Women's History Month at The University of Akron

Women's History Month 2023

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. 

Menstrual Product Donation Drive

Donations can be dropped off at the Simmons Hall Lobby Desk between 8am-5pm Monday-Friday. 

The Campus Cupboard is completely donor funded and supported in the effort to meet student's basic necessities. Thanks to student led efforts, we strive to ensure a student's access to menstrual products does not interfere with their academic goals. 

Sponsor | Campus Cupboard and ZipAssist 

Mosaic: Women of Color

Wednesday, March 1 | 12:00pm-1:00pm

Virtual | to receive link, please email nlk16@uakron.edu

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. 

Investing in Your Financial Future 

Tuesday, March 7 | 8:30am-10:00am

Honors Hall Common Room

Sponsor | Human Resources, ZipAssist, and Campus Programs

Join ZipAssist, Student Life, and Human Resources for breakfast and an informal conversation about finances. Carina Diamond, Chief Growth Officer for Dakota Wealth Management, will be sharing her top 5 financial tips for women in 2023. This event will help spark thoughts about retirement, investment, and/or savings. This is open to faculty, staff/contract professionals, and students. The first 40 individuals will receive a reusable budget envelope along with a bundle of savings challenges. Three lucky participants will also win a savings/budget binder. Click here to RSVP. 

International Women's Day

Wednesday, March 8th | 11:30am-1:00pm

Jean Hower Taber Student Union International & Piano Lounge

Sponsor | Undergraduate Student Government and Campus Programs

Join USG and Campus Programs for a celebration of Women for IWD 2023! We will be celebrating International Women’s Day with empowerment keychains, flower bouquet making, DIY lip scrubs, and giveaways! The first 75 people to strike the #EmbraceEquity pose will receive a goodie bag. This year’s theme is Embrace Equity. When we embrace equity, we embrace diversity, and we embrace inclusion. We embrace equity to forge harmony and unity, and to help drive success for all.

Forging gender equity isn't limited to women solely fighting the good fight. The International Women’s Day event is a safe space for all women, men, non-binary, gender queer, and gender-nonconforming individuals. Allies are incredibly important for the social, economic, cultural, and political advancement of women and we hope you join us in celebration of the day.

Learn Calligraphy with Jade Yurick

Wednesday, March 8th | 6:00pm-8:00pm

Jean Hower Taber Student Union Ballroom A 

Sponsor | ZPN and Society of Women Engineers

Come learn the art of calligraphy with Jade Yurick. Once you learn the basics, you will get the chance to write out quotes from famous women in history.

Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four 

Wednesday, March 8th | 7:00pm-9:00pm

Jean Hower Taber Student Union Gardner Theatre

Sponsor | Women's Studies Program & the Ohio Innocence Project

Spoken Word Artist | Ashlee Haze

Wednesday, March 8th | 7:17pm 

Jean Hower Taber Student Union Starbucks Lounge

Sponsor | RHPB, RHC, and Sigma Lambda 

An Ashlee Haze performance is a 60-minute encounter with the spectrum of emotions we experience as a part of being human. You can expect to think about your personal origins as she tells stories of her childhood and growth journey. Haze offers reflections on love and what makes or breaks it as she shares work from her book "SMOKE." You can expect to be empowered as a woman, queer person, femme, or human just trying to become a better version of yourself. She's funny, intuitive, and honest. You can expect to be surprised with form poetry such as haiku, and to be captivated by her comedic interludes. 

Diversity Dialogue | Bringing Sojourner truth's Work to Life

Monday, March 13th | 12:00pm-1:00pm

Virtual | please email natali5@uakron.edu to register

Sponsor | The Office of Inclusion and Equity and the Office of Multicultural Development

In May 1851, at the Second Ohio Women’s Rights Convention at the Old Stone Church in Akron, Ohio, Sojourner Truth, a former slave and uninvited speaker, raised up her imposing six-foot presence and electrified the audience with a powerful speech now known as “Ain’t I a Woman?”  That speech, which many historians consider to be the most important woman’s rights speech in U.S. history, could have easily faded from the memory of most Ohioans.  But Truth’s life will live on in a statue and plaza near the actual site of the speech through the work of the Summit Suffrage Centennial Committee. Significantly, this will be the first public statue of an African American woman in Ohio and the largest public art statue of an African American woman.

Women's Empowerment Summit

Monday, March 13th | 5:00pm-6:30pm

Jean Hower Taber Student Union 312

Sponsors | Society of Women Engineers, Women in Business, Women in Psychology and Undergraduate Student Government 

The Women's Empowerment Summit will feature a panel of prominent women within UA's community as well as a forum and opportunity for open discussion among attendees. This event is aimed towards women interested in progressing their personal leadership journey and discussing these ideas with colleagues, but all are welcome to attend regardless of gender. Light appetizers and beverages will be provided. Please register  by Friday, March 10th. 

Women in the Workforce

Wednesday, March 15 | 6:00pm-7:00pm

College of Business 179

Sponsors: Women in Business and Society of Human Resource Management

Business and Leadership Consultant, Kathy Sullivan, will provide an in-depth examination of the unique issues women face in the workplace and strategies for personal development and allyship. 

What Kind of Feminist are You? 

Friday, March 17th | 12:00pm-1:00pm

Jean Hower Taber Student Union 308

Sponsor | Counseling and Testing Center

A workshop to explore a brief history of feminism, types of feminists, and the mental health benefits of identifying as a feminist. 

What's Your Pro-Sonality? 

Thursday, March 23rd | 12:00pm-1:00pm

Jean Hower Taber Student Union 312

Sponsor | ZipAssist, Student Life, and Human Resources

We fulfill so many roles in our lives on a day to day basis. In this gathering we'll discuss how to marry our various roles together so we are walking confidently in our professional and personal purposes! Click here to register. 

Protecting Your Bag | Financial Tips on Money Management

Thursday, March 30th | 4:00pm 

Jean Hower Taber Student Union 335 

Sponsor | ZipAssist

Juggling finances can be tricky! Join us to learn about protecting yourself from financial scams and identity theft. Plus, explore savings hacks to help your money grow, both now and in the future. 

If the Bra Fits...

Thursday, March 30th | 6:00pm-7:30pm

Jean Hower Taber Student Union Ballroom CDE 

Sponsor | Panhellenic Council, Summa Health Breast Health Navigator, and Campus Programs

Join Panhellenic Council, Summa Health Breast Health Navigator, and Campus Programs as we educate women about overall breast health. Did you know that 80% of women don't wear a proper fitting bra? Madison Anne, a Tik Tok influencer and bra guru, will be showing women how to properly measure themselves, how to take care of your bras, and how it should fit. Did you know that yearly mammograms do not begin until the age of 40? Summa Health Breast Health Navigator will be showing women how to check themselves for breast abnormalities. To register, click here. Three lucky participants will receive a $50 gift card to purchase a new bra their store of choice.