Month programs and activities. Visit MySAPL.org for a complete list. Here is a list of just a few:
Women’s History Month Events will take place at the following Library locations:
Igo Branch Library (13330 Kyle Seale Pkwy., 78249) – Wednesday, March 19 at 6:00pm
Documentary Film Screening: “Feminist: Stories from Women’s Liberation.”– A film by California filmmaker Jennifer Lee. This one hour film documentary chronicles the origins and development of the women’s liberation movement from 1963-1970. The film is part of the National Center for History in the Schools, and won “Best of the Fest” for documentary at the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival. A discussion will immediately follow the film.
Central Library (600 Soledad St., 78205) – Tuesday, March 25 at 6:30pm
Meet the Author: Rita Urquijo-Ruiz – Meet Dr. Urquigo-Ruiz and listen to a passage from her book, Wild Tongues: Transnational Mexican Popular Culture. Wild Tongues examines the cultural production of Mexico, Los Angeles, and San Antonio and discusses the identity of women in Mexican and Chicano culture.
Cody Branch Library (11441 Vance Jackson Rd., 78230) – Tuesday, March 25 at 6:00pm
Film Screening: Antonia Pantoja ¡Presente!– Antonia Pantoja, visionary Puerto Rican educator, activist, and early proponent of bilingual education, inspired multiple generations of young people and fought for many of the rights that people take for granted today. In this important documentary, Pantoja’s compelling story is told through never-before-seen home movies, archival footage, and personal passionate testimony from Pantoja herself. Highlighting major landmarks in Pantoja’s biography and career, the film shows her profound commitment to transforming society, role in the Puerto Rican community’s fight to combat racism and discrimination, and her pioneering work in securing a bilingual voice in the US. A discussion will immediately follow the film.
Igo Branch Library (13330 Kyle Seale Pkwy., 78249) – Wednesday, March 26 at 6:00pm
Women Writers: Inspiration and the Realization of a Writer’s Life– A panel discussion with published women author’s Sasha Summers, Terie Wilson, Willa Blair and Jordan Dane.
Bazan Branch Library (2200 W. Commerce St., 78207) – Thursday, March 27 at 4:00pm
Film Screening: La Boda (The Wedding) – In an intimate portrait of migrant life along the U.S.-Mexican border, Hannah Weyer’s film La Boda delves into the challenges faced by a community striving to maintain their roots in Mexico, while pursuing the “American Dream” across the border.
For more information about Women’s History month events at SAPL, visit guides.mysapl.org/womenshistory or call 210-207-2500.