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Women's History Month 2021

In 1981, Congress requested that the President proclaim that the week of March 7th is Women's History Week. The celebration remained a weeklong endeavor until 1987, when the holiday became Women's History Month. To commemorate women's contributions, the first comprehensive federal report on the state of women was released in March 2011.

Schedule of Events

Below is a comprehensive list of events, programs and meetings in honor of Women's History Month. The University community is encouraged to send programs to be included on this list to The list will be updated as more information is made available. 


All live streamed events can be accessed on the homepage of OState TV. Programs hosted via Zoom will be directly linked below.


March 1

Black History Month Speaker Series

(rescheduled from February)
Live on OState TV• 12p

Hosted by the Center for Africana Studies and the Office of Multicultural Affairs


"Black Migrations: The movement of Afro-descendants around the globe" will be presented by Erica Townsend-Bell, Ph.D., OSU associate professor of political science and director of the Center for Africana Studies. Dr. Townsend-Bell teaches courses in race and gender politics, social movements and qualitative methods, with an expertise in intersectionality, comparative equality and Latin American politics.


March 6

2021 Women Veterans Symposium

Zoom • 9AM-12PM

Hosted by the Office of Student Veteran Success


The 2021 Women Veterans Symposium will be held on March 6th via Zoom and focuses on benefit issues and concerns found in women veteran populations. Attendees will have the opportunity to make valuable connections, create awareness, access inspirational leaders and empower each other. Join to hear from higher-level veteran benefit executives on a variety of subjects concerning women veterans.

The Generational panel is composed of members of the Tulsa chapter of Oklahoma Women Veterans.


The first 100 RSVPs will be able to attend via Zoom and a replay will be found on the symposium YouTube channel. Register below or by emailing




March 8

It's Your Time: OSU African American Women's Stories of Success

Live on OState TV• 1PM-3PM

Hosted by the Division of Institutional Diversity


"It's Your Time: OSU African American Women's Stories of Success" will be the March session of a new initiative that began last June called Community Advancing Conversations. This roundtable will include five OSU African American alumnae. The structure of the two-hour session will enable each alumna to share her OSU, career, and life stories, as well as offer advice and encouragement to the University community, particularly our African American students. The first hour will consist of an introductory statement of approximately 10 minutes from each roundtable member. The second hour will consist of structured questions from Jada Lusk, a current OSU junior, majoring in Biology (Pre-Med) and double minoring in Spanish and Psychology, Dr. LaRicka Wingate, Professor, OSU Department of Psychology, and Dr. Jovette Dew, OSU Assistant Vice President for Institutional Diversity. The moderator for the roundtable is Tika Johnson, Coordinator for African American Affairs in the OSU Office of Multicultural Affairs within the Division of Institutional Diversity. We are excited to have this opportunity to highlight each of your  outstanding achievements.


The following OSU African American alumnae are confirmed to participate on the roundtable:


  • Myrna Bowlin, ConocoPhillips, Senior Counsel (MBA, OSU Spears School of Business)
  • Dr. Sonja J. Hughes, Aetna, Vice President, Strategy & Service Excellence (B.S., Biological Sciences, OSU College of Arts & Sciences)
  • Kim Scott, International Jazz Artist (M.A., Music, OSU College of Arts & Sciences)
  • Sophia Shoate, UPS, President U.S. Sales (B.S., Management, OSU Spears School of Business)
  • Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea, Mott Community College, President (B.S., Broadcast Journalism, OSU College of Arts & Sciences

March 10

Women's History Month Speaker Series

Afro Indigenous Women's Transformational Activism
Zoom • 12PM-1PM

Hosted by Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies and the Office of Multicultural Affairs


"Afro Indigenous Women's Transformational Activism" will be presented by Dr. Reanae McNeal, Ph.D., OSU teaching assistant professor in interdiscplinary diversity studies focusing on Gender and Women's Studies, Africana studies, American Indian studies, and American studies with a department home in English at OSU. Her research involves decolonial approaches to accentuating the lived experiences of the marginalized. McNeal’s research has been supported by the Catherine Prelinger Award from the Coordinating Council for Women in History. She remains in deep gratitude to her ancestors and elders for passing on their wisdom systems, conveying their lived experiences, and keeping the stories of our survival and resistance alive.


Join Meeting

Meeting ID:

919 0207 0639


March 15

Smashing the Patriarchy: an Interactive Workshop

Zoom • 5:30PM-7PM

Hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs


"Smashing the Patriarchy: an Interactive Workshop" will introduce participants to the common phrase "smashing the patriarchy" while developing tips and tools for anti-sexism work. Smashing the patriarchy is a common phrase to describe the work of dismantling social, cultural, and political systems that disadvantage individuals who are not men. Irissa Baxter-Luper, Coordinator of Women's and LGBTQ Affairs and OSU Sexual Assault Victim Advocate, will lead participants through a conversation of patriarchy, power, and methods for combatting unhealthy expectations of masculinity and feminity. 



Meeting ID:

916 6693 5599


March 16

Women's History Month Speaker Series

Intersections in OKC's 39th Street District: Black Women, Femininity, and (Re)Appropriation Among Drag Performers
Zoom • 12PM-1PM

Hosted by Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies and the Office of Multicultural Affairs


"Intersections in OKC's 39th Street District: Black Women, Femininity, and (Re)Appropriation Among Drag Performers" will be presented by Dr. Bryce McCleary.

Join Meeting

Meeting ID:

919 0207 0639


March 17

Feminism Speaks 

Zoom • 4PM

Hosted by Feminist Collective and the Ladies Involved in Leadership, Academics, Culture, and Service (LILACS)


Feminism Speaks will be conversation on feminism led by Dr. Jessica Turcat, Ph.D., OSU visiting assistant professor of Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies and English.



Zoom Meeting ID: 

972 7619 6333


March 23

Meet & Greet with Her Campus

Zoom • 7:30PM

Come meet the women of Her Campus, an all women student run magazine on the OSU campus. Learn about their work to bring women's voices to media and how you can become involved! In the meantime, read the magazine here: 



Zoom Meeting ID:

932 5837 5957


March 25

Women's History Month Speaker Series

Reclaiming Menstrual Knowledge as a Means to Self-Empowerment
Zoom • 12PM-1PM

Hosted by Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies and the Office of Multicultural Affairs


"Reclaiming Menstrual Knowledge as a Means to Self-Empowerment," presented by Dr. Jessica Turcat, Ph.D., OSU visiting assistant professor of Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies and English, will provide historical information about menstruation practices and rituals and then offer suggestions on how we can apply these lost practices (ie. reclaim the knowledge) in our contemporary lives, focusing on the ways that the current pandemic and crises are taking a toll on women. This will be personal. This will be political.


Join Meeting

Meeting ID:

919 0207 0639


Menstrual Hygiene Accessibility Week

March 29 - April 2

Presented by the Red Pantry Committee

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Student Arts Alliance, Student Government Association, and the Department of Wellness


March 8-26

Period Poverty Art Competition: They are Essential, Period.


The Period Poverty Art Competition is the highlight event of the first OSU Menstrual Hygiene and Accessibility Week. Red Pantry Committee encourages student artists to submit their work to share their perspectives of period poverty, menstrual hygiene, and menstruation. Scholarships are included for 1st-3rd place.

focusing on the experiences of period poverty and menstruation. 

Submission details

Follow Red Pantry on Instagram or email them for more information!


March 29

Period Poverty Art & Information Display: They are Essential, Period.

Student Union 2nd floor Campus Life Lounge • March 29 - April 2


The Period Poverty Art and Information Display will include information, stories, and statistics concerning period poverty around the world. In addition to this, art pieces that are submitted to the Art Competition within the theme “They Are Essential, Period.” will also be featured throughout the display area. Through this passive display, students will have the opportunity to learn about and begin conversations that surround the taboo topics of menstruation, menstrual hygiene, and period poverty.


March 30

Red Pantry Trivia Night

Zoom • 7PM


Want to put your knowledge of menstruation, menstrual hygiene, period poverty, and the Red Pantry to the test? Interested in some great prizes? Join the Red Pantry Committee for a trivia night with first, second, and third place prizes!


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Meeting ID:



March 31

Period Poverty Researcher: Dr. Anne K. Sebert Kuhlmann

Zoom • 5:30PM


Dr. Anne K. Sebert Kuhlmann is Associate Professor of Behavioral Science and Health Education in the College for Public Health and Social Justice and Director of the Master of Public Health program at St. Louis University. She serves as Board Director for Dignity Period, a non-profit organization that works to combat period poverty. Her research focuses on community mobilization, health behavior, HIV/AIDS, international public health, maternal health, menstrual hygiene management, and reproductive health.



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April 1

It's That Time of the Month Tabling

Student Union • 11AM-2PM


It's That Time of the Month will be a tabling event to promote the new free menstrual product pantries on campus. Stop by for some great conversation and fantastic period care bag giveaways!


April 2

Period Poverty Art Competition Winners Announced: They are Essential, Period.

Social Media @OSURedPantry


April 1 - April 30

Prism: A Queer & Women's Art Festival

Multiple locations

Hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs


Prism Fest is an annual women's and LGBTQ artist festival sponsored by Feminist Collective to uplift marginalized student artists on campus. All art displayed and sold is created by queer and/or women student artists! This year's Prism will take many forms: live performances on Feminist Collective's Instagram as well as art displays at the Orange Wall Art Gallery (Student Union basement) and the Office of Multicultural Affairs (240 Student Union). 


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