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What is Women's History Month?
Women's History Month highlights and celebrates the contributions of women in history. Internationally, March is recognized as Women's History Month (WHM). WHM can be traced back to the first International Women's Day, held on March 8, 1911.
In 1980, then President Jimmy Carter proclaimed the week of March 8th National Women's History Week. In his proclamation, he stated, "From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well. As Dr. Gerda Lerner has noted, 'Women’s History is Women’s Right.' It is an essential and indispensable heritage from which we can draw pride, comfort, courage, and long-range vision. I ask my fellow Americans to recognize this heritage with appropriate activities during National Women’s History Week, March 2-8, 1980. I urge libraries, schools, and community organizations to focus their observances on the leaders who struggled for equality - Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Lucy Stone, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Harriet Tubman, and Alice Paul. Understanding the true history of our country will help us to comprehend the need for full equality under the law for all our people. This goal can be achieved by ratifying the 27th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which states that 'Equality of Rights under the Law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex."
In 1987, Congress expanded Women's History Week into Women's History Month after being petitioned by the National Women's History Project.
Each WHM has a theme set by the National Women's History Project. The theme for the 2017 Women's History Month is "Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business."
How does the Women's Resource Center Celebrate Women's History Month?
Each year, the Women's Resource Center hosts the International Women's Day Conference with a number of student organizations as a part of our WHM celebrations. Additionally, the Center publishes a calendar of campus events centered around WHM.
How do I request a hard copy of the Women's History Month Calendar?
Calendars are available to individuals or groups associated with Texas A&M University by filling out a request via the Women's History Month Calendar Request Form. All requests received by Tuesday, February 21, 2017 will be honored. Requests received after February 21st will be honored as calendar supplies last. Calendars will be available to be picked up at the Women's Resource Center located at Student Life 1 at Student Services @ White Creek throughout the month of March as supplies last. Calendars will be mailed to individuals who possess at Texas A&M University Mail Stop within two business days.
How do I add my event to the Women's History Month Calendar?
If you have an event you would like to see on our WHM Calendar, please submit information about your event via the Women's History Month Program Submission Form. Calendar submissions are due no later than Friday, February 17, 2017.
2017 Women's History Month Events
We Support Girls. Period.
Date: 3/1/17 – 3/31/17
Time: All Month Long
Location: School of Public Health
Sponsored by: School of Public Health
Information: Our mission is to educate and make an impact regarding the basic reproductive physiology of women. There are stigmas that need to be addressed and overcome. We hope to collect feminine hygiene products that will help women who are financially struggling as well. We will most likely not be able to collect products during spring break (March 13- March 19).
Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention (SHARP)
Time: 5:30 – 9:30 PM
Location: UPD 126C
RSVP/Registration: Please fill out the registration form located at http://studentlife.tamu.edu/clear.sharp
Sponsored by: University Police Department and CLEAR: Consensual Language, Education, Awareness, and Relationships
Information: SHARP classes are 4 hour specially designed self-defense classes specifically for women 17 years old and older teaching easy to learn techniques for a variety of situations. The class is broken up into two parts. Part One is lecture based and teaches participants how the body reacts in high stress situations and techniques to deal with sexual harassment. Part Two teaches participants pressure points, how to break a variety of holds, and concludes with the opportunity to try out the skills learned in the class using full force. Each Workshop is taught by certified SHARP instructors from the Texas A&M University Police Department and the Brazos County Sheriff's Office.
Aggie Women First Thursday
Time: 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: Messina Hof Winery & Resort
RSVP/Registration: Yes, send an email to info@AggieWomen.org
Sponsored by: Women’s Resource Center and Aggie Women Network
Information: Come learn from students who have recently returned from their study abroad experiences. Learn the ins and outs of this challenging, but rewarding experience. This event is open to everyone.
Women’s Progress Awards Nomination Deadline
RSVP/Registration: Nominations accepted at http://dms.tamu.edu/diversity/ace-awards/.
Sponsored by: Women’s Resource Center
Information: The Women's Progress Awards honor students, staff, faculty, and administrators who encourage and promote sensitivity to and awareness of issues that relate to women. Award recipients receive a commemorative items and $250 monetary award. The Women's Progress Awards will be handed out during the Accountability, Climate, and Equity (ACE) Awards on April 12, 2017.
Lea DeLaria: A Man for All Seasons
Time: 7 – 8 pm
Location: Rudder Auditorium
RSVP/Registration: Tickets are available at the MSC Box Office
Sponsored by: GLBT Resource Center, the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Bookstore Incentive Funding, the Vice President for Diversity, the Department of Performance Studies, Department of Communication, the College of Medicine, and the College of Liberal Arts.
Information: Lea DeLaria seems to have achieved overnight stardom with her stand-out role as 'Big Boo' in the Netflix hit series, Orange is the New Black. And while she went from being able to walk around a city with the occasional "hey it's you" to not being able to walk into a Dollar Store in a suburb without getting asked for a picture, the fact is, DeLaria has been a professional lesbian for 30 years. Before that, she freelanced. DeLaria was the first queer comic to perform on television in America which launched her into world recognition. Prior to her success on Orange she was seen in countless TV series (Awkward, Californication, The Oblongs, One Life to Live, Law and Order SVU, Will and Grace, Friends to name a few), and movies (First Wives Club, Dear Dumb Diary, Edge of Seventeen), with appearances on and off Broadway that have and continue to garner her recognition and acclaim. Her on and off Broadway credits are too numerous to mention, but stand outs include her appearance on Broadway in On the Town, which she won Obie and Theatre World awards, as well as a Drama Desk nomination; an Ovation nomination for her appearance in the Boys from Syracuse; and playing both Edie AND Doctor Scott in The Rocky Horror Show. If that's not enough, DeLaria has five records out on the Warner Jazz and Classics label and her book "Lea's Book of Rules for the World" is in its third printing at Bantam Doubleday and Dell.
Women in IT Conference
Time: 9 am – 3 pm
Location: MSC 2400
Cost: $12 for students, $30 for faculty and staff, & $35 for community members.
RSVP/Registration: Registration is now open via Texas A&M: https://secure.touchnet.com/C21490_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=458
Sponsored by: Center for the Management of Information Systems at Mays Business School
Information: Speakers and topics include the path to leadership, trends in technology, career management, cybersecurity and more. Three roundtable sessions focus on increasing your network and meeting other dynamic women.
International Women’s Day Conference
Time: 5 – 8 pm
Location: MSC 2300C
RSVP/Registration: Register at http://studentlife.tamu.edu/wrc.iwd by March 2nd.
Sponsored by: The American Association of University Women at Texas A&M University, Texas A&M Amnesty International, Mosaic Flowers, Feminists for Reproductive Equity and Education, Feminism for Aggies, and the Texas A&M University Women’s Resource Center.
Information: The International Women’s Day Conference is an annual event celebrating women from around the world. Our theme, #BeBoldForChange, encourages the creation of a better, more inclusive world through a variety of panels, entertainment, and discussions. In addition to faculty and student panels, the conference will feature performances by the Femmatas, cultural dance groups, and slam poets. Dinner will be provided. This free conference is open to all TAMU students.
International Women’s Day
Time: 6 – 8 pm
Location: Rudder Auditorium
RSVP/Registration: Please RSVP on the Google form will be posted on WOMEN’s Facebook and Maroonlink page.
Sponsored by: WOMEN (Women’s Organization for Motivation, Expression, and Nurturing)
Information: This event is to celebrate women achievements together. There will be speakers who will be sharing their success stories with all. Additionally, there will be performances representing women global issues and also their diverse culture.
The Invisible Millions: Human Trafficking on a Global Perspective
Date: 3/8/17 & 3/9/17
Time: 6 – 8 pm
Location: Memorial Student Center
Sponsored by: MSC Freshman Leadership International
Information: MSC Freshman Leadership International (FLI) is organizing a freshmen led awareness program focusing on the millions of people who become victim to human trafficking from a global scale. Partnering with UPD, we will sponsor a self-defense class free to the public on March 8th teaching several hand holds and what to do when put in a dangerous situation. A panel event on March 9th will include a presentation from a survivor of trafficking itself, an FBI agent, and a Texas A&M professor of sociology. Tables with more information and displays will be set up starting February 28th along with social media postings through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. The self-defense class has limited spots (about 60) and requires all participants come with a UPD waiver filled out to the event. The panel event is open for a much wider audience of about 300.
In Her Own Words: A Women-Focused Book Club
Date: 3/8/17 & 3/22/17
Time: 7 – 8:10 pm
Location: MSC 2402
Audience: Students, Faculty, & Staff
RSVP/Registration: Register at http://studentlife.tamu.edu/wrc.bookclub
Sponsored by: Women’s Resource Center & Women and Gender Studies (WGST)
Information: In Her Own Words is a program of the Women’s Resource Center that uses a non-traditional approach to the study of women and women’s issues. The Book Club aims to unite all Aggies of all majors and genders who share a passion for acquiring and sharing information about women by providing an avenue in which students, faculty, and staff can engage in discussions and analyses of relevant literary works.
Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop
Time: 10 am – 12 pm
Location: Rudder Tower, Room 504
RSVP/Registration: Register at http://studentlife.tamu.edu/wrc.startsmart
Sponsored by: Women’s Resource Center, Career Center, Money Education Center
Information: Workshops specifically designed for college students about to enter the job market and negotiate for fair salary and benefits. In every 2 hour workshop, participants can expect to learn:
- About the gender pay gap, including its personal consequences
- How to quantify the market value of their education, skills, and experience
- How to conduct objective market researchand determine a fair target salary
- How to create a strategic pitch and respond to salary offers
Hats Off to Bra Art
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: The Village Café in Bryan, TX
Sponsored by: Health For All Clinic
Information: For the last two years Health For All, a nonprofit free health care clinic, has hosted the BRA ART EVENT as an annual fundraiser. This year we are expanding the event to include hats and want to introduce Hat’s Off to Bra Art 2017!This fundraiser will include the auction of HEALTH COUTURE ART (both HAT ART & BRA ART) to help raise money for our free clinic serving the uninsured of the Brazos Valley. The BRA ART Event was originally created in 2015 to raise funds and awareness for women’s health, specifically breast cancer detection and prevention.
Women’s Research on Women Symposium
Time: 3 – 5 pm
Location: Rudder Tower, Rm 601
Sponsored by: The College of Education and Human Development Office of Organization Development and Diversity Initiatives, the Educational Leadership Research Center, the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and the Women's Faculty Network
Information: The Committee for the upcoming Women’s Research on Women Symposium has invited 20 female faculty members to present their work on March 30, 2017, for our third annual the Poster Gallery Tour of Research on Women within the Symposium. We want to spotlight such research by women on women during our honoring of Women’s History Month.