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Loyola University New Orleans Hosts Fourth Annual Feminist Festival

Loyola press release - March 8, 2019

This month, Loyola University New Orleans hosts the university’s Fourth Annual Feminist Festival. The two-week festival works to advance gender equality for all genders and support the empowerment of all women through education, leadership and networking opportunities. This year’s festival runs March 18-31 with events happening daily on Loyola’s main campus, at 6363 St. Charles Ave. Most events are free and open to the public.

“Our Feminist Festival celebrates the history and persistence of feminism and seeks to provide Loyola and the larger New Orleans communities a variety of opportunities in which to continue the journey toward achieving gender equality and social justice,” said Patricia Boyett, director of the Women’s Resource Center.

The festival spans 14 days coinciding with Women’s History Month and is presented by the Women’s Resource Center and the Women’s Studies Program at Loyola, in collaboration with departments across campus. In addition, two events are co-sponsored by Tulane University’s Newcomb College Institute.

Key events include:

  • a “Successful Women in the Arts” panel that will include several VIPs in the Music and Film Industry
  • a panel talk, “Closing the Gender Gap: The Struggle for Socioeconomic Justice in Louisiana” that features Louisiana leaders working on significant legislation and policies to address gender disparities
  • “Standing in Solidarity with Survivors of Domestic Abuse,” a benefit for the Family Justice Center that includes a reception
  • a screening of “Five Awake,” and a panel discussion
  • a “Feminist Film Fest: An Evening of Shorts by Women Filmmakers”
  • a music therapy talk about the effects of songwriting on women suffering from homelessness and mental illness
  • a panel discussion on gun violence
  • a Feminist Fridays dialogue on feminism and the LGBTQ community;
  • a play, Violet (written by Brian Crawley & Jeanine Tesori and directed by C. Patrick Gendusa), and more.

A full lineup of this year’s events is available here.