Students contribute to women’s history hall of fame

Two Bradley students will present awards to a group of women as part of women’s history month today at LUNAFEST, a collection of six short films by and about women.

The award ceremony is the culmination of several months of work by students Jenna Krukowski and Samantha Robinson, both interns for the Women and Gender Studies program.

Krukowski, a senior communication and history double major, and Robinson, a senior criminal justice major, put together the exhibit for Women’s History Month, which will run until April 1.

The exhibit will focus on the lives of six women, three of whom have previously been inducted into the National Women’s History Hall of Fame.

Because this year’s theme for National Women’s History Month was women in public service and government, Krukowski and Robinson chose Judge Mary McDade, Judge Jerelyn Maher and Martha Herm, former director of the Center for Prevention of Abuse.

Biographies written by Krukowski and Robinson about the other three women will also be added to the National Women’s History Hall of Fame, “Book of Lives and Legacies.”

“Now everyone can see how incredible these women are and how they have and continue to change the lives of many in the Peoria area,” Robinson said.
The other three women included in the exhibit are Betty Friedan, Nancy G. Brinker and Bradley University’s very own, Lydia Moss Bradley.

The film festival itself is being hosted by Bradley University’s Women and Gender Studies program as part of its Women, Gender and the Arts series for the 2015-2016 academic calendar.

Proceeds from the film festival will go toward philanthropy.

“We give 15 percent of the proceeds to the Breast Cancer Fund and 85 percent goes to a local organization in our community, the Center for Prevention of Abuse in our case,” Director of Women and Gender Studies Amy Scott said.

LUNAFEST will run at 7 p.m. March 4 and 5 at the Peoria Riverfront Museum, and tickets are $10 for the public.