University to host Women’s History Month speaker March 12

Media critic Anita Sarkeesian will give a presentation at Shippensburg University March 12 as part of the university’s recognition of Women’s History Month.

Her program, free and open to the public, is at 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Ceddia Union Building. The program is sponsored by the Women’s Center and women’s and gender studies minor.

Sarkeesian’s talk is “Deconstructing Strong Female Characters.” She is the creator of “Feminist Frequency,” a video webseries that explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives. Her work focuses on deconstructing the stereotypes associated with women in popular culture as well as highlighting issues surrounding the targeted harassment of women in online and gaming spaces.

“She is the leading voice in exploring the serious inequality and degrading treatment of women in various forms of media,” said Stephanie Erdice, director of the university’s Women’s Center. “We agree with her that we all deserve better representation in the media and are excited to welcome her to campus to discuss these important issues.”

A lecturer and presenter at conferences, universities and game development studios, Sarkeesian has a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from California State University Northridge and a master’s degree in social and political thought from York University. She has been interviewed and featured in publications such as Forbes, Wired, Entertainment Weekly, Gamespot, The Boston Globe and The New York Times.