Women's History Month 2021

The 2021 Women's History Month theme established by the National Women's History Alliance is titled: "Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to be Silenced".  This theme focuses on the history of women and supporting women's voices.  This year also marks the 20th anniversary of Women's Studies (now Women and Gender Studies-WGST) at Radford University and will offer the opportunity for us to celebrate the history and accomplishments of WGST at Radford.    


2021 Her-Story Project

Beginning March 1st and extending through March 31st subscribers to the Her-Story Listserv receive a daily position from one of the list's members celebrating or otherwise contemplating the impact of a woman or of the aspects of womanhood upon the writer's life.  Please note that pieces selected for publication are shared "as-is". Beyond basic formatting (TNR 12 pt font etc.), we do not edit, censure, or otherwise intervene with content.  The function of the list and of the celebration is to preserve and honor the voices and experiences of our contributors. For this reason, you must subscribe to the list to participate and you must agree to abide by the rules of our community.  The Her-Story listerve is a safe zone where contributors can share their experience without fear of judgment or reprisal.  

To Sign Up for Your Day
This year to help organize contributors, we are using signup.com.  Here's how it works:

    1. Click to see our Sign-Up
    2. Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
    3. Sign up!-you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password. 


WEEK 1 - MARCH 1-5

The Bias of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Why It Matters
Presenter(s): Rebecca Scheckler

Description: AI has been touted as a solution for education, medicine, and business.  We will look at the bias in AI and how it affects women and people of color.

Date and Time: March 2, noon to 1 p.m.

Sexism and Search Engines: How Algorithmic Bias Affects You
Presenter(s): Alyssa Archer, Karen Berry and Lisa Dinkle

Description: Are Google results sexist? The answer may not surprise you. Learn how search results both reflect and perpetuate misogyny and racism in our culture, as faculty from McConnell library share research by Dr. Safiya Noble and lead attendees through exercises to test our search results.

Date and Time: March 3, noon to 1 p.m.

A Thousand Hands A Million Stars
Presenter(s): Dr. Denise Ritter Bernardi

Description: A performance piece of survivor stories that tells of their journeys in, through, and out of human trafficking.

Date and Time: March 4, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.


WEEK 2 - MARCH 8-12

"Mother Nature's a Woman Too" Her Personality, Practices, and Solutions to Human Problems
Presenter(s): Dr. Tay Keong Tan and Capstone Students of the International Studies Program

Description: In the age of climate change, the slow-burn crisis of global warming and environmental degradation are an existential threat to the earth's ecosystem and humanity's very survival. This faculty-student presentation by the capstone course of the International Studies program will discuss the personality and practices of Mother Nature, arguably the oldest woman on Earth. The panelists will highlight the characteristics of Nature and how She keeps everything in balance, through Her many ingenious and sustainable designs from eons of evolution and natural selection. We will also discuss four to five case studies of the practical designs, perfected solutions and innovations from Nature that we have successfully adopted to solve humanity's problems.

Date and Time: March 9, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.

Women and Finance
Presenter(s): Dr. Glenn Kent

Description: This presentation delves into the world of money, finances, and investing with emphasis on the role women play in these arenas.  Specifically, we will focus on six ways women and finances overlap, while also highlighting the psychology of thought and behavior into the discussion.

Date and Time: March 9, noon to 1 p.m.

Motherhood and Field-based Careers in Outdoor Recreation and Natural Sciences
Presenter(s): Drs. Anja Whittington and Tara Pelletier

Description: This presentation will focus on how motherhood impacts women's field-based careers in outdoor recreation and natural sciences. Drawing from two research projects we will share why women leave or alter their career path upon motherhood, and for women who maintain their career, what strategies have best supported their work-life balance.

Date and Time: March 9, 4 to 5 p.m.

The Experiences of Reproductive Choices by Women with Terminal Degrees in Roanoke VA: Preliminary Results from a Qualitative Study
Presenter(s): Alexandria Pilot, Radford University Carilion Doctoral Student

Description: Reproductive choice is a significant health topic, driven by socioeconomic conditions such as income and marital status. This qualitative study investigated how women with terminal degrees describe their beliefs and experiences regarding reproductive choices. Findings may lead to understanding the specific needs of this growing, yet under researched, population.

Date and Time: March 11, 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Conversations with Women in STEM 
Presenter(s): Drs. Sandra Liss, Sarah Kennedy, Amanda Raimer, Milcah Jackson, Sara O'Brien, and Tara Phelps-Durr

Description: Hear the experience of women who are navigating careers in STEM.  Learn about their successes and challenges.  Hear their hopes and dreams for the next generation of women in STEM.  Ask questions and learn how you can be successful in STEM fields. 

Date and Time: March 11, 11 a.m. to noon

Circle of Life (50+)
Presenter(s): Dr. Michele Ren and Guests

Description: An inner circle of one generation will speak to an outer circle of participants from other generations about their life experiences and what it is like to be a woman in a particular age group.

Date and Time: March 11, 2 to 3:15 p.m.


WEEK 3 - March 15-19

Piano Music, She Wrote-Bringing Music Composed by Women into the Mainstream
Presenter(s); Erica Sipes & Sandra Mogensen

Description: A presentation about our resource project and YouTube channel, "Piano Music, She Wrote."  We will discuss how it came about, why we feel so passionately about bringing this piano music composed by women into the light, and some of the most inspiring stories we've discovered.  We'll be sharing some of the music from our pianos. 

Date and Time: March 15, 11 a.m. to noon

Faculty Research and Teaching Round Table on Gender and the Environment
Presenter(s): Drs. Aysha Bodenhamer, Theresa Burriss, Rebecca Dias, Sara O'Brien, Jamie Lau, & Rick Van Noy 
Host: Dr. Heather Keith 

Description: In this round table presentation, faculty panelists will discuss their research and teaching interests on gender and the environment. We will explore potential collaborations for faculty, staff, and students.

Date and Time: March 17, noon to 1 p.m.

History of Women's Hairstyles Throughout the Centuries
Presenter(s): Jennie N. Ruhland, Logan Burnley, Luca Frank, Jillian Hayes, Sherri Howells, Harvey Perkins, Kristen Pitchke, Gabe Ribeiro, Cora Runholt, Emma Sabulsky, Janelle Woods, Jackson Yowell

Description: Women's hairstyles throughout history have distinctive styles that tell a story. We will explore the history of hairstyles using research images and wigs styled by students in Theatre 336, Makeup II.

Date and Time: March 18, 8:30 a.m. to 9:10 a.m.

Wonder Women Won't Wait: Women's Issues and Challenges in a Male-Dominated World
Presenter(s): Dr. Tay Keong Tan and Capstone Students of the Leadership Program

Description: In the age of #MeToo movement and heightened awareness of systematic discrimination and gender-based oppression, the issues of women in leadership are as old as human civilization itself. This faculty-student presentation by the instructor and participants of the Leadership capstone course will discuss women's issues in a (still) male-dominated world. Panelists will showcase their independent research on "women in leadership" and highlight the special challenges that female leaders face, as well as the opportunities and power that they own.

Date and Time: March 18, 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

Circle of Life (30s and 40s)
Presenter(s): Dr. Michele Ren and Guests

Description: An inner circle of one generation will speak to an outer circle of participants from other generations about their life experiences and what it is like to be a woman in a particular group.

Date and Time: March 18, 2 to 3:15 p.m.

Women in Hip Hop
Presenter(s): Dr. Stephanie Bradley, Amber Funderburg, Coleen Maloney, Heavon Ratcliff

Description: Hip hop history often focuses on the influence of men on the four primary elements of hip hop culture-MCing(rap), DJing, breaking, and graffiti arts.  In this presentation, however, we will celebrate and showcase women in hip hop.  

Date and Time: March 19, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Women in 18th Century Russia
Presenter(s): Dr. Suzanne Ament and Students in History 307

Description: This panel will present short biographies and analysis of women in 18th century Russia: who they were, what did they accomplish, and what qualities did they possess?

Date and Time: March 19, noon to 1 p.m.


WEEK 4 - March 22-26

Shrink written and performed by Sarah Katerina Smith
Presenter(s): Directed and Post-Performance Discussion led by David Beach

Description: "Shrink" is a dramatic monologue about a young woman and her body issues that she has confronted throughout her life. Sarah has a slight problem. Mind and Body simply cannot get on the same page about her weight. She is not exactly big, but not exactly small. On one hand, she's relatively healthy and would enjoy the prime of her twenties. On the other hand, she's hated her body and the way it looks for years. Body thinks Mind is crazy. And Mind is convinced it's all Body's fault. Will this disagreement prevent Sarah from finding peace with the only Body (and only Mind) she has? Is there a way to love a body that everyone else just accepts? And is accepting yourself the same as loving yourself?

Date and Time: March 22, 7 to 8 p.m.

Exploring the Possibilities: Women in Pre Modern Art
Presenter(s): Professor Bradbury ARTH 414 Women in Pre Modern Art Class

Description: This panel will explore how women were involved in both making and using visual culture in Pre-Modern Europe.  We will consider case studies of women artists and patrons.  In addition, we will consider the changing role of women as symbols and subjects, particularly in art made for Christian contexts.

Date and Time: March 23, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Wonder Women: Scholarly Contributions of Women in Academia
Presenter(s): Courtney Watson & Kevin Farrell

Description: In this panel, we will discuss the scholarly contributions of women in academia-both historical and contemporary-in the humanities and the sciences. Panelists will be invited to share the work of their academic role models, as well as discuss their own scholarship.

Date and Time: March 24, 11 a.m. to noon

"It's Women's Work": The Undervaluing of Caring Occupations
Presenter(s): Dr. Hilary Lips

Description: The pandemic has highlighted the importance of care work-from home health aides to childcare workers to nurses.  Women predominate in these often underpaid occupations.  Why is the work of caring for others so strongly associated with women, and how does that association contribute to the undervaluing of that work?

Date and Time: March 25, 11 a.m. to noon

Circle of Life (Teens and 20s)
Presenter(s): Dr. Michele Ren and Guests

Description: An inner circle of one generation will speak to an outer circle of participants from other generations about their life experiences and what it is like to be a woman in a particular group.

Date and Time: March 25, 2 to 3:15 p.m. 


WEEK 5 - MARCH 29-31

Women in China and Taiwan
Presenter(s): Dr. I-Ping Fu and Noa Powell

Description: CCST 103 is a course titled Trademarks in Chinese Culture. This presentation will include examining the history of Chinese Women and include presentations by students on topics related to Chinese Women.

Date and Time: March 29, 10 to 10:50am

The Social Dilemma: How Social Media Algorithms Impact Individual and Organizational Behavior
Presenter(s): Dr. Bruce Brown and Dr. Courtney Bosworth

Description: For this presentation participants are asked to watch the Netflix link the Social Dilemma. A discussion will then be facilitated related to how young women's self-worth is influenced by followers and how social media algorithms reinforce behaviors.  The panel is also sponsored by the Student Venture Lab.  

Date and Time: March 30, 10 to 11 a.m.

Presenter(s): Assistant Professor Ji-Eun Lee, Students & Dr. Moira Baker

Description: Inspired by intersectional feminism, this dance choreography explores the relationships between race, ethnicity, and gender as they apply to women of color.  By approaching this issue artistically, this choreography employs dance vocabularies to describe a woman of color;s perspective as she navigates society.  

Date and Time: March 31, 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.