About Womxn's History Month
Nationally, Womxn’s History Month is celebrated during the month of March. Women’s History Month began as a local celebration in Santa Rosa, California. The Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women planned and executed a “Women’s History Week” celebration in 1978. The organizers selected the week of March 8 to correspond with International Women’s Day. The movement spread across the country as other communities initiated their own Women’s History Week celebrations the following year. In 1980, a consortium of women’s groups and historians—led by the National Women’s History Project (now the National Women's History Alliance)—successfully lobbied for national recognition. In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th, 1980 as National Women’s History Week (National Women's History Museum). In 1987, Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month in perpetuity. A Presidential Proclamation is issued every year to honor the womxn’s extraordinary achievements.
At CSUSB we intentionally spell womxn with an X as an objection to the patriarchal idea that womxn are an extension to men and the inclusion of all womxn go beyond just cis-women.
The theme for this year’s Womxn’s History Month is “Meeting at the Intersections: What’s HERstory?” to highlight the significance of intersectionality in the movement for justice and gender equity.
Intersectionality is a term coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw, Professor of Law at UCLA and Columbia Law School. The term was introduced in her 1989 paper “Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex.” Intersectionality is the theory that our various social identities are interconnected and create specific experiences of oppression. Intersectionality stems from Black feminist thought and the lived experiences of black womxn. Black womxn leaders such as Sojourner Truth, Ida B. Wells, Angela Davis, and Audre Lorde, and more preceded Crenshaw in identifying the unique experience of interlocking identities.
Participants will be able to…
- Reflect on one’s own identities and experiences through learning and exploration of other cultures and identities
- Demonstrate an understanding of the social and historical contexts in which the celebrated community exists in today’s society
- Relate to others in the campus community and society who do/do not share their identity and experience, with a deeper level of understanding and acceptance
- Identify campus and community resources that will partner with their academic pursuits while attending CSUSB