Photo by Madison Salyer
By Maya Meade, Blogger
March is the only month of the year that celebrates women every day and the Ohio University Women’s Center has a variety of virtual events that allow students to participate in Women’s History Month.
Women of Color Who Paved the Way — Every day
The university is kicking off Women’s History Month with an art challenge called “Women of Color Who Paved the Way.” Each weekday during March, the Division of Diversity and Inclusion will collaborate with the Women’s Center to share biographies of women of color who paved the way. They will also share ideas to create art that was inspired by women leaders, and students can create their own art and share it or submit it to the International Women’s Art Installation in 2021-2022.
Social Media Campaign — March 8
On March 8, for International Women’s Day, the OHIO Women’s Center will host a social media campaign using the hashtags #ChooseToChallenge, #IWD2021, and #OhioUInternationalWomensDay. The goal of this social media campaign — which will be hosted by the Black Student Cultural Programming Board, Center for International Studies, Department of History, International Student and Faculty Services, Multicultural Center and the Women’s Center — is to share how students choose to challenge bias and discrimination. Students can participate on Twitter and Instagram.
Rethinking Imposter Syndrome: How to Feel as Bright and Capable as They ‘Think’ You Are — March 12
On March 12, the Women’s Center, Margaret Boyd Scholars Program, Graduate College and AAUW student group are sponsoring a presentation about impostor syndrome called “Rethinking Imposter Syndrome: How to Feel as Bright and Capable as They ‘Think’ You Are.” Impostor syndrome is when people worry or think that they are not as talented, qualified or smart as other people think that they are. This presentation explains impostor syndrome and how to get through it. To participate you must register here by March 10 at midnight.
Robyn Ochs Lecture — March 15 + 21
On March 15 and 21, the OHIO LGBT Center will host a two-part lecture with Robyn Ochs, a well-known bi+ speaker, activist and author. Bringing awareness to Bisexual Health Awareness Month and Women’s History Month, this presentation explores the definitions of bisexuality and offers ways to support bisexual people. Registration for the events can be found here.
Celebrating Women 2021: 15 Years of Celebrating YOU! — March 19
“Celebrating Women 2021: 15 Years of Celebrating YOU!” will be held on March 19. This all-day conference exists to bridge relationships among women in their professions, universities and communities and will provide presentations from more than thirty speakers. Registration is free and can be found here.
Before Roe v. Wade — March 23
There will be another presentation on March 23 titled “Before Roe v. Wade” and is presented by Susan Rensing. This lecture uses a reproductive justice framework to discuss the history of Roe v. Wade and the struggles that took place for the Supreme Court decision. The topics range from women of color to resist coercive sterilizations, Ruth Bader Ginsburg on pregnancy discrimination and the discussion of state-level abortion laws. Register for the event here by March 21.
Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon — March 31
The event to close out Women’s History Month is “Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon” on March 31. Hosted by the Ohio University Libraries, this meeting addresses the imbalances in Wikipedia’s coverage of women and non-binary feminism in the arts and artists themselves. There will be training and support for people that have not edited before so all are welcome to attend. You can access the meeting through Microsoft Teams here.
All of these events are free and accessible to anyone that chooses to register. They will provide many ways for students, faculty and community members to celebrate women in the month of March. The entire calendar of events can be found here.