Women's History Month

Women's History Month March 2021 with purple and teal paintstrokes

In celebration of March's Women's History Month, UC offers an annual series of programs and events to honor and celebrate the achievements of women at UC and beyond who have faced challenges, conquered barriers, and worked to improve the world for all women. Women's History Month coincides with International Women's Day on March 8.

Schedule of Events

AAUW Smart Start Salary Negotiation Workshop | March 1, 2021 (5-7pm)

Join this session on Zoom to learn how to research your target salary, highlight your accomplishments and find the right words — and the confidence — to negotiate for better benefits and pay. You can sign up for a free in-person workshop or online course, which takes less than two hours to complete and can be done at your own pace.

Negotiating increases your potential to earn more — and can make the difference for paying off loans, supporting your family, buying what you want and need and saving for the future.

  • One year out of college, women are already paid significantly less than men.
  • The gap grows larger over time during a woman’s career.
  • Women who work full time take home about 82 cents for every dollar a full-time male worker is paid.
  • Unless things change, the pay gap will not close til 2106 — that’s why we’re empowering women nation-wide with salary negotiation skills — and working to change polices and employer culture.

21 Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge presented by the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati | March 1-29, 2021

The challenge is designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership. Participants will be presented with challenges such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, reflecting on personal experience, and more. Participation in an activity like this helps us to discover how racial injustice and social injustice impact our community, to connect with one another, and to identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination. This is an exciting opportunity to dive deep into racial equity and social justice. Learn more!

Gotcha Covered presented by the Student Wellness Center | March 2, 2021

The Gotcha Covered condom distribution program is designed to increase condom distribution on and around campus for UC students. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), condom distribution programs are effective at increasing condom use, increasing condom carrying, promoting delayed sexual involvement, and reducing incidence of STIs. Currently, students can get free condoms from the Student Wellness Center during business hours. This program allows UC students to become a certified Gotcha Covered volunteer by attending a 1-hour sexual health education workshop. Once certified, students will be given a supply of condoms to have available for fellow students and residents. Currently, there are over 500 trained Gotcha Covered volunteers at UC. Join this event on WebEx.

Black Feminist Symposium - Session 5 | March 3, 2021 (5-7pm)

The Black Feminist Symposium is an in-house, day-long conference dedicated to uplifting Black scholarship and celebrating Black voices, forums, panels, and lectures that are led by students, staff, faculty, and community members. The Black Feminist Symposium works to unite black feminist work being done amongst UC members with the community at large. By hosting this annual symposium the UCWC is able to connect student activism with community work while supporting space that elevates Black contributions to achieving social justice. This session will feature a keynote by Manan Voice. Join this event on Zoom.

Women of Student Government Photo Shoot | March 7, 2021 (11am-1pm)

Calling all women-identifying and gender minority students in Undergraduate Student Government to join us for our annual photo shoot. To ensure that University COVID-19 protocol is followed and that student safety is prioritized, masks and social distancing will be required. Please refer to your email for shift sign-ups.

Immigration, Detention, Prisons, and Criminalization: Taking Children and Reproductive (In)Justice | March 8, 2021 (3:30pm)

The UC College of Law Nathaniel R. Jones Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice is pleased to present the Taft Lecture for Women’s History Month, featuring Dr. Laura Briggs, Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Professor Briggs is an expert on U.S. and international child welfare policy and on transnational and transracial adoption. She received her A.B. from Mount Holyoke College, her M.T.S. from Harvard University, and her Ph.D. in American Studies from Brown University. Her research studies the relationship between reproductive politics, neoliberalism, and the longue durée of U.S. empire and imperialism. Briggs has also been at the forefront of rethinking the field and frameworks of transnational feminisms. Briggs newly published book Taking Children: A History of American Terror (University of California Press, 2020), examines the 400-year-old history of the United States’ use of taking children from marginalized communities—from the taking of Black and Native children during America’s founding to Donald Trump’s policy of family separation for Central American migrants and asylum seekers at the U.S./Mexico border—as a violent tool for political ends. Join this event on Zoom.

International Women's Day Tabling | March 8, 2021 (11am-2pm)

Happy International Women's Day! Join us on MainStreet to celebrate YOU and grab a free t-shirt and treats! Each year, this day celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of womxn.Use this day to reflect on womxn's fight for equality and learn how you can raise awareness to initiate social change.

Women's Center Mindfulness Series | March 8, 2021 (5-7pm)

Join us for a mindfulness practice session with our guest facilitator Sonya Verma. We will be doing a gentle yin yoga practice so bring your yoga mat, towel, or anything you have with you to this virtual session. Join this event on Zoom.

International Women's Day Tabling | March 9, 2021 (11am-2pm)

Happy International Women's Day! Join us on MainStreet to celebrate YOU and grab a free t-shirt and treats! Each year, this day celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of womxn.Use this day to reflect on womxn's fight for equality and learn how you can raise awareness to initiate social change.

Women Who Blazed the Trail | March 9, 2021 (6pm)

Join us on Teams as we honor the contributions and accomplishments of UC faculty and staff of color. We hope to honor those women that have paved the way for others by breaking barriers, opening the doors of possibility, and inspiring students to make a change.

Gender Based Violence Prevention Training | March 10, 2021 (4-5:30pm)

This event is hosted on WebEx by the Student Wellness Center. TW: Joining us for a training regarding GBVP to educate yourself and those around you. Let's be allies to sexual assault surviors and learn to be proactive in creating a safe space for all.

Black Feminist Symposium - Self Care Retreat | March 12, 2021 (10am-1pm)

Join us for the Black Feminist Symposium Self Care Retreat. During times of chaos, it can feel ridiculous to seek out the things that make us feel good, but we have to intentionally choose it in order to nourish our vitality. Black women deserve to be given space to not only pour into themselves but they deserve to be poured into. We are taking an opportunity to give Black women what they are so often deprived of: time and intentional space for leisure, affirmation, support, and the option to choose feeling good. Please feel free to join at any time during the retreat experience. Join this event on Zoom.

pampHER yourself | March 11, 2021 (11am-2pm)

Meet Undergraduate Student Government on UC MainStreet to pickup some self-care items! Show us how you self-care by tagging @ucstudentgov using #empowHERmentweek and #HowISelfCare to be entered in a raffle for a free t-shirt.

empowHERed Video | March 12, 2021 (All Day)

Follow Undergraduate Student Government on Twitter at @ucstudentgov to see how they're celebrating International Women's Week!

Menstrual Product Drive | March 13, 2021 (1-3pm)

Assemble period kids in collaboration with UC Generation Action through a socially-distanced volunteer opportunity. An email confirmation will be sent to those who signed up. Sponsored by Undergraduate Student Government. This event will be held at the Sweet Cheeks Warehouse at 1400 State Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45204.

Podcast Club presented by the Student Wellness Center | March 16, 2021

This is the third episode in the series Podcast Club. The theme for this session is Radical Self-Love. We will get together to discuss Glennon Doyle and Brene Brown on Untamed from the Podcast series "Unlocking us with Brene Brown". Podcast can be found on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. This is an informal meeting, so bring your thoughts and participate in the conversation. This podcast series is meant to be a safe space where we can learn from each other and engage in conversations affecting our day-to-day lives. Make sure you listen to the podcast in advance! We are getting together to discuss the podcast - not listen to it! Join this event on Zoom.

Gotcha Covered presented by the Student Wellness Center | March 18, 2021

The Gotcha Covered condom distribution program is designed to increase condom distribution on and around campus for UC students. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), condom distribution programs are effective at increasing condom use, increasing condom carrying, promoting delayed sexual involvement, and reducing incidence of STIs. Currently, students can get free condoms from the Student Wellness Center during business hours. This program allows UC students to become a certified Gotcha Covered volunteer by attending a 1-hour sexual health education workshop. Once certified, students will be given a supply of condoms to have available for fellow students and residents. Currently, there are over 500 trained Gotcha Covered volunteers at UC. Join this event on WebEx.

The Women Within: A Creative Meditation Experience for Black Women | March 20, 2021 (1-4pm)

Let's take time to honor all the parts of ourselves, amplify their voices, and reclaim the power of our wholeness through creative meditation. It's the legacy of colonization to be told which parts of us are valuable and which parts aren't. As a result, we start to stifle parts of ourselves that deserve to thrive. In this space, we will take time to honor all the parts of ourselves, amplify their voices, and reclaim the power of our wholeness through creative meditation. This is a safe space designed for Black Women to express and affirm themselves fully, and without apology. We use an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female” and we welcome trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people who are aligned with female identity. You can use your medium of choice (markers, colored pencils, paint, pens, etc). Some additional items for collage making are not required, but could help enhance your experience. If you wish to receive a package of supplies, please RSVP by March 10 and choose the Supply Box Add-On option. The donation of $10 would help us cover expenses and shipping. If this donation is a barrier, please contact Kara at Hello@lilacandindigo.com and we can work it out. The session is facilitated by Kara Michelle Pierson of Lilac & Indigo and presented by The Well.

Women's Center Film Series - American Revolutionary | March 22, 2021 (5-7pm)

The Women in Leadership and Learning (WILL) Film Series is a monthly meetup facilitated by students for their peers to discuss intersectional feminism and social issues presented in the documentary film. Grace Lee Boggs, [1915-2015], [was] a Chinese American philosopher, writer and activist in Detroit with a thick FBI file and a surprising vision of what an American revolution can be. Rooted in 75 years of the labor, civil rights and Black Power movements, she continually challenges a new generation to throw off old assumptions, think creatively and redefine revolution for our times. For more information about the film visit the American Revolutionary website. Join this event on Zoom.

C-Ring Awards | March 26, 2021

The C-Ring Women's Leadership Award is given each spring to an outstanding graduating senior woman or gender minority at the University of Cincinnati who has demonstrated excellence in leadership throughout their undergraduate career. The award is a 10-karat gold ring engraved with the letter C, symbolizing Cincinnati, community, and commitment to service.