CFA Celebrates Women's Herstory Month
What began in 1978 as a weeklong celebration of women’s contributions to culture, history and society in Sonoma, Calif., grew to become Women’s History Month in the United States and around the world. President Jimmy Carter in 1980 designated the first official National Women’s History Week and by 1987, Congress expanded the event to the entire Month of March – thanks to a petition from the National Women’s History Project.
The annual monthlong recognition also features International Women’s Day, which first took place on March 8, 1911. This global celebration of women’s economic, political and social achievements continues today. Many countries around the world mark the occasion with demonstrations, educational initiatives and customs such as presenting women with gifts and flowers.
Carnegie Mellon’s College of Fine Arts will celebrate “Women’s Herstory Month” by highlighting the contributions self-identified women have contributed to culture, herstory and society. The new take on the name is intentional, according to Valeria Martinez, CFA’s assistant dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
“When we say ‘herstory,’ we’re using the feminist term for history, keeping the focus on feminine and feminist perspectives," she said.
Martinez said that the activities planned during March will follow a sub-theme titled, “Honoring Women’s Resilience to Silence.”
“Women continue to demonstrate remarkable effects on society. From greater achievement by girls in schools across the world to decreasing violence against women, and more stable and cooperative communities, the impact of women’s work for equity is undeniable,” she said. “Women’s Herstory Month is a crucial time to remind the nation and the world of our important work and the barriers that exist to full gender equality.”
CFA will sponsor events and activities throughout March, including Zoom sessions including a presentation by Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez, Founder of Latina Rebels (March 8, International Day of Women); yoga on March 14; and a Queer/Trans panel discussion in late March.