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The Otterbein University Women's Forum Bread and Roses Award was established in 1992 to honor women or men who have made significant contributions in support of women. This award honors an individual's accomplishments and efforts in the area of women's issues. This year in 2017, we will celebrate the 25th Anniversary for this largest Women's Forum event on campus.
The title of the award was inspired by a strike banner in 1912 with the slogan "We want bread and roses too!" The strike took place in Lawrence, Massachusetts, where a state law reduced the work week for children from 56 to 54 hours. Company owners retaliated by reducing all workers' hours to 54, which increased their workloads without an increase in wages. More than 20,000 men, women and children stayed out of work for 10 weeks in order to win concessions from the woolen mill owners. In 2005, Women's Forum collaborated with Women's Studies and included students as award recipients.
Student Bread and Roses Award
The Student Bread and Roses Award is given to a student who has made important contributions to women's studies at Otterbein. Those contributions may include leadership in feminist activism, demonstrated excellence in women's studies scholarship, or service to the Women's Studies Program. Preference will be given to a student with a minor in women's studies.
The Women's Forum gives the annual Bread and Roses Award to an outstanding individual or group who has made significant contributions in support of women through exemplary service. The award goes to a man, woman or group who has made an impact in women's issues that deserves to be recognized. That person may:
- Demonstrate a notable and/or sustained contribution to women's issues.
- Serve as a role model or advocate for women.
- Make an exceptional contribution to Otterbein University.
Since 1992, Women's Forum has given the Bread and Roses Award to a person (or group) who has made significant contributions in support of women through their exemplary service. The title of the award was inspired by a strike banner whose slogan read "We want bread and roses too!" In 1912, these banners were carried by women while striking against inhumane work conditions in the wool mills in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
Starting in 2005, Women's Forum is also honoring students who have shown leadership and exemplary service in support of women's issues.
If you would like to nominate a faculty, staff, student, alumni, or a group, please contact the Executive Board of Women’s Forum or find posters or announcements on campus in every February or March.