Women’s History Month commemorates and raises awareness of the historical and contemporary contributions of women. The celebration’s roots can be traced to the first International Women’s Day in 1911. Women’s History Week was first held during the week of March 8, 1978, in Sonoma County, California. The celebration evolved into a week that was celebrated nationally after U.S. President Jimmy Carter issued a proclamation declaring the week of March 8, 1980, as National Women’s History Week. Congress passed a law in 1987 which designated the month of March 1987 as Women’s History Month. Since 1988, U.S. presidents have issued proclamations designating March as Women’s History Month. Today, Women’s History Month is celebrated internationally.
UNC Pembroke’s events to be held during Women’s History Month include:
- March 1-31, 2022: Join us for the Women’s History Walkthrough, where you can walk around campus to learn about women who made a strong impact over the years. Sponsored by the Residence Hall Association.
- March 1-31, 2022: Participate in a hygiene drive by donating items such as baby wipes, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, hair combs, lotion, oral hygiene products, razors, soap/body wash, shampoo, and conditioner. Donation boxes are located around campus in the Accessibility Resource Center (Oxendine Administrative Building 110), Admissions (Lumbee Hall 224), CARE Resource Center (Dogwood Building), College of Arts and Sciences (Oxendine Administrative Building 209), Entrepreneurship Hub, Livermore Library, Office for Regional Initiatives (located at COMTech), Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity (Old Main 124), Sociology and Criminal Justice (Sampson Building 202), Student Health Services (Brave Health Center First Floor), and Office of Title IX and Clery Compliance (Oxendine Administrative Building 104) to collect the products. The CARE Resource Center will collect and distribute the donations throughout the month. Sponsored by CARE Resource Center and AAUW.
- March 1 – April 15, 2022: View the Women’s History Month display in the Livermore Library. The theme is “Providing Healing and Promoting Hope.” A Library Guide with resources about Women’s History Month is available by clicking here. Sponsored by the Livermore Library.
- March 3, 2022: A creative writing workshop will be held from 5-6 p.m. in Dial 237 and via Webex. The event will use women’s writing to inspire our own creativity and is open to all students, regardless of their gender, major, or creative writing experience. Co-sponsored by the Department of English, Theatre & World Languages and Sigma Tau Delta.
- March 4, 2022: Jasmine D’Avilar, founder of Stand Up! Mankato, will speak from 4:30 – 6 p.m. about her experiences as a community activist and organizer. George Floyd’s murder compelled D’Avilar to use her voice, hold space for victims of police brutality, and assist in creating an anti-racist society. What started as nightly demonstrations on the Veterans Memorial Bridge in Mankato while observing 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silence turned into an active community ready for necessary action. D’Avilar will discuss how she was thrown into leading a local movement as a Black Queer woman and the trials and tribulations of trying to create change in rural Minnesota. Her talk is titled “Bridging Hope in Rural Minnesota.” Join us virtually here.
- March 7, 2022: Dr. Megan Ranney, a practicing emergency physician, researcher, and advocate for innovative approaches to health whose work focuses on the intersection between digital health, violence prevention, and population health, will speak at 7 p.m. in the Upchurch Auditorium inside the new James A. Thomas Hall as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series. This will be the first public event held in the Upchurch Auditorium. The event will feature a fireside chat with Chancellor Robin Gary Cummings, a former cardiothoracic surgeon. Learn more by clicking here. Dr. Ranney’s visit is co-sponsored by Givens Performing Arts Center, the College of Health Sciences, and Campus Engagement & Leadership.
- March 8, 2022: International Women’s Day
- March 8, 2022: The movie “Coal Miner’s Daughter” (1980), a fictionalized telling of the events of the life of country musician Loretta Lynn, will be shown from 5:30-9 p.m. in Dial 225. Closed captioning will be provided. Co-hosted by the Department of History and Campus Engagement & Leadership.
- March 9, 2022: Join us for a night of relaxation during the Pajama Spa Night, to be held from 6-8 p.m. in the Cypress Multipurpose Room. Sponsored by the Residence Hall Association.
- March 22, 2022: Join us for the panel discussion “She Did That: A Salute to Excellence in Women’s Leadership” at 6:30 p.m. in the University Center Annex. Panelists include Faline Dial (Robeson County Commissioner), Dr. Loury Floyd (Dean of UNCP School of Education), Dana Hunt-Locklear (UNCP Student Body President), Dr. Zoe Locklear (Interim UNCP Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs), and Dr. Emily Sharum (Chair of UNCP’s Department of Political Science and Public Administration and Associate Professor). Sponsored by the Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity.
- March 22, 2022: Kaitlin Campbell will lead a session titled “Making Decisions as a Group: Leadership Lessons from Honeybees” at 6 p.m. in the Chavis University Center 208. To RSVP, click here. Sponsored by Campus Engagement & Leadership.
- March 23, 2022: A Tea Party will be held from 6-8 p.m. in the Pine Hall Multipurpose Room. Join us for a night of tea and etiquette. Sponsored by the Residence Hall Association.
- March 24, 2022: The Women’s Empowerment Summit will be held virtually from 1-5 p.m. To learn more, visit here. Hosted by the Office for Regional Initiatives.
- March 25, 2022: Join us for a panel titled “Intersectionality of Womanhood” at 3 p.m. The panel will consist of women of varying social categories who will explain what womanhood means to them and how other aspects of their identity, like race, sexual orientation, age, religion, ethnicity, nationality, among others, affect their experiences and views of being a woman. The concept of womanhood will be explained and explored through an intersectionality approach. The event will be held virtually. Participate via Webex by clicking here.
- March 28, 2022: Come showcase your talents and skills with a night full of independent women during “The Power of We: Trailblazers of UNCP Open Mic Night.” The event will be held from 6-9 p.m. in the auditorium of Moore Hall. Sponsored by the Residence Hall Association.
- March 28, 2022: Angeline Boulley will speak at 7 p.m. in the Upchurch Auditorium of Thomas Hall as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series. An enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Boulley is a storyteller who writes about her Ojibwe community. Her debut and best-selling novel, Firekeeper’s Daughter, is a groundbreaking thriller about an American Indian teen who must root out the corruption in her community. The book is soon to be adapted on Netflix for TV with President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s production company, Higher Ground.
- March 30, 2022: “Expect the Unexpected: Support for Pregnant Students and Their Partners” will be held from 5:30–6:30 p.m. in Thomas Hall, Room 255. Co-sponsored by the Office of Student Inclusion & Diversity and Office of Title IX and Clery Compliance.
- March 31, 2022: A Wellness Fair will be held from 3-6 p.m. on the lawn of the Chavis University Center. Co-sponsored by Office for Regional Initiatives, Scotland Health Care System, Scotland Memorial Foundation, and Student Health Services.
- April 4, 2022: The Impact (Influence-More-Public-Action-Change-Tomorrow) Conference will be held in the University Center Annex. The “Opportunity Fair” begins at 4:30 p.m. Students can meet law/graduate school representatives, learn about internship and volunteer opportunities, and discover career resources and interest groups. The “Women and Law” panel begins at 5:30 p.m. and features a student-led discussion with a panel of distinguished women highlighting current and future policy issues, women in higher education, and workforce equality. Co-sponsored by Career Center, Community & Civic Engagement, Department of History, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, and Office of Student Inclusion & Diversity.
- April 5, 2022: A panel of faculty will present “A Social Sciences Look at Sexual Assault” at 3 p.m. Join virtually by clicking here.
- April 5, 2022: Join us for a panel that will raise awareness of sexual assault. The event begins at 6 p.m. and will be held in Thomas Hall, Room 255.
- April 7, 2022: Join guest speaker Dr. Rose Stremlau, professor of history, American Indian studies and gender studies at Davidson College, and Dr. Charles Beem, UNCP professor of history, for a lecture in the History of Sexuality on the power of menstruation. Dr. Stremlau’s presentation is titled “A Sad Almost Forgotten Past”: Writing Sexual Violence Back into the History of the Native South. This event will be held in Thomas Hall, Room 130 from 6-7 p.m. Co-sponsored by the Department of History and Department of American Indian Studies. All are welcome!
- May 5, 2022: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Day. Please wear red to raise awareness of the thousands of unsolved cases of missing and murdered American Indians and remember those lost to murder and who remain missing.
For more information about Women’s History Month at UNC Pembroke, please contact the Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity at 910.521.6508 or email@example.com.