Women's History Month at The University of Akron

Women's History Month 2021

Mission: Women's History Month, at The University of Akron, celebrates the history, understanding, and empowerment of women and their impact on the campus, community, and world. 

Women’s History Month Donation Drive

Women in Business and Women in Psychology are proud to announce that we are collaborating with Access Women’s Shelter to celebrate Women’s History Month with a donation drive to support local women. We will be collecting Black women’s hair products, lotions, and small umbrellas for the entire month of March. Donations can be placed in bins located in the Department of Student Life located on the 1st floor of the Jean Hower Taber Student Union.

March 1st

  • NPC Badge Day
  • All Day
  • Virtual on Instagram-@uakronphc (uaphcvpcommunityrelations@gmail.com)
  • Panhellenic Council
  • To show our unity throughout the Panhellenic sorority community on campus, we will be holding virtual opportunities for sorority women to represent their chapters and show their Panhellenic pride. We encourage alumnae members to also participate

March 2nd

  • Women’s History Month Bingo
  • 7:00pm-8:30pm
  • Virtual – click here to RSVP
  • Sponsor: Campus Programs
  • Virtual Women's History BINGO is a LIVE interactive Women's History Awareness Program on Zoom. Each BINGO Ball corresponds to a piece of content - in this case, influential women in history. This is a fun and educational game with awesome gift card prizes.


March 3rd

  • Black and Beautiful
  • 1:00pm-2:00pm
  • Virtual – click here to RSVP
  • Sponsor: Counseling and Testing Center
  • A conversation of black womanhood, colorism, and body image.


March 3rd

  • Lady Caress
  • 7:17pm
  • Virtual – click here to RSVP
  • Sponsor: Residence Life and Housing
  • For over 10 years, nationally recognized performance artist, Lady Caress has dedicated her life to the art of communication as both a poet and public speaker.  With her unique set of comedy, music, beat boxing and theatrics, she truly is a mesmerizing performer. As a National Poetry Champion in 2010 at Pi Kappa Delta, Lady Caress has continued to impact audiences outside of the performance realm. She has designed and executed public speaking and performance workshops for Upward Bound, YMCA, S.T.A.R.S., and organizations designed to bring extra-curricular activities to at-risk youth.

March 5th

  • Trans Women in History
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm
  • Virtual - click here to RSVP
  • Sponsor: Pride in STEMM
  • This event is going to be an opportunity for people to learn about prominent trans women in history while participating in a discussion and Kahoot.

March 8th-11th

  • Women Student Organization Tabling
  • 11am-2pm
  • Location- TBD
  • Sponsor: Undergraduate Student Government
  • Come and see all the women led organizations here on campus and how you can get involved.


March 10th

  • Women in the Workforce Panel
  • 6:00pm-7:00pm
  • Virtual
  • Undergraduate Student Government
  • Come join USG in our women’s panel, where you can ask questions about the job itself or the expectations of women in the workforce. Click here for the link to the event.


March 10th

  • The Legacy of our Foremothers with Dr. Maria Alejandra Zanetta
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm
  • Virtual – please email natali5@uakron.edu to RSVP
  • Sponsor: Office of Inclusion and Equity
  • Maria Alejandra Zanetta is both a Distinguished Professor of Spanish Literature and Culture in the Department of Modern Languages and a practicing artist. She studied painting at the National Academy for the Arts in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and graduated with a B.A. in art with an emphasis in painting. Later on, she earned her doctorate from The Ohio State University where she specialized in the interrelations between Spanish literature and the visual arts. Dr. Zanetta’s current research focuses on the artistic and literary production of Spanish avant-garde women painters and writers. In her presentation, titled “The Legacy of Our Foremothers,” Dr. Zanetta will talk about how feminist theory and her research on Spanish women painters have influenced her, both personally and in her academic and artistic careers.


March 11th

  • Women’s Spa Night: Taking Care of You!
  • 7:00pm-8:00pm
  • Virtual on Zoom- RSVP  Required: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAsf-GhrT4iE9bllnMl4Fm4A-Yk8mkIqpoq
    • RSVP in advance to pick-up supplies!
  • Sponsor: Panhellenic Council
  • Come together with women on campus as we make selfcare products to have your own spa night while also having the opportunity to listen and talk with guest speakers about important topics related to women’s mental, physical and sexual health.


March 11th

  • ZPN and Women in Psychology’s Calligraphy Class
  • 6:00pm-8:00 pm
  • Virtual – click here to RSVP
  • Sponsor: ZPN and Women in Psychology
  • Join ZPN and Women in Psychology’s Calligraphy Class as part of the university's Women's History Month celebration! During this class, an instructor will teach you the basics of calligraphy and guide you in writing out a few quotes from influential women. The necessary supplies can be picked up on March 8-10 from the Department of Student Life Administration Desk between the hours of 8 am to 5 pm. Spots are limited, so register soon!

March 16th

  • Mary Biddinger
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm
  • Virtual – email natali5@uakron.edu to RSVP
  • Sponsor: Office of Inclusion and Equity
  • Mary Biddinger is the author of six poetry collections, including Partial Genius: Prose Poems, and Department of Elegy, which will be published by Black Lawrence Press in early 2022. She is Professor and Assistant Chair of English, and serves as poetry editor for The University of Akron Press. Biddinger teaches courses in literature and creative writing, from introductory poetry workshops to craft and theory seminars in the NEOMFA: Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. Her poems and flash fiction stories have recently appeared or are forthcoming in The Adroit Journal, Bennington Review, DIAGRAM, Poetry, The Laurel Review, and Southern Indiana Review, among others. Biddinger is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Ohio Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Cleveland Arts Prize.
  • Dr. Mary Biddinger will present a reading of her poetry, and advice on how individuals can work moments of creativity into everyday life. Biddinger will share recent poems and discuss approaches for finding artistic inspiration. A Q&A with the author will follow the presentation. 


March 16th

  • Sister Friends Network: The footprint of a woman
  • 6:00pm-7:15pm
  • Virtual – Zoom 
  • Sponsor: Campus Programs and Deniesha Newby
  • Sister Friends Network seeks to bring together self-identified women of color to foster a sense of community and solidarity. This group is open to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff. The goal is to provide a safe space for diverse women to connect with one another and examine personal, academic, professional and social challenges. Join us on March 16th to discuss women empowerment, mentorship, and your aspirations. Click here to RSVP. 

March 17th

  • Mosaic: Women of Color
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm
  • Virtual – click here to RSVP
  • Sponsor: Counseling and Testing Center
  • A workshop for women of color to  address academic/life stressors, develop a community of trust, and to facilitate the adjustment process at a PWI (predominately White Institution).


March 23rd

  • ZPN’s Self Defense Class
  • 6:00pm
  • Virtual
  • Sponsor: Zips Programming Network
  • Defend Yourself and ZPN present the Women's History Month Self Defense Class. This class will be geared towards awareness and prevention, verbal skills and confidence, as well as physical techniques for all women to prevent and react in a hostile environment. Join us to get empowered and feel safe in any situation! The link to signup can be found here: https://signup.com/go/HdRdqzr 

March 24th

  • Women’s History Painting Event
  • 7:00pm-8:30pm
  • Virtual – click here to RSVP
  • Sponsor: Campus Programs
  • Join Campus Programs on March 24th as we celebrate women in March. When you sign up for this virtual painting event, you get the joy of painting along with a live remote instruction from Dr. Justine Shuey — all from the comfort of your home. Participants will pick up a painting kit the week prior to the event at the Department of Student Life Administration Desk. Limited spots – RSVP!