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Save the dates for Women’s History Month events

March is Women’s History Month, and PACSW’s Women’s History Month Subcommittee has lined up a series of events to celebrate the many achievements of women through history and today!

The 2022 Women’s History theme, “Providing Healing, Promoting Hope,” is a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic, as well as a recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided healing and hope throughout history. 

History of Women’s History Month

In 1980, a group of women in Santa Rosa, California, noticed that women were absent from many texts and girls had few role models.  These women convinced Congress and the White House of the need for our nation to celebrate and recognize women’s role in history on an annual basis. As a result of their efforts, the week of March 8 was officially designated National Women’s History Week.  (International Women’s Day, a global celebration of the economic, political and social achievements of women, took place for the first time on March 8, 1911).  In 1987, a successful campaign was led to have the entire month of March declared National Women’s History Month.

Each year, a theme is chosen to mobilize and unify the national celebrations. To promote a multicultural women’s history perspective, women of diverse cultural, ethnic, occupational, racial, class and regional backgrounds are honored. The aim is as clear and simple as it was 38 years ago: to teach as many people as possible about women’s role in history.

UCOP Women’s History Month celebrations

PACSW invites all staff to attend the following events to celebrate and recognize women as they continue to provide hope and healing. All listings reflect Pacific Time.

International Women’s DayGratitude Grams
March 8, 4-5 p.m. 
Join your fellow colleagues in showing appreciation and honoring the women in your professional and personal communities who provide healing and promote hope. We will be using this virtual space to write virtual Gratitude Grams and hand-written thank you notes for the women in our lives.
Gratitude Grams Zoom link | Meeting ID: 936 2455 9309

Women We Admire: Laphonza Butler
March 15, 12-1 p.m.
Join us for a special Women’s History Month presentation of our Women We Admire speaker series featuring Regent Emerita Laphonza Butler, president of EMILY’s List — the largest national resource for women in politics. Laphonza will discuss her life, career path and how she approaches work-life balance through it all. Learn more about this event.
Women We Admire Zoom link | Meeting ID: 534672

Equity Chat
March 17, 4-5 p.m. 
Aligning with the theme of Women’s History Month, “Hope and Healing,” PACSW will dive into the practice of self-love and its influence in the workplace with the article, Self-Love: The World Needs Us.” Please read the article in advance of the session, then bring your favorite beverage and join us.
Register for the Equity Chat

Documentary Screening: “My Name is Pauli Murray
March 22, 12-1:30 p.m.
In collaboration with Pride & BSFO, we will host a screening of “My Name is Pauli Murray,” a documentary about a non-binary Black lawyer, activist and poet who influenced Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Thurgood Marshall.
Documentary Zoom link

UC Experts on Mental Health and Women’s History
March 29, 12-1 p.m.
PACSW will host a conversation moderated by Executive Director UCOP Human Resources Nancy Pluzdrak, Ed.D., and featuring:
* Genie Kim, Ph.D., Director of Student Mental Health and Well-Being, UCOP
* Crystal Green, Ph.D., Director of the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, UC San Diego
The discussion will focus on mental health and wellness, resilience and emotional well-being related to women in the context of the pandemic and beyond.
Mental health and women’s history Zoom link

For questions regarding the above events, please contact Marisa Strong.

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