IUPUI celebrates its commitment to the contributions that women have made through a month’s worth of educational events and activities for Women’s History Month.
Women’s History Month can be traced back to 1911, and the first International Women’s Day. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter proclaimed a National Women’s History Week, and then in 1987, Congress passed a resolution designing March 1987 as Women’s History Month. This was subsequently extended to March of each year.
One way the IUPUI Office for Women shows commitment to this month is through a joint venture with the University Library, Women Creating Excellence at IUPUI. This online exhibit recognizes women who have made a difference on campus. Nominations are accepted every year, so if you know any IUPUI women (faculty, staff, alumni, donor, or community member) who have made a significant impact on IUPUI, nominate them using the survey tool.
In addition, The Office for Women is teaming up with the Office of Student Involvement and other organizations, to offer educational and celebratory events for the campus to partake in. The Women’s History Month kickoff happens today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature music, games and about a dozen student organizations showcasing their support for Women’s History Month.
The departments of English and women’s studies are hosting “International Women’s Day” featuring literary and artistic performances. The event will be on March 12 in the University Library Lilly Auditorium. The reception starts at 6:30 p.m. and the show at starts at 7 p.m.
The Office for Women and the Common Theme Project are hosting Emily May, co-founder of Hollaback.org, to bring to campus two back-to-back workshops on March 25 that discuss street harassment and highlight ways to end it. The first workshop “Bystander Intervention 101” will be at 10 am in CE 307, with the second “Street Harassment” at 12 p.m. in the Campus Center Theater.
The Multicultual Center is sponsoring a series of films about important women through history. These include “Frida” on March 5, “The Queen” on March 12 and “What’s Love Got to Do with It” on March 26. All movies begin at noon in the Multicultural Center lounge, Taylor Hall 115. “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” will be shown on March 9 in the Campus Center Theater. This documentary higlights the second way of feminism in the 1960s and 70s and this is the Indiana premiere.
The annual campus Women’s Leadership Awards will be presented at the Women’s Leadership Reception on March 26, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Theater.
Other activities to note are “Beyond Bows and Pearls: the Impact of Women’s Fraternities on Higher Education” on March 4, “Latinas Conquistando El Mundo” on March 10, a STEM poster session on March 27 and “Being a Coaches Wife” on March 31. For a complete list of events, head over to the Women’s History Month event calendar.