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The Center for Women's Research & Public Policy invites you to celebrate Women’s History Month with The W!

We have worked with partners across campus to develop a comprehensive list of women-centered events that are sure to inspire greater appreciation for women’s experiences and accomplishments and a greater desire to see even more progress.

Mississippi University For Women was one of the first public universities for women, and advancing women’s leadership and career ambitions continues to be a core part of our mission. With that in mind, we take Women’s History Month seriously and strive to provide a variety of events and activities that will encourage everyone to reflect on women's roles and contributions and to join in the continuing efforts to achieve equity and recognition for all women.

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Event Listing

March 2

All Day | Music by Women Festival

Join the W Department of Music as we host our 7th annual Music by Women Festival! Alongside lectures, we have 6 concerts a day you can attend during the duration of the festival. 9 am | 11 am | 1 pm | 3 pm | 5 pm | 8 pm
For the full schedule, please click here: https://web1.muw.edu/musicbywomen

Free and open to the public.

6 PM | Honors Forum: Screening and Discussion of Joyce Chopra's Lady Director

Join the Ina E. Gordy Honors College for a film screening and discussion of women in the film industry. Library Journal says, "Award-winning film director Chopra's memoir pulls no punches. . . She candidly describes navigating sexism and abuse in the film industry; her start as a documentarian; her groundbreaking autobiographical short Joyce at 34; winning Best Director at the Sundance Film Festival for her first feature film, Smooth Talk; and her constant battles with Hollywood producers who refused to work with a woman director." Chopra has granted us the rights to screen her groundbreaking Joyce at 34 and will join us virtually afterward to discuss her career.

Free and open to the public.
Nissan Auditorium

March 3

All Day | Music by Women Festival

Join the W Department of Music as we host our 7th annual Music by Women Festival! Alongside lectures, we have 6 concerts a day you can attend during the duration of the festival. 9 am | 11 am | 1 pm | 3 pm | 5 pm | 8 pm
For the full schedule, please click here: https://web1.muw.edu/musicbywomen

Free and open to the public.

March 4

All Day | Music by Women Festival

Join the W Department of Music as we host our 7th annual Music by Women Festival! Alongside lectures, we have 6 concerts a day you can attend during the duration of the festival. 9 am | 11 am | 1 pm | 3 pm | 5 pm | 8 pm
For the full schedule, please click here:https://web1.muw.edu/musicbywomen

Free and open to the public.

March 7

4:00 - 5:30 PM  |  Standing on My Sisters’ Shoulders Film Screening & Discussion

Join Fant Memorial Library for popcorn, a movie, and discussion as we celebrate black women’s activism in the Mississippi Civil Rights movement! Winner of Best Documentary at the Pan African Film Festival, this documentary explores the crucial grassroots activism of Black women whose names you may know (like Fannie Lou Hamer) and those you probably don’t (like Annie Devine) who risked physical danger and economic hardship to secure voting rights, integrate schools, and advance black political power in the state. After the movie, we’ll hear from local civil rights activists who are continuing the work of these amazing pioneers. This event is also the perfect introduction to the activism of Dr. Flonzie Brown Wright, who will give a lecture and lead campus in celebrating this year’s DEI Award winners on March 20. 

Free and open to the public.
Tiered Classroom, Fant Library

March 8

All Day  |  Wear White & Purple for International Women’s Day

The suffragettes in both the US & the UK adopted white and purple as symbols of their movement; ever since, people have worn these colors as a sign of solidarity with the fight for gender equality.  On International Women’s Day, show your support for women everywhere and remind others that this month is full of opportunities to learn more about and celebrate women’s achievements and to push for greater equity and appreciation for women’s contributions in the future. 

March 9

5:30 - 6:30 PM  |  League of Women Voters Launch Party

If you want to get more informed and involved in state and local politics, or you want to help others do the same, come check out the newest chapter of the League of Women Voters in Mississippi! This nonpartisan political organization encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The LWV of the Golden Triangle Area branch serves Columbus, Starkville, West Point, and the surrounding areas and is hoping to add new members and hear from the community about the sorts of civics programming and advocacy they want to see in their communities. There will be light refreshments and a book raffle featuring biographies of powerful Democratic and Republican women from US history. 

Free and open to the public.
Gail P. Gunter Multipurpose Room, Fant Library

March 20

4:00 - 6:00 PM  |  A Conversation with Dr. Flonzie Brown Wright

The W’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council welcomes Dr. Flonzie Brown Wright to campus for a celebration of DEI Award winners. During the Civil Rights Movement, Ms. Wright helped register thousands of voters in Mississippi. She was the first African American female elected official in Mississippi post-Reconstruction and authored the best-selling autobiography Looking Back to Move Ahead, which chronicles her journey growing up in a small Mississippi town through her work in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s and 1970s. She worked directly with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many other humanitarian activists, both locally and nationally. Her experiences are documented in a 1997 film entitled Standing on My Sisters’ Shoulders (which is being screened earlier this month, on March 7). Dr. Wright will speak in Poindexter Hall at 4PM and a reception and book signing will follow from 5-6PM. 

Free and open to the public.
Poindexter Hall

March 21

6 PM - 7 PM Shirley Chisholm Film Screening & Discussion 

Join I.D.E.A.L. Woman for a film screening and discussion of Shirley Chisholm, the perfect introduction to the subject of this year’s Swain Speaker Series (see March 30 event). In 1968, Chisholm became the first African American woman to serve in the US Congress; in 1972, she became both the first woman and the first African American to compete in one of the major parties’ presidential nomination contests. Her motto, “Unbought and Unbossed,” testified to her strength of character and conviction, and she blazed a trail that opened the door to many women in politics and laid the foundations of Black feminist politics. 

Free and open to the public.
Nissan Auditorium, Parkinson Hall

March 22

9 AM - 5 PM  |  A Walk in Her Shoes Donation Day

Before their march on March 23, SPB, I.D.E.A.L Women, and The W’s Council of Family Relations are accepting donations for the Sally Kate Winters Family Services or Life Choices Pregnancy Care Center. If you’re able, bring a cash donation or an item from the list below to the 2nd floor of Cochran Hall between 9 AM and 5 PM to support the work of these organizations as they help women and children in need in the Golden Triangle. 

SALLY KATE WINTERS WISHLIST              LIFE CHOICES WISHLIST

- School Supplies                                        - Infant Winter Clothing & Mittens

- Women’s Personal Hygiene Items         - Pacifiers

- Large Towels                                            - Breast Milk Storage Bags

- 2 Gently-Used Adult Bikes                      - Infant Nail Clippers

- Cleaning Supplies                                    - Diapers

- Paper Towels                                           - Baby Lotion

- Toilet Paper                                             - Hooded Towels, Wash Cloths, and Burp Cloths

- Maxi-pads/Adult Diapers

March 23

3:00 - 6:00 PM  |  Springfest

Join us for Springfest, a spring festival collaboratively hosted by the Interclub Council–a body representing all of The W’s 4-year social clubs. This year’s celebration will include a riff-off karaoke contest and a water balloon fight at the Gazebo on Bryan Green. All proceeds from raffle sales and entry fees will be donated to Safe Haven and will benefit victims of domestic abuse. 

Open to the public. 
The Gazebo on Bryan Green

4 PM |  A Walk in Her Shoes Campus March

March with SPB, I.D.E.A.L Women, and The W’s Council of Family Relations in solidarity with women and children facing or recovering from domestic violence or navigating crisis pregnancies. We will begin the march at the steps of Cochran Hall at 4 PM. If you’re able, bring a donation to the 2nd floor of Cochran Hall between 9 AM and 5 PM the day before for Sally Kate Winters Family Services or Life Choices Pregnancy Care Center. 

Free and open to the public. Donations encouraged!
Front Steps of Cochran Hall

March 28

4 PM - 5:30 PM Suffragette Movie Night & Voter Registration 

Join the History, Political Science, & Geography Club for a Women’s History Month-inspired movie night! Grab some snacks and settle in for Suffragette, which “movingly explores the passion and heartbreak of those who risked all they had for women’s right to vote – their jobs, their homes, their children, and even their lives.” (Focus Features 2015). After the film, stick around for voter registration & elections Q&A.

Free and open to the public.
Nissan Auditorium, Parkinson Hall

March 30

3:00 – 4:00 PM  |  Martha Swain Speaker Series Book Signing

Meet author and historian Anastasia C. Curwood and get a signed copy of her new autobiography of Shirley Chisholm at Friendly City Books in downtown Columbus.  Chisolm was a trailblazing politician and Black feminist, and Curwood will discuss her life and impact at 7PM on The W’s campus. In addition to her biography, Shirley Chisholm: Champion of Black Feminist Power Politics, Curwood is the author of Stormy Weather: Middle-Class African American Marriages between the Two World Wars. 

Free and open to the public.
Friendly City Books, 118 N 5th St

7:00 – 8:00 PM  |  Martha Swain Speaker Series Lecture

Come and hear Anastasia C. Curwood talk about the life and experiences of Shirley Chisholm, whose 1972 bid for the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party made history and paved the way for further women’s political activism.  Curwood is the author of the forthcoming biography, Shirley Chisholm: Champion of Black Feminist Power Politics (2023) and the author of Stormy Weather: Middle-Class African American Marriages between the Two World Wars.  There will also be a book signing with Curwood at Friendly City Books from 3-4 PM.

Free and open to the public.
Friendly City Books, 118 N 5th St