March is Women’s History Month and is meant to honor women and their past and present contributions to the world. The celebration first began in 1981 when Congress proclaimed the week of March 7th to be Women’s History Week. Petitioning by the National Women’s History Project in 1987 encouraged Congress to designate the entire month of March each year to officially become Women’s History Month. If you want to learn more, check out the video and photo archives on the Women’s History Month website.
On March 8th, International Women’s Day (IWD) is taking place. The 2018 IWD campaign theme is #PressforProgress. The IWD movement is for a strong call to action to press forward and progress gender parity. There is a strong call to #PressforProgress motivating and uniting friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive. Supporters will be wearing purple, which represents "originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us toward the future." Purple also has a history and is associated with gender equality. Its historical ties are with the British Women's Suffarage Movement. Visit the International Women’s Day website to learn more about their campaign, take action, participate in their events, and explore their other resources.
There will be many opportunities around campus to celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day. Lane Hall will be having a talk on March 13th for any students, faculty and staff seeking a safe and accessible space for discussion and action in pursuit of gender equity and justice. Here is a list of upcoming events hosted by the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG). For even more events, visit our events calendar Happening @ Michigan to see future events hosted by the Women’s Studies Department.
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