Happy Women’s History Month! Do you know how you’re celebrating?
Now that March has arrived, Women’s History Month is in full swing with exciting campus events planned throughout the entire month to celebrate the incredible women of USC.
This Women’s History Month is especially significant because it is taking place during USC’s yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the legislation which prohibits sex based discrimination within any school or other educational program that receives funding from the federal government.
Women’s History Month reminds us all of the major strides women have taken to gain respect and appreciation in all aspects of life. It inspires the next generation of women at USC to remain ambitious in order to accomplish all their goals just as the brave women before them did.
“Women’s History Month is just a celebration of how far women have come in society particularly in the United States,” said architecture student Daniela Robles. “It’s a celebration of all that women have done for each other basically and kind of how they’ve had to deal throughout the patriarchy and how much they have done for their own goals especially here at USC.”
Although improvements have been made in encouraging equality, there are always advancements to be made to counteract misogyny.
“I think just because we’re working towards equality now and there’s been progress made doesn’t cancel out the long oppressive history of what has and is still happening to women,” said freshman journalism major Tamara Almoayed.
The phrase “women supporting women” is thrown around constantly when discussing women’s issues, “I think the phrase women supporting women– I mean it’s obviously a great thing– but it’s a bit problematic,” said international relations student Faith Snyder. “I think it needs to be everyone supporting women and I think it needs to be a universal movement of giving women the same rights and credit as men have.”
USC is offering a plethora of Women’s History Month events to encourage everyone on campus to uplift women. Here’s a list of things you can do for Women’s History Month on and around USC ranked by date and time.
Time to bring out your competitive side! Girls in Games is hosting a game night on March 3 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at THH 118. Board games, card games and party games will be played to get people to know each other. For more information, check out Girls in Games’ Instagram or Discord server.
To kick off its celebration of Women’s History Month, Late Night ‘SC is watching “Hidden Figures” at Pardee Lawn tonight from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Snacks will be provided while supplies last. Make sure to pack your own blankets, towels and chairs (maybe some extra snacks too)!
On March 7, Martha Escutia, USC Center for Political Future’s Spring 2023 Fellow, will hold a conversation with a —to be announced— prominent political leader to discuss the role of women in politics and the changes they face as leaders. The conversation will be from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Mudd Hall 203.
This event is part one of a three-part series celebrating International Women’s Day that explores the powerful role of arts and creativity in global struggles for women’s rights. This event allows participants to interact with Afghan graffiti artist and muralist Shamsia Hassni as she creates an art piece. Join her on March 8 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Alumni Park.
Part two of the three-part series. Photographer and videographer Gazelle Samizay is inviting USC students to participate in an intimate workshop with her on March 8 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at DML 240. All supplies will be provided and no need for experience so just come and have fun!
Part three out of the three-part series. If you went to the last session you can stay put, the event is at 7 p.m. in DML 240. The series concludes with a dynamic conversation about art, creativity and politics in light of women’s experience in Afghanistan with the two previous Afghan Shamsia Hassani and Gazelle Samizay in conjunction with journalist and human rights activist Najiba Ayubi.
Admission to the Pacific Asian Museum in Pasadena is free all-day on March 12 to celebrate Women’s History Month! From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., create a mixed-media self-portrait inspired by artist Hung Lui and listen to a storytime in the “Crossroads” Gallery at 1 p.m.
On March 25 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., USC will be holding the YWLC at the USC School of International Relations. Young women from all over L.A. will join in skills-building workshops and discussions and learn from and meet influential women in politics and business. Lunch will be provided but spots are limited so make sure to confirm your spot fast!
Live music, food and activities – what not to enjoy! FemFest by USC SAGE is holding its annual counter-patriarchal music festival in McCarthy Quad from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on March 25.
Join Moya Bailey for her lecture focused on marginalized groups’ use of digital media to promote social justice, and how race, gender, and sexuality are represented in media and medicine. RSVP is required for this event on March 28 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in DML 121.