A time to reflect on the progress made by woman-identified people throughout history and to recognize the contributions of women and gender diverse individuals in shaping our society.
Women’s History Month is a reminder that the fight for gender equity is ongoing, and everyone has a role to play in creating a more just and equitable society. By recognizing and celebrating the achievements of women and gender diverse people, challenging stereotypes and biases, advocating for policies and practices that promote gender equality, and recognizing the intersectionality of gender and race, we can move closer to achieving true equality for all.
Why is it important to intentionally make sure our celebration of Women’s History Month is inclusive of Trans women and women of color?
Trans women are an important part of women’s history and should be recognized and celebrated. Trans women have been marginalized and excluded from historical narratives for too long, and including their stories and achievements is critical to promoting a more inclusive and just society. Amplifying the voices and stories of trans women also helps to address the unique challenges and forms of discrimination they face. Race is another important factor in women’s history. Women of different races have faced distinct forms of discrimination and oppression, and their stories and achievements provide critical insights into the intersections of gender and race in shaping our society. Recognizing the contributions of women of all races is essential to promoting a more equitable and just society.
How can everyone get involved in the celebration of Women’s History Month?
Gender equity and feminism require the involvement of everyone, regardless of their gender or background. Individuals can promote gender equity by challenging gender stereotypes and biases that perpetuate gender inequality. Stereotypes about women’s abilities and roles often limit women’s opportunities in education, the workplace, and other areas of life. By examining our own beliefs and assumptions, and seeking out diverse perspectives, we can help create a more equal society. Advocating for policies and practices that promote gender equality is also essential. This can include supporting pay equity, promoting family-friendly policies, and advocating for diversity and inclusion initiatives. When everyone has equal access to resources and opportunities society as a whole benefits.
A full calendar of events celebrating Women’s History Month throughout March 2023 will be listed on this page and updated regularly.
Women’s History Month is promoted by the Gender & Sexuality Resource Center and includes campus-wide events and initiatives sponsored by departments and student organizations. It’s a time to celebrate achievements made towards the equality of all genders, and it’s also a call to action for the present and future.
The Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, with support from the Women’s 5K Classic, presents What your parents may have missed when they gave you “the talk.” BSC staff will inform Lafayette College students about HPV and important methods of prevention. They will also discuss the importance of cancer screenings and speak about the different types of PrEP.
Noemi Uribe is a queer Latinx advocate, Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth, and a health policy analyst at Mathematica Policy Research. They host the podcast False Profits: Hillsong, which focuses on their experience of religious abuse as an LGBTQ person in an un-affirming evangelical church. In their talk, Noemi will discuss the importance of affirming spaces for LGBTQ+ BIPOC folx, the dangers of ambiguity in institutional policies, and the power of storytelling to bring about change.
The transgender and drag communities are under attack in the US. They face increased discrimination and violence based on their gender expression, as well as attempts to limit their rights and access to healthcare, education, and public spaces. While distinct and not synonymous, the relationship between the two is complex and historical. Drag has always provided a platform for transgender expression. Now it is just as important as ever to celebrate both these communities! More information coming soon!
This crash course will be a primer on caste where you can learn about terms, caste discrimination in South Asia and in the US, and activism to end caste apartheid. We will discuss how caste is systemic and dispel commonly held myths about caste. This “course” is (roughly) 40 minutes long giving ample time for Q&A/discussion.
Join us for the Gender Equity Expo during Women's History Month! Learn about gender equity progress, connect with campus and community organizations, win prizes and celebrate with free giveaways. Gender equity refers to the fair and impartial treatment of all genders, with a focus on addressing historic and systemic inequalities faced by women and other marginalized genders.
Take a closer look at consent and the impact of intoxicating substances, learn about date-rape drugs, risk reduction strategies, and bystander intervention, and engage in open discussion about ensuring healthy, consensual sexual encounters.This discussion will be facilitated by our local sexual violence agency, Crime Victims Council.
Hosted by Natasha 'Natty' Carrizosa and sponsored by NIA: Women of Purpose and the Office of Intercultural Development. Natasha Carrizosa is a teacher, poet, writer, author, MC – master of ceremonies, keynote speaker, facilitator, and spoken word artist. She amazes her audience as she speaks about the beauty and appreciation of the diversity that lives within us all.
The Council of Lafayette Women invites you to a virtual program that offers insight on how to confidently prepare for and deliver information in a public setting virtually or in-person. Leadership coach Liz Summers is joined by alumnae Kristen Gibbons Feden ‘04 and Vicki Salemi ‘95 as they share their experience and advice. Whether it be in a meeting, a class, or a full auditorium, join us to learn how to share your voice as well as amplify other women.
Presented by AAUW-Easton and Landis Center for Community Engagement. LUNAFEST® is the very first traveling film festival featuring films by and about women. Benefits AAUW-Easton's scholarship fund for Local High School Seniors headed to college. Ticket prices: $25.00 General Theater Admission; $10.00 students and virtual.
In this lecture, nationally recognized historian of LGBTQ activism Marc Stein offers a close look at the organizational and legal dynamics of early LGBTQ student activism in the US. Stein explores how new gay student groups battled for recognition in the 1970s and analyzes the various tactics they used to secure recognition by their institutions. Stein will also discuss his work on the “Out on Campus” exhibit (on display in Skillman Library March 20 - April 7, 2023) and the recent growth of projects that queer the history of higher education.