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Women's History Month

Women's History Month

It’s Women’s History Month! Every year, March is designated as the time of year during which we honor women’s contributions to American culture and history.  The National Women’s History Alliance has designated the 2024 theme to be “Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.”


We hope you will celebrate with us, at the University of Mount Union, by taking part in some of the following activities and events which bring the theme to life and bring awareness to the ways in which women are doing just that - by impacting our local communities and achieving in their professions. Additionally, we will recognize some of the accomplishments of women on our own campus, and simply gather to network and uplift one another.  All events are open to the public unless noted; although a few require reservations using the links provided.

Women's History Month Programming

  • Jane Weston Chapman Award

    The Jane Weston Chapman Award honors individuals within the campus and Alliance community who demonstrate efforts inluding:

    • Promote gender equity
    • Advocate for social justice
    • Educate others regarding women's history and celebrate their accomplishments
    • Increase awareness of and address women's issues
    • Ensure a campus climate that promotes women's participation and opportunities in any and all areas of our Mount Union community


    Nominations are due by February 28, 2024. 


    See the winners of this year's award at hte Women's History Month Keynote Panel on Tuesday,  March 26 2024 at 11:15 a.m. in the Newbold Room. RSVP for the event here by March 21, 2024. 

  • Campus Events

    Tuesday, March 12

    International Badge Day- 4 p.m., KHIC Lobby

    Sponsored by Panhellenic. Celebrating the badge and all those who support our sorority women with treats to go. Stop by their table and say hello starting at 4 p.m.


    Kershaw Lecture- 7 p.m., Presser Recital Hall

    Amber Kempthorn recently received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award and a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for her animation project, Ordinary Magic: A Sunday in the Cuyahoga Valley, a series of four animations visually translating Benjamin Britten’s Four Sea Interludes (1945). Blending traditional hand-drawn and contemporary computer animation, Ordinary Magic builds on the tradition of playfully merging classical music with animation. She will present Ordinary Magic during the Kershaw Lecture with an accompanying art exhibit through March 14th in the Sally Otto Gallery. Get tickets for the lecture here.

    Friday, March 15

    Drag Cabaret- 7 p.m., Campus Grounds, HPCC

    Sponsored by the Raider Programming Board. Come out and celebrate with our Mount Union Queens!

    Wednesday, March 20

    Women’s History Month Paint and Sip- 7 p.m., Campus Grounds, HPCC

    Join the Raider Programming Board and choose your own canvas kit of a significant woman in history. Don’t be late, the first 50 people get the opportunity to paint.

    Thursday, March 21

    Canton Area League Of Women Voters – Making Democracy Work, 11:15 a.m., Newbold Room, HPPC

    Join Dr. Carol Canavan, co-president of the Canton Area League of Women Voters and former assistant vice president of academic affairs at the University, who will be here to share the history and contributions that this nonpartisan, grass roots organization has made for more than 100 years as it strives to educate and engage the citizens in our community to participate in the electoral process. Light Refreshments will be provided.


    Hiroshima Jogakuin Peace Presentation- 4:15 p.m., Newbold Room, HPCC

    Sponsored by the International Student Services Office. Join us for program presented by a visiting group of 12 high school women from Hiroshima Jogakuin High School who will share their involvement with efforts to build peace and learn about American culture while sharing aspects of their own. Light Refreshments will be provided.


    One Book, One Community- 7 p.m., Brush Hall, Giese Center

    Lynne Kelly, a sign language interpreter, and the author of the One Book, One Community selection Songs for a Whale, received the 2020 Schneider Family Book Award for this novel which was named one of the best books of the year by the New York Public Library. Her 2019 novel about a deaf girl named Iris who forms an unlikely bond with the “loneliest what in the world,” has been described as “finely crafted,” “important,” and “uplifting” by reviewers from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and School Library Journal.

    Saturday, March 23

    EmpowerHer: Celebrating Women’s History Month with Financial Empowerment- 7 p.m., Virtual – Register online through Eventbrite

    EmpowerHer is a virtual celebration of Women’s History Month focused on empowering women to achieve financial independence through financial education and resources.

    Tuesday, March 26

    Women’s History Month Keynote Panel and Awards Luncheon- 11:15 a.m., Newbold, HPCC

    The annual presentation of the University of Mount Union Jane Weston Chapman Awards will take place at this luncheon which will also include a panel discussion of ‘Sheroes in Our Community’; women who are making a difference in and around the Alliance area. Please RSVP by Thursday, March 21, 2024.

    Thursday, March 28

    Get the Scoop on Women’s History– 11 a.m., Outside Dewald Chapel

    Sponsored by Sister Circle and the Black Student Union. Indulge in some ice cream from Almost Heaven and learn while getting the scoop about the contributions of women throughout history.

    Wednesday, April 3

    Women’s History Month Wine and Cheese Reception- 3:30 p.m., Haupt House

    To wrap up Mount Union’s Women’s History Month celebration, faculty and staff are invited to join for a wine and cheese reception, hosted by the Office of the President. Please feel free to drop by any time during the event to mingle with your colleagues, learn about Mount Union’s involvement with the American Council on Education (ACE) Women’s Network – Ohio, and provide feedback regarding potential future programming for the women of our campus. Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 27, 2024.

  • Women's History Month Libguide

    View the interactive timeline featuring the important women throughout history and their stories. 

    WHM Libguide