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Celebrating Women’s History Month at MU

Check out some of the events MU is hosting to celebrate women everywhere.

To celebrate Women’s History Month this March and International Women’s Day on March 8, Millersville University is set to host a series of events honoring the vital role women have played throughout history.

Celebrations began at Millersville on March 1 with the First Friday performance, “Thunda N’ Mimosas: This One’s for the Girls,” a poetry showcase and open mic presented by Thunda Khatt in Steinman Hall.

Millersville’s Title IX Office will host educational events for students, faculty and staff from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Memorial Center Atrium on the following dates:

  • March 12: Learn about the women who influenced the creation of Title IX.
  • March 19: Learn about Women’s History Month.
  • March 26: Learn about influential women in history.

On March 22, the President’s Commission on the Status of Women will host a free event for the public in Biemesderfer Hall at the Winter Visual Performing Arts Center. Free childcare will be provided for attendees by MU Early Childhood Organization.

  • 5 to 7 p.m.: Shop womxn-owned businesses, connect with local community groups, and the first 300 guests will receive food from food trucks.
  • 7 to 8:15 p.m.: Listen to Theodora Talks from Magisterial District Judge and 2016 alumna Jodie Richardson, County Commissioner Alice Yoder and Franklin & Marshall College’s Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Gretchel Hathaway.
  • Performances by: The Imani African Dance Company, Ballet Folklorico by Elcy Reynoso and an acapella performance by Millersville student organization, Ville Harmonics.

According to the National Women’s History Muesum, the recognition of Women’s History Month traces back to Santa Rosa, California, where the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women launched a “Women’s History Week” celebration in 1978. This initiative, held during the week of March 8 to align with International Women’s Day, quickly gained momentum and the following year, communities across the nation began organizing their own events. By 1980, the movement garnered significant support which lead to a successful campaign for national recognition of the week. Beginning in 1995 and continuing until today, each president of the United States has issued a proclamation declaring March Women’s History Month.

For a full list of events on and around campus to celebrate Women’s History Month, visit the Events Calendar for more information.

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