February 24, 2017
The Texas Tech University Women’s Studies Program will host events on campus and online throughout the month of March in celebration of Women’s History Month. Events are planned to celebrate achievements by, for and about women.
The public celebration of women’s history in America began in 1978 as “Women’s History Week” and included International Women’s Day on March 8. In 1981, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Rep. Barbara Mikilski (D-Maryland) co-sponsored a joint congressional resolution proclaiming a national Women’s History Week. In 1987, Congress expanded the celebration to the entire month of March.
The desire for public recognition of women’s history began when the women’s movement of the 1960s caused women to question their invisibility in traditional American history texts. The movement also raised the aspirations of and the opportunities for women and produced a growing number of female historians.
Events happening throughout the month include:
The Women’s Studies Program supports events by other departments during Women’s History Month, such as:
All events are free and open to the public. Visitor parking is available in designated areas.
The Women’s Studies Program is a part of the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement.
The Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement is dedicated to create and support an environment that allows all members of the university community to be academically and professionally successful.
Started in 1981, the Women's Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program that examines the cultural and social construction of gender, explores the history, experiences and contributions of women to society, and studies the influences of gender on the lives of women and men. The program emphasizes critical thinking across disciplines vital to success during and following formal education.
Texas Tech offers a minor in Women's Studies. Goals of the minor include helping students interpret concepts of gender and gendered identities in different social, cultural and political contexts.
The program is administered by the Director of Women's Studies. A minor in Women's Studies consists of 18 hours of courses as approved by the director.Twitter