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Women's History Month Calendar of Events

Since 1987, Women's History Month has been observed in the United States every March. Below are some excellent opportunities during this month to celebrate women and their contribution,  past and present.    

If you are interested to learn more about women's history issues throughout the month, the College of Nursing will have some great discussions.  Please follow them on Facebook or Twitter.   In addition, Leadership and Service Center has a full calendar of events for students and professionals.   

Dedicated to helping children with speech impediments, Martha Cunningham Monteith was the first trained speech therapist employed by the state’s public school system. Her papers are housed in University Libraries’ South Carolina Political Collections and were recently brought online by Digital Collections

 South Carolina Political Collections has a small exhibit going up in the Brittain Gallery in the Hollings Library (right in front of the reading room) to celebrate Harriet H. Keyserling’s remarkable political career. It highlights some of her greatest achievements and includes selections from her archival collection. The exhibit will be up through April. For more information see: .  If you don't know much about Keyserling, she is a true inspiration for women in South Carolina. This is a MUST SEE!


March 1, 2018

Gamecocks Eat Well Cooking Class - Going Further with Food at 5:00-6:30pm


March 1-4, 2018

A Piece of My Heart at 8:00-11:00 pm in Booker T. Washington.  Admission Cost is $10.00


March 2-4, 2018

Bernstein MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers  on March 2 and 3 at 7:30 pm and March 4 at 3:00 pm at the Koger Center for the Arts. 


March 5, 2018

Choose Well Coaching Program from 5:30-6:30


March 6, 2018

Lunch and Learn with Stacey Bradley, the Senior Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Academic Support on Tuesday, March 6th at 12:00p in Petigru 321.

Stacey Bradley manages the division’s $100 million budget, capital planning process and human resources functions for 600 full-time and 1,200 temporary employees. She administers the university’s undergraduate scholarship budget of approximately $100 million and oversees University 101 Programs; the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience; the Student Success Center; and student affairs communications, information technology and ombuds services. She will tell us more about her path to success and what it’s like working in a male-dominated arena.  Please feel free to bring your lunch to this informal conversation. We hope to see you there!

What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky:  An Evening with Lesley Nneke Arimah at 7:00-8:30 pm in the Lumpkin Auditorium


March 7, 2018

National Nutrition Month - Healthy Asian Cuisine from 5:00-6:30pm

March 8, 2018

Historic USC Horseshoe Walking Tour from 12:00-1:00pm at South Caroliniana Library.


March 9, 2018

Women's Self Defense Class from 12:00-4:00 in Strom room 116.  To register, email with your name, phone number, and date of workshop you wish to attend. 


March 19, 2018

Inner Path to Peace - Part 1 of 3 from 12:00-1:00 in Center for Health and Well Being Room 215.  Registration is required.   


March 22, 2018

National Nutrition Month - Meatless Meals from 5:00-6:30 pm

Seen and Heard Artist Talkback hosted by Women's Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN) at 6:00 PM in  the Richland County Library Main Branch.  

Join Seen and Heard artists, the Richland library, and elected officials from the City of Columbia for a community conversation and panel regarding the opportunities and barriers experienced by Women in the Midlands region.

March 23, 2018

Join the Employees Club from 11:00-12:30pm at the President's House.  There will be a tour and discussion with Patricia Moore-Pastides, the First Lady of USC. First-Lady Moore-Pastides just published her third book, At Home in the Heart of the Horseshoe. This gorgeous coffee-table style book is a poignant, personal narrative about the history of the President’s House and the families who have lived in the heart of USC’s campus.  Lunch will be provided.  Space is limited so RSVP today  -


March 25, 2018

Out of the Darkness Walk starting at 1:00.  Register online by March 23rd and check-in will be at Russell House.


March 26, 2018

Inner Path to Peace - Part 2 of 3 from 12:00-1:00 in Center for Health and Well Being Room 215.  Registration is required.   


March 27, 2018

Loretta Parham, CEO of Atlanta’s Woodruff Library - more information will be forthcoming.

Coffee and Conversation  from 10:00am-1:00pm at the Breed Leadership Center at Columbia College.  

Join SCCPA for Coffee and Conversation.  Attendees will engage with a panel discussing Women in Leadership in Higher Education. Panel participants are:

  • Teresa Johnson Ramey, VP for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Francis Marion University
  • Dr. Almeda R. Jacks, VP for Student Affairs at Clemson University
  • Krista L. Newkirk, J.D., President at Converse College
  • Melissia Brannen, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Multicultural Affairs and Community Resources at Columbia College
  • Carolyn R. Snell, Assistant to the Vice President for Student Development and Services and Director of Career Development at Claflin University

To register, please contact Anna Copeland at by Tuesday, March 20, 2018


March 28, 2018

National Nutrition Month - Celebrate Spring from 5:00-6:30 pm


March 29, 2018

Nevertheless, She Persisted:  Bridging the Confidence Gap for Women Workshop from 4:30-5:30 at the Russell House in Room 203.  

Join for a discussion-based workshop where we look at powerful women in pop culture and determine how to bridge the confidence gap to achieve your goals.

White Privilege:  Is it Real or Racist? Presenter will be Carmen Julious, LISW-CP/AP, Chief Executive Officer, Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services, Inc.  at 6:00-7:30 in Hamilton 226.  Registration opens March 1st.  


March 30, 2018

Meal Prepping with Mason Jars - A dash of Meal Prep and Time Management  from 12:00-1:30 pm in Center for Health and Well-Being Demonstration Kitchen


April 2, 2018

Inner Path to Peace - Part 3 of 3 from 12:00-1:00 in Center for Health and Well Being Room 215.  Registration is required. 


April 12, 2018

What's Really Health in Rural SC: Connecting Poverty and People at 6:00-7:30 pm in Hamilton 226.  Presenter is Lindsey Kilgo, MSW, Director of Network Development, South Carolina Office of Rural Health  

April 25, 2018

Women's Leadership Institute  Mark your calendar for Wednesday, April 25th 2018, from 8:30am-5:00pm for the 15th Annual Women’s Leadership Institute. Registration will open April 2nd so register early.   As always, this is free to all participants and is supported by the USC Provost Advisory Committee on Women’s Issues (PACWI).    


Organizations to watch:

AAUW has been empowering women as individuals and as a community since 1881. For more than 130 years, we have worked together as a national grassroots organization to improve the lives of millions of women and their families.

ACE is the nation’s most visible and influential higher education association. We represent the presidents of U.S. accredited, degree-granting institutions, which include two- and four-year colleges, private and public universities, and nonprofit and for-profit entities. Our strength lies in our loyal and diverse base of more than 1,700 member institutions, 75 percent of which have been with ACE for over 10 years. That loyalty stands as a testament to the value derived from membership. We convene representatives from all sectors to collectively tackle the toughest higher education challenges, with a focus on improving access and preparing every student to succeed.

CHICKS2016 hatches careers by providing young women with the tactical knowledge they need to succeed. This one-day conference incubates personal and professional development to bridge the gap between classroom and career. CHICKS2016 makes game-changing career advice accessible to college students. There is something for everyone at our annual event; we are open to all majors, genders, ages and schools.

Join the USC employees club and network with faculty and staff across the university.  Events include lunch with the coaches, happy hours, tour of the stadiums,  golf tournaments, Easter egg hunt,  holiday parties, access to the football lounge in the stadium  and a lake murray cruise.  All of this for $10.00 membership fee annually!

HERS attracts hundreds of diverse and dynamic women leaders each year seeking to attend an Institute to share and learn from multiple institutional perspectives with guidance from women faculty with experience in higher education, national academic organizations, government and foundations.

The NACUBO Leadership Series seeks to enhance the leadership skills of everyone working in the business office by bringing a well-known leadership speaker to select professional development events throughout the year. 

Provost Advisory Committee on Women's Issues

The Provost’s Advisory Committee on Women’s Issues (PACWI) serves as an advocate for women faculty, staff and students at the University of South Carolina (USC Columbia and regional campuses).  PACWI assesses current policies, recommends new policies and procedures, focuses on areas that need improvement and provides opportunities to enhance the quality of USC's campus community.  PACWI also sponsors the annual Women's Leadership Institute offered in the spring to women in all higher education institutions in South Carolina.

Society of Women Engineers

SWE, the Society of Women Engineers, is a dynamic student organization here at the University of South Carolina.

Although we are called the Society of Women Engineers, we welcome all students at the University of South Carolina, female or male. SWE’s professional and networking events are geared towards those studying in the S.T.E.M. disciplines, but ALL majors are free to join.

South Carolina Women in Higher Education , the official state network of the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Inclusive Excellence Group, is pleased to offer exceptionally valuable professional development opportunities to promising women employed in our higher education institutions.

S.C. Women in Leadership (SC WIL) is a statewide network formed to bring many diverse leadership organizations together and compile resources, so that more women can be engaged in leadership training, so that more women will pursue leadership opportunities, and so that organizations can collaborate to help women reach their goals.

Established in 2001, by the  Women’s and Gender Studies Program the Women’s Well-Being Initiative (WWBI) aims to engage faculty, staff and students in campus-community partnerships that promote the well-being of women and girls in the Midlands, and to enhance the recognition of the full diversity of women's experiences across race, class, age, ethnicity and other dimensions of difference.

Women LEAD is a six-week educational leadership-training program, where a diverse community of undergraduate women will learn about their capabilities as leaders both on- and off-campus, during their time at Carolina and onwards. 

Are there other organizations in which we should spotlight for the women on campus?  Please contact Mary Alexander at with information.