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Celebrate Women's History Month with CMSS

Women’s History Month began as a local celebration in Sonoma County, California in 1978, then celebrated for just a week. The movement spread across the country when other communities began creating their own celebrations.

In 1980, the National Women’s History Project (National Women's History Alliance), women’s groups, and historians pushed for national recognition. President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the week of March 8th, 1980 as National Women’s History Week. In 1987, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which officially designated "Women’s History Month."

From 1988 to 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the president to proclaim Women’s History Month each year. Since 1995, each president has issued an annual proclamation designating March as "Women’s History Month."

It is celebrated during March in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, corresponding with International Women's Day on March 8.

Schedule of Events

Latina Leadership Experience (Women of the Latinx Diaspora *Virtual Event*

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 7:00pm via Zoom

Join CMSS, Madison Hispanic Caucus, and the Honors college in a women's panel conversation on Silencing Gender, Age, Ethnicity, and Cultural Biases in Leadership.

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D.E.E.P. Dialogue: Human Trafficking *Virtual Event*

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 7:00pm via Zoom

Join CMSS D.E.E.P. Impact Diversity Educators for a presentation and dialogue on the effects of human trafficking in Virginia and the United States.

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Women's History Month Speaker: Keke Palmer *Virtual Event*

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 6:30pm via Zoom

Join CMSS Wednesday, March 17th, 2021 at 6:30pm as we celebrate Women’s History Month with our guest speaker Keke Palmer! Keke will engage in conversation surrounding women empowerment, inspiration, the power of a positive attitude, and her journey! We look forward to seeing you all there.

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Cultural Series Speaker: Isra Chaker *Virtual Event*

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 7:00pm via Zoom

Join CMSS D.E.E.P. Impact for our March Cultural Series Keynote Speaker event with Isra Chaker. Isra Chaker is a civil rights activist, campaigns and advocacy expert, and public speaker. She serves as the Refugee, Migration and Protection Campaign Lead at one of the leading international NGOs in the world, Oxfam, where she uses her campaigns expertise in managing the campaign that advocates for vulnerable people (such as refugees, asylum seekers, temporary protected status (TPS) holders) and where she opposes discriminatory policies such as the Muslim Bans.

Her story of choosing a life of purpose to break stereotypes of Muslim women because of harassment and discrimination she endured growing up is the reason she is a powerful, eloquent and successful public speaker, and why she engages over 200,000 people on her social media platforms.

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Women's Panel—HERstory *Virtual Event*

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 7:00pm via Zoom

Description, panelists, and details to be determined. Check back for more information as the event approaches!

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