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The Texas Tech University Women's & Gender Studies is celebrating Women's History Month by showcasing women past, present and future. Taking inspiration from the National Women's History Project, we honor women who helped create a better world for the times in which they lived as well as for future generations.

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"Women Who Shaped Texas Tech" - Southwest Collection

April 1, 2019 - May 9, 2019 | TTU Library | Croslin Room

Beginning in 2014, the Texas Tech University Archives has chosen to honor a select group of women with an annual exhibit featuring groundbreaking, plucky and ambitious alumnae and faculty who have shaped Texas Tech's history.

The exhibit, a celebration of Women's History Month, is being held in two buildings this year. The Croslin Room of the Library will host a large exhibit of artifacts, clothing and photographs related to Texas Tech women. Included will be 11 exhibit panels featuring honorees from the previous two years' exhibits, as well as six oversized posters of women who have realized major university milestones.

The SWC/SCL will host the newest honorees of the exhibit.

For more information visit the , contact B. Lynn Whitfield, Texas Tech University Associate Archivist at SWC/SCL, at lynn.whitfield@ttu.edu.

March 1 - Women of Color Day

  • In Solidarity: How Non-Black Women of Color Stand Upon the Shoulders of Black Women by Julie Feng
    Guest Speakers: aretha faye marbley, Ph.D, Professor, Educational Psychology and Leadership and Jasmine Parker, Ph.D, Dissertation Coach, Doctoral Support Center, College of Education
    11:00 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. | DOAK 123

In 1981, the National Institute for Women of Color (NIWC) was established to build a strong national network for women of African, Alaska Native, American Indian, Asian, Hispanic, Latina and Pacific Island heritages and to advance the issues of Women of Color. These efforts resulted in National Strategies Conferences for Women of Color in 1982 and 1983 in Washington, DC, 1984 in Reno, Nevada and 1987 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. 

Since then it's annually observed on March 1 and features different programs, that are held across the USA and in other countries.

  • "Self-naming is powerful, but it doesn't automatically create solidarity. We must be deliberate and conscientious when claiming identities. My resilience and resolve as a feminist comes from all of my women of color forebears, but my terms of identity specifically come from black women scholars. All women of color should understand this history and origin." - Julie Feng, 


March 6

  • Sixteen Candles | Alamo Drafthouse Theatre | 7:00 p.m. 

Sexism/Cinema - Texas Tech faculty have selected films with female protagonists to view and discuss at Alamo Drafthouse, Lubbock. Movies will begin at 7:30pm with a brief introduction. $7.00 admission for all.

March 8 - International Women's Day (#IWD)

  • #BalanceforBetter Campaign & Pledge
    DOAK Hall 123 | 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    FREE and open to the public

#BalanceforBetter is an online media campaign that runs all year long. It doesn't end on International Women's Day. The campaign theme provides a unified direction to guide and galvanize continuous collective action, with #BalanceforBetter activity reinforced and amplified all year.

Motivate others
So put your hands out and STRIKE THE #BalanceforBetter POSE and make International Women's Day YOUR day - and do what you can to truly make a positive difference for women everywhere.

Amplify via social media
Post your #IWD2019 message on social media with your "hands out" balance pose for a strong call-to-action for others to also help forge a #BalanceforBetter. View the photo album here; https://www.internationalwomensday.com/Photography

About #IWD

Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. International Women's Day has been observed since in the early 1900's, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. International Women's Day, originally called International Working Women's Day, is celebrated on March 8 every year.

Each one of us - with women, men and non-binary people joining forces - can be a leader within our own spheres of influence by taking bold pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity. Through purposeful collaboration, we can help women advance and unleash the limitless potential offered to economies the world over. We have urgent work to do. Are you ready to #BalanceforBetter this IWD 2019 and beyond? Come to DOAK 123 and take the pledge and show your support using the selfie cards.

March 18

  • RED Raider Talks - Texas Women in Higher Education Regional Conference
    Hosted by the Office of the President
    TTU SUB Ballroom | 8:30 a.m - 3:00 p.m.

The Texas Tech University Office of the President will host the Texas Women in Higher Education (TWHE) regional conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday (March 5). The conference will be in the Student Union Building and consist of seven TED-style "REDraider Talks" by faculty, staff and students on a variety of topics.

Aliza Wong, associate dean of the Honors College and TWHE board member, said the meeting is an opportunity for women all over West Texas to discuss, inspire, collaborate and envision a more equitable and inclusive educational experience for the entire university community.

Register today! register online here

March 19

  • "Not Just a Hashtag: Returning to the Roots of Intersectionality" by Morgan Allen (W&GS Minor/Psychology Major)
    SUB Mesa Room | 11:00 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

Come join our undergraduate minor, Morgan Allen, as she leads a forum on the current usage of intersectionality. This presentation will cover the importance of knowing the history of terms such as intersectionality, as well as the danger that comes with a lack of understanding of the origin and definition of this term. Afterwards, there will be a brief Q&A where guests may ask questions about the research Morgan has been doing.

Winner of a Peabody Award, a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Documentary, and a Critic's Choice Award for Best First Feature, SOUTHWEST OF SALEM excavates the nightmarish persecution of Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh, and Anna Vasquez, four Latina lesbians wrongfully convicted of gang-raping two little girls in San Antonio, Texas.

Using the women's home video footage from 21 years ago combined with recent verite footage and interviews, the film explores their personal narratives and their search for exculpatory evidence.

Together with attorneys, the film culminates with the women being released from prison to await their searing new exoneration hearings in San Antonio. As lesbian women of color, these women hold intersecting identities that make them the most vulnerable to incarceration. The film unravels the interplay of mythology, homophobia, and prosecutorial fervor that led to their indictment.

SOUTHWEST OF SALEM premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was an Official Selection at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

March 20

  • (Her)story of Women at Texas Tech
    Christine Self, Ph.D and Associate Archivist Lynn Whitfield
    DOAK Hall 123 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

It may seem like an odd fact to point out today, but when Texas Tech University was established in 1923 as Texas Technological College, the idea of a coed higher learning institution was still relatively new. Join us in learning about women faculty, staff and students from past to present that have made significant contributions to research, service and teaching on our campus.

March 22

  • Mary, Queen of Scots (2018) Hosted by Student Activities Board
    SUB Escondido Theatre | 10:00 p.m.

Mary Queen of Scots is a 2018 historical drama film directed by Josie Rourke and written by Beau Willimon, based on John Guy's biography Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart. The film stars Saoirse Ronan as Mary, Queen of Scots and Margot Robbie as her cousin Queen Elizabeth I, and chronicles the 1569 conflict between their two countries. Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn, David Tennant, and Guy Pearce also star in supporting roles.

March 22 -24

Texas Tech University is proud to host our second-annual Big 12 LGBTQIA & Allies Summit, March 22-24, 2019. The Summit brings together college students, faculty, staff, and community members who are committed to inclusion, access, and equity within higher education and beyond. The Summit this year recognizes the 50-years since Stonewall, the progress we have made, and the work that continues.

These events are part of Texas Tech University Diversity Week.

March 28

  • Lesbian Feminism: From Herring to Menace and Back Again
    Hosted by Triota Gamma Nu (W&GS Honor Society)
    DOAK 119 | 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

As feminism is the practice of social, political and economic equality of women and men, Lesbian Feminism has long added to this practice while navigating conflict, backlash and all out exclusion. Lesbian Feminist scholars once called a "menace", such as; Rita Mae Brown, and Karla Jay, will shed light on the struggles from the early 1970's. We will then move forward to today's scholarship from Paula Austin, who will remind us that our community can be found through our history, culture, oppression and identity. Register on or before March 8 to receive copies of the readings!

March 31 - International Transgender Day of Visibility

International Transgender Day of Visibility is honored every year on March 31 and is a time to celebrate transgender people around the globe and the courage it takes to live openly and authentically, while also raising awareness around the discrimination trans people still face.