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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 [Note: Many scheduled events were cancelled due to the COVID pandemic shut-down.]

  • 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.
  • FLOWING: An Art Exhibit, featuring Artwork by StMU alumna Eva Williamson - Thursday, March 19 - November 30, Blume Library, Gallery Display/Exhibit Area. Art Department (Brian St. John)
  • Book Club: Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq by Kirsten Holmstead - Tuesday, March 24, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. via Zoom. English Literature and Language (Kathleen Maloney, Ph.D.)
  • Women's History Trivia - Monday, April 20, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. Sponsored by Women's Affairs Council. (Shalini Venkat)
  • WAC General Meeting: Discussion over the Impact of COVID-19 on Domestic Violence Cases - Thursday, April 23, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. Sponsored by Women's Affairs Council. (Shalini Venkat)

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 2020 program.

Poster for Menstrual Product Drive, March 2020.

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


Flyer for March 24, 2020 program.

Book Club - Band of Sisters by Kirsten Holmstedt, Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Prayer for March 25, 2020.

Prayer for Blessing of Women by Sr. Grace Walle, FMI. March 25, 2020.

April 2020

Flyer for April 2020 programs.
Women's Affairs Council Online Events - April 2020