"Yes! I'm a Feminist" party

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Atrium and garden of the School of Sciences and Math Building, 202 Calhoun St.

Details: The public is invited to this free event.

The College of Charleston is kicking off Women's History Month a few days early with a big party in the garden of the school's new Science Center.

"Yes! I'm a Feminist," which is in its second year, is organized by the Women's and Gender Studies Community Advisory Board. About 400 people are expected to attend.

"Whether your understanding of feminism is about girl power, women's suffrage, second-wave rallies, or recruiting more women to run for political office, you're right, it's all that and more," said Margaret Pilarski, chairwoman of the Women's and Gender Studies Community Advisory Board and College of Charleston graduate.

"Feminism is a movement to eradicate all forms of oppression that keep people from achieving their full humanity," said Alison Piepmeier, director of the Women's and Gender Studies program at the College and an organizer of the event. "It's not just about women. It's about making the world better for all of us."

The party is hosted by about 200 people representing a variety of political and social beliefs and professions who each donated $100 to the Women's and Gender Studies Program. Hosts include Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, Madeline McGee, Jenny Sanford, College of Charleston President George Benson, Charleston Beard and Mustache Society head Paul Roof and Ricci Welch, a member of the college's Board of Trustees.

The event is free and open to the public and includes food, drinks and live music. Donations are welcome.

The proceeds from last year's event paid for students to present their research at regional conferences, supported faculty research locally and abroad, and aided in WGS community-building efforts.

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