Women’s History Month

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Since the first International Women’s Day, in 1911, Women’s History Month has been celebrated – in one way or another – in the United States. It wasn’t until 1978, however, when Sonoma, California’s school district participated in Women’s History Week, that it precipitated a chain reaction of yearly events to honor women’s contributions to society. Just a year later, Sarah Lawrence College held a women’s history conference (co-sponsored by the Women’s Action Alliance and the Smithsonian Institution) that lasted over two weeks. Participants agreed to initiate yearly local celebrations. President Jimmy Carter issued a presidential proclamation in 1980, declaring the week of March 8 as National Women’s History Week. In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued a presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8, 1980, as National Women’s History Week and it became a month-long cultural celebration in 1987, and the proclamation has been reissued annually.

At Carolina, we honor Women’s History Month with a wide variety of events, including panel discussions, workshops, lectures, screenings and more. The following calendar includes events scheduled to take place at UNC-Chapel Hill during this month.

March is Women’s History Month at UNC


Screening: “Miss Representation”
Thursday, March 2, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Hamilton Hall, Room 100

Join Feminist Students United and co-sponsor, Embody Carolina, as they kick off March with a screening of Miss Representation in room 100 of Hamilton Hall!  The documentary “explores how mainstream media contributes to the under-representation of women in influential positions by circulating limited and often disparaging portrayals of women.” A discussion about the topics of the film will follow. For the month of March, FSU plans to begin a tampon and pad drive to donate to local organizations. They ask that anyone who is able to please bring a donation of feminine products to the screening. Donations will be taken to the Compass Center for Women and Families. We will be collecting donations there for Compass Center for Women and Families.

Digging in Our Heels: The Herstory of Women at Carolina
Tour begins at UNC Visitor’s Center (Morehead Planetarium)
Friday, March 3, 3:00 – 4:30 PM

Anthropology PhD candidate Taylor Livingston was commissioned by UNC Visitors’ Center to research and develop this tour utilizing recordings from the Southern Oral History Collection.  The title refers to a time when women could not enroll in the University.  The tour will “travel” through the centuries, to interpret and help understanding of today’s current issues.

Inaugural Women of Worth Spring Conference
Sonja Haynes Stone Center
Saturday, March 4, 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

This year’s theme is The Strength of Our Stories, inspired by Rupi Kaur’s poem – ‘Women of Color.’ This conference aims to center the voices of UNC Chapel Hill’s women of color and indigenous women (Black, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, Pacific Islander, Multi-Racial, etc.), provide tools and resources to help combat negative representations and trends, and create a collaborative sense of community. It is our goal for conference attendees to learn to cultivate self-worth and to identify sources of empowerment for all of us to become our best selves.


Gender, Activism, and Leadership
Student Union Room 2420
Monday, March 6, 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Lead by Kate Kryder, Co-Curricular Leadership Program Coordinator, Student Life & Leadership, “Gender, Activism, and Leadership” is part of the Gender Week events schedule, presented by the Carolina Women’s Center.  Students will discuss how to effectively build coalitions and sustained partnerships around issues of gender equity. This interactive session will help students build relationships and create attainable goals and action items.

UAAW Luncheon: Pursuing Gender Equity Every Day
Sonja Haynes Stone Center Hitchcock Multpurpose Room
Tuesday, March 7, 12:00 – 1:30 PM

In the spirit of celebrating the University Awards for the Advancement of Women (UAAW), the Carolina Women’s Center is gathering together previous winners to learn how they pursued gender equity in their everyday roles on campus. Bob Pleasants (2011), Laurie McNeil (2010), Jenny Ting (2013), and Terri Phoenix (2015), share how they worked to improve gender equity at UNC Chapel Hill from their positions as faculty or staff. What inspired their action? How did they decide what to do first (and next)? How, in effect, did they become leaders and change agents in their corners of the university? We hope this discussion will inspire you to ask yourself, “How can I work towards gender equity?”

Lunch will be provided. Please register HERE.

Finding the Mentorship You Need
Student Union Aquarium Lounge
Wednesday, March 8, 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Maria Erb (Co-Director, Office of Diversity and Student Success with the Graduate School), Susan Girdler (founder of WISDOM), Gloria Thomas (Director, Women’s Center) and Ada Wilson (Director of Inclusive Student Excellence) share how they found mentorship and share strategies to identify mentors and build relationships with them. This event targets graduate students, junior faculty, and early career staff. Light refreshments will be provided.


Screening: No Más Bebés
Chapman Hall, Room 201 (205 Columbia Street)
Tuesday, March 21, 7:00 – 9:00  PM

The film tells the story of a little-known but landmark event in reproductive justice, when a small group of Mexican immigrant women sued country doctors, the state, and the U.S. government after they were sterilized while giving birth at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Sponsored by the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.

Screening & Panel Discussion: Equal Means Equal
Stone Center
Thursday, March 23, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

The Carolina Women’s Center and ERA-NC Alliance are hosting a free screening of the documentary Equal Means Equal, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. Panelists will include:

  • Gloria Thomas, Director, Carolina Women’s Center
  • Marena Groll: Co-Chair, ERA-NC Alliance
  • Leisha DeHart-Davis, Associate Professor, UNC School of Government
  • NaShonda Cook, Educator, Durham County Public Schools

For more information, go to http://equalmeansequal.com/

Diversity In STEM Conference
Sonja Haynes Stone Center
Friday, March 24, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

This 2nd annual conference is focused on examining ways to bolster diversity and inclusion in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The all-day experience will focus on the impact of diversity on STEM research, funding, and development; connections between STEM faculty recruitment, retention, development, and diversity; and Women of Color in STEM fields. It will feature nationally recognized diversity in STEM leaders:

  • Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, President of UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since 1992, is a consultant on science and math education to national agencies, universities, and school systems. He was named by President Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He also chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads (2011). Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME (2012) and one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report (2008), he also received TIAA-CREF’s Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence (2011), the Carnegie Corporation’s Academic Leadership Award (2011), and the Heinz Award (2012) for contributions to improving the “Human Condition.” UMBC has been recognized as a model for inclusive excellence by such publications as U.S. News, which the past eight years has recognized UMBC as a national leader in academic innovation and undergraduate teaching.
  •  Dr. Christine Grant is an Academic Resilience Strategist who partners with individuals and organizations to empower women and men in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).   She has degrees in Chemical Engineering (B.S., Brown; M.S. and Ph.D., Georgia Tech). An international speaker, Grant conducts career coaching, professional development workshops, and keynotes across the U.S., in Ghana and Australia; her consulting company, CoolSci Productions, LLC (drchristinegrant.com) designs custom, targeted programming for corporate and academic environments. A Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular engineering at NC State; she’s one of less than ten African-American women in the U.S. at that rank.  Her research has focused on surface and interfacial phenomena. She is the Associate Dean of Faculty Advancement in the NC State College of Engineering.  She has led in her profession as: a Fellow and Board of Directors member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE); a Visiting Senior Scholar at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); an Expert in the NSF Engineering Directorate; and a visiting faculty at Caltech, Duke and UPenn.  Grant’s been recognized with several awards for broadening the participation, promotion and retention of underrepresented minorities (URM) and women in STEM including: the AAAS Mentor Award and the NSF Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Math and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). Her book, “Success Strategies from Women in STEM: A Portable Mentor” is the culmination of Grant’s over 30 years of experiential leadership, coaching and mentoring.Although attendance is free and open to all faculty and staff at UNC-Chapel Hill (faculty/staff from other institutions will be wait listed) REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. To register, please click here.

    Sponsored by Diversity & Multicultural Affairs, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, Office of the Vice Chancellor of Research, Office of Graduate Education.


FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION: Killing Us Softly 4: Advertising’s Image of Women
Carroll Hall 111
Monday, March 27, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

The UNC Injury Prevention Research Center presents Dr. Jean Kilbourne’s film, Killing Us Softly 4: Advertising’s Image of Women, and invites you to think critically about popular culture and its relationship to sexism and gender-based violence. Dr. Kilbourne was named by the New York Times Magazine as one of the three most popular speakers on college campuses. Dr. Kilbourne has been researching how advertising creates and maintains distorted and destructive ideals of femininity, which exposes a pattern of damaging gender stereotypes.

Light refreshments will be provided.