News 2021: UMass Dartmouth celebrates Women’s History Month
UMass Dartmouth celebrates Women’s History Month

Virtual events bring together UMassD faculty expertise and celebrations of Women’s History

Celebrating Women's History Month at UMass Dartmouth

Every March since 1996, the UMass Dartmouth Center for Women, Gender & Sexuality has organized a celebration of Women's History Month. In 1978, the Sonoma, California Commission on the Status of Women invented a Women's History Week coinciding with International Women's Day on March 8. In 1980, the National Women’s History Project (now the National Women's History Alliance) lobbied Congress for national recognition and in February of 1980, March 2-8 was declared Women's History Week by Presidential Proclamation by President Jimmy Carter. Eight years later, it was designated Women's History Month.

According to the National Women's History Museum, "The theme for Women's History Month in 2021 captures the spirit of these challenging times. Since many of the women's suffrage centennial celebrations originally scheduled for 2020 were curtailed, the National Women's History Alliance is extending the annual theme for 2021 to "Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced.””

March is a great time to familiarize yourself with women's stories, women authors, women's tv shows, films, and documentaries. The Center for Women, Gender & Sexuality has organized a few events that highlight and center women's stories. We are also available to offer suggestions to expand your knowledge.


This year's events include:

Abortion Rights Panel featuring the Bad Old Days Posse: Learn about the days before Roe v. Wade

March 18 from 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Register via Zoom


Join a panel of Female Judges

Sponsored by LAW (Legal Association of Women)

March 26 at 6 p.m.

Email for registration information


Queer Scholars Brown Bag Series: We are Tired of Forgiving Folks!: Exploring Restorative Justice as Justice for Black Women with Assistant Professor Toniqua Mikell (Crime & Justice Studies)

March 29 at 12 p.m.

Register via Zoom


Women Negotiating Work in and Adversarial Legal System

Sponsored by LAW (Legal Association of Women) and the Labor Education Center

March 30 at 4:30 p.m.

Email for registration information


Women's Herstory Month Closing Keynote by Sonya Renee Taylor, author of The Body is Not an Apology

March 30 at 7 p.m.

Sonya Renee Taylor is the Founder and Radical Executive Officer of The Body is Not An Apology, a digital media and education company with content reaching half a million people each month. Sonya is a dynamic visionary and global thought leader bringing nuance, compassion and innovative approaches to some of the world's most challenging social issues.

Register via Zoom.

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