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Women's History Month

 Women's History Month is an annual observance held in March in the United States, Canada, and some other countries. It is dedicated to celebrating and recognizing the achievements, contributions, and history of women throughout history and in contemporary society. Women's History Month is an opportunity to highlight the roles women have played and continue to play in various fields, such as politics, science, literature, arts, education, sports, and social activism.

The origins of Women's History Month can be traced back to International Women's Day, which has been celebrated globally on March 8th since the early 20th century. In the United States, efforts to expand this celebration and recognize women's historical contributions led to the establishment of Women's History Week in 1980. This week-long observance was later expanded to a full month in 1987 when Congress passed a resolution designating March as Women's History Month. Learn more Women's History Month.

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Women's History Month Events and Resources

International Women’s Day Celebration

March 8 | 12 pm to 1 pm

The Women's Center is hosting a virtual celebration with guest speaker Ayda (they/them) who identifies as a first generation American-Igbo. They received their masters degree in Family Therapy at Northwestern’s Family Institute in 2017. They are the Head Creatrix of Unconventional Counseling LLC. Their work supports QTBIPOC and gender-expansive people. Ayda’s conversation will center on the challenges of being nonbinary in a conservative culture.

Women's History Month Syllabus

The OIDI Education Team has developed a syllabus that delves into the relationship between mutual aid, gender, and culture, exploring some of the ways that solidarity can move beyond the abstract to become a tangible mechanism of connection and support. The curriculum examines how moments of crises reveal and exacerbate inequalities, with a specific lens on how gender and power dynamics manifest in cultural responses and representations.