Women's History Month

Women's History Month

The Power of Women

Virtual Event on Social Media all Month

The Power of Women is a social media campaign to raise awareness about the impact women have had in our society. Therefore, we are inviting faculty, staff, and students to submit photos and quotes/dichos/sayings of women who empowered them or left a lasting impression on them. This information will be merged to create a social media image submitters can use to post on their own social media, and will be featured on OIDI social media platforms.

Complete your submission to participate

Please allow for a few days for the creation of your profile picture once you submit. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Hiram Ramirez.

Sponsored by: The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies (WGS), and Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion

Upcoming Events

Miami Presents: Families on Death Row - The Work of Women in Securing Innocence

Mar 02, 2022 Noon

Melinda Dawson will discuss how the criminal justice system effectively ripped her family apart through the wrongful conviction of her husband and her treatment as the daughter of a murder victim. Alison Cohen, (MU 2008’) Director of Communications, Ohioans to Stop Executions, will present a summary of current death penalty legislation and a call to action. Dr. Yvette Harris, Professor of Psychology, Director of the MU Center for the Study and Support of Children and Families of the Incarcerated, will discuss how maternal imprisonment has an impact on mothering, how families adjust to maternal incarceration with a specific focus on mothers who are on death row.


  • Allison Cohen '13, Ohioans to Stop Executions
  • Yvette R. Harris, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, Director of the Center for the Study and Support of Children and Families of the Incarcerated, Miami University
  • Melinda Dawson, criminal justice advocate

Sponsored By: Miami University Libraries, Ohioans to Stop Executions, Miami University's
Department of Psychology, Farmer School of Business, College of Arts and Science, Family Studies and Social Work, Center for the Study and Support of Children and Families of the Incarcerated

Hosted in partnership with the Alumni Association

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Miami Presents: The Road Ahead for Women of Color Higher Ed - Pandemic Lessons and Opportunities

Wednesday, March 9, Noon, Zoom Webinar

This talk will examine some of the challenges and opportunities for women of color in higher ed settings and beyond, noting how the pandemic has affected how we approach these issues.

M. Cristina Alcalde, Vice President Institutional Diversity, Miami University Alcalde provides vision and leadership for university-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives, advancement, and enhancement. Alongside the university’s DEI task force, she works across the university to fully integrate and advance DEI efforts, impacting students, faculty, staff, and the Miami community.

Sponsored by: Miami University Libraries and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion
Hosted in partnership with the Alumni Association

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"Picture a Scientist" Screening and Virtual Panel Discussion

Virtual Viewing: Monday, March 7 through Wednesday, March 9

Panel Discussion: Thursday, March 10, 4:30 pm–5:30 pm, Zoom

In honor of Women's Heritage Month, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion is pleased to present "Picture a Scientist."  “Picture a Scientist '' chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. Biologist Nancy Hopkins, chemist Raychelle Burks, and geologist Jane Willenbring lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, ranging from brutal harassment to years of subtle slights. Along the way, from cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we encounter scientific luminaries - including social scientists, neuroscientists, and psychologists - who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all.

A virtual viewing of the film will be available from March 7-9 followed by a panel discussion on March 10th.  We will join a distinguished panel of women including Dr. Jessica Sparks, Dr. Stacey Lowery Bretz, and University Ambassador Dr. Renate Crawford, and discuss the role of women in STEM.

Sponsored by: The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies (WGS), and Diversity Affairs Council

The Healing and Transformative Journeys of Women of Color

Tuesday, March 15, Noon-1 pm, Armstrong Student Center, Room 1086

Join us for a discussion on the transformative and healing journeys our panelists have experienced as women of color. This event will entail an exploration of their personal and professional lives as it relates to the complicated interplay of healing and identity politics many women of color have to navigate on a daily basis.


  • Dasha Wood, M.Ed.
  • April Robles, M.Ed.
  • Denise Taliaferro Baszile, Ph.D.

Sponsored by: The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies (WGS), and Diversity Affairs Council

Joan of Arc: Queer King of France

Wednesday, March 16, 5 pm, Upham Hall 001

This lecture will feature Dr. Winnifred Fallers Sullivan. Provost Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana U - Bloomington.

Who was this young woman who speaks so boldly from the dock across almost six centuries, defying her judges—and us—to reduce her to a heretic or a saint or a cross-dressing action hero? Who was this young woman who demanded her right to a fair trial and continued to assert until the end her fidelity to her voices and her mission—in the face of the intractability of dynastic logic, a relentless and dualistic scholasticism, and almost certain death? I argue that her continuing power beyond the 15th century and beyond France is explained by her having solved the most significant political theological problem of her time—maybe of all time. In modern terms, she solved the church/state problem—the problem of the separation of religion and politics—on her own lay terms. Acting for the people, she made a king, forcing church and state to live with her decision.   Her power, I believe, lay in a self-occultation akin to what Michael Bérubé has called an autistic aesthetics. As Daniel Bensaïd’s Maid said: "I sowed a message of disorder. I created confusion in the armies, I upset the borders, I inverted the hierarchies, I mixed the sexes. I jumped into view. My judges were not wrong."

Joan of Arc’s gender-queer appearance and the possibility that she was neuroatypical will be considered. Was her cross-dressing an expedient means to prevent rape or something more? Why did Joan of Arc commission male armor that encased her breasts without hiding them? If she lived today, would this powerfully driven individual be considered autistic? Did she have an unwavering focus, like the teen environmental activist Greta Thunberg, that made it possible for her to do amazing things?

Sponsored by: Comparative Religions, Department of French, Italian, and Classical Studies, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Multifaith Engagement for Transformative Action Collective (META) and SPECTRUM

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Miami Presents: Color in Corporate America

Mar 18, 2022 Noon

Alice Cato, Senior Analyst at Johnson and Johnson

While women continue to be inadequately represented in corporate America on many levels, women of color are the most underrepresented. This discussion will focus on the lack of representation by women of color, the many disparities and barriers encountered in the workplace and the obstacle course that women of color must win to climb the corporate ladder in America.

Sponsored by: Miami University Libraries and Farmer School of Business
Hosted in partnership with the Alumni Association

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Apr 08, 2022 10 am

MakeHERspace is an annual event that focuses on community and activism surrounding women's issues through speakers and maker activities. The 2022 theme is ‘Women Providing Healing and Hope', which focuses on the role of women in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the countless ways throughout history that women have stepped up to be providers of healing and hope in their families, communities, and society. Beth Hutchison, professor at Portland State University, will give a virtual talk on the Lesbian Blood Sisters, lesbian women who care for and donated blood for victims of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s and 90s. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of maker activities that align with the theme of wellness and crafting as healing.

Sponsored by: University Libraries, Howe Writing Center, and Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion

Ongoing Programs and Initiatives

College of Engineering and Computing

CEC Women's Advisory Committee (CECWAC)

This committee includes 12 CEC alumnae whose mission is to provide leadership in a collaborative environment to improve the recruitment, retention and graduation support for women in engineering and computing at Miami.

CEC Mentoring Program

CECWAC created and manages this program. We are in our second year of the program.

The program pairs female students with a Miami alumna to foster a professional mentoring relationship. Mentors and mentees will meet on a regular basis throughout the school year, either in person or virtually, to discuss academic and career aspirations and goals, challenges, and areas for personal and professional development. Target audience: CEC second and third year females

SEEC (Socially Engaged Engineering and Computing)

SEEC has an overarching philosophy of working together to advance the idea of improving the general well-being of individuals and societies through integrating social and technical aspects into our pedagogical, design and scholarly endeavors as a practice and field of inquiry.

CEC Student Organizations

  • Girls Who Code
  • Kode2Learn
  • ACM-W (Association of Computing Machinery-Women)
  • SWE (Society of Women Engineers)

What is a feminist picture?

Presented by

Carmen Winant, Associate Professor, Roy Lichtenstein Chair of Studio Art, The Ohio State University

Revisiting several projects across the last few years, Winant will prompt: what makes an artwork feminist?  This recorded program is available throughout the month of March.

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four women on stage

Conversations with Women in STEM

Staged interviews with STEM professionals put a personal touch on the impact of the STEM gap and its effects of imposter syndrome and sexism in the workforce.

This student-led production was originally part of Theatre Department’s Digital Fringe Festival Fall 2020. This was an honors with distinction project by Micki Smolenski.

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Tell Me About the Other Side

Tell me about the other side

An ethnodrama surrounding the role of women in genocide and post-genocide democracies. Based on an intensive research and interview process with genocide survivors and peace advocates, the piece covers the Rwandan Genocide, the Holocaust, and the genocide in the Former Yugoslavia.

This student-led production opened Feb 20, part of the Theatre Department’s Independent Artist Series. It was a capstone project and an Undergraduate Summer Scholars project for Eleanor Alger.

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Mamie Smith and band

"Crazy Blues"

Wednesday, March 3, 12:00 pm

Watch Recorded Presentation

On August 20, 1920, singer Mamie Smith stepped into the Okeh Recording studio in New York City. This talk will focus on how "Crazy Blues" reshaped America's consciousness about race, gender and popular culture.

Presented by:

Dr. Tammy Kernodle, University Distinguished Professor of Music, Miami University

Dr. Kernodle has published widely on African American music, jazz, and gender and popular music. She is the author of the biography Soul on Soul: The Life and Music of Mary Lou Williams (University of Illinois Press). In 2018 Professor Kernodle was awarded Miami University’s Benjamin Harrison Medallion, which is the highest award given to a Miami University faculty member in recognition of their research, teaching and service.In 2021, she was promoted to the rank of Distinguished Professor. She is currently the President of the Society for American Music.

Turning the Page with Authors for Kids and Teens

Tuesday, March 9, 6:00 pm

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Join us for a special online version of Miami at the Merc, as distinguished alumnae share their experience and expertise in the world of children's literature. Our panel will talk about the role Miami played in their lives, their paths to becoming successful authors, advice for people who might want to consider writing books for kids and teens, and the joy of reading for people of all ages. The event will be moderated by Dr. Madelyn Detloff, Chair of the English Department at Miami University.


  • Tamara Bundy M.A. '09
  • Sharon Draper M.A. '73
  • Margaret Peterson Haddix '86
  • Margaret Rogerson '11

Confronting Greatness Gallery Talk

Wednesday, March 10, 6:00 pm

Join this virtual gallery tour with Art & Architecture Capstone students (Art 498), as they share their curatorial experiences and research related to works on display in the exhibition, Confronting Greatness: A Celebration of Women Artists.

“Confronting Greatness” | A Celebration of Women Artists

January 25-June 11, 2021

This exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of Linda Nochlin’s groundbreaking 1971 essay that investigates and strives to dismantle the institutional obstacles faced by women that have prevented their being seen as “great” in the same sense as their male counterparts.

The exhibition was co-curated by the Miami University Art and Architecture History Capstone class under the direction of Annie Dell’Aria, Ph.D., Art History. Featured in the exhibition are works by renowned women artists including Kara Walker, Carolee Schneemann, Cindy Sherman, Audrey Flack, Miriam Schapiro, Louise Nevelson and Elizabeth Catlett. All of the featured artists are self-identifying women.

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Exhibition Program: Women Navigating in the Art World: A Panel Discussion

Thursday, March 18, 6:00 pm 

Women Navigating in the Art World: A Panel Discussion

Artists Joomi Chung and Tracy Featherstone join collector and activist Sara Vance Waddell to discuss women in the professional art world and art market. Examining recent progress as steps ahead, this panel will look at how the contemporary art world has evolved and is still evolving towards gender equity. Dr. Annie Dell’ Aria, Art History, Miami University will moderate the panel discussion. Co-sponsored with the Contemporary Art Forum.


Crafting for Self-Care with Sarah Marsom

Friday, March 19, 1:00 pm

The world is weird, so why not make something that will make you smile! In this workshop, you'll learn some crafty design tips/tricks to create a small pennant and/or banner! After looking at examples of textile pieces created in the past and today, the workshop will dive into design strategy and creation techniques. Participants are encouraged to create pieces that uplift themselves and/or others.

Sponsored by

  • Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion
  • University Libraries
Paula Monopoli

The Legacy of the Nineteenth Amendment

Monday, March 22, 7:00 pm

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Paula Monopoli

After generations of several generations of marching, writing, speaking, lobbying and letting their voices be heard at rallies all over America, women were finally granted their right to vote on August 26, 1920.

Join us on March 22 to hear Paula Monopoli, author of Constitutional Orphan: Gender Equality and the Nineteenth Amendment, as she explores how the meanings ascribed to the 19th Amendment over time have been shaped by a wide array of actors in American government and society.

Hosted by

  • Menard Family Center for Democracy
Nurse visiting family in Appalachia

The History of Frontier Nursing Service

Tuesday, March 23, 7:00 pm

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Susan E. Stone, DNSc, CNM, FACNM, FAAN

Join Dr. Susan Stone, President of Frontier Nursing University and certified nurse-midwife, as she introduces the history of Mary Breckinridge (1881-1965) and the Frontier Nursing Service. This presentation explores the creation of the first nurse-midwifery service in the United States located in rural Kentucky. Frontier Nursing Service was designed as a demonstration project and focused on dramatically improving the health outcomes for rural families in an area with dire population health indicators. She will describe how the service came into being, how the nurse-midwives worked to fulfill the mission, and implications for population health today.

Sponsored by

  • Miami University Department of Nursing
  • Appalachian Studies
  • Women’s History Month Committee (Hamilton Campus)

Women are the Power of the Vote

What has Happened to Voting Rights in America?

Wednesday, March 24, 1:00 pm

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Miami University Libraries can choose to remain silent or become a part of the discussion that is going on across the country concerning voting rights. This program will provide Miami University Libraries the unique opportunity to be a part of the bold discussion about gender, race, ethnicity, tolerance and inclusion. We will collaborate with the Association of Student Government, College Republicans and College Democrats to focus on the recent events regarding the contested presidential elections and the United States electoral system and how women make a difference in the electorate. Our goal is to allow for insightful and honest conversations about the electoral process in America. Not just talk but offer solutions.


Dr. Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins, Western College, ‘74 and, former national president, League of Women Voters


  • Sidra Capriolo, College Democrats
  • Jannie Kamara, Associated Student Government
  • Mayyah McTaggar, College Republicans

Sponsored by: Miami University Libraries, Walter Havighurst Special Collections and Archives, Western College Alumni Association, Miami University Associated Student Government, College Republicans, College Democrats, and the Oxford League of Women Voters

2021 Events

The Pill birth control pill

Birth Control Pill

Held on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 6:00pm

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In May 1960, the FDA approved a prescription drug that would permanently alter the course of women's lives: the birth control pill. After decades of research and activism, women could now determine their own reproductive and professional lives. But this autonomy came at a cost. The initial pill proved injurious to some women, prompting Congressional hearings and public outcry that launched the women's health movement. Learn more about this object that changed the world, the family, the workplace, and women's role in public life in this interactive talk.

Presented By

Kimberly Hamlin, Humanities Center

Women of Excellence Recognition Ceremony

Miami Women of Excellence Virtual Celebration

Held on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 7:00 pm

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Miami Women of Excellence is an event to recognize and celebrate the influential women on Miami University’s campus who exemplify leadership and a commitment to bettering the Miami community. In honor of Women*s History Month this March, The Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion, Miami University Pan-Hellenic Council, and Miami University National Pan-Hellenic will be celebrating our women trailblazers in a virtual recognition ceremony.

Nominations Due March 7

If you have a female-identifying classmate, colleague, or mentor/mentee who has made a tremendous impact on the Miami community, please nominate them!

Miami University Women of Excellence Nomination Form