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Women’s History Month

Vanderbilt celebrates Women’s History Month each March. Women’s History Month honors and celebrates the struggles and achievements of women of all nations and cultures.

The art featured on the 2024 Women’s History Month poster is created by Liz Flores, a Chicago-based painter and muralist deeply influenced by the everyday human experience, storytelling, and the female body. Working primarily with acrylic paint on canvas, her work is a representation of the human condition through lines, shapes, and abstract figures and is driven by her interests in community, womanhood, and Latinidad. While the women in her paintings are influenced by her experiences, they remain ambiguous in face and form, allowing the viewer to see themselves.

Her mural work can be found throughout the Chicagoland Area. In addition to working with private and commercial clients like Lululemon and Target, she has exhibited her artwork in galleries throughout Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Canada. You can learn more about Liz Flores and her work here.

For more about the origins of Women’s History Month, visit womenshistorymonth.gov.

Questions? Please contact the Women’s Center at womenctr@vanderbilt.edu

Joining an event on Zoom this month? Use one of our WHM Background Images!

Thursday, February 29
4:00 p.m.
Black Cultural Center Auditorium

Black Pearl: Honoring Matriarchal Love and Wisdom

Target Audience: All

This event aims to uplift and illuminate the invaluable contributions of matriarchal figures in our lives, creating a space where their stories can echo through generations.


Thursday, February 29
5:30 p.m.
Buttrick 101

Women of the British Atlantic Slave Trade: A Talk by Stephanie Jones-Rogers

Stephanie Jones-Rogers, Associate Professor of History, University of California Berkeley

Target Audience: All

Stephanie Jones-Rogers will share her research about women, systems of bondage, and the slave trade. Dinner will be provided.

 

 

 


Thursday, February 29
7:30 p.m.
Sarratt Cinema

Screening of Vicenta

Target Audience: All

This documentary tells the story of a working-class mother in Argentina who faces challenges in seeking an abortion for her daughter, who has been sexually abused.

 

 

 

 

 


Friday, March 1– Friday, March 29

Period Product Supply Drive

Target Audience: All

Donations can be dropped off throughout March during the Women’s Center’s normal hours.
You can purchase items to donate to the Community Resource Center here.

 

 

 

 


Friday, March 1–Sunday, March 31
K.C. Potter Center

K.C. Potter Center Women’s History Month Exhibit

Target Audience: All

This exhibit on women’s queer relationships and romantic friendships will be on display during the opening hours of the K.C. Potter Center.

 


Friday, March 1
10:00 a.m.–5:45 p.m.
Board of Trust Room, Student Life Center

Live. Learn. Lead. Symposium

Target Audience: Undergraduate, Graduate, and Professional Students

This symposium will explore strategies to navigate conflict, enhance work-life balance, and develop impactful mentorship connections for women.

Please register here.


Friday, March 1
12:00–1:00 p.m.
Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center
Free Book Friday

Target Audience: All

Come to the Women’s Center to pick up a book related to women’s history!

 

 


Monday, March 4
12:00–1:00 p.m.
Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center
Women’s History Month Kickoff

Target Audience: All
Stop by for refreshments, conversation, and a chance to pick up a copy of the month’s printed events calendar!

 

 


Monday, March 4
5:00 p.m.
Commons MPR
Speaker Series: Miller Morris

Miller Morris, Founder of the Comma Collective

Target Audience: All

 

 


Monday, March 4
7:00 p.m.
Vanderbilt Divinity School, The Space
Can Surrogacy Be Feminist? How About Christian?

Target Audience: All
Join Professor Kao, a feminist Christian and former surrogate, as she unpacks what is behind the societal discomfort with this method of family expansion and then offers a vision where surrogacy, if conducted ethically, can advance both feminist and Christian aims.

 

 


Tuesday, March 5
4:00–5:00 p.m.
Sarratt 189
What’s [Sex] Got to Do with It?: Romantic Friendships in Early 20th Century Women’s Colleges

Target Audience: All 

This presentation will discuss the hidden history of queer women’s relationships in higher education.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Wednesday, March 6
12:00–1:30 p.m.
Alumni Hall, Room 206
International Women’s Day Celebration

Target Audience: All

This celebration of girls and women across the globe will feature a lunchtime panel discussion with members of the Vanderbilt community.

 


Thursday, March 7
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Sarratt 335

Women’s History Month Relax and Unwind 

Target Audience: All

Please consider stopping by the Student Center for Social Justice and Identity to decompress, destress, and enjoy a treat!

 

 


Thursday, March 7
12:15 p.m.
Kissam MPR C210

Beyonce, Taylor Swift, and Barbie, Oh My!

Target Audience: All

Join Warren College’s celebration of Women’s History Month with the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center Ambassadores for a discussion around the impact of women’s media on the economy! Lunch will be provided.

 

 

 


Friday, March 8
12:00–1:00 p.m.
Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center
Free Book Friday

Target Audience: All

Come to the Women’s Center to pick up a book related to women’s history!

 

 


Monday, March 18
12:00–1:00 p.m.
Zoom
Rumbling with an Open Mind: Strategies for Conflict Resolution
Stacey Satchell, ICF Professional Certified Coach, MA, MS, Director, Graduate and Academic Success Program
Target Audience: All

This session, part of the Work–Life Workshop series, will focus on tools to manage conflict resolution.

Register here.

 


Tuesday, March 19
12:00–2:30 p.m.
Eskind Biomedical Library Room 238
Women in Bioethics

Target Audience: All

This panel discussion on current research in the field of bioethics will include a round of lightning talks from current graduate students and faculty from the Philosophy Department and the Vanderbilt Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society.

 

 

 


Tuesday, March 19
2:00 p.m.
Women’s Center
Tuesday Tea with the Women’s Employee Affinity Group

Target Audience: Staff and Faculty

Join the Women’s Employee Affinity Group for a chance to network with other women staff and faculty members at Vanderbilt.

 

 


Tuesday, March 19
4:00 p.m.
Buttrick 102
Choices and Challenges: Women’s Reproductive Health Care Post-Roe

Merle Hoffman, CEO, Choices Women’s Medical Center

Target Audience: All

Join us to learn from author, activist, and longtime feminist, Merle Hoffman, the CEO of one of the nation’s largest women’s medical facilities.

 

 


Wednesday, March 20
12:00 p.m.
Buttrick 123
Inclusive Book Group: Five Little Indians

Target Audience: All

Please join us for a conversation about Michelle Good’s book, Five Little Indians.

Register here.

 


Wednesday, March 20
12:00–2:00 p.m.
Cohen 134
Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

Target Audience: All

This session will discuss how to edit and improve Wikipedia’s coverage of women artists, curators, and architects in meaningful ways. Lunch will be provided.

 


Thursday, March 21
12:00–1:30 p.m.
Women’s Center
Feminist Art Exhibit

Target Audience: All

Stop by the Women’s Center to see ceramic pieces made by Vanderbilt community members in the spirit of Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party.

 


Thursday, March 21
6:00 p.m.
Women’s Center
A League of Our Own: A Panel Discussion 

Target Audience: All

Join the Women’s Center Ambassadores and Women in Government for a panel discussion with the women leading the Nashville Metro Council.

 

 

 


Friday, March 22
12:00–1:00 p.m.
Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center
Free Book Friday

Target Audience: All

Come to the Women’s Center to pick up a book related to women’s history!

 

 


Friday, March 22
3:00–7:00 p.m.
Student Life Center Ballrooms
Women in STEM Symposium

Target Audience: All

The symposium will feature interactive panel discussions and workshops, networking opportunities, and much more!

 

 


Friday, March 22
7:00 p.m.
Rothschild Black Box Theater

No Man’s Land Film Festival Screening

Target Audience: All

As a way to showcase amazing women climbers, the Vanderbilt Climbing Club will be hosting this screening with support from the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center.

Tickets available here.

 

 


Monday, March 25
12:00–1:15 p.m.
Alumni Hall, Memorial Room 202
Hidden Labor: Women, Caregiving, and the Academy

Feylyn Mercedies Lewis, Ph.D., Assistant Dean, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing

Yolanda J. McDonald, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Human and Organizational Development

Kathleen Seabolt, Ed.D., Executive Director, Vanderbilt Child and Family Center

Claudine Taaffe, Ph.D., Associate Chair, Department of African American and Diaspora Studies

Moderated by Stacey Bonner, MSW, Director, Health and Wellness Programs

Target Audience: All

This session of the Women in the Academy series will examine challenges associated with caregiving while pursuing a career.


Monday, March 25
4:00–5:00 p.m.
Central Library, Room 418A
Discussion of Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret

Target Audience: All

Join a group conversation about Judy Blume’s Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret,  the young adult classic, which has been banned multiple times since its publication in 1970.

 


Tuesday, March 26
5:00–7:00 p.m.
Community Room,
Central Library
Book Talk with Andrew Maraniss

Target Audience: All

Author Andrew Maraniss will be speaking about his book Inaugural Ballers: The True Story of the First U.S. Women’s Olympic Basketball Team.

 

 

 

 


Wednesday, March 27
12:00 p.m.
Sarratt 325/327
Standing on Business: Navigating the Workplace as Black Women
An Alumnae Career Panel
Target Audience: All

Join the AVBA in celebrating Women’s History Month  for lunch and a panel discussion featuring Black Vanderbilt alumnae

 

 

 

 


Wednesday, March 27
5:00 p.m.
Buttrick 102
Under G-D

Target Audience: All

This short documentary explores the movement to protect access to abortion as a matter of religious liberty. Following the film, there will be a discussion featuring Professor Rebecca Epstein-Levi (Jewish Studies and GSS) and Professor Sara Mayeux (Law School).

 

 

 

 


Thursday, March 28
4:00 p.m.
Buttrick 101
Period: The Real Story of Menstruation

Kate Clancy, Professor of Anthropology, University of Illinois

Target Audience: All

Kate Clancy will share her bold and revolutionary perspective on the science and cultural history of menstruation.

 

 

 


Friday, March 29
12:00–1:00 p.m.
Alumni Hall, Room 206
Period Product Packing Party

Target Audience: All

Join the Women’s Center and the Community Resource Center (CRC) to pack menstrual products for distribution to nonprofits and schools in Middle Tennessee. If you aren’t able to attend, please consider purchasing items for the CRC through their Amazon Wishlist.

 


Friday, March 29
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
The Space, Vanderbilt Divinity School
Chat + When Conference 

Target Audience: Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students

Register here.

This hybrid event will facilitate international research collaborations, networking, and mentoring.