Women's History Month 2016: Films and Discussions

Theme: Stories of Local Women and Girls March 15 & 17

Windward Community College
Bonnie J Beatson, (808) 235-7374
Mktg & Public Rel Dir, Chancellor's Office
Kathleen French, 236-9223
Associate Professor of Sociology, Social Sciences
Posted: Mar 7, 2016


Join us for Women’s History Month 2016 at Windward Community College—celebrating the important contributions of women from Hawai‘i and around the world with a series of films and discussions with the filmmakers. The nationwide theme for this year is “Stories of Local Women and Girls.”

All events will take place in Hale ‘Ākoakoa 105 and are FREE to the public. Everyone is invited to participate in discussions with the speakers.

Tuesday, March 15
10:00–11:15 a.m.
Film: Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority

Q&A to follow with film director and WCC journalism instructor Kimberlee Bassford

In 1965, Patsy Mink became the first Asian American woman and woman of color in the United States Congress. Seven years later, she ran for the U.S. presidency and co-authored Title IX, the landmark legislation that opened up higher education and athletics to America’s women. PATSY MINK: AHEAD OF THE MAJORITY looks at Mink’s remarkable political journey, while often lonely and tumultuous, as she fought for the most disenfranchised and forgotten in society.



Tuesday, March 15
11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Film: Winning Girl

Q&A to follow with film director and WCC journalism instructor Kimberlee Bassford

Teshya Alo is 16 years-old and 125 pounds. But on the judo and wrestling mats, she throws women twice her age and pounds heavier. And she beats boys. Now, she has her sights set on taking gold at both the judo and wrestling world championships. But it won’t be easy. Winning Girl follows the four-year journey of this part-Polynesian teenage judo and wrestling phenomenon from Hawai‘i, and in doing so tells the dynamic story of an elite athlete on her ascent, a girl facing the challenges of growing up and an entire family dedicated to a single dream.



Thursday, March 17
10:00–11:15 a.m.
Film: E Haku Inoa: To Weave a Name

Audience discussion after the film

(From the website) Filmmaker Christen Hepuakoa Marquez was born in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. Christen's family deteriorated when her mother Elena was diagnosed with schizophrenia, and as a young girl moved to Seattle with her father and brothers. After nearly 20 years of living in the continental US, Christen returns to Hawai'i to learn the meaning of her incredibly long Hawaiian name from her estranged mother.



Thursday, March 17
11:30 a.m–1:30 p.m.
KEYNOTE EVENT: Film: Kumu Hina

Screening the film

Panel discussion after the film with WHM Keynote Speaker Hina Wong-Kalu and filmmakers Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer

(From the website) KUMU HINA is a powerful film about the struggle to maintain Pacific Islander culture and values within the Westernized society of modern day Hawaiʻi. It is told through the lens of an extraordinary Native Hawaiian who is both a proud and confident māhū, or transgender woman, and an honored and respected kumu, or teacher, cultural practitioner, and community leader.


For more information, contact Women’s History Month coordinator and Windward CC Associate Professor of Sociology Kathleen French at (808) 236-9223 or kfrench@hawaii.edu. Visit the website at https://windward.hawaii.edu/whm/2016/ for up-to-date speaker information.

For more information, visit: https://windward.hawaii.edu/whm/2016