Women’s History Month began in 1981 when the President proclaimed the week beginning March 7, 1982, as “Women’s History Week.” "Then in 1987, Congress designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month" after the petitioning of the National Women's History Project (now called the National Women's History Alliance). Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush, Obama, and Trump have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month”.
In 2019 the SLRC (Student Learning Resource Center) hosted a Human Library event where women with a variety of experiences served as the “books”. Students were able to move around the room and pick a “book” to learn more about and ask questions.
In 2018 the SLRC partnered with student life to host a series of panels on "Fierce Women in History, Fiction, and Leadership."
The Fierce Women in History was led by Professor Kevin Tucker and included the University Park Historical Society.
The Fierce Women in Literature featured Professors Kristie Musgrove (Boston) & Amy Hiersh and Digital Resource Professional, Elaine Patton.
The Fierce Women in Leadership panel featured Julie Gruber, Dean of Student Services, Martha Donnelly, math professor, Deshonta Holmes, Chief Strategist, and Dr. Mosadi Porter, Dean of Admissions and Outreach. It was moderated by Cassandre Khatri, political science professor.
In 2017 the SLRC displayed at the poster (below) at the front of the library for Women's History Month. We viewed and discussed Reshma Saujani’s TED Talk “Teach girls bravery, not perfection” with Dr. Veronique Tran, Dean of Math and Science as the moderator. Also, the library participated in the Women’s Resource Fair on campus as well.
In 2016 the SLRC again hosted an essay content but expanded the mediums to also include video and audio submissions. The thee was Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government. (See previous years to look at other essay contests.)
In 2015, we again hosted an essay contest with the theme of Weaving the Story of Women's Lives, which emphasized writing women back into history, as so many of women's extraordinary triumphs and successes go unrecognized. We also participated in the campus Women’s Fair to promote library resources that especially focused on information for and about women. During the fair we played a Twitter-style trivia quiz with students featuring women in history.
In 2014, the SLRC hosted an essay contest celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment honoring the extraordinary and often unrecognized determination and tenacity of women.
Daily emails were also created by the librarians and sent to all University Park employees highlighting women in Arts & Humanities, Business, Education & Government, and STEM.