Women's & Gender Studies will host events throughout March.
Texas Tech University Women's & Gender Studies 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.
Scheduled events include:
- Sexism/Cinema – 7 p.m. Wednesday (March 7) at Alamo Drafthouse Theatre. “Kissing Jessica Stein” will be screened and discussed as a part of the film series that features female protagonists. Admission is $3.
- International Women's Day Pledge Campaign – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday (March 8) in Doak Hall 123. In accordance with the 2018 theme, Women's & Gender Studies will host a pledge campaign called #PressforProgress to celebrate International Women's Day. The campaign is a call for men, women and non-binary people to fight for a more gender-inclusive world. Take the Pledge in Doak 123 and show support using selfie cards.
- (Her)story is History Table – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 20 in the Student Union Building (SUB) Courtyard. Visit the table and test your knowledge of the impacts women have made throughout history. Prizes will be given to participants.
- Queer Reels: Real Topics – 7 p.m. March 20 in the SUB Escondido Theatre. “Training Rules” will be screened as a part of the film series hosted by the Office of LGBTQIA. The film follows former Penn State basketball player Jennifer Harris as she sues the university and coach Rene Portland for discrimination on the basis of sexuality.
- Bear Witness: When #SayHerName is Not Enough – Noon-1:20 p.m. March 23 in the SUB Traditions Room. Kimberlé Crenshaw's TEDWomen talk will be played in conjunction with Texas Tech Diversity Week. The talk discusses intersectionality of race and gender bias.
- Online Events: Two online options will be offered throughout the month. “Test Your Knowledge” quizzes and the “40 Question Challenge” will be posted on a weekly basis using campus announcements and the Women's & Gender Studies Facebook page. The quizzes were designed by the National Women's History Project to test people's knowledge of women in history.
Most events are free and open to the public. Visitor parking is available in designated areas.
Background on Women's History Month
The desire to recognize and celebrate women's history arose from the women's movement of the 1960s when women began to question their invisibility in traditional American history texts. The movement also raised the aspirations and opportunities available to women, producing a growing number of female historians.
The public celebration of women's history in the U.S. began in 1978 as “Women's History Week.” The week included March 8, International Women's Day. In 1981, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Rep. Barbara Mikilski (D-Md.) co-sponsored a joint Congressional resolution proclaiming a national Women's History Week. In 1987, Congress expanded the celebration to a month, and March was declared Women's History Month.