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Women's History Month
March is Women’s History Month, and the University of Delaware will celebrate and honor the accomplishments of women.

Women’s History Month

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Celebrating the achievements of women

The University of Delaware will celebrate Women’s History Month in March with a host of events and activities that honor the accomplishments of women. International Women’s Day — which is celebrated on March 8 — also offers an opportunity to reflect on progress made, raise awareness for women’s equality, and celebrate women’s achievements.

Learn about two sisters who transformed Early American science

What: “Mischievous Creatures: The Forgotten Sisters Who Transformed Early American Science,” a lecture.

Know this: Margaretta Hare Morris and Elizabeth Carrington Morris were two sisters from Philadelphia who sped the growth of American science in the 19th century. In the recently published book Mischievous Creatures: The Forgotten Sisters Who Transformed Early American Science, environmental historian Catherine McNeur tells the history of the Morris sisters. During this event, join McNeur to learn more about the Morris sisters and explore the many ways they were erased and how their erasure speaks to issues of power in fields of science and history.

When: Thursday, March 7, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Where: Morris Library Reading Room

Who: Hosted by UD’s he College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Women and Gender Studies, Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN), Department of History and Department of English.

More info: The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Learn about American poet, journalist and political activist Alice Dunbar Nelson

What: “Celebrating Alice Dunbar-Nelson in the 21st Century: Five Decades of Scholarship,” a virtual symposium.

Know this: An exhibition, curated by doctoral candidate Monet Lewis-Timmons, features Dunbar-Nelson’s own papers and collected materials. It is on view in the Special Collections Gallery in Morris Library through Aug. 9, 2024.

When: Monday, March 11, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Online via Zoom.

Who: Hosted by the Department of English and co-sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center, the Faculty Senate Committee on Cultural Activities and Public Events, and the Departments of Africana Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and History.

More info: Register online.

Attend the Women Leading Delaware Education Conference

What: Women Leading Delaware Education Conference

Know this: The Women Leading Delaware Education Conference is a networking and professional learning event for all leaders in K-12 and higher education settings. The conference serves to address issues specific to women and leadership, as well as provide a powerful opportunity for leaders to convene for an impactful day of connection, introspection and inspiration.

When: Wednesday, March 13

Where: Clayton Hall

Who: Hosted by the Delaware Academy for School Leadership, housed within the School Success Center in the College of Education and Human Development.

More info: Register online.

Visit the Delaware Women’s Hall of Fame Art Exhibition

What: Delaware Women’s Hall of Fame Art Exhibition

Know this: The exhibition, featuring portraits by Delaware Artist Theresa Walton, pays homage to outstanding Delaware women and marks the start of Women’s History Month in March.

When: On view March 2024 through January 2025

Where: Alfred Lerner Hall Atrium

Who: Delaware Office of Women’s Advancement and Advocacy in collaboration with the University of Delaware

Attend a Women’s History Month Dinner

What: Women’s History Month Dinner

Know this: This annual event gives women on campus an opportunity to engage with prominent women leaders in Delaware representing career fields including law, politics, communications, business, fashion and more.

When: Tuesday, March 12, 5:30-7 p.m.

Where: Trabant University Center multipurpose rooms

Who: UD Biden Institute

More info: Register online.

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