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March is Women’s Month!

Women’s Month recognizes, affirms, and showcases the achievements, concerns, and diversity of women. A feminist perspective – one that encourages and advances women of all races, political affiliations, national origins, religions, ages, abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and income levels – underlies all our programming. Women’s Month is an annual event occurring in March, National Women’s History Month. 

Women’s Month is a non-profit community project funded by Virginia Tech, area organizations, student groups, local businesses, and citizens’ contributions.  It is the combined effort of students, faculty, staff, and administrators at Virginia Tech as well as activists, residents, and civic leaders of the surrounding communities.

Virginia Tech’s Women's Month programming is a university-wide series of events designed to recognize the accomplishments, concerns, and diversity of women's lives. Events should be open to all who wish to participate and should offer opportunities to celebrate, as well as explore women's issues. Women's Month addresses the achievements of women and female-identified individuals, as well as the challenges they face. Women's Month also gives us the opportunity to examine the ways in which we think about others and ourselves. Programs and events included on the Women's Month calendar should be aligned with this philosophy.

This March, we will gather as a community for our yearly celebration of Women's Month at Virginia Tech.  Our theme for Women's Month 2017 is Empowerment & Unity: Collective Voices in Action.  We are inspired by the solidarity, community, and power created when our collective voices are in action toward creating a more just and equitable world through acknowledging the historic and current contributions of women in our community and beyond.

For additional information regarding Women’s Month, please contact Mallory Foutch, Women’s Month Coordinator.

THIS WEEK IN WOMEN'S MONTH (March 27th-31st)

Month-long exhibits/events
March 1 – 31
Women in the Arts, Art + Architecture Library in 100 Cowgill Hall
A selection of books about women artists, architects, and activists from the Art & Architecture Library will be on display all month.

March 1 – 31
Remarkable Women Through History: Snapshots from Special Collections
Newman Library 2nd Floor Commons
An exhibit featuring the remarkable contributions of women throughout history, told through primary and secondary source materials from Special Collections at Virginia Tech.

March 3 – April 16
Electromagnetograms Exhibit
Perspective Gallery of Squires Student Center
Artists Jessie Mann and Liz Liguori, featured artists in the Perspective Gallery Biennial Student Art Exhibit, are both graduate students at Virginia Tech exploring the intersection of creativity and science through their fields of study with a specific focus on the abstract and physical properties of light.

March 13 – 31, 2017
Monument Quilt on display at the Women’s Center at Virginia Tech
9am – 5pm
The Monument Quilt is a crowd-sourced collection of thousands of stories from survivors of rape and abuse. By stitching our stories together, we are creating and demanding public space to heal.  Quilt squares made during a workshop hosted in Floyd, VA will be available to view.

March 27 – 31, 2017
Body Matters Week at Virginia Tech
For a full list of events, go here: http://hokiewellness.vt.edu/students/programs/Campaigns_and_Signature_Events/Body_Matters_Project_and_Body_Matters_Week/bodymattersweek.html

March 27, 2017
Ask a Professional sponsored by Body Matters Week at Virginia Tech, Hokie Wellness, and Schiffert Health Center
1:30 – 4:30pm in McComas Hall Lobby
A mini health fair where you will have the opportunity to chat with professionals in an informal and festive atmosphere about your eating attitudes, body image, healthy eating, and exercising. Giveaways, raffle prizes, and lots of great information. In the hallway leading to the McComas gym. This event is brought to you by the Cook Counseling Center.

March 27, 2017
“As We Forgive” screening sponsored by The River Church
7:00pm at the Lyric Theatre
The film is a 53-minute documentary about Rosaria and Chantal – two Rwandan women coming face-to-face with the men who slaughtered their families during the 1994 genocide.  Learn more here: http://www.thelyric.com/event/as-we-forgive
$5 for tickets, open to the public

March 27, 2017
Collegiate Women in Business 3rd Annual Power Panel
6:30pm in Old Dominion Ballroom in Squires
Collegiate Women in Business will host a panel with four professional VT alumni all working in different industries for different companies.

March 28, 2017
“The Hunting Ground” screening sponsored by It’s On Us at Virginia Tech
7:00pm in the West Ambler Johnston Junior Common Room

March 28 and 29, 2017
The Clothesline Project sponsored by Montgomery County NOW, the United Feminist Movement, The Women’s Center at Virginia Tech, and the Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley
9am – 5pm workshop at the Women’s Center
9am – 5pm display at the Drillfield (rain location in Squires Student Center)
Survivors of violence – and friends and families of victims – create shirts emblazoned with direct messages and strong illustrations.  Over 580 shirts created in the New River Valley are hung side by side on clotheslines, educating the public about the scope of gender-based violence and the impact it has on individuals.

March 29, 2017
Black Liberation Talk: Cultural Impact of Body Images and its Effects on the Black Community
12:00 – 1:30pm in the Black Cultural Center in Squires
The Black Liberation Talk (BLT) series at the Black Cultural Center of Virginia Tech creates space to share lunch and discuss timely, pop-culture and social-justice related issues relating to the Black Community led by faculty, professors and community members.  For Body Matters Week, our BLT will center body image issues and ideals within the black community and talk about the intersections of race, culture, and mental health.  Dr. Charlotte Amenkhienan and Dr. Virginia Jones of the Cook Counseling Center will lead the discussion.  This event is sponsored by the Black Cultural Center and the Intercultural Engagement Center.

March 29, 2017
Women’s Alliance Meeting
12:00 – 1:30pm in 310 Kelly Hall
The Women’s Alliance, in solidary with caucuses and other university and community allies, provides the Virginia Tech community a forum to achieve shared goals and promote opportunities for underrepresented groups.

March 29, 2017
Women’s Month Selected Reading Book Discussion sponsored by the American Indian Indigenous Community Center (122 Squires)
5:30pm in the American Indian Indigenous Community Center (122 Squires)
15 free copies of the book “I am Woman: A Native Perspective on Sociology and Feminism” will be available.  Claim a copy here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-K0IbWii-8z8R_cyxu_ToYHtMDZhL-fBUL6Nrq-mr5Q/edit?pli=1

March 30, 2017
“Embrace” screening sponsored by Body Matters Week at Virginia Tech, Hokie Wellness, and Schiffert Health Center
Doors open at 3:30, documentary starts at 4:00pm at the Lyric Theatre
“When Body Image Activist Taryn Brumfitt posted an unconventional before-and-after photo in 2013 it was seen by more than 100 million people worldwide and sparked an international media frenzy.  EMBRACE follows Taryn’s crusade as she explores the global issue of body loathing, inspiring us to change the way we feel about ourselves and think about our bodies.”

March 30, 2017
Take Back the Night Rally and March sponsored by the United Feminist Movement
7:00pm at the Henderson Lawn Outdoor Stage (rain location in Graduate Life Center Auditorium)
This 28th annual rally and march raises awareness of gender-based violence, shares local resources, and gives individuals tools to help create positive change. Enjoy pre-rally music at 6:30 pm; the rally begins at 7 pm. People of all genders, ages, and other identities are encouraged to participate, either as individuals or as part of a group, in the rally and march through Virginia Tech and Downtown Blacksburg. Organizations are invited to bring signs or a group banner. Raise your voice to help lessen violence in our community. Together we'll Take Back the Night!  Free and open to the public.

March 31, 2017
Women in Agriculture and Life Sciences Panel Discussion sponsored by the CALS Diversity Council
10:00am – 11:30am in the Latham Ballroom at the Inn at Virginia Tech 
5-6 alumni women will share their experiences, challenges, and lessons learned along their diverse career paths.

March 31, 2017
Body Project Workshop Series for Faculty/Staff Women sponsored by Hokie Wellness
11:30am – 1:30pm in McComas Room 143
A special offering of the Body Project Workshop Series (BPWS) for VT faculty and staff women. This is a two-part workshop series that helps women challenge personal body-related concerns, talk more positively about their bodies, and respond to future pressures to achieve the thin ideal. The BPWS is personally enriching, and participants can use the experience gained to help create a healthy, body-positive environment for sisters, daughters, friends, colleagues, and all women.

Participants attend two, two-hour sessions. Part 1 is on Friday, March 31st from 1130-130. Part 2 is on Friday, April 4th from 1130-130. Lunch will be served. The workshop setting is welcoming, encouraging, and friendly. You MUST register online to attend. Due to the very limited space in the workshop, please do not register if you cannot complete both sessions.    

THANK YOU to our 2017 Women's Month Advisory Committee:

  • Alicia Cohen, Associate Director of Diversity Education Initiatives, University Organizational and Professional Development
  • Anthony Wright de Hernandez, Resident Librarian and Diversity Outreach Librarian, University Libraries
  • Barbara Ellen Smith, Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies in the Department of Sociology
  • Jody Thompson Marshall, Director for the Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program
  • Kimberly N. Williams, Director for the Black Cultural Center, Intercultural Engagement Center
  • Luis H. Garay, Director for the LGBTQ+ Resource Center, Intercultural Engagement Center
  • Peggy Layne, Assistant Provost for Faculty Development
  • Sarah Ovink, Assistant Professor, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
  • Susan Anderson, Senior Instructor, Department of Mathematics
  • Susan Mattingly, Executive Director of the Lyric Theatre