Women s History Month Events Highlight Exceptional UC Women

Throughout the University of Cincinnati’s nearly 200-year history, women have played major roles in the development, growth and advancement of campus.


Winona Lee Hawthorne

, UC’s first woman graduate in 1878, to Rosa Sanders-Moore, World War II veteran and UC alumna, the legacy of women's contributions to campus reflect those made in the wider world.

As part of the National Women’s History Project (NWHP) –– a non-profit educational group spotlighting the historical accomplishments of women in America’s history –– UC will host special events during “Women’s History Month” in March.

Initially inspired by early 20th century labor movements in North America and Europe, International Women’s Day (IWD) was started by the United Nations on March 8, 1975. By 1982, IWD had evolved into Women’s History Week, and according to the U.S. Library of Congress, became a month-long celebration in 1987 –– continuing to recognize the critical role of women in America’s history.

The theme for the 2016 IWD is

“Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government,”

which honor women who have shaped America’s history and its future through their public service and government leadership.


Here is a look at some of the scheduled events for Women’s History Month 2016 at UC in chronological order:

Poster for 2016 Taft Research Seminar

Poster for 2016 Taft Research Seminar

Excluded, Mobilized, Incorporated: Women and Religious Nationalist Politics in India, 1915-2015 (11th Annual Taft Research Symposium)

12:45 p.m., Tuesday, March 1:
Taft Research Center, Edwards One, Suite 1110

Rina Williams

, UC Department of Political Science, compares the role of women in the Bharatiya Janata [political] Party (BJP) in three different time periods. She uses this to discuss the role of women in and under movements such as India’s 2014 elections and the spread of religious nationalism globally. Williams argues that the party excluded women in the early 1900s; mobilized them in the 1980s-90s; and has institutionally incorporated them into its structures and activities today. The BJP has attained growing political success in Indian democracy as it has learned how to bring women into the political sphere, but without altering its ‘traditional’ gender ideologies of women and men as equal but with different roles to play in society. Interlocutor: Sunita Parikh, associate professor of political science, Washington University in St. Louis.

Sponsored by the

Charles Phelps Taft Research Center


Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarf Informational Session

12:30-1:30, Tuesday, March 1:

UC Blue Ash - Muntz 351

Presented by:

Multicultural Affairs

This program was developed with the goals of building community and to offer opportunities for learning, leadership and service.

Stop by MCA to learn more about getting involved with the

Sisterhood of the traveling scarf


RSVP by emailing BaMCA@uc.edu

Sisters in the Spirit

6 p.m., Tuesdays, March (1, 8, 15, 22, 29): UC Blue Ash - Muntz 351

Group of women from UC Multicultural Affairs Program

Group of women from UC Multicultural Affairs Program

Presented by:

Multicultural Affairs & Over the Hump Messages

The UCBA Sister Circle is collaborating with Over The Hump Messages to inspire professional women with biblical principles. We all have obstacles in life we must overcome and often times we get overwhelmed simply at the thought. We all need a little help from time to time to make it over the hump, we’re here to make sure you don’t trip!

For more information email overthehumpmessages@gmail.com or Call MCA at 513-745-5773.

KEYNOTE LECTURE: Posthuman Feminism (11th Annual Taft Research Symposium)

4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 3:
Taft Research Center, Edwards One, Suite 1110

Rossi Braidotti

, philosopher and distinguished university professor and director of the Centre for Humanities at Utrecht University, will discuss the posthuman/inhuman/non-human discursive field. The posthuman turn is triggered by the convergence of anti-humanism on the one hand and anti-anthropocentrism on the other. Both these strands enjoy strong support, but they refer to different genealogies and traditions. Anti-humanism focuses on the critique of the Humanist ideal of ‘Man’ as the universal representative of the human, while anti-anthropocentrism criticizes species hierarchy and advances ecological justice. The term ‘posthuman feminist theory‘ marks the emergence of a new type of discourse that is not merely a culmination of these two strands of thought, but a qualitative leap in a new and more complex direction.

poster for feminism keynote speaker for March 3, 2016 Taft Research Symposium

poster for feminism keynote speaker for March 3, 2016 Taft Research Symposium

CEDAW Informational - "Women's Rights are Human Rights"

1:30-2:30 p.m., Friday, March 4: 60 W. Charlton, Rm. 277

Description: The United States is one of 7 countries that still have not ratified CEDAW. Dr. Ann Runyan and Dr. Olga Sanmiguel-Valderrama will brief the audience on the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). CEDAW defines what constitutes as discrimination against women and creates an agenda for national action to end such discrimination.

Localizing International Women’s Rights: Implementing CEDAW Around the World and in Cincinnati

4-6 p.m., Tuesday, March 8: Taft Research Center, Edwards One, Suite 1110

4 p.m.

- Public Lecture: Susanne Zwingel, Political Science, Florida International University

Followed at

(5 p.m.)

by a community roundtable: The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women ––


Cincinnati representatives

Co-sponsored by

UC Departments of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Political Science, Taft Research Center, UC Women's Center, Woman's City Club, Women's Fund of Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Zonta of Cincinnati, Tri-State Free Thinkers, YWCA of Cincinnati.   


“He Named Me Malala” Documentary Film Screening

6 p.m., Tuesday, March 8: 458 Lindner Hall

The film is a portrait of

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai

, who survived Taliban retaliation for her advocacy for girls’ education and became a leading champion for girls’ education globally. Panel discussion to follow. Sponsored by UC Women’s Center and Ethnic Programs and Services in celebration of International Women’s Day and Worldfest.

Contact UC Women’s Center for more information: 556-4401.

3rd Annual Women of the World Conference

8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 12: UC Blue Ash - Walters 100

Presented by:

Multicultural Affairs & World Fest Committee

This year's conference theme is

Empowering, Enlightening, & Excelling

in Sisterhood & Service. The WOW Conference is a part of the UCBA Sister Circle group which is a support group for women of color at UCBA. The purpose of Sister Circle is to encourage the promotion of sisterhood among students, staff and faculty at UCBA. Sessions include: yoga and dance classes, holistic balance, women in leadership, Sisters in the Spirit and much more.

*Breakfast & Lunch will be served*

RSVP by emailing BaMCA@uc.edu

Epic Women in Business & Law

12:30-1:50 p.m., Tuesday, March 15: UC Blue Ash - Walters 100

Presented by:

Business & Economic Department

Join us for a discussion about four women in Business and Law who have made history. These sassy, dedicated, enterprising women have made significant impact for women. Presenters: Michele Kegley, Lizzie Ngwenya-Scoburgh, Annette Redmon, and Monica Widdig.

*Pizza and Drinks will be served*

UC Women Student Veterans “Sisters-In-Arms” Award Ceremony

Poster showing sketched women of the US armed forces and Rosie the Riveter

Poster showing sketched women of the US armed forces and Rosie the Riveter

6 p.m., Thursday, March 17: Tangeman University Center, Room 400

The annual Rosa Sanders-Moore

“Sisters-In-Arms” Award


be given to five UC women student veterans from UC's Uptown, UCBA and Clermont campuses. The five women are selected for their exemplary military service, student GPA and their community service.

UC alumna Rosa Sanders-Moore, a 93-year-old retired Women’s Army Corp (WAC), will be at the ceremony to present all five 2016 “Sisters-In-Arms” Awards.

For more information, contact UC Veterans Programs and Services: 556-6811.

World of Women Exhibit

11 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesday, March 18: TUC Atrium

Join UC student organizations in a celebration of International Women’s Day and Worldfest. Table exhibits will explore women’s achievements around the world and provide information about campus support systems for women at UC.

Sponsored by UC Women’s Center, Ethnic Programs and Services, and Student Government.

Contact UC Women’s Center for more information: 556-4401

Behind the Veil

1-2 p.m., Friday, March 18: TUC 400A

Description: A history of the veil and its significance across cultures. The purpose of this event is to challenge reoccurring modern stereotypes associated with veiled women across cultures.

Portrait shot of Dr. Rosi Braidotti

Portrait shot of Dr. Rosi Braidotti

* This list will be updated daily throughout March as events are added.


The spirit of Women’s History Month aligns with President Santa J. Ono’s Third Century Initiative and

UC’s commitment to diversity and inclusion

representing core values that empower individuals to transform their lives and achieve their highest potential.

UC programs that continue to promote the advancement of women across all academic disciplines include

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