Each March we take time to honor the contributions of women during Women’s History Month. March 8 has been designated International Women’s Day, a global day of celebration honoring the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Universities and libraries around the state have organized a variety of events to help Arkansans celebrate this month. Check out the list below.
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Women of the Arkansas Delta is based on a 1976 oral and photographic project of the same name, conducted by the Pine Bluff Women’s Center. Through a grant by the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission, the project’s goal was to gather, preserve and publish information about women of the Delta, their history and lives. The exhibit, on loan from the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, is on display at the Lakeport Plantation Visitor’s Center. A virtual version of the exhibit is available here.
Time Varies — Boreham Library Book Displays
The Boreham Library at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith is hosting book displays and has created a series of online resources about Women’s History Month, including a reading list with a focus on gender equity and inclusion, women writers and women’s history.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs at Arkansas State University is inviting women faculty and staff to participate in fellowship and networking during a grab and go breakfast that will be served from 9 to 11 a.m.
12 p.m. — UAFS Paint and Sip
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith is celebrating wellness and women with this midday event, which serves as a kickoff to the Women’s History Month slate of events on campus. Local artist Aaliyah Knowles will facilitate the event, which includes light refreshments for the first 30 participants.
2:30 p.m. — Women’s History Month Kickoff
Arkansas Tech University’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Contemporary Student Services is hosting a kickoff event for the campus community at Hindsman Bell Tower.
Time Varies — CALS Women’s History Month Teen Grab-and-Go Project
Rosalind Franklin was a chemist whose work contributed to the discovery of DNA’s double-helix structure. The Central Arkansas Library System has organized a grab-and-go project for teens to celebrate Franklin by making an origami model of the structure of DNA. Project materials will be available at Thompson Library starting Mar. 3, while supplies last.
12:30 p.m. — The Who’s Who of Women and Gender Studies at A-State
A-State is hosting a brown bag panel discussion about the Women and Gender Studies program. WGS faculty members will share their research and teaching interests, as well as information about the WGS minor at A-State. This event is only for the campus community.
Arkansas Tech University’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Contemporary Student Services will host a panel of women leaders that highlight women’s issues, contributions and initiatives that advocate for women in leadership.
6 p.m. — The Women’s Project Exhibit Launch
The Arkansas People’s History Project will host a virtual launch of the Women’s Project digital exhibit on March 3. The multimedia website will explore the early history of a multiracial network that tackled racism, sexism, homophobia and economic injustice across rural and urban Arkansas in the 1980s and 1990s. Those interested in joining the virtual exhibit launch may register on Zoom.
5:30 p.m. — Women in the Workplace
Women in the Workplace will be a collaborative event between A-State’s Career Services and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. The event will occur during International Women’s Week and will feature a panel of women in leadership from the different career fields of media/sports, business, STEM, medicine and education. Dinner will be provided and students will be given the chance to learn from and ask questions to the panelists. Registration for this event is open to the A-State campus community.
9 a.m. — International Women’s Day
The University of Arkansas is celebrating International Women’s Day with a variety of events including speakers, performances and a fashion show.
11 a.m. — Women’s Appreciation Flower Day
Men of Excellence, an initiative that aims to support men on the UAFS campus through mentorship, empowerment and community building, will participate in this event in honor of International Women’s Day.
12 p.m. — accelHERate (Virtual)
Join the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at UA Little Rock on International Women’s Day for accelHERate, their annual event featuring women excelling in research, innovation and business. Four distinguished speakers will share lessons learned and advice for leading companies.
2 p.m. — accelHERate NEA (Virtual)
This online event includes a panel of women who will share lessons learned and advice for leading companies. Hear their thoughts on management and growth strategies, commercialization opportunities, startup mistakes and how to avoid them and key skills for entrepreneurial success. The event is open to the public.
The U of A’s office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is hosting a virtual conversation featuring brilliant woman from the campus community.
The program will feature influential Arkansas women who are leading in business, philanthropy, and higher education through this period of uncertainty, activism and change. Presented by the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton School of Public Service, this event will be live-streamed for those who are unable to attend in person. Guests can register here.
6 p.m. — Empowering Women in Cybersecurity
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Cyber Arena is teaming up with the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub to host this event that gives girls a chance to learn about a career in cybersecurity. The event, recommended for girls in sixth grade and older, will feature a panel of female mentors working in cybersecurity as well as several hands-on activities from women in the field. The keynote speaker is Beth-Anne Bygum, Acxiom’s chief security and compliance officer. Guests can attend in person or online and registration is required.
6 p.m. — Women’s History Month Keynote Speech
UAFS welcomes Tammy Pacheco as its Women’s History Month keynote speaker. The presentation is scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Windgate Auditorium.
6 p.m. — Natural Hair Care Forum
The Natural Hair Care Forum is an event that honors Black women by fostering open dialogue about the diversity and challenges that come with having natural hair. Keynote speaker Lillie Fears will be joined by a panel of two students and two professionals to examine the representation of African American and Black women in the media, the workplace and everyday life. This event is only for the A-State community.
Time Varies — CALS Teen Grab-and-Go Project: Suffragette Rosette
This year marks the 102nd anniversary since the ratification of the 19th amendment, which extended the right to vote to American women. In this take-home craft, teens can make a paper rosette badge inspired by the symbols of the women’s suffrage movement, learn about the movement’s symbols and honor the women who wielded them to achieve a landmark victory in the ongoing struggle for gender equality. Central Arkansas Library System will provide materials for the project starting Mar. 10 at Thompson Library while supplies last.
7:30 a.m. — Women in Business — Women’s Power Breakfast
The Harrison Regional Chamber of Commerce is hosting an event where women can catch up over coffee and a light breakfast. Guests will learn from life coach and mediator Lisa Morrison about how to achieve better work-life balance.
Hosted at the Fayetteville Public Library’s teaching kitchen, participants will bake cookies to take home as they learn about Ruth Wakefield who is credited with inventing the chocolate chip cookie. Registration is required.
6 p.m. — Rise, Reset, Repeat
The Women’s Leadership Network will host Rise, Reset, Repeat at the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center on the University of Central Arkansas campus. Join them for an energized evening that will get you grooving toward a healthier body, mind and spirit! There will be fun activities, yummy snacks, chair yoga and great prizes. Wear comfy clothes and bring a friend. Register for this free event here.
As part of the 2022 SHE Festival of Women in Music, the UAMusic faculty present a collage concert on YouTube. This premiere release highlights the music written by women.
As part of the 2022 SHE Festival of Women in Music, the first guest artist event presents the music of Taiwanese Chihchun Lee. Cross-Cultural Music Encounters showcases the work of Lee, a noted composer currently teaching in Seoul, South Korea. The event will be hosted via Zoom and registration details are TBD.
Chihchun Lee is featured in a composition masterclass for the 2022 SHE Festival of Women in Music. The event will be hosted on Zoom. Registration details are TBD.
11:30 a.m. — 50 Years of Title IX (Virtual)
The Chancellor’s Commission on Women at the U of A will present a virtual panel discussion on the theme “Fifty Years of Title IX” via Zoom. Panelists will discuss the impact of Title IX legislation on women’s access to education and athletics in higher education from a historical perspective. Guests can register and post questions in advance here.
4 p.m. — UAFS Paint and Sip
Local artist Aaliyah Knowles will facilitate the event in Campus Center Room 129. Light refreshments will be provided to the first 30 participants.
7 p.m. — Written by Women Concert
Composers Ethel Smyth, Florence Price, Nadia Boulanger, Jeanne Demessieux and Fanny Hensel will be featured in Written by Women, a Festival of the Senses organ concert by Rees Roberts at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in North Little Rock. The event is free and open to the public and is being cosponsored by the Central Arkansas Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. The concert will be livestreamed on Facebook.
For the 2022 SHE Festival of Women in Music, Johanny Navarro is featured in a composition masterclass. The event will be hosted via Zoom. Registration information is TBD.
Johanny Navarro presents Crónicas de una compositriz Culture + Design = Art for the 2022 SHE Festival of Women in Music. Navarro’s works have been presented in Puerto Rico, Cuba, Mexico, the United States, Spain and France. The event will be hosted via Zoom. Registration details are TBD.
Hosted by the Arkansas Arts Council, this writing workshop will help women writers hone their craft, discover how to tell the stories of women around them and preserve the voices of their mothers, daughters, sisters and friends. The workshop will include tips on writing short memoirs, good writing techniques and conquering the fear involved with sharing our lives. The workshop is free and will be presented via Zoom. Register here.
11 a.m. — Women’s History Month Chapel
The Office of Religious Life at Philander Smith College is hosting Women’s History Month Chapel featuring guest speaker evangelist Rita Hoof.
To end the 2022 SHE Festival of Women in Music, UAMusic students present a collage concert featuring works by women. The event will premiere from the Department of Music’s YouTube channel.
Arkansas Sounds presents a special birthday screening of the 2011 documentary The Godmother of Rock & Roll: Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Featuring archival performances and using new interviews with fellow musicians, producers, friends and colleagues, this documentary tells the story of a talented and determined woman that introduces spiritual passion of her gospel music background into rock and roll. Doors and the bar open at 6 p.m. The film starts at 7 p.m. and general admission is $7.
5 p.m. — Women’s History Month Book Club
Women and Gender Studies and the Office of Multicultural Affairs at A-State will host a book club during Women’s History Month. The book that will be read and discussed is Prepped: Coming of Age in Black and White America: A Memoir by Veda Pendleton. This event is only for the A-State campus community.
6 p.m. — Women’s Leadership Network Book Club
Participants will read Atlas of the Heart by Brené Brown and Crystal Kemp will facilitate the discussion. Please register for this free, in-person event here.
5 p.m. — Purpose of the Plate
The final event on A-State’s Women’s History Month schedule is a discussion about promoting healthy habits around food and eating, and dealing with eating disorders and related issues. This event is only for the A-State campus community.
6 p.m. — Women’s Empowerment Open Mic Night
UAFS is hosting an open mic night to wrap up Women’s History Month. The event is scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Windgate Auditorium. Performers interested in participating can sign up by emailing Lynette.Thrower.uafs.edu.