Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month
Nevertheless, She Persisted: Honoring the Courage of Women
March 2018

2017 was the year of #shepersisted, the Women’s March, #MeToo, and so much more. But in many different ways, women have been persisting throughout history.  They have been organizing and demanding more justice, equality, and opportunity in all areas.  We encourage and applaud all women who find their reservoir of strength, courage, and inspiration to continue adding their voices to the national dialogue and advocating for progress.  Please join the Women’s History Month Planning Committee and the James Farmer Multicultural Center in celebrating Women’s History Month.


Portraits in Persistence

Throughout the month of March, there will be a social media and on-campus visual campaign sharing highlights of women who have persisted and pushed the status quo to fight for gender equality from generation to generation. Sponsored by the Office of Title IX and Center for Prevention and Education.


Women’s Underwear Drive for MICAH

Join us in this important cause by bringing your donations to any WHM event throughout the month or on different campus locations.


Everyone is invited to contribute to the underwear drive by bringing new women’s underwear to any WHM event.  Items collected will be donated to the Micah Ecumenical Ministries, a local non –profit organization that serves the homeless population and others who are in need.  You may also bring your donation(s) to the following on-campus locations at any time during the month of March:


Women’s and Gender Studies Collection Box in Monroe Hall, 2nd floor underneath their bulletin board

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures (Combs Hall, 2nd floor)

University Center, 2nd floor located by the newspaper stands



Resource Display for Women’s Wellness and Reproductive Health

March 1 – 2 | 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.| University Center, 2nd Floor Lobby

Sponsored by Feminists United, UMW Health Center, and FAHASS


Monroe Conversations: First Ladies Elizabeth Monroe and Dolley Madison 

Thursday, March 2 | 6:00 p.m. | Monroe Hall, Room 116

Sponsored by the James Monroe Museum

Elizabeth Monroe and Dolley Madison (Heidi Stello and Katherine Spivey) discuss women’s roles in the early 1800s, including their respective experiences as First Lady.



Film and Discussion: #ChicagoGirl

Tuesday, March 13 | 5:30 p.m. | Colonnade Room, University Center

Sponsored by the James Farmer Multicultural Center

From her childhood bedroom in the Chicago suburbs, an American teenage girl uses social media to coordinate the revolution in Syria. Armed with Facebook, Twitter, Skype and camera phones, she helps her social network “on the ground” in Syria brave snipers and shelling in the streets to show the world the human rights atrocities of a dictator. But just because the world can see the violence doesn’t mean the world can help. As the revolution rages on, everyone in the network must decide what is the most effective way to fight a dictator: social media or AK-47s.



Great Lives Series: Coco Chanel

Tuesday, March 13 | 7:30 p.m. | George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium

Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, better known as Coco, was born in France in 1883. Growing up in an orphanage, where she was taught to sew, she rose to become an iconic figure in fashion design – particularly noted for popularizing the “little black dress” still popular today – and for developing the Chanel No. 5 fragrance, which she introduced in the 1920s and which is still perhaps the best known perfume in the world. Her personal life was marked by controversy in World War II during the German occupation of France when she was the subject of rumors about a liaison with a German diplomat. Though investigated after the war concerning possible Nazi collaboration, Chanel, who never married, was not officially charged. Her reputation, however, was diminished in some quarters for a time, though she eventually resumed leadership of her highly profitable fashion empire.


Undergraduate Research Forum on Women’s Studies

Wednesday, March 14 | 4 – 6 p.m. | University Center, Colonnade Room

Join UMW students as they showcase their undergraduate research in women’s studies. Cash prizes will be awarded. Contact Professor Kate Haffey at khaffey@umw.edu for more information regarding submission of entries.



Open Class Lecture: Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny

Thursday, March 15 | 3:30 p.m. | Trinkle Hall 106

Sponsored by the Department of Classics, Philosophy and Religion

There will be a discussion of the new book by philosopher Kate Manne, Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny.



Immigrant Women of America: Their Contributions Toward Equality for Women        

Thursday, March 15 | 6:30 p.m. | University Center, Colonnade Room

Sponsored by the James Farmer Multicultural Center

In honor of Women’s History Month and the ongoing notion to rise against all things derogatory towards women, this program serves the purpose of making individuals aware of the contributions immigrant women have made for women’s rights in the United States.  Refreshments will be provided.


Great Lives Series: The Dust Bowl Girls

Tuesday, March 15 | 7:30 p.m. | Dodd Auditorium

At the height of the Great Depression, Sam Babb, the charismatic basketball coach of tiny Oklahoma Presbyterian College, began dreaming. Like so many others, he wanted a reason to have hope. Traveling throughout the dust-blown countryside, he recruited talented, hardworking young women and offered them a rare opportunity to escape the backbreaking work and desperate uncertainty of farm life in 1930s Oklahoma. Among Babb’s first recruits was the tiny but powerful shot-maker Doll Harris. Part-Cherokee and part-Irish, she was the daughter of a poor tenant farmer who went hungry to save money for his daughter’s basketball shoes. Then came Lucille Thurman, sixteen years old and nearly six feet tall, a shy but determined girl from a backwoods place called Cookietown.


In the fall of 1931, these and other new recruits such as tough-minded Hazel Vickers, lithe Coral Worley, and the beautiful Lahoma Lassiter, combed the sagebrush out of their hair and enrolled in Oklahoma Presbyterian College. Dust Bowl Girls takes these characters on an improbable journey to an epic showdown with the prevailing national champions, helmed by the legendary Babe Didrikson. It captures a remarkable moment in American sports history, when a beloved and visionary coach helped his young athletes achieve far more than a winning season.





Monday, March 19 | 7 p.m. | Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center

Hon. Megan L. Clark

Hon. Megan L. Clark



In 2016 Megan L. Clark made history as the first African-American and first woman to become commonwealth’s attorney of Prince Edward County, with the endorsement of Attorney General Mark Herring. A 2001 graduate of Prince Edward County High School, Clark graduated summa cum laude from Longwood University. She taught high school Spanish in Prince Edward before earning a juris doctor from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary. Clark has been a prosecutor since being admitted to practice law in Virginia.




Self-Care in the Age of #MeToo                                                                                                                                     

Tuesday, March 20 | 5:00 p.m. | Digital Auditorium                                                                                                        

 Sponsored by Office of Title IX and Center for Prevention and Education                                                              

Interested in a career that translates your passion for gender/women’s studies into real world action?  Come learn from a panel of UMW alumni and local professionals who work on gender issues in a variety of settings including law, political advocacy, and violence prevention and education.

Following the panel will be short presentation and interactive workshop on vicarious trauma and self-care.  How do you keep your activism in social justice from impacting your mental health?  What does self-care mean in a world of viral social media campaigns and an ever-growing list of sexual abuse and harassment scandals?  Learn about the idea of vicarious trauma and take home skills to protect your mental well-being.

Open Mic Night

Monday, March 26 or 28 | 7:00 p.m. | Lee Hall, the Underground

Sponsored by Feminists United

Feminists United welcomes the voices of those who persist, resist and of women, and all other feminine-identifying individuals.


Open Class Lecture: Parenting and Career – Still Gendered After All These Years

Tuesday, March 27 | 11 a.m. | Room 213, Monroe Hall

Sponsored by Women’s and Gender Studies and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology

We will examine changing patterns and pressures facing parents at home and in the workplace.




Great Lives Series: Pauli Murray and Eleanor Roosevelt

Thursday, March 29 | 7:30 p.m. | George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium

Pauli Murray, an African American writer-turned-activist, first saw Eleanor Roosevelt in 1933, at the height of the Depression, at a government-sponsored, two-hundred-acre camp for unemployed women where Murray was living near Bear Mountain, New York. The first lady, who had lobbied Franklin Roosevelt’s administration to set up the facility, appeared one day unannounced, behind the wheel of her car, with her secretary and a man presumed to be a Secret Service agent as passengers. To Murray, then aged twenty-three, Roosevelt’s self-assurance was a symbol of women’s independence, a symbol that endured throughout Murray’s life.


Five years later, Pauli Murray, penned a letter to Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt protesting racial segregation in the South. The president’s staff forwarded Murray’s letter to the federal Office of Education. But the first lady wrote back. And so began a friendship that would last for a quarter of a century between Pauli Murray, who became a lawyer, civil and women’s rights pioneer, and the first black woman to be ordained as an Episcopal priest, and Eleanor Roosevelt, who became a diplomat and human rights leader in her own right.

If you have any questions, please email the James Farmer Multicultural Center at umwjfmc@gmail.com or call 540-654-1044.