Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month
March 2022

The Power Behind Healing

Healing takes courage, compassion, and strength.  Healing is both nurturing and powerful—a driving force behind our care and our connection.  As medical professionals in World War II, caregivers through the hardship and crisis of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, mental health practitioners during internationally traumatic events, and frontline workers during the global COVID-19 pandemic, women have shared their power of healing throughout our global history.  The 2022 Women’s History Month Celebration is an opportunity to share in the power behind healing through education, connection, and action.

UMW continues to monitor campus, local, and statewide COVID-19 data and has instituted protocols to protect our campus community.  These protocols include requiring proper mask wearing while indoors, requiring proof of vaccination or a recent negative test, reducing occupancy limits at events, or restricting attendance to UMW community members only, obtaining contact information from event attendees for contact tracing, and requesting that the University be notified of any positive COVID test within 14 days of attending an event at UMW.  The University may also implement additional restrictions if cases increase on campus or in the region. We encourage you to check our website for updates prior to arriving to campus for a scheduled event.

Healing Through the Preservation of Our Histories and Our Selves

Thurs., January 27 – Thurs., March 24  |  T-F 10am-4pm, S-Sun 1pm-4pm.  |  Ridderhof Martin and duPont Galleries


UMW Galleries presents a large group exhibition of contemporary African American artists, borrowed from the Petrucci Family Foundation’s collection.  This exciting show encourages reflection, healing, and regrouping through the lens of history and its preservation.


Great Lives Series:  Sandra Day O’Connor [CANCELLED]

Tuesday, March 1  |  7:30 pm  |  Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall

Sandra Day O’Connor was born in 1930 in El Paso and grew up on a cattle ranch in Arizona. At a time when women were expected to be homemakers, she set her sights on Stanford University. When she graduated near the top of her law school class in 1952, no firm would even interview her. But Sandra Day O’Connor’s story is that of a woman who repeatedly shattered glass ceilings—doing so with a blend of grace, wisdom, humor, understatement, and cowgirl toughness.  Speaker:  Evan Thomas


Great Lives Series:  Dolly Parton

Thursday, March 3  |  7:30 pm  |  Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall


Dolly Parton is having a moment in popular culture, from lifetime achievement awards to adulation from much younger generations. Reduced to jokes about her figure over decades of her impressive career, Parton is finally being recognized as a creative genius and a trailblazer for her gender. What does her emergence as a uniquely unifying figure–a woman in her 70s, beloved across demographics–tell us about this polarized moment in the fractured American society?  Speaker:  Sarah Smarsh


Human Rights Film Series:  Waging Change

Tuesday, March 8  |  6 pm  |  Capital Room, University Center


Waging Change shines a light on an American struggle hidden in plain sight: the women-led movement to end the federal tipped minimum wage for restaurant workers, with a special section on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Great Lives Series:  Sylvia Plath

Tuesday, March 8   |  7:30 pm  | Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall


In this talk, Heather Clark will discuss her award-winning biography of Sylvia Plath, an iconic poet who holds a mythic place in the public imagination. Clark will discuss her reasons for embarking upon a new biography of Plath; her determination to present Plath as an innovative writer rather than a psychological “case”; and the challenges of writing about Plath’s mental illness, troubled marriage, and suicide.


2022 Women’s History Month Keynote Speaker:  Marguerite Bennett

Wednesday, March 9  |   7 p.m. | Chandler C Ballroom, University Center

A woman with light hair and thick-rimmed glasses and lots of potted flowers behind her

Co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the James Farmer Multicultural Center, and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.

If you would prefer to attend this event virtually, please register to attend here.

UMW alum Marguerite Bennett is a GLAADnominated, bestselling comic book writer whose credits include DC Comics’ Bombshells, Batwoman, Batgirl, and Supergirl. She’s also written for Aftershock Comics, Image Comics, Marvel, and more.



A Discussion on Feminist Art

Thursday, March 10 |  6pm  |  Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center

Join UMW faculty, students, and local artists for a discussion on Feminist art. Panelists will talk about the history of Feminist art and highlight the experiences of African American female artists whose work will be included in the Petrucci family foundation exhibition at the Ridderhof Martin Gallery and DuPont Gallery during this time period.


Women in STEM

Monday, March 14 |  6:30 p.m.  | Digital Auditorium, HCC

Co-sponsored by Students Educating and Empowering for Diversity (S.E.E.D.), Jewish Student Association, UMW Mortar Board, Women of Color, Latino Student Association, and Pre-Health Society

Join us for a discussion on women who pursue careers in STEM fields.  Our discussion will center around the realities of being a woman in a traditionally male-dominated field and how to navigate the nuances of STEM careers.


Ladies’ Lift Night

Wednesday, March 16  |  6pm-8pm  |  UMW Fitness Center

Register here to attend this event.  (The first 10 people registered will receive a prize package!)

The gym will be closed to allow for members of Mary Washington to come to the gym and work on their knowledge of lifting practices and equipment in a safe, welcoming space.  We hope to help you develop confidence in yourself and your abilities!  If you have any questions or concerns, stop by the fitness center or campusrec@umw.edu.   The first 45 minutes will be leader-led sessions, followed by an hour of free gym time.

*Please note that this is a women-only event that proffers an inclusive definition of women. We are welcoming and respectful of women, including trans women and those that are nonbinary, gender non-conforming, and any others who identify as a woman in a way that is significant to them.


Social Justice Teach-In:  International Access to Education

Monday, March 21  |  6 pm  |  Chandler Ballroom C, University Center

Since the Title IX Act of 1972, women in the United States have received more legal protections in addressing sex- and gender-based discrimination in education.  Internationally, women’s access to education varies and is the subject of numerous sociopolitical conversations.  In this Social Justice Teach-In, we will discuss women’s access to education globally and what is being done to advocate for equitable access to education worldwide.


Undergraduate Research Symposium for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Wednesday, March 23 | 4pm  |  Lee Hall, Room 411

Join UMW students as they showcase their undergraduate research in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. Cash prizes will be awarded. Contact Professor Krystyn Moon at kmoon@umw.edu for more information regarding submission of entries.

Women’s Empowerment Through Arts

Wednesday, March 23  |  7 pm  |  Chandler Ballroom C, University Center

Join Women of Color in celebrating women empowerment through art, music poetry, dance, and more!


Healing Through the Preservation of Our Histories and Our Selves:  Public Reception

Thursday, March 24  |  5 – 7 pm  |  Ridderhof Martin and duPont Galleries

Join UMW Galleries for the closing reception of the Healing Through the Preservation of Our Histories and Our Selves exhibition.



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.

Please email us at umwjfmc@gmail.com if you have any questions regarding disability-related accommodations.