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The University of Missouri recognizes and celebrates Women’s History Month every March.

In the interest of health and public safety, many events have been postponed or canceled. Please see updates below.

Please follow mualert.missouri.edu/coronavirus/ for updates from the university. If you have any questions about Women’s History Month programs, please email muwomenscenter@missouri.edu.

Download the 2020 WHM poster (pdf)

Women’s History Month at MU is a collaborative effort of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies; Women’s Center; Department of Social Justice; Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity; The Bridge in the College of Education; Department of Black Studies; Chancellor’s Status of Women Committee; and The State Historical Society of Missouri. Unless otherwise indicated, events are sponsored by the WHM Committee. All programs and events are free and open to the public.

We are committed to ensuring our events are accessible and inclusive. Please contact muwomenscenter@missouri.edu one week prior to the event if you anticipate barriers to your participation

March 2

  • Coffee with the Advocates. 10 a.m. at the Women’s Center. Join advocates from the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Center for coffee and an informal conversation on the services and support they provide around relationship and sexual violence. Sponsored by the Relationship and Violence Prevention (RSVP) Center and the Women’s Center.

March 3

  • Healthy Relationships: 6 p.m. at the Women’s Center. Join Feminist Student Union and SHAPE as they sit and discuss healthy relationships. Talk, Respect, Consent, Enjoy: it’s not just for romantic or sexual relationships, but also friends and others in your life.

March 5

  • Dear WC: What’s an Annual Exam. 5:30 p.m. at the Women’s Center. Not sure what to expect at an annual? Don’t know what to ask your doctor? Join the Student Health Center and Planned Parenthood as they cover all you need to know.

March 9

  • WHM Trivia Night. 5:30–8 p.m. at the Women’s Center. Grab your friends and create a team! It’s time to go toe to toe on some Women’s History Month Trivia. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams! Light snacks will be provided.

March 10

  • Tunnel of Oppression. 2-8 p.m. at Memorial Union’s Stotler Lounge. Join us for this powerful experience to learn firsthand the impacts of privilege, oppression, and power through a one-hour guided tour of the tunnel. Participants will engage in interactive simulations on the marginalization and oppression various identity groups experience on Mizzou’s campus and in society. RSVP for tours is required and can be found on MCC Engage. Sponsored by the Multicultural Center.

March 11-15

  • Votes for Women. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Rhynsburger Theatre. This MU Theatre production commemorates the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment. “Docu-dramatic” in form, the production dramatizes events from the long history of women’s quest for enfranchisement in the U.S., a story that encompasses how that history intersects with the larger story of securing America’s long-deferred dream of “liberty and justice” for all. It begins with Abigail Adams’ injunction to “Remember the ladies” in 1776 and ends with Stacey Abrams’ formation of the Fair Fight movement in 2019. The performance text is drawn from a wide range of historical sources including letters, speeches, newspaper and magazine articles, poems, songs, sermons, political cartoons, trial transcripts, and scenes from period plays. Tickets are $17 and can be purchased online or at the box office.

March 11

  • Nevertheless, She Persisted: Gender Stereotype & the Impact on Career Choices. Noon-1 p.m. at Hill Hall 314. Join IDE’S Office of Inclusive Engagement for our Spring 2020 Core Concept Series. Diversity and inclusion are labels used to express complex, multi-faceted organizational strategies, goals and values. Pre-registration is required for all sessions. For ADA accommodations, please contact Alejandra Gudiño at GudinoA@missouri.edu. Sponsored by the Division of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity.
  • WGST Wednesdays. Noon-1 p.m. at the Women’s Center. Join us for lunchtime discussion with Dr. Lynn Itagaki about experiences in the field of Women’s & Gender Studies. Lunch will be provided to the first 25 participants.

March 12

  • CANCELED: Examining Black Women’s Health at the Intersection of HIV, IPV, and the Criminal Legal System. 3:30 p.m. at the Women’s Center. Join us for a conversation with HIV educators and advocates on the impact of HIV and HIV stigma on Black women’s health and well-being. This event is free and open to the public and snacks will be provided.

March 13

  • Community-Based Art & Collaborative Interactions. 10-11:30 a.m. at Gwynn Hall 226. Join IDE’S Office of Inclusive Engagement for our Spring 2020 Core Concept Series. Diversity and inclusion are labels used to express complex, multi-faceted organizational strategies, goals and values. Pre-registration is required for all sessions. For ADA accommodations, please contact Alejandra Gudiño at GudinoA@missouri.edu. Sponsored by the Division of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity.
Final Girl Friday
  • CANCELED: Final Girl Friday. Noon-1p.m. at the Women’s Center. Laurie Strode in Halloween. Sidney Prescott in Scream. Jay Height in It Follows. Defined as the last girl or woman alive to confront the killer, the “final girl” is a favorite horror movie trope. Through the years, the horror genre has evolved. Join us as we talk about the evolution of horror as a genre and what it means for the future of our “final girl.”
  • CANCELED. Taking Feminist Humor Seriously. 3:30 p.m. at 102 Stewart Hall, Parker Auditorium. To what degree do jokes and jabs shape the popularity of political ideologies and social movements? Why are some epithets like the chauvinist pig easily re-appropriated by their target while others such as the Feminazi are hard to shake? We not only explore how and why feminists became easy targets of mocking ridicule but pay tribute to a new age of feminist humor that has altered the political and cultural landscape. This talk is free and open to the public.

March 14

  • CANCELED. WGST Graduate Conference. 9 a.m. at 215 Tate Hall. Graduate students across all disciplines and methodologies will be presenting their research. This year’s theme is intersectionality, with a focus on theoretical and political work. Presentations may include (but are not limited to) issues surrounding race, class, gender, sexuality, nation, religion, or ability; both U.S. based or transnational from any time period. This event is free and open to the public, RSVPs are encouraged (mu.wgst@gmail.com). Lunch will be provided.
  • CANCELED. Women’s Leadership Conference. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at Memorial Union. 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. Fore more information, email columbiawlc@gmail.com. Sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement and the Women’s Center.
  • CANCELED. Allyson Felix. 6 p.m. at Jesse Auditorium. Sponsored by Campus Activities Programming Board, MU Women’s Center, Office of Student Engagement, Women’s and Gender Studies.
  • CANCELED. Missouri Women: Suffrage to Statecraft Exhibit. 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the State Historical Society of Missouri Art Gallery, 605 Elm St. This exhibit features clothing and artwork from statewide collections that highlight roles of Missouri women in the national suffrage movement as well as trailblazing women in Missouri politics. Enjoy a pop-up performance at the opening reception by students in Theatre’s production ‘Vote for Women.’

March 16

  • A Thousand Splendid Suns. Noon-1 p.m. at The Bridge. In honor of Women’s History Month, we’ll be discussing the novel A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. The novel explores the compelling story of unlikely friendship, indestructible love, and heartbreaking sacrifice. Hosseini paints the experiences of Afghan women through Mariam and Laila, born a generation apart and brought together by war, loss, and fate. A bond is formed between the two women that will change their lives and the lives of those coming after them. Share your thoughts about this intense tale of a woman’s love for her family and the acts of self-sacrifice, and the key to survival. Registration requested.

March 17

  • CANCELED: Girl Rising Film Screening. 6:30 p.m. at the Women’s Center. Travel the globe to meet nine unforgettable girls, striving beyond circumstance, pushing past limits. Their dreams, their voices, their incredible stories are captured in a film about the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Sponsored by the MU Women’s Center, Central Missouri Returned Peace Volunteer Association, the Peace Corps, MU African Interdisciplinary Studies Hub.

March 18

  • CANCELED. WGST Wednesdays. Noon-1 p.m. at the Women’s Center. Join us for lunchtime discussion with Dr. Elisa Glick about experiences in the field of Women’s & Gender Studies. Lunch will be provided to the first 25 participants.

March 19

  • CANCELED. Sexual Health Fair. 9 a.m.-Noon at Kuhlman Court. Join RHA Advocacy, Women’s Center, RSVP Center, and Student Health and Well-Being for the Sexual Health Fair! Win handouts and grab a bite to eat while learning all about contraception, safe sex, healthy relationships, and everything in between.
  • Networking and Mentoring: Social Capital in the Workplace. Noon-1:30 p.m. at Lafferre Hall W0009. Join IDE’S Office of Inclusive Engagement for our Spring 2020 Core Concept Series. Diversity and inclusion are labels used to express complex, multi-faceted organizational strategies, goals and values. Pre-registration is required. For ADA accommodations, please contact Alejandra Gudiño at GudinoA@missouri.edu. Sponsored by the Division of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity.

March 31

  • CANCELED: Women’s Poetry Night. 6 p.m. at the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center. All are welcome to come to celebrate our annual Women’s Poetry Night! Join renowned and up-and-coming poets and spoken word artists from MU and beyond as they share their literary work. Refreshments will be provided. To perform complete our “Women’s Poetry Night Sign-Up” form on WC Engage. For questions, contact Emily Tarby at elt34c@mail.missouri.edu.