TWU Celebrates Women’s History Month
Feb. 25, 2021 — DENTON — As the largest public institution primarily for women, Texas Woman’s proudly supports Women’s History Month with a slate of programs and activities during March.
Due to the pandemic, the theme, “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced,” is a carry over from 2020, which marked the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. Some of the university’s activities like “Citizens at Last” on March 30 support the 2021 theme while others like the “Bombshell” on March 2 cover other important topics beyond the right to vote.
“We wanted to ensure a full slate of in-person and virtual activities that offer opportunities for students to connect with each other as well as options that allow for individual reflection,” said Stephanie Krauth, Ed.D., associate vice president for student engagement and chair of the Civic Engagement Committee.
The events also include some activities that were already scheduled, like the Jamison Lecture, which will feature Melba Patillo Beals, Ed.D., journalist, author and member of the Little Rock Nine — the first group of African American students to integrate Little Rock Central High School in 1957.
Additionally the Library compiled a few resources to help students explore Women’s History Month, including the Gateway to Women’s History, which incorporates links to digital resources like University Archives, the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) collection and the cookbook collection among others. The LibGuide for Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies also offers several resources pertaining to the suffrage movement.
Since 1987, Women’s History Month has encouraged celebrations that focus on women’s lived experiences and the vital role of women in America’s history. The movement got its start in February 1980 when Former President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8 as National Women’s History Week.
President Jimmy Carter’s Message to the nation designating March 2-8, 1980 as National Women’s History Week
From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well.
As Dr. Gerda Lerner has noted, “Women’s History is Women’s Right.” – It is an essential and indispensable heritage from which we can draw pride, comfort, courage, and long-range vision.”
I ask my fellow Americans to recognize this heritage with appropriate activities during National Women’s History Week, March 2-8, 1980.
I urge libraries, schools, and community organizations to focus their observances on the leaders who struggled for equality – – Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Lucy Stone, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Harriet Tubman, and Alice Paul.
Understanding the true history of our country will help us to comprehend the need for full equality under the law for all our people.
This goal can be achieved by ratifying the 27th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which states that “Equality of Rights under the Law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.
You can find the full schedule of TWU’s Women’s History Month events as well as stories about TWU women online throughout the month.
Amy M. Evans
Director of Communications
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