Women’s History Month

Women Marching

Every year since 1995, March has been designated as “Women’s History Month” by Presidential proclamation. The month is set aside to honor women’s contributions in American history. The National Women’s History Alliance, which was instrumental in establishing the celebratory month, selects and publishes the theme each year. The 2020 Women’s History Month theme is “Valiant Women of the Vote,” recognizing the enactment of the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote and more importantly memorializing the women of the past who fought for that right and the women of today who continue to fight for voting rights around the world.

Women’s History Month began as a week-long local celebration in Santa Rosa, California in 1978. The Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women planned and executed the first “Women’s History Week” the week of March 8th to correspond with International Women’s Day. The movement spread as other communities across the United States initiated their own week-long celebrations beginning the following year.

In 1980, a consortium of women’s groups and historians led by the National Women’s History Project (now the National Women's History Alliance) successfully lobbied Congress for national recognition of Women’s History week. In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of 8 March 1980 as “National Women’s History Week.”

In 1987, after more lobbying by the National Women’s History Project, Congress began designating the entire month of March as “Women’s History Month.” Since 1995, American presidents have annually issued a proclamation designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”

Events for JSU’s Women’s History Month

Monday 3/2

Join us in the TMB Auditorium from 12pm – 1pm for a Lunch & Learn Roundtable on “Empowering Women at JSU.” Bring your own lunch or pick up something at the TMB.

Wednesday 3/4

Join us at the Women’s Leadership House from 5pm -7pm for a poster-making session. Come make your own poster to carry at the Empowerment March on March 11th. Some of the best posters will be displayed in the Art Gallery and at the Library after the march! All materials will be provided.

Wednesday 3/4

WISE is putting on a production of The Vagina Monologues at 7pm at the Round House. Admission is $5. After the show, all admission monies will be donated to Second Chance.

Thursday 3/5

Join us at the Women’s Leadership House from 5pm -7pm for a poster-making session. Come make your own poster to carry at the Empowerment March on March 11th. Some of the best posters will be displayed in the Art Gallery and at the Library after the march! All materials will be provided.

Monday 3/9

Alabama Senator and JSU Trustee, Vivian Davis Figures, will present the Women’s History Month Keynote Address at 4pm at Leone Cole Auditorium. Senator Figure’s address will be followed by a reception and awards for JSU Woman Student of the Year, JSU Woman Faculty/Staff/Administrator of the Year, and JSU Gender Advocate of the Year. RSVP to this evite link HERE and nominate your choices for any or all of these awards!

Tuesday 3/10

This is your last chance to make your poster for the Empowerment March. Join us in the TMB Auditorium from 11am-2pm. Remember, some of the best posters will be displayed in the Art Gallery and at the Library after the march! All materials will be provided.

Wednesday 3/11

Meet on the TMB lawn at 12pm and join us for JSU’s second annual Empowerment March around Trustee’s Circle at 12:30pm.

Wednesday 3/11

Join the WISE student group before and after the Empowerment March on the TMB lawn for WISE Wednesday from 10am-2pm. WISE Wednesday is a femme festival focusing on fun and friendship! Be sure to join us on the TMB lawn for various relaxation stations, plenty of photo ops, and more! Women’s Issues Support and Empowerment (WISE) remains dedicated to the advocacy of every woman through sisterhood and outreach.

Wednesday 3/11

UREC, Housing and Residence Life, and the Dean of Student’s Office will show No Man’s Land, an adventure film festival that exists to empower creatives and athletes in the world of adventure film and photography, and operate under discipline, commitment and community. Join us at MAC Court from 6-9pm. We will have free popcorn, drinks, and host raffle giveaways as well as a Q & A panel. This is a FREE event where you will be able to watch over 10 short films about how diverse, spontaneous, and uplifting adventure recreation can be while exploring the impacts it can have on communities and individuals alike. You may sign up for the event on the day of, or call the ARC to reserve your spot (256.782.8690)

Saturday 3/14

UREC will host a Women in the Wilderness Hike: Little River Canyon Day Hike. Register online at UREC by March 12th.

Wednesday 3/18

WISE and Second Chance will host a Bystander Intervention Class in Brewer 329 from 4pm-5:30pm. Come learn a variety of strategies for interrupting potentially harmful situations and challenging/changing the cultural norms that make sexual violence acceptable

Opportunities to Participate Throughout the Month

  • The student gallery in the Art Department will host “The Women’s History Month Exhibition” Art show. Apply to Exhibit Your Art.
  • JSU will be collecting notecards during February and March for our “Women Who Inspire Me Notecard” Project. Nominate an Inspiring Woman.
  • Throughout the month of March, get into the spirit of Women’s History Month by reading a selection from our Women's History Reading List.