LeighAnne Dones, Marian Wynn, Marian Sousa, and Madison Davenport (left to right).
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CSU Campuses Celebrate Women’s History Month


This month, campuses are hosting events to honor the many experiences, achievements and contributions of women.

LeighAnne Dones, Marian Wynn, Marian Sousa, and Madison Davenport (left to right).

LeighAnne Dones, Marian Wynn, Marian Sousa, and Madison Davenport (left to right). Cal Maritime cadets met with five "Rosie the Riveters" during a kick-off event for the Academy's celebration of Women's History Month. Photo courtesy of Cal Maritime


March is Women's History Month—or Women's "Herstory" Month—celebrating the role of women in history and their valuable contributions to our culture and society. 

"Herstory Month is an empowering month for all women regardless of race, class, gender expression, and sexual orientation," said Yvette Ibañez, student peer educator for the Gender Equity Center at CSU San Marcos, in a recent interview. "This month serves as a reminder that we need to celebrate women every month of the year."

​Many CSU campuses have organized activities and events to bring women of all ages and backgrounds together to share their experiences and learn from one another: 

CSU Fullerton

Today, March 15, the campus will host the Local Activists Teach-in. Melina Abdullah, Ph.D., chair and professor of Pan-American Studies and a Black Lives Matter organizer from Cal State LA, is joining CSU Fullerton's Women's and Gender Studies Department to discuss local activism.

CSU Fullerton is also hosting events with women in literature, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), and banking over the next two weeks. The celebration of Women's History Month will conclude with President Mildred Garcia's reception on March 23, "Honoring Trailblazing Women."

​Last week, the campus hosted "Be Bold for Change: She Persists" on March 8, featuring take-action tables, performances, series of TED Talks on various women's issues and experiences, and more to commemorate International Women's Day. The Veterans Resource Center also hosted the Women Veterans in Higher Education Conference on the theme of "Connect and Power" in partnership with San Diego State, CSU Northridge and CSU Long Beach.

CSU San Marcos

Dozens of student organizations, centers and academic departments are collaborating with the Gender Equity Center to bring 15 events to campus through the end of March. Activities include lectures, movie screenings, performances, health trainings and roundtable discussions on gender issues.

On March 9, for instance, CSU San Marcos held the International Women's Day luncheon with faculty and staff to discuss work being done to change societal views of women in today's world.

Upcoming events will be on topics such as Latina leaders, women and activism, and women's contributions to science.​

Fresno State

Starting March 9, Fresno State launched the Women's Studies Lunchtime Talks on topics such as the female experience with police and deadly force; hope and justice; and humanitarianism.

Fresno State also hosted "A Day Without a Woman" with information booths in the quad where students could ask questions of professors and make suggestions on topics for future teachings.

​On March 19, the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will hold the 2017 International Women's Day Celebration, a one-day women's tech conference that highlights stories of the growing female community of designers, developers and technology entrepreneurs. 

Cal Maritime

At Cal Maritime, five of California's original "Rosie the Riveters" visited the campus on March 9 to have a meet-and-greet with students. "Rosie the Riveter" is a cultural icon representing women who worked in shipyards during World War II.

On March 10 and 11, Cal Maritime also hosted the Women in Maritime Leadership conference on the theme of "Envisioning the Future." The event focused on supporting the successes of women in maritime, transportation and related industries and provided career development, networking and leadership training opportunities for Cal Maritime students. Presentation topics included maritime cybersecurity and autonomous vessels. 

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