Women's History Month is a time to explore the contributions of women to our community. Join us in celebrating the courageous women of St. Kate's who have helped build a better world through their strength, leadership and dedication.
Katies lead and influence – it's the essence of what makes St. Kate's unique. Explore just a few of the many contributions women have made to this community and beyond.
What does women's history at St. Kate's mean to you?
I recently learned from activists in Maui that in the indigenous navigation system of Hawaii, one looks behind at the wake in order to know where one is heading. History is our orientation for the future. History matters. Women’s history matters, because in much of our conversations, it is either not told, or told from a perspective that undervalues our contributions or dismisses the complexity of what it means to be women.
Celebrating women’s history is a complex task. It involves reconstructing the very notion of “woman,” digging into our own personal, familial and communal stories in order to peel away layers of patriarchal construction of our history and imagining a future of women’s education and empowerment that must begin with a radical reshaping of history.
So let us celebrate Women’s History Month, by telling untold stories of women of all communities, by critiquing narratives that perpetuate oppression, exclusion and marginalization and by imagining otherwise.
Hui Wilcox, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology, Women's Studies and Critical Studies of Race/Ethnicity
Mission Chair in Women's Education
Director of the Otte Initiative
"The women at St. Kate’s who came before me built this inclusive learning and working community that welcomes individuals from all walks of life. I’ve benefited from this because I’ve made connections with individuals from diverse backgrounds who uplifted, supported, and connected me to people and opportunities that allowed me to grow personally and professionally.
With a history deeply rooted in graduating leaders who make the world a better place, I’ve been very fortunate to go from being a student to a staff member at St. Kate’s who plays a role in maintaining great experiences like mine and improving the university community to make it a better place for all future Katies to come."
Stephanie Herr '17, Alumnae/i Relations Associate – Young Alumnae/i and Students
"Being a biology alumna, I treasure the encouraging environment of St. Kate's that teaches women to be independent researchers and trailblazers in a traditionally male-dominated STEM field.
As a staff member, I see the multitude of ways that we celebrate women and show them that St. Kate’s can provide the educational and personal support they need to achieve their career goals.
As a nursing (MSNEL) graduate student, I see true value in studying the history of the thousands of Katie women who have pursued nursing before us. They have upheld and advanced the profession, and continue to place patient advocacy and safety as their main goals.
Celebrating women's history at St. Kate's is integrated throughout all that we do, and taking the time to acknowledge the endless contributions of women at our own institution adds great value and pride to our work."
Alex Kennedy'15, MSNEL'19, Project Coordinator–MarComm
Exhibits and Displays
Did you know? The Minneapolis MIPS center is posting information about the contributions of women as part of a series called "Did You Know?" Stop by the student center to learn about the history of famous and notable women.
Katies in Action Check out a playlist of videos that celebrates the amazing work of women around campus and beyond. Please contact us if you have more to share.
Looking for a good read? St. Kate's Library has created a selection of books for Women's History Month. The books will be on display in the library through the month of March. Be sure to follow the library on Twitter for additional reading suggestions!
Share a Shelfie Explore the covers of favorite feminist books from participants around campus based off of the recent bag lunch discussion of Sara Ahmed's Living a Feminist Life. Ahmed writes, "you need your favorite feminist books close to hand...create a feminist horizon around you," (pp. 240-241). If you would like to participate, please send your photo to The Center for Women at email@example.com.
Living a Feminist Life 'Where we find feminism matters; from whom we find feminism matters.' That's Sara Ahmed, whose recent book 'Living a Feminist Life' calls readers to question dominant feminist histories through an intersectional lens. What is the story of your personal encounter with feminism? Where and with whom do you begin? As a cis white, able-bodied straight woman, I am called to acknowledge absent narratives and to radically expand the feminist canon. The brilliance of Ahmed's book resides in how she meets her readers with both conviction and kindness. She also asks – what are the books in your feminist tool kit? 'Living a Feminist Life' is a new and essential addition to mine. – Amy K. Hamlin, Mission Chair for the Liberal Arts and Associate Professor of Art History
Professor Pamela Fletcher's Feminist Favorites Studying these books helped me to understand how Black women writers/intellectuals defined and shaped the discourse of feminism that pertains to our struggle to live our unique, intersectional lives in a white patriarchal capitalist society. – Pamela R. Fletcher, St. Catherine University Director of Writing and Professor of English
Professor Allison Adrian's Top Picks My first encounter with feminist writing and theory was in college, through the Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies. While I identify as a white North American woman, I recognized the authors' truths - and they continue to inspire my life and work. – Allison Adrian, Associate Professor of Music and Women's Studies
Catherine Core Reader In this well-worn copy of The Catherine Core Reader, all my favorite feminists are here with me. Some quite literally so, as many pieces in this, the required text for all TRW and GSJ courses, are contributions from our founders and faculty: The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondolet, Cecilia Konchar Farr, Sharon Doherty and Deep Shikha, Pamela Fletcher, Colleen Carpenter, Jane Carroll. Others - Adrienne Rich, Audre Lorde, Toni Morrison, bell hooks, Iris Marion Young, Amata Miller IHM, more – are figuratively with us, as their words and wisdom inspire across time and space. In The Feminist Critique; Four Feminist Questions, Cecilia Konchar Farr asks: Where are the Women? Where is the Power? Where am I Standing? Where are the Connections? And the answer: Right Here. – Nancy A. Heitzeg, Professor of Sociology and Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity, Core Leadership Team
Woman, Native, Other Along with seminal feminist texts like feminism is for everybody by bell hooks and Dictee by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Trinh T. Minh-Ha’s book Woman, Native, Other was revolutionary in its intersectional, post-colonial, global, multi-cultural, historical and interdisciplinary critique of white male norm-centered criticism and discourse. Trinh T. Minh-Ha was also the first Vietnamese woman teacher/professor I ever had, and mirrored for me my potential for intellectual and poetic brilliance/cultural and political rebellion. She inspired me to be the scholar, poet, artist and empath I am today. – Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen, Lecturer of Core and Department Coordinator
Making Face, Making Soul – Creative and Critical Perspectives by Feminists of Color There is no feminist book that has influenced me more deeply than this one, Making Face, Making Soul – Creative and Critical Perspectives by Feminists of Color, edited by the incomparable Gloria Anzaldúa. Look at how old it is! If you could see the inside, you'd see how marked up it is, how I keep returning to it year after year to remind myself what this feminist work we do is about. From the simple reference in the introduction to 'the people who practice Racism–everyone who is white in the U.S...' to the gorgeous poems throughout, and all the way to the Maria Lugones essay at the end––'Playfulness, 'World' Traveling and Loving Perception,' one of my personal touchstones, this book never stops challenging me to see more clearly, think better, stay open, and work harder. – Cecilia Konchar Farr, Professor of English and Women's Studies, Carondelet Scholar, Chair of English and International Languages
Dead Feminists: Historic Heroines In Living Color This Women’s History Month, I have been enjoying the images and stories contained within Dead Feminists: Historic Heroines in Living Color. The collaborative letterpress prints between artists Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring are both beautiful and informative, full of symbols of powerful women that came before. Some of the women highlighted in the book have already earned my admiration and I’m glad to see them recognized, while other stories are reminders of all that I still have to learn about women’s history. This is a book that has added many more titles and topics to my 'to be read' and 'to learn more about' lists! – Lizzy Tegeler, Research & Instruction Librarian
Professor Wilcox’s Favorites Chandra Mohanty and M. Jacqui Alexander are not only formidable scholars who have blazed trails for transnational feminism, they have also modeled for me meaningful and respectful collaborations and dialogues across borders of all kinds. I had the good fortune of meeting both of them up close a few times. Dr. Mohanty had seen Ananya Dance Theatre perform in Minneapolis and then in Syracuse, NY before she invited us to perform at National Women’s Studies Association in 2010. That conference, themed “Difficult Dialogues,” exploring intersectionality with a focus on indigenous feminism, was where I experienced academic, artistic and spiritual epiphany all at once, spurred partly by a conversation with Dr. Alexander. She was an attentive listener, to all of us, whether we were senior faculty or graduate students. When she spoke, her gentle voice struck thunder in my intellectual atmosphere: ‘What if we start not in a place of injury, but in a place of desire for healing?’ This voice reverberates still today, anchoring me in my daily work at St. Catherine University and in my crossing of multiple borders. – Hui Wilcox, Associate Professor of Sociology, Women's Studies and Critical Studies of Race/Ethnicity, Mission Chair in Women's Education, Director of the Otte Initiative
Professor Gorsuch’s Feminist Picks Not everyone realizes that there are feminist economists! Here are some of my favorite economists who study women, work, and family. – Marina Mileo Gorsuch, Assistant Professor of Economics and Political Science
March 1—We the People A roundtable discussion to explore the history and present state of immigration in the U.S.
Summer 2018—YWCA’s 10th annual Women’s Triathlon Expect a sea of purple at the YWCA Women's Triathlon this year on Sunday, August 12! Our goal is to have at least 100 athletes and 75 volunteers participate.
Attend an info session in the Music Building's recital hall on April 12 from noon–1 p.m.
March 8–March 14—National Catholic Sisters Week National Catholic Sisters Week is an opportunity to celebrate religious women who have made a difference in their communities. Be sure to explore all of the events NCSW has planned throughout the week, many of which are online!