Women's History Month

Celebrate Women's History Month at Harvard from March 1 to March 31, 2021. Women's History Month began as a smaller "Women's History Week" on March 7, 1982,  and was later petitioned by the National Women's History Project to become a month-long celebration. The month of March officially became Women's History Month in 1987 and gives us the opportunity to acknowledge the historical contributions of women in the United States. International Women's Day is observed on March 8th. Learn more about Women's History Month

2021 Mar 08

A Celebration of International Women’s Day with Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan

Date: 

Monday, March 8, 2021, 10:00pm

Location: 

Virtual

In celebration of International Women’s Day 2021, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan joins the Center for International Development, Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative, Women and Public Policy Program, and the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School to discuss women’s empowerment, cross-cultural dialogue, and innovative solutions to global challenges. The conversation will be moderated by Melani Cammett, Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs at Harvard.

This event is co-sponsored with the Center for International Development, Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative, and Women and Public Policy Program. 

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2021 Mar 10

Aesthetics of Memory, Narratives of Repair

Date: 

Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Virtual

Lecture by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, 2020–2021 Walter Jackson Bate Fellow, Radcliffe Institute; professor and South African National Research Foundation Chair in Violent Histories and Transgenerational Trauma at Stellenbosch University. At Radcliffe, Gobodo-Madikizela returns to the archive of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to think through the horrific violence in contemporary South Africa. Is this violence a reflection of “ghosts” from the past, the death of hope in the present, or a combination of both? Looking at the possibility of repair and “healing” of what remains of violent histories and what continues transgenerationally, she will explore ways in which a sense of solidarity and responsible citizenship might be restored through what she terms “reparative humanism.” The project will culminate in a book titled “Aesthetics of Memory and Narratives of Repair.” Gobodo-Madikizela earned a PhD in psychology from the University of Cape Town. Among her honors are an honorary doctorate of theology from the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, an honorary doctorate of law from Rhodes University, and a Christopher Award and the Alan Paton Award for her first book, A Human Being Died that Night: A South African Story of Forgiveness (Houghton Mifflin, 2003).

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2021 Mar 20

Black Love Fundraiser

Date: 

Saturday, March 20, 2021, 1:00pm

Location: 

Virtual

The women of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.-Zeta Nu Sigma chapter along with the men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.-Epsilon Gamma Lambda chapter invite you to join us for a virtual Women’s History Month networking and fundraiser event on Saturday, March 20th entitled “BLACK LOVE”. Connect with friends, and play exciting trivia. Who knows? Maybe make a love connection. At only $15 per person, all are welcome!" 

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2021 Mar 29

Celebrating Women’s History Month: We Move Forward

Date: 

Monday, March 29, 2021, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Virtual

Join the Association of Harvard Latinx Faculty and Staff for an engaging and thought provoking conversation with Marcela Aldaz-Matos, Chairwoman of the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) National Board. ALPFA is the largest Latino Professional Association in the country with more than 95,000 members, 44 professional chapters and 150 student chapters across the US. Marcela will lead us in a discussion on how women can galvanize awareness and leverage action to regain their own space and power in the midst of Covid-19. She will also share how allies can be part of the ecosystem to support women empowerment. Amy Elizabeth Soto-Shed from the AHLFS leadership team will be moderating the conversation. 

Marcela’s Biography

Marcela is a business executive with extensive industry experience in financial services, healthcare, and non-profit organizations. She has managed numerous U.S. and international teams locally and internationally. 

As a partner at Surfside Capital Advisors LLC, and Managing Director at MCBI Advisors, she is focused on helping business leaders address strategic business and operational issues to achieve sustainable advantage and success. Her work is anchored on implementing transformative human capital initiatives that directly impact core business strategies. Marcela’s expertise includes organizational design, values-based performance management and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Previously, Marcela was the Inaugural Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for Mass General Brigham (Formerly Partners HealthCare) 

Marcela is a dedicated advocate for women and minorities. She was appointed by Massachusetts’ Governor Charlie Baker to serve on the State’s first Latino Advisory Commission where she is serving her third year. She is also the Board Chair of ALPFA’s National Board of Directors, a professional association with more than 90 thousand members and 150, chapters across the country. Marcela is a member of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Women’s Network Advisory Board. She is also the Co-chair of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Advisory Committee. In 2018, Marcela was recognized as one of the Top 100 Executive & Emerging Leaders in the USA by Diversity MBA Magazine. In 2015 she received the Women Leadership Achievement Award by the World Women Leadership Congress in India. 

Marcela earned an MBA and post MBA from Simmons College School of Management in Boston. 

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2021 Mar 08

Female Entrepreneurs in Fashion Tech

Date: 

Monday, March 8, 2021, 1:00pm

Location: 

Virtual

Please join us and our panelists to discuss the future of fashion, luxury, and retail! We will be joined by Julie Bornstein, founder of The Yes, which is a platform that uses an algorithm that learns and evolves to find the best fashion matches for your personal style; we will also be joined by Zornitza Stefanova, founder of BSPK, which focuses on optimizing and personalizing store associates' relationships with customers; and finally we will also be joined by the two founders of Auroboros, a digital and physical couture brand that creates not only custom virtual garments but also "living" couture that grows and the body of the wearer.

Please register to celebrate and learn more about these amazing women and brands!

This event is co-sponsored by Harvard Global Women's Empowerment and Harvard in Tech

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2021 Mar 08

Gender, Diversity, and Leadership: Industry Perspectives

Date: 

Monday, March 8, 2021, 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Virtual

In honor of International Women’s Day (IWD) 2021, ANHW Austin cordially invites you to join us in this open panel discussion that features five outstanding Harvard women, each in a different industry and position of leadership, and each with unique perspectives and experiences of what it is like being a woman in their respective industries – legal, architecture, mathematical biology, technology & entrepreneurship, communications & marketing. Join us for this open panel discussion to draw upon the institutional knowledge of female leaders from diverse industries.  

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2021 Mar 30

I'll Make Me a World: Voices for Diversity in STEM

Date: 

Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 5:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

A conversation with Dr. Patrice Harris, a psychiatrist and the 174th president of the American Medical Association. Moderated by Dr. Evelynn Hammonds, Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science, Professor of African and African American Studies.

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2021 Mar 08

Indigenous Women Convening for Peace, Justice, and Reconciliation

Date: 

Mon - Fri, Mar 8 to Mar 19, 9:30am - 1:00pm

Location: 

Virtual

Join us for our Indigenous Women Convening for Peace, Justice, and Reconciliation. The Indigenous Women Convening on Peace, Justice, and Reconciliation brings together Indigenous scholars and women leaders from seven indigenous socio-cultural zones of the world to share stories of war and conflicts in their territories and find collective ways of ideating indigenous conflict resolution and peace-making processes. 

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2021 Mar 08

The Future of Diplomacy is Female: A Conversation with Secretary Madeleine Albright

Date: 

Monday, March 8, 2021, 6:00pm

Location: 

Virtual

The U.S. and the world are at an inflection point, where resilient leadership and strategic reimagining of alliances, competition, and power are needed to rebuild at home and abroad. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, with her steady voice of reason and analysis, consistently warning of the dangers of fascism and championing the ideals of democracy, is a source of inspiration to women and girls around the world.

Drawing on her decades of experience, Secretary Albright will discuss the leadership qualities needed to face new diplomatic challenges of the 21st century and share her reflections for aspiring public leaders seeking to chart new leadership paths, public service, and cooperation in the years ahead. In celebration of International Women's Day, this conversation is moderated by Menat Bahnasy AB 2022, Institute of Politics Student President, and Aoibheann Thinnes MPP 2021, Co-chair of Women in Defense, Diplomacy, and Development (W3D).

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Public Leadership.

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2021 Mar 05

The Stories We Tell and the Objects We Keep: Asian American Women and the Archives

Date: 

Friday, March 5, 2021, 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

Zoom

The stories of Asian American women extend far beyond the geographic borders of the United States. Inspired by tales and objects from family history, their narratives often reflect the transnational nature of Asian American women’s lives. Despite the importance of these narratives to expanding and complicating our understanding of war, migration, inequity, and difference, the accounts and perspectives of Asian American women have often been overlooked in formal records, and the tangible objects providing critical evidence of their histories have been ignored.

This program will bring together Asian American activists and artists, including novelists, filmmakers, and photographers, to share the stories that inspire their craft and the objects they retain as part of their personal histories.

“The Stories We Tell and the Objects We Keep” reflects the Radcliffe Institute’s commitment to revealing complete, balanced, and diverse histories of women in America. 

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2021 Mar 17

The Women Who Fought ISIS: Stories of Bravery and Courage from Kobani, Syria

Date: 

Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 1:00pm

Location: 

Virtual

Two side-by-side images of guest speakers, one wearing a black garment and the other wearing a white garment.

As part of the Institute of Politics' celebration of Women’s History Month, we bring together experts in foreign policy and journalism. Professor Juliette Kayyem, Faculty Chair of the HKS Homeland Security Program, will moderate a discussion with Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and New York Times bestselling author.

The discussion will focus on Lemmon’s most recent book, The Daughters of Kobani (2021). The book details the most far-reaching experiment in women’s equality in the least likely place in the world — brought to you by women who have been battling ISIS town by town, street by street since 2014 as America’s partner on the ground. 

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2021 Mar 12

We Are All Leaders

Date: 

Friday, March 12, 2021, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

Happy Women's History Month! 

The Association of Harvard Latinx Faculty & Staff (AHLFS) is excited to announce that we will be offering monthly leadership circles for women of color staff at Harvard University. The virtual 60 minute sessions will offer space for women of color in all positions to be ambitious, phenomenal and unapologetically authentic together. Participants will have the opportunity to expand their networks, sharpen their leadership skills, and help one another achieve their workplace goals.

At each meeting, participants will dive into a variety of topics ranging from how we navigate our workspaces as women of color staff at Harvard to how to pursue a degree while working full time. 

Questions can be directed to Amy Elizabeth Soto-Shed at asotoshed@hbs.edu

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2021 Mar 17

“The Polynesian Problem”: Western Studies of Pacific Islander Origins

Date: 

Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

Virtual

Close up image of the speaker with long black hair, a grey scarf and light grey clothing.

“What is a Polynesian?” This is a question with a long and troubling history embedded in settler colonialism. From Europeans’ earliest encounters with the Pacific, White Europeans expressed a fascination and partial identification with the racial origins of Polynesians. Polynesians seemed to represent “natural man” in the purest state. In nineteenth- and early twentieth-century social-scientific studies, Polynesian origins became the subject of intense scrutiny and debate. Physical anthropologists such as Louis R. Sullivan declared Polynesians to be conditionally Caucasian. Maile Arvin will discuss this history from a Native Hawaiian feminist perspective, attentive to the ways Polynesians have challenged and appropriated such ideas. Maile Arvin, Assistant Professor of History and Gender Studies, University of Utah Presented by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology and Harvard Museums of Science & Culture.

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