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Women's History Month at NOVA

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Have you ever wondered why we have so many themed months throughout the year? Right now we are transitioning from Black History Month (Feb) to Women’s History Month (Mar), and then on to Celebrate Diversity Month (Apr) and Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month (May). Designated months serve to remind us of particular heritages and histories that have often been ignored or erased. Celebrating these special months is an act of resistance in light of this erasure. As we honor the achievements of different communities, we honor one another’s histories and inspire one another to persist despite adversity. (Pro-Tip: If you need help keeping track of all the theme months, click here for NOVA’s Celebrate Diversity Everyday Calendar!)
Women’s History Month provides a unique opportunity to celebrate and honor the achievements of women past and present, as well as raise awareness about different issues affecting women today.
Women’s History Month falls in March because of many historical events that transpired during this month:

  • International Women’s Day (March 8) was established as a holiday in 1911.
  • The first major march on Washington by suffragists happened on March 3, 1913.
  • The National Women’s Party, a group dedicated to achieving voting rights for women, was formed in March 1917.
  • Title IX was passed on March 1, 1972. Title IX prohibits discrimination due to sex in federally funded education programs. (Pssst… have you met NOVA’s new Title IX Coordinator, Laura Buchs?)
  • The Equal Rights Amendment was passed in the Senate on March 22, 1972.

You can read more about Women’s History Month here.

NOVA is celebrating Women’s History Month this year through several events and programs happening on all of our campuses. Click here for an ongoing list that will be updated regularly. If you know of an event that should be listed, please email Sherrene (sdelong@nvcc.edu).

If you have an event to add to this list, please contact Sherrene DeLong. ADA accommodation requests should go to the organizers listed.


Wednesday, March 1
Annandale Campus, CA 302

Lyceum Speaker Series: Courageous Women of Iran

Featuring Manda Zand Ervin, author of The Ladies’ Secret Society

For more information, contact Manori Nadesalingam (mnadesalingam@nvcc.edu)

Wednesday, March 1
Virtual (register here)

Food for Thought: Caring for Pregnant or Parenting Students

Do you have questions about meeting the needs of pregnant or parenting students? This Food-for-Thought event is for you! Hosted by the Office of DEI, this panel discussion will feature:

  • LaTonia White, NOVA’s director of financial stability and advocacy centers
  • Christine Schull, professor of early childhood development, AL
  • Krystal Edmead, NOVA’s director of accommodations and accessibility services and others
  • Laura Buchs, NOVA’s new Title IX coordinator (moderator)
  • Regina Sanders, NOVA’s director of office of wellness and mental health

Come with questions and learn more about caring for pregnant or parenting students!

This webinar event will be on Wednesday, March 1, 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. Click here to register. For questions or accommodations, please contact Sherrene DeLong (SDeLong@nvcc.edu).

Wednesday, March 8
Annandale Campus, CF Quad, CF Café (2nd floor)

International Women’s Day Event

Join Womb Tang Clan, an Annandale student club, with support from Student Life for a collaboration event to share space, be in community with each other, and celebrate International Women’s Day! There will be tote bag decorating, trivia, and more! For more information, contact Gabrielle Erestain (gerestain@nvcc.edu)

Wednesday, March 22
Manassas Campus, Colgan Theater

DEI Spotlight Event: Keep Accelerating: One Woman’s Unconventional Journey to Success

Kellie is a NOVA grad who overcame homelessness, alcoholic parents, expulsion from school, and more, and went on to earn a GED, Bachelors, and Masters degrees. Her story has debuted nationally, inspiring millions. Kelli is an award-winning educator and is currently pursuing a PhD.

After 25 years, Kelli is returning to her home campus of Manassas to reconnect with peers, mentors, and our current NOVA community. Come be inspired by Kellie’s story of persistence, grit, and hope.
All attendees are invited to wear purple in honor of Women’s History Month.

For questions or accommodations, please contact Sherrene DeLong (sdelong@nvcc.edu)