PULLMAN, Wash. — Performances by nationally renowned storyteller and performer Jane Curry will begin a month of activities celebrating Women’s History Month on the Washington State University campus.
Curry will present two humorous shows the first week of March, beginning with “Miz Wizard’s Science Secrets” on Sunday, March 1, at 7 p.m. in Daggy Hall’s Wadleigh Theatre. Her second show, “Nice Girls Don’t Sweat,” will be performed on Tuesday, March 3, at 8 p.m. in Bryan Auditorium.
In the first show, Curry recounts many myths, including the ancient Greek scholars’ belief that women were deformed men, and the 18th century European view that scholarly thought by women would shrink their ovaries and render them infertile. She also will highlight past and present successes and exploits of women in science, and share some of the humorous side-effects of being a woman in a male-dominated field.
In Curry’s second show, “Nice Girls …,” she plays Sammy Kay, a former member of the All-American Red Heads, a professional women’s basketball team. As Kay takes the audience through her scrapbook covering the history of women in athletics, Curry shares true stories of women being tossed over cliffs for merely watching the ancient Olympics, women in neck-to-calf wool bathing suits and the first women playing tennis at Wimbledon — in hats, bustles and high-heeled shoes. She also discusses the heritage of women in athletics in the United States, a history which is being built upon by today’s athletes.
Performances are open to the public without charge and sponsored by more than 30 WSU units and Pullman community organizations: Agriculture and Home Economics, American Studies, Anthropology, Association of Faculty Women, ASWSU, Athletics, Career Services, Education, Engineering and Architecture, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Graduate School, History Honors, Human Development, Human Relations and Resources, Lecture and Performances, Liberal Arts, Mathematics, Microbiology, Music and Theatre Arts, Natural Resource Sciences, NOW, Pharmacy, Political Science, Physics, Rural Sociology, Sciences, SESRC, Shock Physics, Sociology, Women’s Studies, YWCA and Zoology.