TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — To honor, to inspire and to amplify the contribution of women throughout history, Women’s History Month was passed into law by the U.S. Congress in March 1987.
To celebrate the month at The University of Alabama, the Women and Gender Resource Center has a lineup of events focusing on 100 years of women’s suffrage.
“This year is particularly important because it’s the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage and when white women gained the right to vote,” said Jaclyn Northrup, assistant director of the center.
“Certainly with the passage of the 19th amendment, everyone should have had the right to vote, but with those who are disenfranchised, they experience more obstacles than others.”
Elizabeth Lester, student engagement coordinator for the center, said it’s important to celebrate the achievements and history of any marginalized people groups.
“Many people struggle to name women in history outside of Susan B. Anthony and Harriet Tubman,” Lester said. “Part of history is coming to terms with your history and get healing.”
This month’s events are as follows:
— March 1-31: “Gorgas Library Women’s History Month Exhibit: Do You Know These Suffragists?” A celebration of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment that celebrates women of color who were instrumental in winning the vote for women.
— March 4: As I Am: Black Women’s Discussion Group talks about being “Beautiful As I Am” at the Intercultural Diversity Center from 2 to 4 p.m.
— March 5: “International Women’s Day Lunch and Learn” where women from different countries will share their experiences in 3700 Ferguson Student Center from noon to 1 p.m.
— March 10: “Crafting Feminist Futures” event celebrates women with arts and crafts in the Ferguson Center Great Hall from noon to 3 p.m.
— March 25: As I Am: Black Women’s Discussion Group talks about at the Intercultural Diversity Center from 2 to 4 p.m.
— March 25: “Unequal Bake Sale” on the second floor of the Ferguson Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
— March 26: Every Woman Book Club reading Marilynne Robinson’s “Gilead.” RSVP with firstname.lastname@example.org.
— March 26: Every Student Book Club reading “Labyrinth Lost” by Zoraida Córdova. RSVP with email@example.com.
— March 28-29: “Alabama Women Student Leadership Conference (ALA-WSL)” will be a two-day event at Shelby Hall.
— March 29: “Ready to Run,” an event where women will be encouraged to run for political offices, will be at the Ferguson Center Heritage Room from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
— March 31: “LunaFest Film Festival” at the Ferguson Center theater from 6-10 p.m.
The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.