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Women's Herstory Month 2018

By Katie Chappell

March is Women’s Herstory Month, a national observation of the valuable contributions of women to our culture and society. CSUSM has scheduled a month of programs that showcase the accomplishments of women in U.S. history.

In 1985, Congress and the President of the United States designated March as Women’s History Month. The word “herstory” was coined in the 1960s as a feminist critique of conventional historiography – that history focuses primarily on the contributions of men. Herstory emphasizes the role of women in history and comes from a female point of view.

"Women's History Month is necessary because we have been given the power by former female activists to fight for our rights and beliefs", said Marleny Hernandez, Student Peer Eucation in the Gender Equity Center. "We, as women, have been inspired to educate and discuss about the struggles we have faced and the social issues which are frontiers that are yet to be confronted."

ASI’s Gender Equity Center Dozens has partnered with organizations, centers and academic departments across campus to bring events to campus in March including lectures, movie screenings, performances and round-table discussions on the topics of women and gender issues. One of the key events of the month is the International Women's Day luncheon on Tuesday, Mar. 27 which will celebrate the women in impacting lives and the women who have paved the way for a time of lunch, mentorship, and community. This event is open to all students. Register now.

Event Schedule:

Served Like a Girl
March 8, 2018
Arts 240

Director Lysa Heslov's powerful documentary, SERVED LIKE A GIRL, follows several American women who were wounded in action and are now transitioning from soldier to civilian after serving their country in Iraq and Afghanistan. Struggling with PTSD, homelessness, broken families, divorce, serious illness, and military sexual abuse, these remarkable women harness humor to adapt to the emotional, social and economic challenges they face, through the MS. VETERAN AMERICA competition. Balancing beauty and brawn, they are guided by event founder and veteran Major Jas Boothe, using the competition to regain their identities and way of life that they sacrificed in foreign wars. It is an engaging and honest look at an often unseen veteran reality. Trailer:

Sponsored by: HOPE and Wellness Center, Student Health and Counseling Services, Office of Inclusive Excellence, Black Student Center, Veterans Services and Gender Equity Center

Women and Activism
March 12, 2018
USU 3200

This series of panels will feature CSUSM women who will discuss their personal and professional work and their efforts to create social change. Sponsored by: Gender Equity Center

Pi Day
March 14, 2018
USU 3200

Celebrate Pi Day in the GEC! Learn about diversity in STEM fields while enjoying some delicious Pi! Check out our social media to see what flavors we will have! Sponsored by: Gender Equity Center, Board of Directors, USU Live,  and LGBTQA Pride Center

GEC Movie Night
March 26, 2018
USU 3200

Movie night at the GEC! Enjoy a women’s herstory month themed movie with free pizza and movie snacks. Sponsored by: Gender Equity Center

International Women's Day Lunch
March 27, 2018
USU Ballroom

International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world on March 8 – join us as we celebrate the women in our life and the women who have paved the way. Join us for lunch, mentorship, and community. This lunch is open to all students. RSVP now. Sponsored by: Gender Equity Center

Media Contact

Katie Chappell, Communications Strategist | Office: 760-750-7306