History Through Melodies
Old Dominion Celebrates Women through Music
The month of March marks the twenty-sixth anniversary of Women’s History month. A time dedicated to celebrate the legacy our mothers and grandmothers have left for us, the Women’s Center and Sigma Alpha Iota collaborated to host special event, “A Celebration of Women in Music.”
The event, which took place on the evening of March 20 in the Diehn’s Chandler Recital Hall, showcased the talents of fellow Old Dominion students through seven acts, bringing recognition to the achievements of women throughout the world through music.
The performance of “Pan in Canon” by the Gamma Zeta Roses, who also performed the second tune, “Whistle Song,” was originally composed by the Beta Chapter, SAI. This performance opened the event followed by pop song “You Belong With Me” by Taylor Swift, performed by ODU students Miles Aylward, Taylor Joson, Alex Hinners and Mikey Pishnock.
“It started out as just women performing, but now they’ve incorporated some guys performing women’s songs,” said public relations and marketing coordinator of the Women’s Center, Gretchen Edwards-Bodmer.
A rendition of the popular song, “Like A Star,” Grammy nominated hit, originally sung by British songstress Corinne Bailey Rae, was performed by the Iota Tau Chapter. For this performance, all member of SAI were invited on stage to bring the event to a close.
For the remainder of the month, the Women’s Center will be teaming up with various organizations throughout the school to host events that celebrate the achievements of women. As stated in Presidential Proclamation written by Barack Obama, “Women’s History Month is a time to remember those who fought to make freedom as real for our daughters as for our sons.” ODU’s events in celebration of this month aims to educate the student body on what women have done and sacrificed in order to get where they are today.
Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28, which requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week,” then in 1987, after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March as “Women’s History Month,” according to womenshistorymonth.gov.
For information on the Women’s Center’s upcoming events, visit odu.edu/womenscenter. To learn more about women’s contributions to our history, visit WomensHistoryMonth.gov.
By: Nephthalie Lauture