Women’s History Month 2021

Women's History Month 2021: Women Continue to Save the World

Celebrate With Us

Our theme this year is “Women Continue to Save the World” which seeks to reflect on the ways in which women have contributed to political and social movements throughout history. This focus includes changes on the individual, local, national, and international level. Join us in our celebration by adding our Women’s History Month google calendar.

Women’s History Month Events

Tuesday Trivia: Women Artists in Wake’s Art Collection (3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30)

Time: Tuesday mornings

Location: via IG @wfu_uac

Sponsors: Office of University Art Collections

Description: The National Museum of Women in the Arts is again doing their #5womenartists social media campaign, calling attention to the fact that women have been treated unequally in the art world and remain underrepresented in collections.

Parent & Caregiver Appreciation Day (3/3)

Time: All Day

Location: Instagram on @wfuwomenscenter and @wfu_panhel

Sponsors: Women’s Center and Panhellenic

Description: To all of the parents and caregivers in our WFU community, we see you, we appreciate you, we celebrate you! You take care of others, who takes care of you? WFU Panehellenic has donated gift cards to local restaurants and spas that will be raffled off throughout the day on Wednesday, March 3rd.  Follow @wfuwomenscenter on IG to see all of the appreciation pouring in!  Sign up here to be entered into the raffle.

Wake Up With the Women’s Center & Dough Joe’s (3/3)

Time: 10am-11am

Location: Women’s Center, Benson 314

Sponsors: Women’s Center

Description: Come grab a doughnut and visit the Women’s Center for our monthly Wake Up with the Women’s Center!  This is a monthly hybrid self-care series, alternating between online and in person events.  Come by Benson 314, learn about all of the great events happening for Women’s History Month, grab some Women’s Center SWAG, and grab a doughnut-to-go.

Women in Culinary History (3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26)

Time: All day

Location: The Pit

Sponsors: Deacon Dining and Women’s Center

Description: Every Friday in March the Pit will feature recipes from women who made culinary history; from Buwei Yang Chao to some of our very own Deacon Dining culinarians!  Bring your appetite for women’s history and show off what you learned (and ate!) over social media for a chance to win gift cards and SWAG from the Pit and the Women’s Center.

My Shelf to Yours (3/10)

Time: 12pm

Location: Intercultural Center, Benson 316

Sponsors: Intercultural Center

Description: This event allows students to select a hand wrapped book authored by women of diverse backgrounds. The carefully curated collection features a wide range of genres that are tagged with intriguing clues alluding to the book that is inside.

Etaf Rum: A Woman Is No Man (3/11)

Time: 7pm

Location: Zoom

Sponsors: Bookmarks, Chaplain’s Office, Safe Office, and Women’s Center

Moderators: Najila Faizi, Muslim Life

Description: Bookmarks and the Wake Forest University’s Women’s Center are pleased to present Etaf Rum. This virtual event will be moderated by Naijla Faizi, Associate Chaplain of Muslim Life. Register here.

Transforming a Global Business During the Pandemic With Annie Young-Scrivner, CEO of Wella Company (3/11)

Time: 5pm

Location: Zoom

Sponsors: Wake Forest School of Business

Description: The Wake Forest School of Business will host Annie Young-Scrivner, CEO of Wella Company for a virtual presentation: “Transforming a Global Business during the Pandemic.” Register here. 

Friday Film Series: On the Basis of Sex (3/12)

Time: 7:30pm

Location: Fireside of Manchester Plaza (or, in case of inclement weather, Benson 409 and 410)

Sponsors: Student Union

Description: The film “On the Basis of Sex” will be shown at the fireside of Manchester, weather permitting. Students are welcome to bring blanket for warmth as they watch the movie outdoors! If weather doesn’t permit, the movie will be shown in Benson 409 and 410.

iLab Lunch and Learn: “From Margins to Center: How Institutions of Higher Learning Should Be Serving Women of Color” (3/15)

Time: 12pm

Location: Zoom

Sponsors: Intercultural Center

Description:  This presentation will include knowledge and scholarship based on Stephanie Hernandez Rivera’s research agenda, as well as her experience as an undergraduate student, graduate student, researcher, and previous practitioner in student affairs. Through this presentation she hopes to shed light on how her experience, coupled with pre-existing scholarship, and her own research demonstrate the urgency to directly serve Women of Color in Higher Education. She advocates for this in the larger campus community, as well as within counterspaces, social justice spaces, and campus equity and inclusion efforts on campus. She is a Doctoral Candidate in the Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis Department at the University of Missouri. Register here. 

Period Week  (3/15-3/19)

Location: Women’s Center IG @wfuwomenscenter

Sponsors: Office of Sustainability, Her Campus, APO,  the Women’s Center

Description: Please join the Women’s Center and various communities across campus in a healthy, inclusive discussion about periods. Half of the world menstruates and we intend to explore the who, what, when, where, and why.

Organicup Give-Away (3/15-3/29)

Location: Virtual

Sponsors: Women’s Center

Description: The Women’s Center has partnered with Organicup to offer free menstruation cups with code. Follow @wfuwomenscenter to receive code.

Wake Women Making a Difference: Alumni Networking Night (3/16)

Time: 6pm-7:15pm

Location: Zoom

Sponsors: Alumni Engagement, Panhellenic, Student Athlete Women’s Group, and the Women’s Center

Description: Join the Women’s Center and Alumni Engagement for a networking event with WFU alums. Students will learn about a variety of careers where they can make a positive difference in the world.  This will be an interactive event with students joining alums in zoom break out rooms to be able to ask questions, get tailored career advice, and grow their networks. Register here.

“Coming Full Circle” Lecture With Artist, Beverly McIver (3/18)

Time: 5pm-6pm

Location: Zoom

Sponsors: Art Department

Description: Beverly McIver is widely acknowledged as a significant presence in contemporary American art and has charted a new direction as an African American woman artist. She is committed to producing art that consistently examines racial, gender, social and occupational identity.

WGSS Symposium (3/19)

Time: 9am-2:00pm

Location: Zoom

Sponsors: The Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, ZSR Library, Anna Julia Cooper Center, WFU Humanities Institute, National Endowment for the Humanities, and URECA

Description: Please see symposium. final program for more details.

Rightfully Hers Pop-Up Exhibit (3/22)

Time: All Day

Location: ZSR Library Atrium

Sponsors: Z. Smith Reynolds Library

Description: Z. Smith Reynolds Library will host a new popup exhibition from the National Archives, Rightfully Hers, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Rightfully Hers contains simple messages exploring the history of the ratification of the 19th amendment, women’s voting rights before and after the 19th, and its impact today. Despite decades of marches, petitions, and public debate to enshrine a woman’s right to vote in the constitution, the 19th Amendment – while an enormous milestone – did not grant voting rights for all. The challenges of its passage reverberate to the ongoing fight for gender equity today.

Where Do I Go From Here: Activism, Advocacy, & Social Change (3/22)

Time: 5pm

Location: Zoom

Sponsors: Alumni Engagement and the Office of Civic and Community Engagement

Description: Navigating through our world can be tough- our society is wracked with racial and social injustices that impact our communities. Maybe you feel energized to be a part of the solution, but are overwhelmed and uncertain about where to begin. Join Deb Marke, from the Office of Civic and Community Engagement to discuss and map out how you can feel empowered to utilize your personal sphere of influence to work toward positive and sustained social change. Register here. Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on 3/21/21.

Virtual Conversation with Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson (3/24)

Time: 7pm

Moderator: Dr. Rowie Kirby-Straker

Sponsors: Women’s Center, Office of Sustainability, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of the Provost

Description: Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson. Dr. Johnson is a leading voice in the climate conversation and co-editor of the new anthology All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis, a powerful collection of writings by women spanning backgrounds, approaches, and generations at the forefront of the climate movement. Register here. 

Wake’s Women Week Alumni Panel:

Closing the Gender Gap: A Panel Discussion with Industry Leaders  (3/25)

Time: 6pm-7:30pm

Location: Zoom

Sponsors: Alumni Engagement

Description: Hear from fellow Wake Forest women representing various careers paths and industries, as they discuss their experiences as leaders in industries and organizations in which women have historically been underrepresented in leadership and senior positions. The panel will be moderated by Wake Forest Alumni Council President,  Alex Reyes Schroeder (’06, JD ’09), Senior Counsel Wells Fargo, Adjunct Professor University of Minnesota Law School, and features:

Dr. Julie Freischlag, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), DFSVS, Chief Executive Officer of Wake Forest Baptist Health, Dean of Wake Forest School of Medicine, and Chief Academic Officer of Atrium Health Enterprise.

Jackie Krese (P ’23), Managing Director at Credit Suisse

Melissa McGhie Proctor(’02), Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of the Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena

Captain US Navy (Retired) MJ Sweeney (’77), Operations Leader, Military Marking Strategist, and Veteran Career Transition Advocate

Tina Thornton (’93), Senior Vice President, Content Operations at ESPN

Register here. Registration will close at 11:59 p.m. EST on March 24th.

Women’s Seder (3/29)

Time: 7:30pm

Location: Zoom

Sponsors: Chaplain’s Office of Jewish Life and Women’s Center

Description: Celebrate women this Passover! This is a non-denominational event designed to promote intercultural awareness and build community.  The event is gender inclusive and open to students, faculty, staff, and alums.  We will be reading texts examining gender roles in our current society, such as “The 10 Plagues of Rape Culture,” while celebrating a traditional Passover Seder.  A Safe Office counselor will be present for any attendees in need of confidential support. Meals and Seder plates will be available for pick up on campus prior to the event that will take place over zoom.  Register here.

Lu Leake, Dean of Women

Remembering Lu Leake: Fostering a Culture of Women’s Leadership at Wake Forest.

The Wake Forest University Women’s Center is raising funds to create a lasting celebration of the legacy of Lula M. “Lu” Leake, who supported, advocated for, and modeled women’s leadership for more than 30 years at Wake Forest University. Funds raised will support the development of initiatives that advance women and promote gender equity at Wake Forest University.