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March is Women's History Month

We like to celebrate this event all month! Through a variety of programs with guest speakers, films, displays, and articles, we highlight notable women in history and look at the latest focus among today's gender historians.

Public Law 101-6 designates March as Women's History month observed through related programs, ceremonies, and activities. The law was passed in 1989 in order to recognize women's contributions, including:

"Whereas American women have played and continue to play a critical economic, cultural, and social role in every sphere of the life of the Nation by constituting a significant portion of the labor force working inside and outside of the home;

Whereas American women of every race, class, and ethnic background served as leaders in the forefront of every major progressive social change movement;

Whereas American women have been leaders, not only in securing their own rights of suffrage and equal opportunity, but also in the abolitionist movement, the emancipation movement, the industrial movement, the civil rights movement, and other movements, especially the peace movement, which create a more fair and just society for all; and

Whereas despite these contributions, the role of American women in history has been consistently overlooked and undervalued, in the literature, teaching and study of American history."

"If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation."

-Abigail Adams

2010 Events

Wednesday, March 3

Most Admired Women Around the Globe

Noon-1:00 p.m.

SUB 168

As we all know,heroes and role models are very important to each of us and can be inspiration to help us accomplish our goals and live our dreams.  In honor of International Women's Day, a panel of women from diverse countries will each speak about a woman from their country from history or present day who inspired them personally. This program is offered by the Women's Center and the Office of International Programs. 

Thursday, March 4

Iris garden Fundraiser: celebrate Danforth Park's 80th Birthday!

7:00 p.m.

SUB Ballroom B

kick off National Women's History Month by joining us for a grand celebration of the 80th birthday of a woman-powered movement to create MSU's Iris Garden.


Wednesday, March 10

SuperGirls becoming Super Women!

Noon-1:00 p.m.

SUB 168

It may be difficult to imagine today, but girls and women were not always encouraged to be athletic and engage in organized sports.   Join VOICE Center coordinator, Alanna Sherstad for this informative talk about the history and impact of Title IX.  She will also talk about the SuperGirls Empowerment Running program which matches girls ages 7-13 with adult mentors to learn positive lessons about self-image, body awareness, bullying, and teamwork. 

Wednesday, March 10

Screening of Iron Jawed Angels

7:00 p.m.

Procrastinator Theater

Join us for this screening of the dramatized historical account of young suffragists Alice Paul, Lucy Burns, and Anna Howard Shaw who struggled for women's right to vote. 

Wednesday, March 24

Women's History Month Reception

5:30 p.m. The Alumni Building

Join us for the 18th annual Women's History Month Reception where we will present this year's "Student of Achievement" Awards.  We are proud to feature MSU's new President, Waded Cruzado, as our keynote speaker. This event is co-sponsored with the MSU Alumni Association. 


Tuesday, March 30

Making Herstory: The League of Women Voters

7:00 p.m.

SUB 233

Join us for this discussion about the Montana League of Women Voters by Kathleen Williams who will cover the history and goals of the League,as well as provide information on the local, state and national chapters and how they each work towards promoting women's participation in politics.  


Wednesday, March 31

Women's Roles in Powwows

Noon- 1 p.m.

SUB 168

This panel of American Indian women will discuss women's unique and powerful roles in the powwow circle, and during the preparations for this sacred celebration.


All events are sponsored by the MSU Women's Center and are free and open to the public.


"In the end antiblack, antifemale, and all forms of discrimination are equivalent to the same thing - antihumanism."

-Shirley Chisholm