Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month
Valiant Women of the Vote:  Refusing to be Silenced
March 2021


In August 1920, the United States Congress ratified the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, prohibiting the government from denying the voting rights of citizens strictly based on their gender.  This was the first of many more steps to granting all women the right to vote—a right for which the fight continues into our current age.  As we celebrate 100 years of women’s right to vote, we will examine stories of victories and triumphs, as well as those stories that have been forgotten or largely untold.  Join the James Farmer Multicultural Center, the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, and UMW student organizations as we celebrate the resilient, victorious generations of women who have paved the way for us today.


Refusing to be Silenced: Notable Women Project

March 1 –March 31, 2021 

Join the James Farmer Multicultural Center and the Women’s History Month Planning Committee in celebrating notable women throughout the month of March.  We will be celebrating on social media, on the UMW TVs located in Academic, Athletic, and Residential buildings, and highlighting stories, quotes, and trivia before our events all month!


History of HBCUs and the Divine Nine

Monday, March 1  |  6:00 p.m . |  Register here for this event

Join members of the Divine Nine, historically Black Greek letter organizations, as they discuss the history of their organizations and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Panelists will talk about their own experiences with institutions that uplift and highlight the experiences of the Black community, while also discussing the historic implications of these institutions.


Human Rights Film Series:  The Women’s March

Thursday, March 4  |  5:00 pm  |  Register here for Human Rights Film Series: The Women’s March

On January 21, 2017, hundreds of thousands of women marched on Washington, DC. The same day, hundreds of sister marches took place across the country and around the world. For some, it was their first time marching, for others, the continuation of a decades-long fight for human rights, dignity, and justice. For all, it was an opportunity to make their voices heard.  It was the largest one-day protest in American history.


 Voces de mujeres en el teatro hispano: Performances by the students of Spanish 475: Hispanic Women Writers

Thursday, March 18  |   5:00-6:00pm  |  Register here for this event

Brief performances of works by Latin American and Spanish women dramatists including Ana Caro (Spain), Sor Juana (Mexico), María Rosa Gálvez (Spain) and Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda (Cuba), followed by discussion.


Women’s History Month Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mecca Jamilah Sullivan

Monday, March 22 | 6 p.m. | Register here for the Women’s History Month Keynote speaker

Co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences; the Department of American Studies; the Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion; the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communications; the Department of Psychological Sciences; the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the James Farmer Multicultural Center; and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program

Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, Ph.D., is the author of the short story collection, Blue Talk and Love (2015). In her fiction, she explores the intellectual, emotional, and bodily lives of young black women, through voice, music, and hip-hop inflected magical realist techniques. Her short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Best New Writing, American Fiction: Best New Stories by Emerging Writers, Prairie Schooner, Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, Robert Olen Butler Fiction Prize Stories, BLOOM: Queer Fiction, Art, Poetry and More, TriQuarterly, Feminist Studies All About Skin: Short Stories by Award-Winning Women Writers of Color, Baobab: South African Journal of New Writing and many others. She is the winner of the Charles Johnson Fiction Award, the James Baldwin Memorial Playwriting Award, and fellowships, scholarships and residencies from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, The Yaddo Colony, the Hedgebrook Writers’ Retreat, and the Center for Fiction in New York City, where she received a 2011 Emerging Writers Fellowship.

Mecca is Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at UMass Amherst. She holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in English and Creative Writing from Temple University, and a B.A. in Afro-American Studies from Smith College. A proud native of Harlem, NY, her critical and scholarly work on sexuality, identity, and poetics in contemporary African Diaspora culture has appeared in publications including Palimpsest: Journal of Women, Gender and the Black International, Jacket2, Public Books, GLQ: Lesbian and Gay Studies Quarterly, From Uncle Tom’s Cabin the The Help: Critical Perspectives on White-Authored Narratives of Black Life, Ebony.com, Zora Magazine, TheRoot.com, Ms. Magazine online, and The Feminist Wire, where she serves as Associate Editor for Arts & Culture.

Women in the American Revolution

Thursday, March 25  |  6 pm  |  Register here for this event

Author Barbara Oberg will speak on her book “Women in the American Revolution: Gender, Politics, and the Domestic” Building on a quarter century of scholarship following the publication of the groundbreaking Women in the Age of the American Revolution, the engagingly written essays in this volume offer an updated answer to the question, What was life like for women in the era of the American Revolution? The contributors examine how women dealt with years of armed conflict and carried on their daily lives, exploring factors such as age, race, educational background, marital status, social class, and region.



All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more information, please contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540/654-1044 or visit www.students.umw.edu/multicultural.

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