Our 2021 Women’s History Month Theme is
Valiant Women Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced.

This theme celebrates the perseverance of women winning the right to vote—a continuation of last year’s theme. Because of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, many of our Women’s History Month celebrations on campus were either cancelled or put on hold. We as a UIW community are here in 2021, demonstrating our perseverance. We honor the valiant women who refused to be silenced throughout history, including those in the historic moment we are current living in together. Like the National Women’s History Alliance, we believe that “Despite the interruption of the pandemic, celebrations of women’s historic achievement in winning the 19th Amendment will not be silenced. Suffragists, too, faced a deadly virus– and a war–while trying to win the key state of New York in 1917. Their strength is our inspiration.”

For additional resources about Women’s History Month, please visit our UIW library guide.

Special Event

Women's and Gender Studies Her Drive Campaign

February 15 - March 8, 2021 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
SEC 3150 or Pick Up

The Women's and Gender Studies program is hosting a Her Drive campaign from now until March 8, providing an excellent opportunity for students to engage in service learning during the pandemic. Limited access to feminine care products is a public health issue that has historically affected women and continues to do so. Her Drive, a national non-profit that UIW Women’s and Gender Studies has partnered with,"aims to close the gap for under-resourced people, particularly BIPOC who are disproportionately affected by poverty and homelessness. Bras and period products are frequently overlooked as essential items of donation." The UIW Women's and Gender Studies Her Drive will support local women in our San Antonio community. Linked here is a list of items needed and COVID-friendly pickup and drop off information. For more information contact Scarlett Crawford at scrawfo@student.uiwtx.edu.

Detailed Calendar of Events

Picture a Scientist movie posterMonday, March 1 - Wednesday, March 31, 2021

UIW Libraries Presents Farhad's Film Series - Picture a scientist

In celebration of Women's History Month, Farhad's Film Series presents Picture a scientist, chronicling the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. A biologist, a chemist, and a geologist lead viewer on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, overcoming brutal harassment, institutional discrimination, and years of subtle slights to revolutionize the culture of science. From cramped laboratories to spectacular field sites, we also encounter scientific luminaries who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all. Watch the film here.

For more information contact Farhad Moshiri at moshiri@uiwtx.edu.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Starlight Movie Series: Ocean’s 8

Back Soccer Fields/Headwaters | 7 p.m..
Campus Engagement

Bring your blanket and pick a spot on the field to enjoy our monthly movie feature on the back soccer field (behind softball/baseball field). In partnership with Women’s History Month, we will be showing Ocean’s 8!

Movie starts at 8 p.m..

Be sure to grab some FREE FOOD during our concession hour. Before the movie, we will have a food truck and serving students prior to seating.

Food Truck starts at 7 p.m..

Tues. – Wed., March 2 - 3, 2021

Clara BartonSouth Texas Blood & Tissue Center Blood Drive

SEC Ballroom | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m..
Campus Engagement and The Ettling Center for Civic Leadership & Sustainability

The University community is invited to a South Texas Blood & Tissue Center Blood Drive, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.. Tuesday, March 2 and Wednesday, March 3 in the SEC Ballroom. According to the National Women’s History Museum, “Women have been historic Women have been of historic importance both as donors as well as donation center staff. But it was one woman, Clara Barton, whose vision of volunteerism during crisis and her founding of the American Red Cross paved the way for the truly amazing system of altruistic blood donation in the US.” While you’re giving blood on March 2 or March 3, read more about Clara Barton at the National Women’s History Museum.

Walk-ins welcome but for your convenience schedule an appointment.

Register for March 2, 2021

Register for March 3, 2021

For more information about the UIW blood drive, contact Yesenia Caloca at caloca@uiwtx.edu or download a flyer here.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Conversations with the Congregation: Hearing Herstories and Adventures from the Incarnate Word Sisters

Zoom | 1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Department of History, Department of Psychology, Department of Religious Studies

To celebrate Women's History Month, please join members of the Sisters of Charity to discuss how their experiences as women in ministry have shaped their faith, their understanding of the Catholic tradition, and the University's mission. The Sisters will share their stories and take questions from the audience. For more information contact Laura Cannon at lcannon@uiwtx.edu.


Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Diversitea: Women’s History

Clock Tower | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m..
Campus Engagement and The Ettling Center for Civic Leadership & Sustainability

Stop by the clock tower for a coffee/tea break from your busy day. There will be coffee, tea, and prepackaged pastries for you to enjoy. Also, check out student submissions and artwork centered around the Theme: Women Figures: Past, Present, Future.

Campus Engagement will cover printing costs to feature your work. If you have any questions regarding submissions, contact Paulina Zelazna at zelazna@uiwtx.edu.

Film Screening and Discussion of "The Caged Bird: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price"

Zoom | 6 - 8 p.m..
UIW Department of Music and Women’s and Gender Studies

The entire UIW community is invited to a special screening and panel discussion of "The Caged Bird: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price" with James Greeson (Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Arkansas and Director of the documentary), Orit Eylon (Associate Professor of Music at UIW), and Michele Aichele (Adjunct Professor of Music and Women’s and Gender Studies at UIW). Known for being the first African American woman composer to have a symphony performed by a major U.S. orchestra, Price was a highly talented and influential composer. She was the first African American female composer to have a symphony played by a major U.S. orchestra. Her works have recently experienced a resurgence in recognition and popularity. LuElla D’Amico (Associate Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies) will moderate the discussion.

For more information, contact Michele Aichele at aichele@uiwtx.edu or download the film screening event flyer here.

Monday, March 8, 2021

International Women's Day

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Graciela SanchezGraciela Sanchez Lecture: Westside Women Activists: Cultural Loss and Preservation

Zoom | 6 - 7 p.m..

Graciela Sanchez, Director of the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, is the Women’s and Gender Studies featured speaker for Women’s History Month. The Esperanza Center is “a community-based cultural arts/social justice organization Graciela works with staff and community to develop programs that culturally ground working class and poor people of color, queer people and women, individuals who are survivors of cultural genocide. Facilitating conversations on issues of colonization, genocide, power, violence, racism, sexism, and homophobia, among others.” To find out more about Graciela Sanchez’s work and the Esperanza Center, please visit the Center’s website. Dr. Zazil Reyes García (UIW Communications and Women’s and Gender Studies faculty) will be introducing Graciela.

For further information about this lecture, please contact LuElla D'Amico at ldamico@uiwtx.edu or  download a flyer about the lecture here.

Fri. – Sat., March 19 - 20, 2021

SA to UN logo with text, "A local conversation on United Nations Goals of Gender Equality"UN Women's Conference: Commission on the Status of Women
Virtual participation presentations will take place throughout both days

Conference Registration | All Day
Sister Martha Ann Kirk, Th.D. and UIW Faculty Women

The San Antonio Delegation are virtually presenting in the NGOCSW and attending the UN Commission on the Status of Women, March 15-26, 2021. Help build the UN Sustainable Development Goals, learn from people all over the world working on those, especially as they relate to the empowerment of women and girls. Listen and learn from local women and girls determined to create a better future. For more information, visit SA to UN: A Local Conversation on United Nations Goals of Gender Equality.

Virtual exhibit promoting solidarity with our sisters in Lima.

Monday, March 22, 2021

The Night I Found You: Confronting Dating Sexual Assault

Zoom | 4:15 p.m.
Department of Theatre Arts

Theatre Arts students, Sam Egger, Maddie Hamby, and Olivia Perry will perform a scene they authored entitled, The Night I Found You. The students will also give a short presentation on dating sexual assault. This project was created as possible PSA for high school and college students. 

For further information about the lecture, please contact Margaret Mitchell at margaret@uiwtx.edu.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Recovering Mary Saunders Poetry: A Nineteenth-Century Texas Poet

Zoom | 3 - 4:15 p.m.

Join Erika Haskins, a doctoral student in Education and a graduate research assistant for the Women’s and Gender Studies program. Erika will present original research Mary Saunders’ biography and share some of Saunders’ nineteenth-century poetry. Saunders writing focuses on Texas women, patriotism, Texas scenery and Texas heroes and battles. Saunders was once called the “Texas Poet Laureate.” For more information about this interactive lecture, contact Erika Haskins at ehaskins@student.uiwtx.edu or download a flyer for the poetry event here.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Women's History Month Trivia Night

Zoom | 6 - 8 p.m..

In honor of Women's History Month, we will be hosting a trivia night via Zoom! Join the fun, test your knowledge, and learn more about game-changing women in history (past and present). This event is free and open to everyone in the UIW community. Teresa Harrison and Renee Bellanger will be co-hosting. Prizes for first, second, and third place will be sponsored by the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

For further information about the trivia night, contact Teresa Harrison at tljohns3@uiwtx.edu.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Women's History Month Read-In

Dubuis Lawn | 12:30-1:30 p.m..
Women's and Gender Studies

What’s a read-in? It's a chance to read and peruse a whole bunch of books the feature women, are written by women, and engage in issues important to women. The tables on Dubuis Lawn will have a wide range of book choices, so you’ll be able to pick a table, enjoy a snack, and peruse books.

For further information, please contact Ann David at addavid@uiwtx.edu.

Solemnity of the Annunciation (Incarnate Word Day)

All Day

This is the Feast day for the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, the Founders of the University of the Incarnate Word. Learn more about this annual celebration and its history within the Catholic church and our university.