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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.    

South Carolina Political Collections is mounting an exhibit in the Brittain gallery, Hollings Library, for the months of March and April titled "SCPC Celebrates Women's History Month."  One case will highlight Tunky Riley's life and work, while the other case will highlight the collections of Sarah Leverette, Modjeska Simkins, Keller Barron, Harriet Keyserling and the League of Women Voters. 

March 1, 2017

Wind Down Wednesday, 12:30-1:00

March 2, 2017

Negotiation workshop for Women and Minorities at 5:30-7:00 pm in DMSB 127

March 8, 2017

Wind Down Wednesday, 12:30-1:00

March 14, 2017

Stand Up Carolina Workshop

March 15, 2017

Guest Lecturer:  Dr. Tisha Felder, "Enhancing breast cancer survivorship among socioeconimically disadvantaged women".  The event will be from 12:00-1:00pm in Williams Brice Building room 402.

Guest Lecturer: Professor Aparna Polavarapu will discuss the issues women face around the world including poverty, lack of quality education, health disparities and more.  This is a "must attend" event!  Plan on joining us from 11:30-12:30 in Close/Hipp room 003.

Guest Speaker: Kathleen Cleaver, Talk Back with former Black Panther party member following the film, "The Black Panters: Vanguard of the Revolution".  The event will be at 6:00 pm, in Gambrell 153.

March 17, 2017

Women's Self Defense, 12:00-4:00

An Entry of Her Own:  2017 Wikipedia Edit-a-thon from 1:00-3:00 pm, in the multimedia classroom, level 3 of the Thomas Cooper Library.  In association with Art+Feminism's campaign to improve coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia, and to encourage female editorship, Columbia's 2017 edit-a-thon is open to anyone and everyone interested in learning more about editing Wikipedia, regardless of experience, gender, or background.  Come as you are, or with research on women artists and media makers, or other underrepresented subjects, ready to be turned into an article. 

Luise E. Peake Music & Culture Colloquium Series:  Michael Brown and Delphine Ugalde: 'Having it All' in Late 19th Century Paris at 1:00-2:00, in School of Music room 232

March 19, 2017

Freeman Series Concert features Act One, Scene 3 from the Opera "Golden Lily, Historical Chinese Woman" written by Professor Mandy Fang.  Join us at 3:00 pm in the School of Music Recital Hall.

March 20, 2017

Couch to 5K

March 21, 2017

First Lady Mrs. Patricia Moore-Pastides will welcome all women on campus to join her at the President's house on the horseshoe as she talks a bit about the history of the First Ladies that lived in the house.  She will open the doors from 4:00-5:30 pm.  

Guest Lecturer: Maria Toorpakai,  Human Rights in the Face of Extremism. This event will be held at 6:00-7:00 pm, in the Law School Auditorium with a reception to follow. Maria Torrpakai is a professional squash player, currently ranked as Pakistan's top female player and 48th in the world.  Growing up in a highly conservative, tribal area of Pakistan -- but within a progressive and permissive family -- Toorpakai spent her early years training, competing, and living as a boy.  With a documentary feature in the works, a foundation for women's rights and education in her name, and world championships in sight, Maria is an inspiration to women everywhere, and a champion in the face of nearly insurmountable odds.

March 22, 2017

Wind Down Wednesday

March 23, 2017

LGBTQIAP+ 101 (Workshop) 
The Workshop will be led by OMSA (Office for Multicultural Students Affairs) and will introduce students to the LGBTQIAP+ community addressing common misconceptions and highlighting current challenges experienced by LGBTQIAP+ students, faculty and staff on campus. The workshop is particularly useful for students who would like to develop a better understanding of LGBTQIAP+ topics and become better allies to their peers.  The event will be held from10:00 -11:30 in DMSB 334.

Addressing Micro-aggressions (Workshop)
Micro-aggressions are daily acts of oppression and discrimination that often go unaddressed leaving victims voiceless in front of injustice. Come to this workshop to better understand how micro-aggressions work and learn best practices about how to address them as a victim or an ally. The event will be held from1:00 -2:00 in DMSB 324.

Building Unity Through Diversity (Workshop led by the D&I Students Council) 
The workshop is offered by the Students Council on Diversity and Inclusion at the DMSB and aims at developing a peer to peer dialogue about oppression and advantage and create a more inclusive environment through shared values and strategic alliances between students of the DMSB. The event will be held from 3:00 – 4:00 in DMSB 511.

D&I: A Competitive Advantage You Cannot Replicate
Diversity and inclusion are not only moral imperatives, they help creating a safer and more prosperous society. Furthermore, they help firms create a competitive advantage that might be hard to replicate. This panel discusses the advantages that D&I brings and explores ways through which firms might overcome systemic barriers to create more inclusive work environments. During this event the importance of advocacy will also be discussed and diversity officers and consultants from Eastman, EY, Michelin and Inclusity we will talk about what individuals can do to build more inclusive teams and communities. The event is open to all USC students, faculty and staff and will be followed by a networking event. Light refreshments will be served. The event will be held from  5:30-7:30 in DMSB 511.


Faculty Spotlight Lecture:  Associate Professor Lauren Sklaroff, "Introducing the 'First Lady of Show Business': The Incredibly Forgotten Sophie Tucker".  This event will be held at 6:00 pm at Tapp's Art Center, 1644 Main Street. 

March 24, 2017

Luise E. Peake Music and Culture Colloquium Series: "Four Generations of Israeli Cello Music" by Ina Esther Joost Ben-Sasson.  Join us from 1:10-2:00, in School of Music room 232.

March 28, 2017

USC Chamber Orchestra with Ina Esther Joost Ben-Sasson.  This event will be held at 7:30 pm, in Darla Moore School of Business' Johnson Hall.

March 29, 2017

Outstanding Women of the Year.  The 23rd annual outstanding women of the year award recognizes a junior or senior woman at USC that has made and continues to make a positive impact on the USC community and beyond.  This program will be held from 4:00-5:00 pm in the Gressette Room at Harpers College.

April 6, 2017 

Walk a Mile in Their Shoes.  Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands hosts Walk a Mile in Their Shoes every year to raise awareness and funds to support services for survivors of sexual violence. When you join us for the 2017 WAMITS, you will enjoy a fun-filled, family friendly event while helping to support survivors of sexual violence across the Midlands!   The event will be held from 5:30pm-8:00pm.

April 26, 2017

Women's Leadership Institute  Mark your calendar for Wednesday, April 26th 2017, from 8:30am-5:00pm for the 14th Annual Women’s Leadership Institute. Our keynote speaker will be Provost Joan T. A. Gabel, the first female Provost at USC, as well as many sessions with excellent speakers.  Registration will open April 3rd 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.