Why celebrate women's history month?

In the “official history” we’re taught in school, women’s roles and experiences - especially those of women of color - are too often relegated to the margins  if they are mentioned at all. A footnote, a parenthetical reference, perhaps, but they are never the central narrative. Women’s HerStory Month exists in order to redress this imbalance, to shine a light on the forgotten and unacknowledged contributions of women whose work has resided outside of the canon, whose experiences have been deemed peripheral. This is a moment to shift our perspective, to de-center the contributions of those who have been doled out a disproportionate amount of space in the annals of history - mostly heterosexual white men - and pull our focus to the contributions and experiences of women of color, who have been so consistently excluded. As the sage and majestic Audre Lorde has written, “The oppression of women knows no ethnic or racial boundaries, true, but that does not mean that it is identical within those boundaries.” Celebrating women’s history means acknowledging and giving space to those different experiences, acknowledging that within the category of “women” there is a glorious myriad of diversity.  We hope that you’ll join us in the powerfully feminist act of recognizing the contributions of women who have been left out of history, reminding us that their achievements - winning a Nobel prize, writing a ground-breaking novel, governing a nation, raising a family, leading a social movement - are not dependent upon one’s gender identity.

During March, in celebration of Women’s HerStory Month, we invite you join us in the Women’s Resource Center for several exciting upcoming events. On March 1st, we’ll be sewing reusable menstrual pads as part of our monthly EcoFeminist series, Stitch-n-Bitch (all materials provided). Our monthly Censored Series, on March 28th, is sure to provide a lively and informative discussion on all things related to abortion and reproductive rights.  The FORCE Feminist Book Club, focusing on Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza is still accepting applications, and will begin meeting on March 20th. Finally, we will be gearing up for one of our largest events of the year, Take Back the Night - a survivor-centered march against sexual, relationship, and domestic violence - which will take place on April 19th at 5pm. All other events take place in at 6:30 pm and are open to all.  

For more information, please visit our facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/UAWomensResourceCenter.
 
-Aurora Sartori
Graduate Assistant for the WRC
PhD student in Language, Reading, & Culture