Influential women “come alive” at Marywood University

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SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – March is women’s history month and this week history has come alive on the Marywood University campus.

For the last two days, faculty, students and staff have been role-playing important women in history.

This is the first time that Marywood University and its Department of Women’s Studies has done something like this.

Some of the names you will recognize but many others you probably won’t.

Meet Doctor Lucy Hobbs, for example, the first woman in America to graduate with a dental degree. She was played by Jennifer Ochman from Benco Dental.

“The fact that you don’t know who Lucy Hobbs is, is indicative of how far we still have to go!” Ochman said.

Then there is Rokeya Begum, an Indian writer around the turn of the century who was played by Samantha Christiansen.

“She really pushed the boundaries in terms of envisioning a society that was a feminism society,” Christiansen said.

What started as an idea for a social engagement project blossomed into something that students and staff at Marywood University really embraced.

As all of the historical women came alive Wednesday and Thursday, junior Samantha Barone learned a lot of interesting facts about her character, Coco Chanel.

“The love of her life was a Nazi so during World War II she completely shut down her fashion line,” Barone said.

An unusual project that taught more than just how to dress up.

“It’s really awesome to see people you don’t know and you learn so much about them,” Marywood University junior Aubrey Ledonne said.

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