Celebrate Women/Womxn's History Month by attending events and sessions dedicated to the past and continued success of Women/Womxn.
Importance & Value
Women/Womxn’s History Month is a celebration and time of intentional recognition of women/womxn’s achievements and historical significance. Recognizing the achievements of women/womxn can have a huge impact on the development and confidence of girls and young women/womxn. It is hard to imagine yourself in a career when you don’t see role models that look like you in the fields you dream of contributing to. Moreover, when women/womxn are excluded from contributing to society it has devastating effects. For example. due to a lack of women/womxn in medicine it took decades to uncover that women/womxn typically experience different symptoms for heart attacks than men (something Dr. Nanette Wenger spent much of her career researching) due to a lack of women/womxn in engineering and STEM, we did not consider how seat belts may not protect women/womxn’s bodies the same way (credited to Dr. Astrid Linder). Since many of the achievements that women/womxn are responsible for are underrepresented and undervalued in our history books and literature, it is imperative that we spend time calling attention to what women/women/womxn have done and can still yet do to change our world!
History & Evolution
Started as a local celebration in California in 1978, the movement spread across the country as more communities became involved. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter declared the Week of March 8th (International Women/Womxn’s Day) as National Women/Womxn’s History Week, in response to lobbying by a determined collection of women/women/womxn’s groups. In 1987, almost a decade since the first celebrations in California, Congress officially designated March as Women/Womxn’s History Month.
**You may have noticed that we are using the term women/womxn with an x, in our calendar this year. The term women/womxn was first used in 2010 and has been adopted by many organizations in the US to intentionally include women/womxn that have historically been marginalized from women/womxn’s movements, such as non-binary/trans women/womxn. To learn more about the nuances of this spelling please visit: https://www.dictionary.com/e/letter-x-gender-neutral-language/ or https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/14/style/womxn.html.**
Celebrating March 2021
This 2021 Women/Womxn’s History Month, we celebrate the theme: “Valiant Women/Womxn of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced.” As a continuation of the Centennial celebration of the suffrage movement, a diverse collection of FAU organizations and offices are planning events, learning opportunities, and ways to get involved, all in celebration of the accomplishments and brilliance of women/womxn.
Want to learn more on your own time?
Check out some of the websites below for more information:
Special Thanks To:
And all of the other staff, faculty, and students involved in creating programming for and supporting Women/Womxn’s History Month 2021!