Women’s History Month


At this time (March 12 – 31st) all remaining Women’s History Month events taking place on campus have been cancelled or postponed. Feel free to check our social media for important Women’s History Month updates.


We are excited to announce our 2020 Women’s History Month events, this year’s theme is “Her Story Is Our Inspiration”

Be sure to check out our Women’s History Month display at the Brookens Library all month long, curated by Brookens Library staff!

Regular updates about events can also be found on the Women’s Center Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Monday, March 2nd

Spoken Word Writing Workshop

4pm South Ballroom

As a prequel to our Open Mic Kickoff event later in the evening, join Dr. Sarah Webb at 4pm in the South Ballroom at the Student Union to learn about the art of writing spoken word poetry. Expand your skill-set around creative writing while learning more about women’s literary history!

Pleasure & Politics of Latino Popular Music: University of Illinois Press Latino Book Series 15th Anniversary Celebration (ECCE event)

6pm Brookens Auditorium

What do you know about Latino popular music?  How can we enjoy music while listening critically?  Please join Frances Aparicio, former director of the Latina and Latino Studies Program at Northwestern University, in a celebration of the 15th Year Anniversary of the University of Illinois Press Latinos in the Chicago and the Midwest Book Series.  As its founding editor, Professor Aparicio will share the history and impact of this groundbreaking series and her passion for Latina/o popular music.  Through guided listening to music, she will introduce us to Latino music forms as we learn how to be music critical listeners.  Through entertainment, we will explore the politics of sonic traditions, the construction of Blackness, and the role of women in popular music.  She will reveal the ways that local music traditions help Puerto Ricans’ grief and healing after Hurricane Maria in the midst of colonial neglect and abandonment.

Let Me Tell You Bout a Woman: Open Mic Kickoff ft. Lady Caress

9pm Student Union Grill

The second part of our two part open mic kickoff!  After our workshop with Dr. Webb at 4pm we encourage you to bring your pieces to perform at this women-centered open mic. The open mic would give students a chance to perform their original and prepared pieces as well as our professional presenter, Lady Caress, who will perform some of her own pieces.


Tuesday, March 3rd

Suffragette Tour Dana Thomas House

6pm Meet @ Women’s Center (SLB 15)

The Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site will host a specialty tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed residence for UIS students on March 3.  The tour will highlight the work of women in Illinois leading to the passage of the 19th Amendment.

Susan Lawrence Dana commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright in 1902 to design an exceptionally large home just a few short blocks away from the Illinois State Capitol. The 35-room, 12,600 square foot residence was designed to be used as a meeting place for organizations as well as for entertaining large groups of people.
On April 14, 1909, Susan Lawrence Dana hosted a reception for more than 100 women from Chicago, including Jane Addams, who were in town to advocate for passage of suffrage legislation. The tours will offer conference attendees an in-depth look at the details surrounding this reception and introduce the stories of two suffrage leaders with connections to the Dana-Thomas House.
The Dana-Thomas House, built between 1902 and 1904, is perhaps the best-preserved of Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Prairie Style” homes, with more than 300 pieces of specially made art glass and 100 pieces of original furniture. The house, located at Fourth and Lawrence Streets in Springfield, is operated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Wednesday, March 4th

Sip n Paint H.E.R.

4pm Diversity Center (SLB 22)

As a part of Women’s History Month, we will be introducing an event titled, “Sip N’ Paint H.E.R”. This month is all about celebrating and acknowledging Women’s history, leadership and contributions to the world around us and the issue we still face today. This event is focused on celebrating an influential woman figure in your life by painting a representation of that specific person. The acronym H.E.R means honest, ebullience and radiant. We want this event to be empowering by allowing students to take the time and value a woman in their life who has been a special part of their journey and impactful in any way.    

Tuesday, March 17th

Volunteering w/ Wooden it Be Lovely

For more information contact Volunteer & Civic Engagement

Wooden It Be Lovely is as a non-profit social enterprise where powerful women refurbish donated wood furniture and sell their refurbished furniture to the public. UIS student volunteers will have the opportunity to help in the paint room and sewing room. If students are not skilled in either of those areas, no worries! There are various ways students can get involved at WIBL.

Wednesday, March 18th

AAUW Salary Negotiation Workshop

4pm Union 225A

The Career Development Center, Women’s Center, and Diversity Center are proud to present AAUW’s Work Smart salary negotiation workshops on our campus. AAUW Work Smart is specifically designed to teach you how to negotiate salaries for a new job. In this two-hour workshop you’ll gain confidence in your negotiation style through facilitated discussion, role-play, and learn different skills necessary to identify and articulate your personal value. Workshop will be held from 4pm to 6pm at the Student Union.

Register Here

Thursday, March 19th

Are You Ovary-Acting? Reproductive Health Event

6pm Diversity Center

This event is open to everyone who would like to learn about reproductive health, periods, and sex education.There also will be activities focused on debunking myths about periods and Bingo. Prizes will be given out to the winners of Bingo. Food and drinks will be provided. This is the time and place to ask any questions you might have. When at this event, no one will think you’re “ovary-acting” about your concerns or questions.

Friday, March 20th

Salt of the Earth (ECCE)

7pm Brookens Auditorium

Salt of the Earth presents the true story of Mexican-American zinc miners who strike to end unsafe work conditions and unequal wages with their white counterparts.  The film explores themes regarding the role of organized labor, what it means to be American, race, and feminism.  The film stands out in history as a blacklisted film, swept up in the communist panic of the McCarthy era, but has stood the test of time to give a unique perspective of the Southwest in the 50s.  Professor Richard Gilman-Opalsky, Assistant Professor Roberto Rincon, and Amy Rueff of the AFL-CIO will provide a panel discussion following the film exploring the themes presented and the continued legacy of these topics in the modern day.

Tuesday, March 24th 

Chancellor’s Women in Leadership Reception

6-8pm Student Union Ballroom

Please RSVP to attend this amazing opportunity to network and and learn from an amazing group of women alumni and community leaders. This event offers opportunities to network in a professional setting with women who come from a variety of diverse backgrounds and work experiences. The event will take place from 6-8pm and will include open networking and a panel discussion, as well as heavy hors d’oeuvres. Our panel this year features:

Angie Muhs – Communications Manager, Memorial Health System

Irma Snopek – Policy and Communications Officer, IL State Board of Education

Destiny Skaggs – University of Illinois Springfield Police Sergeant

Elizabeth Kelly – Associate Attorney, Tueth, Keeney, Cooper, Mohan & Jackstadt   

Rikeesha Phelon – Director of Marketing and Communications, SIU School of Medicine

Wednesday, March 25th

Make Your Own Feminist Zine

5pm Library Learning Center

Join Planned Parenthood Generation Action UIS to learn about zine creation and it’s history in activist movements as you create your own feminist zine as part of Women’s History Month!

Thursday, March 26th

Black Women of Excellence Induction

7pm Student Union Ballroom

Black Women of Excellence will be celebrating its first annual induction ceremony on the university campus. Students who have fulfilled the inductee requirements will be granted membership intake. BWE will take pride in its journey to create a strong foundation as an organization, welcoming black women and other women of color to have a safe space on campus for personal development.

Friday, March 27th

Lock – In

Evening, Student Life Building

More Information Coming Soon

Saturday, March 28th

Film: Secret Life of Bees

4:30 pm Brookens Auditorium

This movie will take you on a journey with Lily, the main character while she discovers herself, and secrets about her mom she never knew. A discussion will follow.

Tuesday, March 31st

In Search of Belonging: Latinas, Media, and Citizenship with author Jillian M. Baez

6pm Brookens Auditorium

In Search of Belonging by Jillian M. Báez explores the ways Latina/o audiences, but women in particular, understand and engage American mainstream and Spanish-language media. The innovative ethnographic analysis, informed by new evidence, that was done by Báez draws on the experiences of a diverse group of Latinas in Chicago.  Through in-depth interviews, the women reveal their search for recognition and belonging through representations of Latinas in films, advertising, telenovelas, and TV shows.  In Search of Belonging answers important questions about the ways Latinas see themselves and citizenship in today’s America.  Báez gives voice to U.S. Latinas as they enact cultural citizenship, offering important insights on how Latinas consume media for a sense of affirmation, belonging, and empowerment.  This book is part of the Latinos in Chicago and the Midwest Book Series from University of Illinois Press.

Wednesday, April 1st

Closing Event

4:00pm Women’s Center

More Information Coming Soon