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Women's History Month 2018

The Student Life Multicultural Center, along with offices and centers across campus, is proud to present the calendar of events for the annual university-wide celebration of Women's History Month.

Women's History Month is the designated month worldwide that highlights contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. The month features a variety of panels, lectures, socials, women's sports and community activities and events. All are welcome to come and celebrate the achievements and progress of women!

To get involved or for more information, please contact Dr. Gisell Jeter-Bennett,


Women’s History Month Online Calendar


Women Student Initiatives’ 2nd Annual Menstruation Product Drive

March 1 - 28

Student Life Multicultural Center

The ability to access menstruation products impacts a person’s “freedom to work and study, to be healthy, and to participate in daily life with basic dignity.” To meet the growing need of low-income women-identifying individuals and girls, WSI is collecting menstrual products to be donated to local agencies, homeless shelters and afterschool programs in the Columbus Area.  As a token of appreciation, donors will receive a commemorative WHM shirt while supplies last.


March 1

Walk in Her Heels: Being an APIDA Women in the Workplace

5-6:45 p.m.
MLK Lounge, Hale Hall, 154 W. 12th Ave.
Contact: Gelli Dayrit (

Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) women face barriers and challenges in the professional world that exclude them from executive and administrative positions due to “lack of leadership and communication skills.” Join us in conversation, with a panel of local APIDA women, who are striving to break the Bamboo ceiling. Light refreshments will be provided. Co-Sponsored by: Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority


Brownies and Beauty Standards

7-8:30 p.m.
Scott House, 2nd-floor classroom
Contact: Tiara DeGuzman (

Brownies and Beauty Standards will create a space for discussion where students can be critical of the messages they receive about women in the media (including movies, TV and pornography). In addition to this, we will also discuss mental health, eating disorders and how beauty standards intersect with race and gender. This will be a safe, inclusive space for discussion and all are welcome!


March 5

Queer Women and Zines, Poets, Punks and Pioneers: Self-Publishing in American Literature

Noon-1 p.m.
Thompson Library Gallery, Thompson Library, 1858 Neil Ave.
Contact: Appy Frykenberg (

Join Curator Jolie Braun for a guided tour of her exhibition Poets, Punks, and Pioneers: Self-Publishing in American Literature. She will discuss the stories of writers who dared to work outside the mainstream and what they risked to do so. This special tour in honor of Women’s History Month, will also include a behind the scenes look at additional works by queer women writers that weren’t able to be included in the exhibit including authors such as Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Djuna Barnes, Gertrude Stein, Diane di Prima, Alma Routsong, G.B. Jones and Leslie Feinberg. Sponsors: Student Life Multicultural Center’s LGBTQ Initiatives and Thompson Library


March 6

Women’s History Month Keynote: An Evening with Liz Plank

6 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m.)

Performance Hall, Ohio Union

What better way to kick-off WHM 18 then with Liz Plank, journalist, host and executive producer of Divided States of Women! Her video series and podcast offer space to share experiences so that “our community can uncover the multifaceted, intersectional debates that make up the life of the modern American woman.” At a time where there is so much polarization, Liz models what reaching out to the other side can look like. To learn more visit:

Sponsors: The John Glenn College of Public Affairs and Department of Communications


March 7

Society of Sister’s 10th Annual Gathering of Women

6-8 p.m.
Performance Hall, Ohio Union
Contact: Faith McGrady (

Gathering of Women provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to network with professional women both at the university and within the greater Columbus community. Additionally, our event serves to celebrate and recognize community women leaders, while also encouraging our young women leaders on campus to live passionately and purposefully. This year’s theme centers on celebrating Black Women and Social Media Innovation, and will also serve as a platform for students to ask questions and engage in the discussion. Sponsors: Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, Student Life Multicultural Center and The Office of the Senior Vice President for Student Life



March 21


Noon-1 p.m.
1st floor, Page Hall, 1810 College Road N.
Contact: Shadia Jallaq (

The John Glenn College of Public Affairs Programs for Ohio Women Empowered to Represent (POWER) will host a conversation geared towards highlighting societal gender norms and how they show up in our personal lives and communities using the GENDER BY US toolkit developed by the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio. This discussion is open to all and beverages will be provided. Please RSVP to Shadia Jallaq at to reserve your spot.

Sponsors: John Glenn College of Public Affairs


Women Center Wednesday presents “Stop Over-Apologizing!”

4-5:30 p.m.
Alonso Family Room, Student Life Multicultural Center, Ohio Union
Contact: Dr. Gisell Jeter-Bennett (

 Constantly apologizing can give the appearance of incompetence as well as have lasting side effects on your self-image. Learn how to put an end to unnecessary apologies.


March 22

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpowers. An Evening with Brittney Cooper, Ph.D.

6 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m.)

Stillman Hall, Room 100

Dr. Brittney Cooper is an associate professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University, specializing in the areas of Black feminism, womanhood, and representation of Black women in popular culture. Dr. Cooper has published several works, including her recent book, Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women (2017), as well as a number of articles for Cosmopolitan and Salon. She is the co-founder of the blog Crunk Feminist Collective, which articulates feminist consciousness for women and men of color through posts and discussions of current issues.

Dr. Cooper will be visiting campus to discuss her most recent book, as well as her upcoming book, Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower (February 2018). 

Sponsored By: The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, College of Social Work, Department of African American and African Studies, Department of Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Black Graduate and Professional Student Caucus


March 23

Second Annual Equali-Tea Party 2018

12:30 p.m.

MLK Lounge, Frank W. Hale Jr., Black Cultural Center

Would you care for some social justice with your tea? WSI invites the campus community for afternoon tea with a twist. Equali-tea is an opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations about pertinent issues impacting the lives of women today. This year’s tea topic asks the question, “Is Menstruation a Social Justice Issue?” We will address this question from the perspectives of public policy, public health and activism. Special guests include Chelsea Vonchaz Warner, founder of #HappyPeriod and Claire Coder, founder of Aunt Flow. To register, please visit


March 25



Global Women’s Empowerment Conference


1-3:30 p.m.

Ohio Union Round Meeting Room

Contact: Sabrina Kaul (


There are many individual students and student organizations at Ohio State that seek to promote women’s empowerment, but we rarely get a chance to see them all come together. The Global Women’s Empowerment Conference presented by Advocates for Women of the World (AWOW), Buck-I-SERV and the Student Life Multicultural Center (SLMCC) aims to gather Ohio State students to engage in dialogue about women’s issues at home and around the world to see how we can collaborate to take action. As this event is part of the SLMCC’s Women’s History Month programming, we will also be collecting feminine hygiene products at the event as part of the SLMCC’s Women’s History Month Menstruation Product Donation Drive. This event is open to ALL Ohio State students. Please contact Sabrina at if you have any questions. 


Sponsors: Advocates for Women of the World, Buck-I-SERV, and Student Life Multicultural Center


Please register here:




March 27

Education as Resistance: The Life and Activism of Zitkala-Sa

1-2 p.m.
Rosa M. Ailabouni Room, Ohio Union
Contact: Melissa Beard Jacob (

As a part of Women’s History Month, join Intercultural Specialist, Melissa Beard Jacob for a presentation on the life and activism of Zikala-Sa, which translates to Red Bird in English. Zitkala-Sa was born in 1876 on the Yankton Indian Reservation in South Dakota. As a Native American writer, teacher and activist, Zitkala-Sa dedicated her life to advocating for civil rights of Native American people until her death in 1938.

Sponsors: Student Life Multicultural Center’s American Indian Student Initiatives



7-8:30 p.m.
Scott House, 2nd-floor classroom
Contact: Tiara DeGuzman (

Intersectionali(tea) will create a space where students can learn about the history of intersectionality and discuss the importance of adding intersectionality into our conversations about feminism and women’s rights. This will be a safe, inclusive space for discussion and all are welcome!


March 28

Latinas Paving the Way

5-6:30 p.m.
MLK Lounge, Hale Hall, 154 W. 12th Ave.
Contact: Indra Leyva (

Join us for a panel of Latina Leaders that are paving the way for Latinas in Columbus. They will be sharing their stories.


WSI Cinema presents Equal Means Equal

6-8 p.m.
Room 214, Denney Hall, 164 Annie and John Glenn Ave.
Contact: Dr. Gisell Jeter-Bennett (

 EQUAL MEANS EQUAL offers an unflinching look at how women are treated in the United States today. Examining both real-life stories and precedent-setting legal cases, director Kamala Lopez uncovers how outdated and discriminatory attitudes inform and influence seemingly disparate issues, from workplace harassment to domestic violence, rape and sexual assault to the foster care system, and the healthcare conglomerate to the judicial system.


March 30

Buckeye Women Service and Philanthropy Day

9 a.m. Service Projects
1 p.m. Women Philanthropy Luncheon (Registered volunteers only)
Alonso Family Room, Student Life Multicultural Center

Join WSI on March 30 as Ohio State students, faculty and staff volunteer at local charities, organizations and shelters in an effort to aid both women and children of Columbus. Volunteers will begin the day with morning service projects (on-site and off-site) and conclude with an afternoon luncheon on campus where student participants will learn about the importance of women’s roles in philanthropy.  

For more information about any of the signature programs, email Dr. Gisell Jeter-Bennett at