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Celebrate Women’s History Month with PACSW and UCOP colleagues

March is Women’s History Month! This year’s theme, “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories,” encourages recognizing women, past and present, who have been active in all forms of media and storytelling — print, radio, TV, stage, screen, blogs, podcasts and more. The timely theme honors women in every community who have devoted their lives and talents to producing art, pursuing truth and reflecting the human condition decade after decade.

The President’s Advisory Council on the Status of Women (PACSW) Women’s History Month Subcommittee has organized opportunities for UCOP colleagues to celebrate the achievements of women in the UC community.

Women We Admire: Provost Katherine Newman

UCOP Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Katherine Newman alongside the cover of her new book, “Moving the Needle: What Tight Labor Markets Do for the Poor”

March 2, 12 – 1 p.m. (PT)
Franklin Lobby 1 & Zoom
Part of the popular Women We Admire speaker series, this Women’s History Month kick-off event will give UCOP staff an opportunity to meet our new provost, Katherine Newman, and learn about her career — including her soon-to-be-released book from UC Press, “Moving the Needle: What Tight Labor Markets Do for the Poor,” co-authored with Elisabeth S. Jacobs.

Provost Newman joined UC in January 2023 as systemwide provost; executive vice president of Academic Affairs; and chancellor’s distinguished professor of sociology and public policy at UC Berkeley. She is the author of 15 books. Her research and writing have focused on an array of topics, including technical education and apprenticeship; the working poor in America’s urban centers; middle-class economic insecurity under the brunt of recession; and aspects of inequality, social policy and family life in Japan, Western Europe, South Africa and India. Provost Newman has held leadership and academic appointments at several prestigious universities, including Princeton, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, UMass Amherst, Columbia University and the School of Law at UC Berkeley. She received her doctorate in anthropology at UC Berkeley and her bachelor’s degree in philosophy and sociology from UC San Diego.

On-site participation (in Lobby 1 of the Oakland Franklin building) is encouraged! One lucky on-site attendee will receive a signed copy of Provost Newman’s new book. If you need to tune in remotely, join us on Zoom at

International Women’s Day

Woman demonstrating the International Women’s Day #EmbraceEquity pose

March 8
Franklin and Broadway lobbies
PACSW members will distribute flowers in the Franklin and Broadway lobbies to commemorate women’s achievements at UCOP in honor of International Women’s Day. This year’s theme, #EmbraceEquity, aligns with PACSW’s charge to build a workplace where women can thrive.

Women We Admire — Michele Bratcher Goodwin

Michele Bratcher Goodwin, S.J.D., Founding Director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy at UC Irvine

March 29, 12 – 1 p.m. (PT)
For the next installation of the Women We Admire speaker series, PACSW welcomes Michele Bratcher Goodwin, S.J.D., chancellor’s professor and founding director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy at UC Irvine.

Dr. Goodwin is credited with helping to establish and shape the health law field.  She directed the first American Bar Association-accredited health law program in the nation and established the first law center focused on race and bioethics. She is also a sought-after public commentator and has been featured in print, radio and television news, including Politico, Salon, Forbes, The Washington Post, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Ms. magazine, among many others. She is the host of the “On the Issues with Michele Goodwin” podcast at Ms. A prolific author, her publications include six books and over 100 articles, essays, book chapters and commentaries.

All UCOP colleagues are invited to join by Zoom: 

The History of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day

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 as 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, organizers choose a theme to mobilize and unify Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day. To promote a multicultural women’s history perspective, the celebrations seek to honor women of diverse cultural, ethnic, occupational, racial, class and regional backgrounds. The aim is as clear and simple as it was 43 years ago: to teach as many people as possible about women’s role in history.

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