Women’s History Month

Women Marching

Every year since 1995, March has been designated as “Women’s History Month” by Presidential proclamation. The month is set aside to honor women’s contributions in American history. The National Women’s History Alliance, which was instrumental in establishing the celebratory month, selects and publishes the theme each year. The 2020 Women’s History Month theme is “Valiant Women of the Vote,” recognizing the enactment of the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote and more importantly memorializing the women of the past who fought for that right and the women of today who continue to fight for voting rights around the world.

Women’s History Month began as a week-long local celebration in Santa Rosa, California in 1978. The Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women planned and executed the first “Women’s History Week” the week of March 8th to correspond with International Women’s Day. The movement spread and as other communities across the United States initiated their own week-long celebrations beginning the following year.

In 1980, a consortium of women’s groups and historians led by the National Women’s History Project (now the National Women's History Alliance) successfully lobbied Congress for national recognition of Women’s History week. In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of 8 March 1980 as “National Women’s History Week.” In 1987, after

more lobbying by the National Women’s History Project, Congress began designating the entire month of March as “Women’s History Month.” Since 1995, American presidents have annually issued a proclamation designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”

Events for JSU’s Women’s History Month

Monday 3/2:

Lunch & Learn “Empowering Women at JSU” Round Table Discussion 12 pm – 1 pm TMB auditorium – Bring your own lunch – roundtable panel

Wednesday 3/4:

Poster-making, 5pm - 7 pm Women’s Leadership House – Come join us in making posters for our Empowerment March and for display in the Art Gallery and Library after the march!

Wednesday 3/4:

WISE production of the Vagina Monologues 7pm Round House, $5 admission to be donated to Second Chance

Thursday 3/5:

Poster-making, 5pm - 7 pm Women’s Leadership House – Come join us in making posters for our Empowerment March and for display in the Art Gallery and Library after the march!

Monday 3/9:

Women’s History Month Keynote Address by Alabama Senator and JSU Trustee, Vivian Davis Figures at 4pm Leone Cole Auditorium. Senator Figure’s address will be followed by a reception and awards for JSU Female-Identified Student of the Year, JSU Female-Identified Faculty/Staff/Administrator of the Year, and JSU Gender Advocate of the Year. RSVP to our evite and nominate your choice for any or all of these awards!

Tuesday 3/10:

Poster-making, 11 am-2pm – TMB Auditorium – This is your last chance to join us in making posters for our Empowerment March and for display in the Art Gallery and Library after the march!

Wednesday 3/11:

Empowerment March 12:30pm - Meet on the lawn at 12pm. March will be around Trustee’s Circle

Wednesday 3/11:

TMB lawn WISE Wednesday from 2pm-4pm.

Wednesday 3/11:

UREC/Housing will show No Man’s Land, a documentary about women participating in traditionally male-dominated outdoor activities like rock climbing. Join us for a panel and question period at 5 pm followed by a showing of the documentary at 5:30 pm in MAC gym. Popcorn will be served!

Saturday 3/14:

UREC to host a Women in the Wilderness Hike – register online at UREC

Wednesday 3/18

WISE and Second Chance will host a Bystander Intervention Class in Brewer 329 from 4 pm-5:30pm. Come learn a variety of strategies for interrupting potentially harmful situations and challenging/changing the cultural norms that make sexual violence acceptable.

Ongoing events throughout the month include:

Art show in the student gallery of the Art Department

Women Who Inspire Me Notecard Project

Women’s History Book Club