Women’s History Month

Illustration of Frida Kahlo with flowers and the words Kahlo KarnivalPurdue University Northwest hosted a range of Women’s History Month events in March to recognize women and their accomplishments. Thanks to everyone who joined us for academic programs as well as a “Kahlo Karnival” honoring renowned artist Frida Kahlo.

About Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed legislation that authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987, after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed additional legislation that designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.”

Since 1995, presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” These proclamations celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields.

History adapted from womenshistorymonth.gov


PNW Women’s History Month Events

Dispelling the Binary of Abortion

March 7, 2 p.m.

PNW alumna Kayla Greenwell surveys new restrictions on women’s reproductive rights including Texas’ restrictive new law. Her focus is logical fallacies in public debate and the current situation in Indiana.

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Lunch and Lead—Speak Your Truth: The Ladies Get Paid Story

March 9, Noon

Author and founder Claire Wasserman will share lessons from her journey starting and building Ladies Get Paid, a platform, global community and book that helps women level up professionally and financially.

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The Necessity of Collective Action for Resistance: A Candid Dialogue with Black Lives Matter NWI-Gary Co-Organizer Lorrell Kilpatrick

March 10, 2 p.m.

Lorrell Kilpatrick, a sociologist teaching at Indiana University Northwest and longtime regional activist and disabilities-rights advocate, argues that collective action is imperative in achieving social equity and justice.

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World Poetry Day: Works of Liberation, Resistance and Healing

March 21, 7 p.m.

Liberatory poetry is a form of that employs words and rhythm to resist oppression, imagine social justice and offer healing for trauma caused by injustice. During this event, Kitty de Lasombra, a PNW alumna, Chicago poet Maria Jesú Estrada, Professor of Literature, Composition, and Creative Writing at Harold Washington College, and others will read and discuss their poems.

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PNW Race, Racism, Anti-Racism Series: From Barriers and Biases to Belonging: Lessons from a Female Physicist

March 22, 12:30 p.m.

Neeti Parashar, Ph.D., Professor of Physics at PNW and  Institution Leader at Fermilab and CERN discusses Lessons from a Female Physicist. Parashar will present ways to mitigate the systemic behaviors that result in marginalization of certain groups.

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Kahlo Karnival: Building Community Through the Arts

March 24, 5 p.m.

Enjoy food, live entertainment, free giveaways and art fun at our first-ever Kahlo Karnival during Women’s History Month. Highlights include live entertainment from Rosalba Valdez, free t-shirts for registered guests and a competition to win the title of best-dressed Frida!

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What ‘Secret’ Reveals: Secret Languages of Women and LGBTQ+ Communities Worldwide

March 27, 5 p.m.

Fulbright Scholar Mashrur Hossain, Professor of English at Jahangirnagar University and a sexuality studies specialist, surveys secret languages such as Nüshu (“women’s writing” in Chinese) and Polari (London’s “gay language”) and examines Oolti Bhasha, the secret language used by transgender South Asian hijras.

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Women Leadership Luncheon

March 28, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

PNW will invite women student leaders from around campus to a luncheon in Alumni Hall (Hammond Campus). The keynote speaker will be Dawn Reynolds Pettit, a PNW alumna who serves as regional vice president of human resources at Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana. Academic unit leaders will be able to nominate members of the PNW community to the Office of Student Life for an invitation to attend.


Let’s Talk About Artivism: Creating Racial, Gender, and Economic Justice through Art, Dance, and Music

March 30, Noon

Join a talk by Vershawn Sanders-Ward, the founding Artistic Director and CEO of Red Clay Dance Company in Chicago, which strives to awaken “glocal” change ending cultural and socio-economic inequities by creating, performing and teaching dances of the African Diaspora. Her choreography has been presented in New York, San Francisco, Martha’s Vineyard, Toronto, Dakar and Kampala.

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