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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.

Valiant Women of the Vote is the national 2020 Women's History Month theme. The "theme celebrates the women who have fought for woman’s right to vote in the United States. In recognition of the centennial of the 19th Amendment, we will honor women from the original suffrage movement as well as 20th and 21st century women who have continued the struggle (fighting against poll taxes, literacy tests, voter roll purges, and other more contemporary forms of voter suppression) to ensure voting rights for all."  

StMU Celebrates WHM - March 2020. "Growth in Progress" by Michelee VasquezValiant Women of the Vote graphic from the National Women's History Alliance

2020 Women's History Month events at St. Mary's University

February 2020

  • "100 Years after the 19th Amendment: Their Legacy, and Our Future" - American Bar Association 19th Amendment Centennial Traveling Exhibit - Monday, February 3 through Monday, February 10, building hours, Sarita Kenedy East Law Library; Tuesday, February 11 through Monday, February 17, building hours, Louis J. Blume Library (Sr. Grace Walle). The exhibit features archival images, mainly from the Library of Congress, and supporting text that tell the story of the 19th Amendment and its catalyst role in promoting democracy. 

March 2020

  • Menstrual Product Drive - Monday, March 2 - Tuesday, March 31, University Center, Campus Life suite.  During the month of March IGNITE, Girl Up, Women's Affairs Council, and Student Government Association (SGA) will be collecting menstrual products. Donations will be split between Catholic Charities St. Stephen's and the campus community. Donate items at IGNITE, Girl Up and Women’s Affairs Council meetings, or bring donations to the Office of Community Engagement or SGA office in the University Center, Campus Life suite. Co-sponsored by IGNITE, Girl Up, Women's Affairs Council, and SGA
  • 100 Years of Trailblazing: Why Women Matter - Monday, March 2, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., University Center, Conference Room A. Girl Up StMU. Featuring San Antonio City Councilwomen Shirley Gonzales and Ana Sandoval, accompanied by select student female leaders (
  • Alice Wright Franzke Feminist Award Reception - Tuesday, March 3, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., Sarita Kenedy East Law Library, Alumni Room (Diane Duesterhoeft and Allison Gray, Ph.D.).
  • Women of Color Appreciation Dinner - Wednesday, March 4, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., University Center, Conference Room B. Women's Affairs Council (Shalini Venkat).
  • Say It With a Banner! - Thursday, March 5, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., University Center, Alumni Room. Join IGNITE in making suffragette-style banners to commemorate the moments in history that gave all women got the right to vote.
  • World Cinema Screening: "Todo sobre mi madre" (All About My Mother) - Monday, March 16, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., University Center, Conference Room A. This event will screen one of Pedro Almodóvar’s most beloved films, Todo sobre mi madre (All About my Mother) (1999), a vibrant tribute to female fortitude, an exploration of the meaning of motherhood, a one-of-a-kind family portrait, and a work of boundless compassion. Join us for a Q&A session afterward to discuss women in their infinite roles. College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (Ana Bendana).
  • Celebration of Women - Monday, March 16 & Tuesday, March 17, All Day, Sarita Kenedy East Law Library, Law Commons. School of Law. 
  • Sexual Violence Awareness: Informational Table - Tuesday, March 17, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., University Center, Atrium. Office of Student Advocacy & Anti-Violence Education.
  • Celebration of Women - Tuesday, March 17, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., University Center, Atrium. Office of Community Engagement.
  • Women in STEM Luncheon - Tuesday, March 17, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., University Center, Conference Room A. School of Science, Engineering and Technology. RSVP (required) by Friday, March 6 to Claudia Araiza at Sponsored by the Valero Energy Foundation.
  • Fields, Lane, Parker – Marginalized Female Artists of the First Half of the 20th Century - Wednesday, March 18, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., University Center, Conference Room B. It's difficult to find success in any artistic endeavor, with women often finding additional gender barriers in their path. Learn about the struggles of three dynamic female artists of the first half of the 20th century: Dorothy Fields (music), Dorothy Parker (literature), and Elisabeth Hauptmann (theatre). A panel of St. Mary's faculty will lead a discussion on the challenges faced by women in the arts. Panel: Kathleen Maloney, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair, English Language and Literature; Alicia Tait, D.M.A., Beirne Director, Center for Catholic Studies; George Kendall, M.F.A., Instructor of Drama, English Language and Literature.
  • Women's History Trivia Night - Wednesday, March 18, 8:00 to 9:30 p.m., The Pub, Blume Library. Sponsored by University Programming Council and Women's Affairs Council. Join us for weekly trivia night at The Pub for a night of women's history-themed trivia questions! (Shalini Venkat)
  • FLOWING: An Art Exhibit, Opening Reception featuring Artwork by StMU alumna Eva Williamson - Thursday, March 19, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., Blume Library, Gallery Display/Exhibit Area. Art Department (Brian St. John)
  • Ignite a Conversation: Sexual Violence and Title IX - Thursday, March 19, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., Location TBD. Join IGNITE and the Office of Student Advocacy and Anti-Violence Education (OSAVE) for a presentation and discussion about sexual violence and Title IX.
  • Theology Movie Night: Band of Sisters - Monday, March 23, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Moody Life Sciences Room 102. (Allison Gray, Ph.D. and Sara Ronis, Ph.D.). Join the Theology Department for a film screening and discussion of the documentary, Band of Sisters, a film by Mary Fishman. It tells the story of Catholic nuns and their work for social justice after Vatican II. 
  • Book Club: Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq by Kirsten Holmstead - Tuesday, March 24, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Blume Library, Cotrell Learning Commons. English Literature and Language (Kathleen Maloney, Ph.D.)
  • Blessing of the Women Feast of the Annunciation - Wednesday, March 25, 9:15 to 9:45 a.m., Barrett Memorial Bell Tower. Marianist Sisters and University Ministry (Sister Grace Walle, F.M.I.) Crafts and other items will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit the Marianist Sisters. Breakfast tacos and refreshments will be served.
  • Women in Law Leadership Award Luncheon - Thursday, March 26, Noon to 2:00 p.m., Sarita Kenedy East Law Library, Alumni Room (Sister Grace Walle, F.M.I.). Women leaders within the School of Law will be recognized for their achievements. Students were nominated by faculty, staff and students. The honors include the Chief Justice (Ret.) Alma L. Lopez "Women in Law" award and the Chief Justice (Ret.) Catherine M. Stone "Rock of Justice" award.
  • Poetry Confetti: Interactive Poetry Reading with Diane Gonzales BertrandThursday, March 26, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m., University Center, Conference Room C. English Literature and Language (Kathleen Maloney, Ph.D.). Diane Gonzales Bertrand presents The Taco Magician and Other Poems for Kids, her new bilingual poetry book for children. Poetry Reading and Conversation with Book Signing to follow. Books available for purchase in the University bookstore.
  • Iron Jawed Angels - A Viewing and  Discussion Panel - Monday, March 30, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., Alkek 101. International Relations and Political Science (Claudia Donoso, Ph.D. and Sonia Garcia, Ph.D.). The film traces the incredible story of how the 19th Amendment women’s right to vote was passed.
  • "Inspired" Women: Stories of Women in our Lives Who Inspire Us - Tuesday, March 31, noon to 1:00 p.m., Casa Maria Marianist Community. Lunch included and craft and sale items to benefit Marianist Sisters mission. Please RSVP to  (Sister Grace Walle, F.M.I.).
  • Real Talk 2.0 - Women in the Supreme Court - Tuesday, March 31, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., University Center, Conference Room B. Community Engagement and Ignite (Iliana Mallett and Erin Vento). This event will profile the four female Supreme Court justices and will touch on the process of their selection and their stance on the Constitution (whether they interpret it as a living or frozen document). This event will also promote Census Day on April 1.

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 2020 St. Mary's University Women’s History Month Committee:

Claudia Donoso, Ph.D.; Diane Duesterhoeft; Sonia Garcia, Ph.D.; Allison Gray, Ph.D.; Amanda Hill, Ph.D.; George Kendall; Kathleen Maloney, Ph.D.; Sara Ronis, Ph.D.; Angeli Willson, Ph.D. (Coordinator); Necia Wolff

Courtney Barrie; Anne Edmunds Aguirre, Ed.D.; Anndria Flores; Liz Garcia; Kathe Lehman-Meyer; Iliana Mallett; Jessica Gonzalez Uhlig, Ed.D.; Ileana Velasquez; Sister Grace Walle, F.M.I.

Isabela Baker; Samantha Beltran; Zoe Brigman; Diana Donnel; Isabel Gillenwater; Diana Gutierrez; Molly Moser; Ratna Ramaraju; Priscilla Reyes; Shalini Venkat; Erin Vento

Justice Rebeca Martinez

Affiliated Students, Faculty and Staff
Claudia Araiza; Brian St. John

March 2020

2020 StMU Women's History Month calendar.

2020 StMU Women's History Month calendar

Flyer for March 2, 2020 program.

100 Years of Trailblazing: Why Women Matter


Flyer for March 4, 2020 program.

Women of Color Appreciation Dinner, Wednesday, March 4, 2020