The following is a list of our Fall 2020 Sack Lunch Seminars 

"For what is done or learned by one class of women becomes, by virtue of their common womanhood, the property of all women." -Elizabeth Blackwell (first U.S. female physician)

September 10: Why Should We Care if Girls Like Math?

SUB 168  Noon-1 p.m.

Nearly two decades have passed since a mass-produced Barbie Doll caught flak for saying "Math class is tough." However, the perception (or is it reality?) that girls don't like math persists. Join Suzi Taylor, Director of the MSU Science Math Resource Center, and discover why math is considered "the most misunderstood subject," look at trends for girls and women in math, examine some surprising data about women's attitudes towards math worldwide, and decide whether Hollywood is with us or against us!


September 30: Vulnerable Populations: Homeless Youth

SUB 168 Noon-1 p.m.

Many factors influence a person's vulnerability to being trafficked, including race, gender, age, and socioeconomic status. One population that is particularly vulnerable are homeless youth. This presentation by Tessa Sawyer of the HEART Initiative at MSU, will address why this population is especially vulnerable and how they are targeted by traffickers. Additionally, the impacts of the pandemic on trafficking of homeless youth will be explored. Audience participation is encouraged!

October 14: We're Here, We're Queer, But Why?

SUB 168 Noon-1 p.m.

LGBTQ+ history month and National Coming Out Day both focus on the importance of the queer community, but what is the importance of having queer focused clubs in schools and universities? These communities help foster a sense of support and belonging, as LGBTQ+ individuals navigate their identities. Join Bailey Kouwenhoven and Mitchell Meyer as they explore what these clubs look like across the nation, and what the Queer Straight Alliance (QSA) is doing at MSU.


October 21: What Are Your Politics Doing in My Birth Control?

SUB 168 Noon-1 p.m.

Access to birth control in the United States is largely dependent on social and systemic factors. Discrepancies in these factors have often had enormously negative political and economic impacts on traditionally marginalized populations. With improved technology in family planning methods, why do some communities continue to struggle with higher rates of unplanned pregnancies and the negative domino effects that follow? Join MSU alum, Caitlin Holzer, for a closer examination of this issue.

October 28: #YoungPeoplePower 

SUB 168 Noon-1 p.m.

The upcoming election will likely be the most impactful of our generation. There are crucial races locally, statewide, and nationally. But the importance of your vote and using your voice does not stop on Election Day--- civic engagement and participation is needed all year round. Join Emma Bode from Forward Montana to learn how young people are engaging with our government in and out of election cycles. Forward Montana is the largest non-partisan civic engagement organization in the state. Join us to find out what they do and how you can use your voice to make a difference. 


 "What I am proud of, what seems so simply clear, is that feminism is a way to fight for justice, always in short supply." -Barbara Strickland

Sack Lunch Seminars are free, fun, informal, and open to everyone!
Sponsored by the Women's Center, a department in the division of Student Success 
SUB 372, 406-994-3836
Bring your lunch and join us!