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University’s 2023 Women’s History Month Calendar Teems with Variety

women's history month csu cleveland state university 2023Engaging, networking, honoring success and achievement of women takes place around campus during the month of March

When the U.S. Congress initially passed a resolution authorizing a request to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 “Women’s History Week,” the seeds were planted for Women’s History Month.

Over the course of the next five years—and after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passes “Pub. L. 100-9”—March 1987 was designated as the first “Women’s History Month.”

Since then, CSU has shared in the celebration every year, bringing a diverse range of programming for women to share experiences in supportive, creative environments. And 2023 carries on that tradition.

These CSU-centric events below are aimed inspire, confirm and empower. We encourage you to be a part of them.

Wed 3/1 Zeta Phi Beta’s Women’s History Month Trivia Celebrate Women's History Month with our trivia event! Join us for a fun-filled evening of knowledge, laughter, and empowerment. Test your knowledge of influential women throughout history and learn more about the incredible contributions that women have made to the fabric of society around the world. Don't miss out on this unforgettable event! Think you’ve got what it takes? Join us! Hosted by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Berkman Hall.

Thu 3/2 Beyond Borders: The Art of Siona Benjamin & Thursday Night Artist Talk called Benjamin’s installation at The Galleries at CSU a “defiantly feminist, identity-confounding” tour de force. Sneak a peek, then view the show in person Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon – 5 p.m. now through March 25 at the Galleries at CSU. Benjamin will delve into her inspiration and the meaning of belonging through cultural identity since emigrating from Mumbai to the U.S. in 1986.

Thu 3/3 Viking Women’s Basketball Horizon League Quarterfinal Viking Basketball is ready to a Horizon League Tournament Quarterfinal at the Wolstein Center! Cheer on your Lady Vikes as they tip off at 5:30 p.m. Come hang in the student section and score some free pizza, cookies, t-shirts, prizes and more an hour later! (Psst! Stick around for the doubleheader, as the Viking Men’s team takes the floor at 8 p.m.!) Your Vikings b-ball teams request your presence—and adrenaline! Two games, one low price!!! Tickets.

Wed 3/8 IWD/Women’s HERstory Month Celebration Celebrate International Women's Day with the CSU Women's Center! International Women's Day (IWD) began in 1911, but the specific date of March 8 was chosen a decade later. This global day, central to many Women’s History Month celebrations across the country, celebrates social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women—raising awareness of gender inequality, women’s rights and more. Nosh provided! BH 142.

Wed 3/8 International Women’s Day Kick-A** Boxing Class The Society of Intersectional Feminists at Cleveland State University and CSU|Rec invite you Kick-off Women's History Month with a free boxing lesson taught by a staff member of Pink Gloves Boxing! In congruence with the class, expect there to be challenges to the societal constructs surrounding femininity and a celebration of fluidity and expression. Snacks & refreshments. Noon – 2 p.m., SC Atrium.

Fri 3/10-Sun 3/12 Spring Dance Concerts 2023 Choreographers for the three performances at Playhouse Square Center include CSU’s visiting guest artists Jenna Riegel, Tyler Ring, and CSU alum Talise Campbell; Rena Butler, Choreographic Associate of Gibney Dance (NYC) and 2019 Princess Grace Choreography Award recipient. In addition, 2022 Dance Magazine Award recipient, Dianne McIntyre and Cleveland State University’s 2022-2023 Visiting Guest Artist Chrissy Martin will all dive into existential themes. The concert includes CSU dance faculty and performances by the CSU Dance Company, Dance Group and special guests. Learn more here, then score tickets through the Playhouse Square Center website.

Wed 3/22 Women’s History Mixer! Celebrate Women's History Month with the CSU Campus Activities Board! This Mixer/Talent show is led by women artists and performers from across the Cleveland area with a theme of “Disney Female Empowerment.” Dress as your favorite character and get a chance to be a part of an empowerment walk at the Talent Show. Moreover, there will be themed food, dances, and women-owned local businesses! 6 – 9 p.m., SC Ballroom.

Thu 3/23 Sports and Our Public Lives: How Sports Prepare Us for Careers and Community Service Panelists are all former student athletes who now serve in leadership positions including a community foundation leader, founder and owner of a successful small business, a counselor specializing in athlete mental health and wellness and sports performance, a group sales lead for a local major league team, and a law student. Program runs from 4 - 5 p.m., Roberta Steinbacher Atrium, Levin College of Public Affairs and Education. Registration.

Fri 3/24 Fireside Chat on Intersectionality Join Mandel Honors College in a Women’s History Month fireside chat with phenomenal women, including: Alexandra Higl-Timms of the CSU Women’s Leadership Institute, Carissa Newsome, CSU Alumna, and other faculty, staff, and alumni. Win prizes donated by women-owned businesses. Register with Liz Kravanya at Runs 4 - 5 p.m., BH 103

Tue 3/28 Salary Negotiation with The Women’s Center and Career Development & Exploration How can women negotiate salary parity effectively? Research is only the beginning! Learn about assertive communication, highlighting valuable achievements and reinforcing the worth you can bring to the company you’re interviewing with! Be prepared to ask for what you want, while considering non-monetary benefits. We get it: negotiating can be uncomfortable, but it’s a crucial and necessary step in YOU achieving more equity in the workplace! Go get ‘em! 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., RW220.

Thu 3/30 Consciousness Raising with Dr. Lyz Bly Discuss current events as they relate to gender equity with Dr. Lyz Bly of the Women & Gender Studies Department. Gender equity seeks to create increasingly fair and equal opportunities and to eliminate gender-based discrimination and promote a more inclusive, fair and just society. Dr. Bly and group will dive into recent gender equity successes in the news and future-state trending. Pre-registration required. Register by email to:

NOW through Fri 3/31 “Tell Your Story: Sexual Violence Awareness” Anonymous Stories of sexual violence, assault, harassment, etc. from our campus community are being collected in a large yellow mailbox placed outside of the Women’s Center in BH142 and also online. Your story is powerful and can help others feel less alone, but it may also bring up difficult feelings for you to navigate.

NOW and ONGOING Women Talking This continuing program offers space for CSU’s women students to discuss issues important to them in a supportive environment. Held in collaboration of the CSU Women’s Center and Counseling Center, pre-registration is required. Dates and times will be provided upon registration. Please register at Women Talking.

Looking for more? Lean into the resources found at the Mareyjoyce Green Women’s Resource Page.

Addendum: Women’s History Month is more than just highlighting history and awareness in the ongoing fight for gender equality. Taking action against sexual assault will be highlighted during the month of April—largely recognized in the U.S. as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Mon 4/6 Our Stories, Our Voices This event aims to raise awareness of sexual violence by featuring survivor stories from our own campus community. Stories of survival will be shared anonymously (see listing above for details about submitting your story) and emotional support will be available. On- and off-campus partners will provide resources and information around how to work together to address & heal from sexual violence. Runs 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., SC Atrium.