Women’s History Month

2018 Women’s History Month



Saturday, March 3

Black Women Rock!

Conservation Auditorium, Natural Resources Building

5 P.M.

Black Women Rock! is modeled after the “Black Girls Rock!” Awards, which were created by philanthropist Beverly Bond in 2006 to celebrate black women who are trailblazers, change makers or dynamos in their respective fields. The goal of this event is to recognize the outstanding efforts and accomplishments of black women at MU and in the community, as they uphold Bond’s mission to change the world by empowering black girls to lead, innovate and serve. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

Monday, March 5

LGBTQ at the Movies: “Her Story”

LGBTQ Resource Center

5 P.M.

Join the LGBTQ Resource Center for the second installment of their monthly movie discussion series.  This month’s film, “Her Story,” features predominantly LGBTQ Women. Her Story is about two transgender women in Los Angeles who have given up on love, when a sudden chance encounters give them hope.


Tuesday, March 6

Tools for Breaking the Glass Ceiling

Women’s Center

Noon-1 P.M.

The Chancellor’s Status of Women Committee presents a conversation about entering the work force and making your way to the top. This event will feature women leaders at MU who have successfully “broken the glass ceiling” in the workplace. Attendees will get the opportunity to ask questions about career advice, planning and mentorship, as well as hear from panelists about their own experiences. Lunch will be provided. For more information, contact Nicole Campione-Barr at campionebarrn@missouri.edu.

Sponsored by the MU Chancellor’s Status of Women Committee.


Wednesday, March 7

WGST Wednesday

Women’s Center

Noon-1 P.M.

Women, Gender, and the Academy: A Performative Journey

M. Heather Carver, Chair and Artistic Director for the MU Theatre Department

Dr. M. Heather Carver has written and performed a trilogy of award-winning autobiographical plays including “Booby Prize: A Comedy About Breast Cancer,” “Booby Trap: A Hair-Raising Experience,” and “Booby Hatch: A Hysterical Musicale.” During this presentation, Carver will lead a discussion about the ways in which working as an artist and scholar in the academy is an embodied, gendered experience. Lunch will be provided for the first 25 participants.


African American Experience in Missouri Lecture Series

Margaret Bush Wilson and the Promise of America: A Pragmatic Civil Rights Vision

Stotler Lounge, Memorial Union

6:30 P.M.

Dr. Priscilla Dowden-White, associate professor of history at the University of Missouri–St. Louis and author of “Groping toward Democracy: African American Social Welfare Reform in St. Louis, 1910 – 1949,” will explore the life and legacy of St. Louis attorney and NAACP titan Margaret Bush Wilson. In her lifelong struggle to advance freedom and equality for African Americans, women, and all those who were excluded from the mainstream of society, Margaret Bush Wilson blazed a courageous legal trail marked by landmark decisions and major advances that opened up doors to equal opportunity for all Americans. Dowden-White will examine the relationship between the philosophical viewpoints and experiences at the root of Wilson’s definition of justice and fairness for all.

Sponsored by The State Historical Society of Missouri, MU Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity, and the Missouri Humanities Council.


Thursday, March 8

Tunnel of Oppression

Leadership Auditorium, MU Student Center

7 P.M.

Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive event that allows participants to learn more about experiences of marginalized groups. The event debriefing will provide a space to unpack these experiences, discuss the broader systemic structures and ideologies in place that create these dynamics, and gain language and knowledge in thinking about oppression.

Sponsored by the Multicultural Center.



Friday, March 9


Triangle Space, MU Student Center

10 A.M. – 2 P.M.

The Mu Chapter of Delta Xi Nu Multicultural Sorority, Inc., in collaboration with the Women’s Center, presents the signature event RespectHER, which aims to embrace womxn of all identities, ages and sizes. Come out and help put together a tapestry of empowerment using T-shirts while learning more about how to RespectHER.


Gaymer Night

2206 MU Student Center

6-8 P.M.

Join the LGBTQ Resource Center for Gaymer Night, a night dedicated to LGBTQ folx who love gaming of all kinds! Bring your friends, bring your game consoles, and have some fun! To get involved or to volunteer a system, email lgbtq@missouri.edu.


Wednesday, March 14

WGST Wednesday

Women’s Center

1-2 P.M.

Understanding the “T” in LGBT: Transgender Stigma, Stress and Health:

Loren Bauerband, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, MU Department of Health Sciences

Dr. Loren Bauerband, whose current research investigates how experiences of discrimination and stigma affect stress, coping and health behaviors, will discuss their progression as a graduate student researching transgender health using the Minority Stress framework. The conversation will include a discussion of the challenge to differentiate transgender experiences from sexual minority experience in psychology research, as well as how the relationship between minority stress and health relates between sexual minorities and gender minorities. Lunch provided for the first 25 participants.


Women’s Poetry Night

Women’s Center

6-8 P.M.

All are welcome to come celebrate MU’s Annual Women’s Poetry Night. Join renowned and up-and-coming poets and spoken word artists from the MU and Columbia communities as they share their literary works. Light refreshments will be provided.

Sponsored by the MU Women’s Center and the Counseling Center.


The Drowning Girls (Wednesday, March 14 – Sunday, March 18)

Black Box Theatre, Studio 4

Wednesday – Saturday, 7:30 P.M.

Sunday, 2 P.M.

Three women rise from watery graves to prosecute their murderer in this morbidly funny play. Based on the true story of one of England’s most notorious serial murderers, the audience becomes judge and jury in the trial, as violence against women then echoes to now. Shocking and delightful, it will take your breath away. Group discounts available. To purchase tickets, call -573-882-PLAY (7529).


Thursday, March 15


Leadership Auditorium, 2501 MU Student Center

7 P.M.

The film “Dolores” highlights Dolores Huerta’s incredible life story and the many roles she played as farm worker, environmental justice activist, mother, feminist, and more. A panel discussion will follow the film.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Sponsored by the MU Sustainability Office, Women’s Center, Multicultural Center, The Bridge in the College of Education, and the Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity.

Friday, March 16

What’s the Matter with White Women? Settler Colonialism and the History of U.S. Women’s Property Rights

Laurel Clark Shire, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History, Western University

Leadership Auditorium, MU Student Center

3 P.M.

During this lecture, Dr. Laura Clark Shire will offer historical context about why 53 percent of white women supported Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential Election, in spite of numerous allegations against him of sexual assault, harassment and discrimination. Shire will argue that white women have long been recruited by white, patriarchal, settler colonial regimes (in the U.S.) to support colonization.

Sponsored by The State Historical Society of Missouri, MU Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity, and the Missouri Humanities Council.


Saturday, Mar. 17

Women’s Leadership Conference

Tiger Hotel

9 A.M.–3 P.M.

The Women’s Leadership Conference coincides with Women’s History Month and is designed to bring students and female leaders from mid-Missouri together to discuss the past, present, and future of women’s leadership on a global level. The conference is built upon four pillars: networking, education, empowerment and diversity. Registration required. For more information, email gardnerjs@missouri.edu.

Sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement and the Women’s Center.


Green Dot Conference

Location provided upon registration.

9 A.M.–3 P.M.

The Green Dot Spring Conference, sponsored by the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Center, is part of the overall Green Dot strategy to end violence through the practice of bystander intervention. Bring a friend and stop the red dots from outnumbering our green dots! Lunch will be provided. Registration and more information is available at rsvp.missouri.edu.


Tuesday, March 20

Social Justice Seder

Hillel Center

6 P.M.

Social Justice Seder is an annual event, which remixes the Passover Seder through a dinner celebrating the pursuit of freedom from oppression. It’s an interactive community meal that will brings campus members to the table to eat food symbolic to Jewish culture, walk through the Passover story, and discuss modern day social plagues. To register, visit https://mizzouhillel.com/.

Sponsored by Mizzou Hillel and the Department of Social Justice.


The Voices You Don’t Hear

Stotler Lounge, Memorial Union

6–7:30 P.M.

Join us for a conversation about the portrayal of marginalized race, sexuality, gender and religious communities within the institution of journalism and the media.

Sponsored by the LGBTQ Resource Center and the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX.


Wednesday, March 21

Feminism 101

Women’s Center

Noon–1 P.M.

Are you new to feminism? Are you looking to have conversations about the basics? Join staff from the Women’s Center as they provide a crash course on feminism and share information about social justice spaces on campus. Food will be provided for the first 25 people.


11th Annual Women’s Health & Wellness Fair

Stotler Lounge, Memorial Union

11 A.M.–1 P.M.

The Chancellor’s Status of Women Committee invites all students, faculty and staff to join us at the 11th Annual Women’s Health & Wellness Fair. Come enjoy FREE fun, snacks, prizes and information for your well-being (or to share with the women in your life)! This event celebrates women’s health and wellness by bringing more than 35 vendors to campus for a “one-stop shop” resource fair. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn, grow and get some free swag!  For more information, contact Heather Hoffman at hoffmanh@missouri.edu.

Sponsored by the Chancellor’s Status of Women Committee.



Women’s History Month at MU is a collaborative effort of the MU Department of Women’s & Gender Studies, Women’s Center, Department of Social Justice, Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity, Mizzou Hillel, The Bridge in the College of Education, Environmental Leadership Office, and The State Historical Society of Missouri.


Unless otherwise indicated, events are sponsored by the WHM Committee. All programs and events and free and open to faculty, staff, students and members of the community.


We are committed to ensuring all of our events are accessible and inclusive to all.  Please contact Danielle Palomo at palomod@missouri.edu one week prior to the event if you anticipate any barriers to your participation.