Celebrate Women's History Month by attending events and sessions dedicated to the past and continued success of all women*
Importance & Value
Women's History Month is a celebration and time of intentional recognition of women’s achievements and historical significance. Recognizing the achievements of women can have a huge impact on the development and confidence of girls and young women. It is hard to imagine yourself in a career when you don’t see role models that look like you in the fields you dream of contributing to.
Moreover, when women are excluded from contributing to society it has devastating effects. For example. due to a lack of women in medicine it took decades to uncover that women typically experience different symptoms for heart attacks than men (something Dr. Nanette Wenger spent much of her career researching) due to a lack of women in engineering and STEM, we did not consider how seat belts may not protect women’s bodies the same way (credited to Dr. Astrid Linder).
Since many of the achievements that women are responsible for are underrepresented and undervalued in our history books and literature, it is imperative that we spend time calling attention to what women/women have done and can still yet do to change our world!
History & Evolution
Started as a local celebration in California in 1978, the movement spread across the country as more communities became involved. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter declared the Week of March 8th (International Women's Day) as National Women's History Week, in response to lobbying by a determined collection of women/women’s groups. In 1987, almost a decade since the first celebrations in California, Congress officially designated March as Women's History Month.
A diverse collection of CU Denver organizations and offices are planning events, learning opportunities, and ways to get involved -- all in celebration of the accomplishments and brilliance of women.
*We would like to acknowledge that our definition of women includes all of our sisters, not just our cis-ters.
Programming & Events March 2023
Want to learn more on your own time?
Check out some of the websites below for more information:
National Women's History Month Annual Theme
National Women's History Month Website:
Women's Contributions to History & Art
Women's "Missing" History
National Committee on Pay Equity
Library of Congress Resources