The NC State Women’s Center recognizes March as Women’s Herstory Month on campus. Women’s Herstory Month was celebrated nationally when Congress passed Public Law 97-28, authorizing and requesting the president to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982, as “Women’s History Week. ” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.”
The Women’s Herstory Month theme for 2022 is “Honor the Past, Celebrate the Present, and Envision the Future. This theme gives us a chance to celebrate the trailblazers who have made significant contributions to advancing gender equity. We look forward to you joining us throughout the month as we honor the past, celebrate the present, and envision the future.
Resources for Women's Herstory Month
Without the work of women in history, we would not enjoy the rights that we have today. Many women have put their lives on the line to fight for social justice and gender equity. From Elizabeth Cady Stanton to Amanda Gorman, these women serve to inspire our activism. Women’s HERstory Month allows us to reflect on these influential women and ruminate on how they have impacted our world today. In addition to engaging with the Women’s Center, below are listed some of the ways that you can celebrate Women’s HERstory Month.
Schedule a meeting with Student Involvement to get involved with women’s organizations and groups on-campus.
The larger Triangle Area consists of a multitude of women’s organizations that are looking for volunteers. Here are a few examples:
- Women’s Center of Wake County
- The Women’s Club of Raleigh
- Durham Crisis Response Center
- Interact Family Safety and Empowerment Center
- Dress for Success Triangle NC
- SHE NC
It is important to support businesses owned by women to help uplift their economic success. Here are some examples located in the Triangle area.
- KSH Creations
- Bowerbird Flowers & Apothecary
- Carroll’s Kitchen
- The Flourish Market
Reading literature written by women authors is a great way to make sure their voices are being heard. Here are a few wonderful books by women:
- Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
- Black Girls Must Die Exhaustedby Jayne Allen
- When they call you a terrorist: a Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors
- Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
- I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez
- America Is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo
Podcasts are ways for women to express themselves and uplift the issues that matter to them. Here are a few examples of podcasts that are hosted by women:
- Girlish by Gage Adkins and Olivia Noel: Trans women of color and best friends Gage Adkins and Olivia Noel discuss the interactions between LGBTQ+ and pop culture topics by reflecting on personal anecdotes. Their podcast serves as both a safe place for trans individuals and an educational resource for allies on trans issues.
- Intersectional Feminism – Desi Style hosted by Nishtha and Sukany: Hosts Nishtha and Sukanya continue their conversations centering around intersectional feminism in season 2 of this podcast, this time incorporating movies, books, memes, and more pop-culture references in their analyses! They are excited to introduce phenomenal guests in this new season as well.
- Unladylike by Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin: Feminists Cristen and Caroline challenge the expectations of womanhood while diving into the challenges that women typically face.
- Call Your Girlfriend by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman: Long-distance best friends Aminatou and Ann hold conversations about pop culture while highlighting issues around being a woman in the modern world.
- Therapy for Black Girls by Dr. Joy Harden Bradford: Licensed psychologist Dr. Joy Harden Bradford discusses topics related to all aspects of health with a focus on centering well-being.
- How to Be a Girl by Marlo Mack: Host Marlo Mack’s podcast serves as a space to discuss what it means to be a girl as inspired by her young transgender daughter.
Through monetary donations, you can help promote social justice for women around the world. Many organizations uplift the well-being and empowerment of women using financial support. Here are a few highlighted organizations that strive for the global empowerment of women.
- The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
- Rise Up
- Association for Women’s Rights in Development
- Womankind Worldwide
- Center for Reproductive Rights
- Equality Now
Issues that women face in the United States and globally are often ignored or downplayed, especially in the mainstream media. One of the best ways to combat this is to educate yourself on these issues and the impacts that they have. Read the following article on Politico, which discusses obstacles that women commonly face today.