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Women's History Month

library and online resources for research on women's history, feminism, women's studies, and other related topics. Highlights St. Mary's University annual programming for Women's History Month.
Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business - 2017 National Women's History Month theme

2017 Women's History Month events at St. Mary's University

See Women's History Month 2017 at St. Mary's University ( for updates:

  • Out of Africa: Voices of Women in Education, Health and Church - Friday, March 3, 11:45am-1:00pm, Casa Maria. (Sr. Grace Walle) With Sr. Gretchen Trautman, FMI & Celine Jacquemin. Lunch provided. Handcrafted arts & crafts available for purchase - proceeds benefit Marianist Sisters' ministry projects in Africa. See flyer.
  • Mechanics 101Friday, March 3, 3:00pm-5:00pm, Baumann Auto Repair, 2151 Cincinnati Ave. (Marcy LaBossiere) Interested in learning the basics of car maintenance? Baumann Auto Repair is opening up their shop to teach members of the St. Mary’s University community general car maintenance skills. This workshop will include tips on how to prepare your car prior to taking a trip, as well as, instruction on how to change a tire and oil on your own.  Baumann will also be providing snacks for attendees.
  • Continuing the HeritageSaturday, March 4, 8:00am-1:00pm, Flex Field. (Brian Buchmeyer) Registration closes Thursday, March 2 at 5pm.
  • The Acts of Thecla: An Early Christian Woman Proclaims the Gospel (TH 3302: Major New Testament Themes: Apostles and Discipleship) - Monday, March 6, 12:20pm-1:10pm, St. Louis Hall 330. Theology and Women's Studies Program (Allison Gray) Saint Thecla was a follower of Paul and is venerated by the Greek Orthodox Church. We know about Jesus’ mother and some of his female followers, but what about the other first-century women who joined in the work of spreading the gospel? Dr. Allison Gray (Asst. Prof. in Theology) will present a short lecture about Thecla, a fascinating woman who leaves behind family and security to follow Saint Paul and live as a Christian apostle. Thecla’s decision leads to hardship – even a fight with wild beasts in a Roman arena - but she and her story play an important role in developing Christian ideas of women’s power and devotion. Come for the man-eating seals, stay for the theology!
  • Community Conversations - Challenges and Opportunities for Women in Business and Labor in 2017 - Tuesday, March 7, 6:00pm-8:00pm, UC-A. Reception at 6:00pm, panel discussion at 6:30pm. Institute of Public Administration, Policy, and Public Service. (Charles Cotrell) The panelists include Julissa Carielo, CEO of Tejas Premier Building Contractor, Inc., Shelley Potter, President of the San Antonio Alliance of Teachers and Support Personnel, and Debra Innocenti, Attorney and partner in an Information Technology startup, Innocenti Jones. Our moderator will be Ms. Rebecca Cedillo, immediate past Chair, Board of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  With this assembled expertise, we can expect a robust discussion and commentary among the panelists.
  • Classics Reading Group: Sula by Toni Morrison - Wednesday, March 8, 2:30pm-3:30pm, UC-Faculty Lounge. (Allison Gray, Sara Ronis, Richard Pressman)
  • Alice Wright Franzke Feminist Award & Non-Traditional Student Scholarship Award Reception - Wednesday, March 8, 4:00pm-5:30pm, Sarita Kenedy East Law Library, Alumni Room. (Diane Duesterhoeft).
  • Art Opening: Witness History Developing by Lalique Martinez - Thursday, March 9, 4:00pm-5:30pm, Blume Library, Art Exhibit area (2nd Floor). Art Department. (Brian St. John) The exhibit will be a multi-media event involving the sacrament of marriage. The artist uses her own wedding as the content of the exhibit.  On exhibit through mid-April.
  • Women’s Softball vs. Our Lady of the LakeTuesday, March 14, 2:00pm-5:00pm, Softball Stadium. Athletics. (Chad Peters)
  • Gendered Language (SP 3382: Spanish in the US) - Tuesday, March 21, 12:35pm-1:50pm, Blume Library, Media Viewing Room. (Meghann Peace)
  • Book Club - Tuesday, March 21, 3:30pm-4:30pm, Blume Library Learning Commons. (Kathleen Maloney) Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay will be discussed.
  • Women’s Softball vs. Texas A&M-KingsvilleTuesday, March 21, 4:00pm-9:00pm, Softball Stadium. Athletics. (Chad Peters) Doubleheader.
  • Her Story: A Panel Discussion on Empowerment – Tuesday, March 21, 6:00pm-8:00pm, Blume Library, Contreras Student Lounge. UPC. (Josue Jaramillo) Featuring Bernice Kearny, Executive Producer and Chief Editor, KSAT 12 News (BA 1989); Cassandra Garcia, Founder, Owner and Author of Fed & Fit LLC; Diane Bertrand, Visiting Lecturer in English and Communication Studies, StMU. 
  • CIT Lecture: "Stories That Let the Light In: Dorothy Day" featuring Sharon Halsey-Hoover - Tuesday, March 21, 7:00pm-8:30pm, Reinbolt Hall, Assumption Chapel. (Fr. Tim Eden) Sharon and David Halsey-Hoover formed Inscape Ministries through which they offer dramatic presentations on notable Catholics and saints; storytelling events; and lectures and retreats on many other spiritual topics. A plaque commemorating Dorothy Day's lecture on campus in 1965 will be unveiled following the performance.
  • Trivia NightWednesday, March 22, 8:00pm-9:30pm, Blume Library, The Pub. SATP. (Jenni Kraft Batchelder) Featuring Women’s History Month bonus round questions.
  • SET Women's History Month Luncheon - Thursday, March 23, 12:30pm-1:45pm, UC-A. Union Pacific & SET. (Claudia Araiza).
  • Women’s Tennis vs. DruryThursday, March 23, 2:00pm-5:00pm, Rohrbach Stadium Tennis Complex. Athletics. (Chad Peters)
  • Women of Faith - Thursday, March 23, 4:00pm-5:00pm, University Ministry Living Room. University Ministry. (Wayne Romo) Women of various faiths will gather to share in interfaith dialogue. So that participants can freely talk with one another, this event is open to female students only. 
  • Christian Music Night: Alisa Turner - Thursday, March 23, 9:00pm-11:00pm, The Pub. SATP. (Jenni Kraft Batchelder)
  • Blessing of the Women – Friday, March 24, 9:10am-9:45am, Bell Tower. Commemorates the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25. (Sr. Grace Walle)
  • Women’s Softball vs. Rogers State Friday, March 24, 3:00pm-8:00pm, Softball Stadium. Athletics. (Chad Peters) Doubleheader.
  • Women’s Tennis vs. Tarleton StateSaturday, March 25, 9:00am-12:00pm, Rohrbach Stadium Tennis Complex. Athletics. (Chad Peters)
  • Women’s Softball vs. Rogers State Saturday, March 25, 12:00pm-3:00pm, Softball Stadium. Athletics. (Chad Peters)
  • Arise: Women Healing the EnvironmentTuesday, March 28, 6:00pm, Moody Life Science 101. ECO Club. (Genne Liu) Arise, an 80-minute documentary, presents the stories of a diverse group of 13 women in five countries who have initiated solution-oriented environmental projects in their communities, towns and villages.
  • Women’s Work: Preparing for Success (PO 3316: Gender Politics) – Wednesday, March 29, 10:20am-11:10am, UC-B. Political Science, Civic Engagement, and Office of Student Retention/FAM. (Sonia Garcia, Clare Acosta, Leticia Hart) Presentation by a representative from Dress for Success, with a clothing drive of gently used professional clothing to donate to Dress for Success. Please contact Sonia Garcia at if interested in donating clothing.
  • Images of Women in the Saint John’s Bible - Wednesday, March 29, 1:20pm-2:35pm, Reinbolt Hall, Assumption Chapel. (Allison Gray) Presentation by Dr. Bob O’Connor. 
  • Women in Law Leadership Awards - Thursday, March 30, noon-1:30pm, Law Library Alumni Room. School of Law.(Sr. Grace Walle) Held in conjunction with the campus Fourth Court of Appeals visit. 
  • The Probability of Missingness: The Lost Economic Value of Women (EC 3310: International Economics) – Thursday, March 30, 2:00pm-3:15pm, CF 019. Economics. (Belinda Roman) 

The St. Mary's University Women's History Month facebook group provides planning information and additional details about Women's History Month activities and related events.

The 2017 Women’s History Month Committee

Diane Duesterhoeft, Sonia Garcia, Allison Gray, Celine Jacquemin, Meghann Peace, Sara Ronis, Betsy Smith, Carolyn Tubbs, Necia Wolff

Anne Edmunds, Jenni Kraft-Batchelder, Marcy LaBossiere, Lauren McLeaird, Sr. Grace Walle

Josue Jaramillo, Genne Liu, Samantha Perez

Affiliated Faculty and Staff
Claudia Araiza, Charles Cotrell, Fr. Tim Eden, Kathleen Maloney, Bob O’Connor, Belinda Roman, Wayne Romo, Brian St. John

St. Mary's University Women's History Month poster in 2017

Featured Events (1) - 2017

flyer for Out of Africa: Voices of Women in Education, Health, and the Church

The Acts of Thecla

flyer for Community Conversations panel on Women in Business and Labor

Witness History Developing Art Exhibition Opening Reception

Gendered Language

Bad Feminist Book Club Flyer

flyer for Her Story:  A Panel Discussion on Empowerment

Featured Events (2) - 2017

Dorothy Day program

Dorothy Day & St. Francis of Assisi programs

Stories that Let the Light In: Dorothy Day

"Stories That Let The Light In: Dorothy Day" - a dramatic performance by Sharon Halsey-Hoover, held in Reinbolt Hall's Assumption Chapel on March 21, 2017 as part of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition Lecture Series. Following the performance, a new plaque commemorating Dorothy Day's lecture at St. Mary's University on February 24, 1965 was blessed.

Featured Events (3) - 2017

SET Women's History Month Luncheon flyer - March 23, 2017

Blessing of the Women Flyer

Flyer from A Film Screening of Arise

Dress for Success presentation flyer

Probability of Missingness Cover

Lalique Martinez Rojas - Witness History Developing