Our History is Our Strength!
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. This year's National Women's History Month 2018 theme is "Nevertheless, She Persisted: Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women."
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 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 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 Monday, February 19, 2018.
2018 Women's History Month Events
Girl Rising Film Screening
Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: Psychology Building, Rm. 338
Sponsored by: UNICEF at Texas A&M University
Information: TAMU UNICEF is hosting a screening for Girl Rising- a movie that follows the lives of nine unforgettable girls as they fight to achieve an education.
Aggie Women First Thursday
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Location: Messina Hof Winery & Resort
RSVP/Registration: Register at https://aggiewomen.org/events
Sponsored by: Women’s Resource Center and Aggie Women Network
Information: Come learn from a panel of qualified counselors, graduate students, and psychologists as they discuss how to maintain good mental health during stressful times. This event is open to everyone.
19TH Annual Women in IT Conference
Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: MSC 2400
Cost: $12 for students, $30 for faculty and staff, $35 for community members
RSVP/Registration: Yes at http://mays.tamu.edu/center-for-the-management-of-information-systems/events/women-in-it/
Sponsored by: CMIS at Mays Business School
Information: Learn from these female executives the future of technology and how to position yourself as a groundbreaker in the field. Speakers include information technology leaders from Bell Helicopter Textron, Shell Oil, and H-E-B. Network with professionals, recruiters, and students from the region. Grow your career in technology, by attending on March 2. Lunch, prizes, and networking sessions for everyone.
International Women’s Day Conference
Time: 4:45 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: MSC 2300
RSVP/Registration: Register here by March 2nd.
Sponsored by: The Women’s Resource Center
Information: The American Association of University Women at Texas A&M University, along with the Graduate and Professional Student Council, the International Student Association, Women's Organization for Motivation, Expression and Nurturing (WOMEN), and the Women's Resource Center are thrilled to present International Women's Day: Press for Progress Conference. The conference will include performances, presentations, and small group discussions, as well as a catered meal.
International Women’s Day with The Women’s Bakery
Time: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: MSC 12th Man Hall
Sponsored by: The Women’s Bakery – Texas A&M
Information: The Women's Bakery is an education-centric social enterprise in East Africa that is committed to empowering women through education and developing women-owned businesses. As an organization, we raise funds for program scholarships and spread awareness of issues from gender inequality to global malnutrition. To celebrate International Women's Day, TWBAM will have an interactive booth set up in the MSC to share information about the commemorative day and show students how they can take part in the global empowerment of women. Activities include learning to write in Rwandan languages, reading stories from women who've completed the training, and sampling bread from The Women's Bakery's recipes.
Own Words: A Women-Focused Book Club
Date: 3/7/2018 & 3/21/2018
Time: 5:30 – 6:40 pm
Location: MSC 2402
Audience: Students, Faculty, & Staff
RSVP/Registration: Register here
Sponsored by: Women’s Resource Center & University Libraries
Information: In Her Own Words 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. We are reading Island of Bones by Joy Castro. Visit the website to see which essays we will be reading!
It’s 2:00 a.m. Laundry, Lunch, and Learning Await: Balancing Student-Parent Responsibilities
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: 1011, Rudder Tower
RSVP/Registration: RSVP by emailing email@example.com
Sponsored by:Academic Success Center
Information: Being both a parent and a college student brings with it a unique set of challenges. This workshop will focus on success and survival tips and techniques to help students to balance these roles.
Inclusive Language Workshop
Time: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Evans Library, 210A
Audience: Students, faculty, staff
RSVP/Registration: Yes at https://ers.tamu.edu/default.aspx?eventid=5424
Sponsored by: University Writing Center
Information: The workshop will help participants make their writing and speaking more welcoming and respectful to all, with particular emphasis on gender-neutral language, including pronoun use and titles. The workshop will also look at the changing landscape of inclusive language.
Courageous Conversations for Women of Color
Time: 11:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: MSC 2200
RSVP/Registration: Register at http://dms.tamu.edu/courageous-conversations-rsvp/
Sponsored by: Department of Multicultural Services
Information: Courageous Conversations is program designed to positively impact the collegiate experiences of undergraduate women who identify as Asian American, Black and Latina through themed dialogues. Given the process of forming identity, wherein a sense of self develops through growth in self-understanding, self-concept, individual differences from others, and social roles.
Women’s Research on Women Symposium
Time: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Rudder 601
Sponsored by: College of Education and Human Development Office of Organization Development and Diversity Initiatives, Women’s and Gender Studies, Women’s Faculty Network, and the Education Leadership Research Center.
Information: The symposium will include four keynote speakers and a gallery tour of over 20 poster presentations by faculty from across the university whose research foci include women.