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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.

2023 National Women's History Month Theme

Women's History Month 2023 events at St. Mary's University.

The 2023 Women’s History theme, “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories,” encourages "the recognition of women, past and present, who have been active in all forms of media and storytelling including print, radio, TV, stage, screen, blogs, podcasts, news, and social media. This timely theme honors women in every community who have devoted their lives and talents to producing art and news, pursuing truth and reflecting society decade after decade."

"I want to hear you... if we don't tell our truth, who will?"

NWHM 2023 Theme cover image, Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories


2023 Women's History Month at St. Mary's University

March 2023

  • Two Regimes Project ExhibitMarch 1 to 31, Blume Library (Claudia Donoso, Ph.D.) The Department of International Studies and Global Affairs is hosting the educational exhibit of the Two Regimes project to show the impact of genocide in Holodomor and the Holocaust at St. Mary’s University. The exhibit consists of 12 poster boards that tell a story of a Ukrainian woman in Mariupol who lived through Holodomor in 1932-33 and witnessed the Holocaust in 1941 when Nazis came to Ukraine.
  • Alice Wright Franzke Feminist Award Reception - Wednesday, March 1, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Sarita Kenedy East Law Library, Alumni Room. (Prof. Diane Duesterhoeft)
  • Creating Spaces for Change: Going Back to Go Forward - Thursday, March 2, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m., University Center, Conference Room A. Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. (Sheri King, Ph.D.) Dr. Jacqueline Battalora, a renowned author, attorney, and professor of sociology at Saint Xavier University, will discuss the origins of the human category called “white people”, its utilization in law, and its role in radically reorganizing society. Class and gender intersect in this origin story that helped give rise to “race” in America.  A reception with the speaker will follow the presentation.
  • The Two Regimes Project Panel Discussion - Monday, March 6, 4 to 5:30 p.m., University Center, Alumni Conference Room and via Zoom. Department of International Studies and Global Affairs. (Claudia Donoso, Ph.D.) The guest panelist will be Dr. Myroslava Antonovych, LLM. She is the Head of the Centre for Genocide and Human Rights Studies; Associate Professor, International and European Law Department; and Faculty of Law, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy; Judge ad hoc of the European Court of Human Rights (2010-2014), and Fulbright Scholar, University of Cincinnati, Ohio (1996).
  • Empowering Spaces: The Evolution of Chicana FeminismWednesday, March 8, 12:15 – 1:15 p.m., University Center, Conference Rm. B (Sheri King, Ph.D.) This presentation is part of the Creating Spaces for Change: Opening Minds to Adaptation and Change Series which will focus on the evolution of Chicana Feminism as a movement, its correlation to Intersectional Feminism, and the future of feminism. Dr. Margaret Cantú-Sánchez will discuss feminists like Gloria E. Anzaldúa and Chela Sandoval alongside influential works of Chicana feminist literature and theories like This Bridge Called my Back and This Bridge We Call Home. Join us as we contemplate the ways in which women’s stories grounded in “theories in the flesh” might empower us all.

  • History of Women on Wall Street: Suffragette to Fearless - Wednesday, March 8, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Alkek Business Building, Atrium (Lisa Ann Garcia) In celebration of International Women's Day and presented by the Greehey School of Business with the support of Morgan Stanley, join us to discuss the history of women in the financial industry from the origins of Wall Street to the 21st century. A panel book discussion will be followed by a networking event in the Alkek Atrium. Panel members include local women of industry, alumni and students, who will discuss the unrelenting success despite historic underrepresentation of women in finance. The Greehey School of Business will also announce a Women in Finance student organization that will partner with industry organizations to share career knowledge and support, networking and mentorship to foster career opportunity and success. Join us for discussion, book review and a celebration of the success of women in finance. The panel will be moderated by Valerie Ballesteros, D.B.A., Instructor of Finance.

  • Appreciation of the Women in Our Lives - Tuesday, March 21, 2 to 3:15 p.m., Quad Amphitheater. (Rain location: University Center, Conference Room C). Communication Studies Department. (Kathe Lehman-Meyer)
  • A Viewing and Discussion of the Documentary RBG - Wednesday, March 22, 12:20 to 1:35 p.m., St. Louis Hall, Room 330. Political Science Department. (Sonia Garcia, Ph.D.) Ruth Bader Ginsburg told the stories of women and gender equality in the cases she argued before the Supreme Court and as a justice on the Supreme Court. Join students in the course on Gender Politics to view and discuss the documentary based on her life and legacy.
  • East Asia Security Issues and US Foreign Policy - Thursday, March 23, 5 to 6:00 p.m., St. Louis Hall, Room 330 and via Zoom. (Claudia Donoso, Ph.D.) The Department of International Studies and Global Affairs is hosting a virtual conversation with alumna, Jessica Carrillo on East Asia security issues and U.S foreign policy based. The presenter will also talk about her own personal experiences as a woman working in the foreign service in that region. For the Zoom link and more information, contact Claudia Donoso at 
  • Blessing of the Women Feast of the Annunciation - Friday, March 24, 9:10 to 9:45 a.m., Barrett Memorial Bell Tower. Marianist Sisters and University Ministry. (Sister Grace Walle, F.M.I., D.Min.) Crafts and other items will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit the Marianist Sisters' programs. Breakfast tacos and refreshments will be served.
  • The Essential Guide to the Female Anatomy - Friday, March 24, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m., University Center, Alumni Conference Room. (Elisa Garza) Join Wellness Programs and Bettys Co to engage in dialogue and learn about the female anatomy. Topics to be covered include what the female anatomy consists of, how it functions and when to seek care from a healthcare provider.
  • Judges Impacted by International Political Forces - Monday, March 27, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., Sarita Kenedy East Law Library, Alumni Room and via Zoom. Co-Sponsored by Lawtina and Women's Law Society (Prof. Jen Stevenson, J.D. and Prof. Ramona Lampley, J.D.) Moderated by Chief Justice Rebeca C. Martinez, Fourth Circuit Texas Court of Appeals featuring judges from Afghanistan, Ukraine, and Venezuela. We will discuss how political forces are impacting the judiciary from a global perspective. Pizza and drinks will be served. For the Zoom link and more information, contact Jen Stevenson at
  • Women in Nuclear & National Security - Wednesday, March 29, 5 to 6:00 p.m., via Zoom. (Angeli Willson, Ph.D.) Register for the Zoom link. The Truman National Security Project and its Texas Chapter, TruTX, will be hosting a virtual public panel event recognizing women leaders in the nuclear and national security space. The event will be elevating women's voices and experiences, and illuminating a career for college-aged women to consider. This panel will serve as a preview for a larger two-day event happening in the fall which will include workshops, networking opportunities, and direct access and engagement with the Truman community, both nationally and locally.
  • Women Writing: Sharing Story, Finding Peace - Thursday, March 30, 11:10 a.m. to 12:25 p.m., Contreras Family Terrace, Contreras Student Lounge. English Literature and Language Department. (Mary Lynne Gasaway Hill, Ph.D.) Please join us for a panel discussion, featuring Diane Gonzales Bertrand, Myriam Bujanda, and Mary Lynne Gasaway Hill. We will explore how sharing story, through writing in various genres, contributes to peacemaking in ourselves and in our communities. For more information, contact 
  • Ask Me Anything (AMA) with Imelda Guzman of Methodist Hospital - Thursday, March 30, 12:30 to 1:00 p.m., Instagram Live: @stmucareer  Career Center ( We'll be chatting to Imelda Guzman from Methodist Healthcare. Are you interested in a career in healthcare? The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion space? Administration? Human Resources? This is the event for you! Imelda Guzman has 19 years of experience in Human Resources (HR), 16 of those with Methodist Healthcare System/ HCA Healthcare. She most recently served as the VP of HR at Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital. During her time with Methodist, she led the HR process for two major acquisitions and established the first Leadership Development Institute within Methodist Healthcare. For more information, contact
  • Art Exhibit Opening Reception Featuring Artwork by Shea Daniel-Youngblood - Friday, March 31, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Blume Library, 2nd Floor Art Exhibit area. Art and Fine Arts Department. (Prof. Brian St. John) Join the Department of Art for the opening reception of a new art exhibition titled "Shea Daniel-Youngblood at St. Mary's University and Scenes of West San Antonio" featuring artwork by Shea Daniel-Youngblood.

March 31 - April 30 - Art Exhibit featuring Shea Daniel-Youngblood at St. Mary's University and Scenes of West San Antonio. Blume Library, 2nd Floor Art Exhibit area. (Prof. Brian St. John) View during Blume Library hours.

April 2023

  • Women in STEM Dinner - Tuesday, April 4, 6 to 8:00 p.m. University Center, Conference Room A. School of Science, Engineering and Technology. (Claudia Araiza) Every year, the School of Science, Engineering and Technology hosts a Women in STEM event, where we celebrate women in STEM careers. This year (2023) we are hosting a dinner. A guest speaker, or panel of speakers, will deliver a presentation and discuss experiences related to being a STEM professional. For more information, contact 

The 2023 St. Mary's University Women’s History Month Committee:

Valerie Ballesteros, D.B.A.; Margaret Cantu-Sanchez, Ph.D.; Claudia Donoso, Ph.D.; Prof. Diane Duesterhoeft; Todd Hanneken, Ph.D.; Amber McClung, Ph.D.; Xavier Montecel, Ph.D.; Belinda Roman, Ph.D.; Prof. Brian St. John; Karri Whipple, Ph.D.; Angeli Willson, Ph.D. (Coordinator)

Jacqueline Flores; Jessica Gonzalez Uhlig, Ed.D.; Kathe Lehman-Meyer; Sister Grace Walle, F.M.I., D.Min.

Diana Alcocer; Chief Justice Rebeca Martinez

Affiliated Students, Faculty and Staff
Claudia Araiza; Sonia Garcia, Ph.D.; Prof. Ramona Lampley, J.D.; Prof. Jen Stevenson, J.D.

March 2023


Flyer for March 2, 2023 program.

Jacqueline Battalora - Going Back to Go Forward

Creating Spaces for Change Series - Going Back to Go Forward


Flyer for March 6, 2023 program.

The Two Regimes Project Panel Discussion flyer


Flyer for March 8, 2023 Program.

The Evolution of Chicana Feminism flyer


Flyer for March 8, 2023 program.

History of Women on Wall Street - Suffragette to Fearless flyer


Flyer for March 22, 2023 program.

Viewing and Discussion of the Documentary "RBG" - Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Flyer for March 23, 2023 program.

East Asia Security Issues & US Foreign Policy - Jessica Carrillo


Flyer for March 24, 2023 program.

The Essential Guide to the Female Anatomy


Flyer for March 29, 2023 program.

Women in Nuclear and National Security


Flyer for March 30, 2023 panel program.

Women Writing: Sharing Story, Finding Peace flier


Flyer for March 30, 2023 Instagram Live program.

Ask Me Anything - Imelda Guzman


Flyer for March 31, 2023 art exhibit opening.

Art Exhibit Opening - Shea Daniel-Youngblood