Women’s History Month In Arkansas

It’s Women’s History Month and there’s a lot of great ways to get involved this year! Check out some of the events going on in Arkansas!

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The Women’s History Month (WHM) observance at Arkansas State University officially gets underway Tuesday, March 1, with the fellowship and recognition breakfast, 9-11 a.m. in the Arkansas River Room of the Reng Student Union.

— Faculty in the women and gender studies (WGS) program will share their research and teaching interests, along with details about the WGS minor that is offered, during a 12:30-1:45 p.m. Thursday, March 3, brown bag panel discussion in the Humanities and Social Sciences Building, room 3001.

— “Women in the Workplace,” a panel discussion among women in leadership positions in media, sports, business, STEM, medicine and education is set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, March 7, in Centennial Hall of the Reng Student Union. Students will participate in an elevator pitch contest for prizes, leading up to the panel discussion and dinner.

— The Natural Hair Care Forum at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9, will feature Dr. Lillie Fears, professor of journalism, the keynote speaker, along with a panel of students and professionals. They will discuss the representation of African American and Black women in the media, the workplace and everyday life.

— “Hidden Figures” will be shown on movie night at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, in the Multicultural Center of the Reng Student Union. Multicultural Center ambassadors will lead a discussion.

March 18, 11 a.m.Colorful Women Summit

The Colorful Women Summit is a statewide coalition of higher education providers and community organizations that come together to discuss how they can work together to continue to improve the outcomes and opportunities for women of color in Arkansas. The CWS is a one-day conference led by young adults, professionals and community leaders. The goal of the summit is to bring partners together to address critical issues affecting women of color and to seek sustainable solutions.

— Women and gender studies program representatives will join in hosting a book club at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, also in the Multicultural Center. Participants will read and discuss “Prepped: Coming of Age in Black and White America: A Memoir,” by Veda Pendleton.

— The final event on the WHM schedule is “Purpose of the Plate,” a discussion about promoting healthy habits, values around food and eating, and dealing with eating disorders and related issues. The program starts at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in the Arkansas River Room of the Reng Student Union.




— Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS). TUESDAY, MARCH 2 | 4 – 5 p.m.

MANRRS is hosting an informational meeting on March 2 from 4 – 5 pm to help students learn more about the organization and talk about upcoming events. Students please email Keia Jones for the Zoom link (kj036@uark.edu).

–Women’s History Month Movie Series, MARCH 3 –  24 | 6 p.m. in Union Theatre

On the Basis of Sex, March 3

A League of their Own, March 10

Hidden Figures, March 17

Charlies Angels, March 24 

— March 8, 4 p.m. — International Women’s Day “The Celebration” Program

UA alumna track and field athlete and Olympian Veronica Campbell Brown is the keynote speaker for the celebration, which will include inspirational speakers, performances and a global fashion show. Guests can reserve tickets to participate in person at the Arkansas Union Ballroom or register to watch the program via Zoom.

–Theatre Talk! An Evening with Artists and Academics Discussing School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play. TUESDAY, MARCH 9 | 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

This is a two-part event: first is the chance for University of Arkansas community members to be able to stream TheatreSquared’s current production of School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play any time between March 1-9th and then a one-time only sit down with the play’s director, stars, and University faculty to talk about the show and the incredible power of women in the Performing Arts.

This program is sponsored by Gender Studies, African and African-American Studies, and Theatre Departments as well as the Division of Diversity Equity, and Inclusion.

–“HerStory: Women’s History Through an Equity Lens” WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24 | 12 – 1:15 p.m.

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Lisa Corrigan

Zoom Event Link

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This talk examines the shifting political context of women’s equality to understand historical and contemporary issues facing U.S. women as a social class, including: unequal political representation, poverty, social violence, the wage gap, the glass ceiling, second shift labor, and leaky pipelines.

Sponsors: Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences U of A School of Law Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance

MONDAY, MARCH 29 | 11: 30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Lunch and Learn

Guest Speaker: Danyelle Musselman

Lunch will never be the same. Please spend your lunchtime with us as we interview Danyelle Sargent Musselman. Musselman will provide professional development advice on her career experience in sports broadcasting on anchoring, hosting and reporting.

Musselman worked for the NFL Network and for the Fox Sports Net. She also will provide advice on how to navigate in a male dominated profession and much more.

Musselman is married to current Arkansas Men’s Basketball coach Eric Musselman.  They share three children, Michael (24), Matthew (20), and Mariah (10).

Event Sponsors:

·         Chancellor’s Commission on Women

·         Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

·         Black Alumni Society

·         Latino Alumni Society

Register here

–The First but Not the Last, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31 | Noon

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Chancellor’s Commission on Women will sponsor a panel featuring five women trailblazers in their positions at the University of Arkansas. The panel will take place at 12:00 PM Wednesday, March 31, via Zoom.

Panelists are: Ann Bordelon, first woman vice chancellor for financial affairs; Derita Dawkins, first woman deputy director of athletics; Cynthia Nance, first woman and woman of color to serve as dean; Kim Needy, first woman dean of engineering, and kinesiology major Lizeth Martínez, first Latina Greek member of homecoming court.

Fernanda Alcantara, undergraduate student commission member and president of University Programs, will facilitate the panel.

Attend via Zoom



March 8

12 p.m. — International Women’s Day Celebration

The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith is organizing this event, which will honor women in history through spoken word, educational presentations and artistic performances. Guests can register on Zoom to join virtually.

March 11

6:30 p.m. — Witty Women

UAFS is hosting this virtual event, which features local female leader Talicia Richardson and comedian Lauren Hope Krass who will focus on women’s history and female empowerment. Registration is required.

March 15

6 p.m. — Writing Indigenous Women’s Stories in America

UAFS welcomes Toni Jensen, associate professor of English at the University of Arkansas, who will read from her book Carry: A Memoir of Survival of Stolen Land, reflecting on what it’s like to be an indigenous woman in America, and the intersection of the environmental justice and women’s movements. Registration is required for the virtual event, which will be presented via Zoom.

March 29

2 p.m. Doc and Discussion: The Godmother of Rock N Roll 

Join the UAFS Boreham Library and Ann-Gee Lee in watching and discussing Rosetta Tharpe, known as the godmother of Rock and Roll. Registration is required for this virtual event, which will be presented via Zoom.

March 31

5:30 p.m. — Women’s History Month Open Forum: Conversations About Contemporary Issues

UAFS is hosting this virtual diversity, equity and inclusion conversation regarding today’s concerns among women. Registration is required for the Zoom presentation.



March 10

10 a.m. — Still I Rise: Women Writing Women’s Stories

The Arkansas Arts Council’s GetSmART! Learning Series, in partnership with the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, is sponsoring a three-part virtual series, Still I Rise: Women’s History Month Celebration. This session will feature a book conversation with Robin White, author of Beauty in my Bones. White is the inaugural National Park Service superintendent of the Central High School National Historic Site. Guests can register on Eventbrite.

4 p.m. — Ain’t I A Woman? Black Women Panel and Film

Arkansas Tech University’s Department of Diversity and Inclusion will either host a film on Black feminism or a TedTalk that highlights Black women’s issues, contributions and initiatives that advocate for women and girls of color.

March 14

3 p.m. — We Sing! A Celebration of Women’s Heritage

UA Little Rock choirs will host a live-streamed performance celebrating Women’s Heritage Month, featuring historically informed music performances, a poetry reading, a speaker with commentary on notable women of the suffrage movement and a special musical oratory presentation with Linda Holzer and Yslan Hicks.

March 20

10 a.m. — Still I Rise: The Saving Graces of Our Mothers’ Messages

The Arkansas Arts Council’s GetSmART! Learning Series, in partnership with the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, is sponsoring a three-part virtual series, Still I Rise: Women’s History Month Celebration. This session will be a celebration of women, their lives and their stories in poetry, prose, music and visual art. Arkansas singer Genine LaTrice Perez will perform, and Arkansas author and literary coach Janis F. Kearney will facilitate a writing session around the theme “Childhood Messages from our Mothers,” followed by a story-sharing exercise to include the childhood messages women received from the other women.

March 27

10 a.m. — Still I Rise: Arkansas Women Share COVID-19 Survival Stories

The Arkansas Arts Council’s GetSmART! Learning Series, in partnership with the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, is sponsoring a three-part virtual series, Still I Rise: Women’s History Month Celebration. This session will focus on writing, preserving and sharing stories related to the current pandemic from women’s point of views. Janis F. Kearney, author and literary coach, will lead a one-hour writing exercise, in which participants will be asked to share their stories of surviving, and even thriving, during the COVID-19 pandemic.



March 16

3 p.m. — Women Belong in the House…and the Senate 

Arkansas Tech University’s Department of Diversity and Inclusion will facilitate a roundtable discussion mainly on women’s leadership in politics and in other sectors of a working, corporate America.