Women/Womxn's History Month

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.


If you are planning on attending any in person events please take the following precautions:

  1. Wear a mask with two or more layers that covers your nose, mouth, and chin at all times (keep a spare on you in case your mask gets wet)
  2. Stay at least 6 feet away from people you don't live with
  3. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (if this is not available use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol) and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

For additional guidance on gathering safely visit our national and university websites on Covid-19. Together we can ensure the safety of our FAU community.

 Last Modified 3/12/21