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50 Years of the February Sisters

Friday, February 4, 2022

On this day in 1972, the February Sisters, a group of thirty-five women and four of their children, occupied the East Asian Studies building at the University of Kansas for thirteen hours. Inspired by national feminist activist Robin Morgan, author of Sisterhood is Powerful, who spoke on campus two days prior, the February Sisters described their peaceful protest as a “means of obtaining the resources to meet the pressing needs of women.” As a result of their demands, the February Sisters brought about important institutional change at KU, including the establishment of Hilltop Day Care Center, the development of a Women’s Studies program and major, the accessibility of birth control pills and gynecological exams through Student Health Services, the appointment of more women administrators, and the implementation of a federally mandated affirmative action program.

Throughout April 2022, join the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity; and Hall Center for the Humanities for a series of events honoring the 50th anniversary of the February Sisters protest.

If you aren't able to join us in person you may livestream the events on April 5, April 12, and April 14 using this link: 

https://kansas.zoom.us/j/96346747430 

Passcode: 181783



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