Women's History Month

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.

Voices of St. Kate's

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.

Katie Leaders

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.
Department Chair of Sociology
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

Events on Campus and in the Community

March 8 – International Women's Day

March 8 – Kelly Lecture
Toshi Reagon's "I Have Seen The Good Worlds" notes on Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower and the Art of Prediction as Activation. Toshi Reagon is a talented and versatile singer, composer, musician, curator and producer with a profound ear for sonic Americana–from folk to funk, blues to rock. Toshi’s newest project, a folk/rock opera based on Octavia E. Butler’s novel, Parable of the Sower, is a collaboration with her mother, Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon — a composer and social activist who founded Sweet Honey in the Rock, the all-woman, black a cappella group.

March 8 – Sister Shout Out Video Event
To kick off National Catholic Sisters Week, there will be videos posted of friends, colleagues, and families of sisters sharing their experiences at Faith Camp, Sacred Heart Convent, and anywhere else they had the opportunity to interact.

March 8 – St. Kate's Hosting the Women's and Gender Studies Collaborative
The Women’s and Gender Studies Collaborative is a collegiate directed conference that brings together the interdisciplinary work of undergraduate students in the Twin Cities, with a specific focus on women’s and gender studies. Students from any major or minor that have done work or research on topics connecting to women’s and gender studies, such as gender, race, sexuality, ability, religion, or other differences, are all encouraged to submit their work in the conference. Starting this year, the conference has opened submission requests to both undergraduate students and 2018 St. Catherine University alumni.

March 8 – 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!

March 11 – A Journey of Leadership and the Power of Perseverance
Join SEEK for a showing of the Time for Ilhan documentary and stay for a Q&A and discussion. Event is in the Jeanne D'Arc Auditorium from 6:30-9 p.m.

March 11 – Peace Prayer
Join MIPS and the CSJs in an annual Peace Prayer honoring International Women's Day.

March 12 – Give to Honor Her
Each day, women everywhere inspire change. At St. Catherine University, we know this to be true because our founders, faculty, staff, students, and alumnae have been doing it for 114 years. That is why we have created a new day of giving to honor the women who inspire us and support the next generation of women who will transform the world. Support future women changemakers by honoring a woman in your life with a gift to the St. Catherine University Katie Fund. Your gift will help fund scholarships and programs for today’s Katies and tomorrow’s leaders.

March 12 – Day at the Capitol
Students, meet with your legislators! The objective of the day is to advocate for the Minnesota State Grant program. The grant offers key support for low and middle-income families, encourages Minnesotans to stay in-state for college, and helps students graduate on time.

March 12 – Women of Substance: Anoushka Shankar
Sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar is a singular figure in the Indian classical and progressive world music scenes. Her dynamic and spiritual musicality has garnered several prestigious accolades including six Grammy® Award nominations. In her new program, Anoushka Shankar reflects on her journey so far; drawing on classical ragas, referencing some of the experiences she’s built along the way and experimenting with new ideas in a cross-cultural dialogue that showcases the versatility of the sitar across musical genres.

March 20 – Feast of St. Joseph Day
Join the St. Kate's community on March 20 as we celebrate the Feast of Saint Joseph—and our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. The day of events includes a prayer service, nonprofit service projects, and a soup supper.

March 23 – Women of Mill City Family Day
A Mill City Museum celebration of local women from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Summer 2019 – YWCA’s Annual Women’s Triathlon
Show your purple pride and celebrate the strength in all women at the 12th annual YWCA Minneapolis Women’s Triathlon, Sunday, August 11. Be sure to sign up to participate or volunteer.

Throughout March – National Women's History Alliance
This year's theme is “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence.” Learn about women who have used the power of nonviolence to transform society during wars and injustices. Explore additional Highlights in US Women’s History.

Throughout March – Twin Cities Women's Day Events
Explore Eventbrite's listings of Women's History Month events around the Twin Cities.

What to explore

St. Kate's Library
Celebrate and honor women all month by checking out the library's reading list on Pinterest.

An app honoring women
Check out the Field Trip app, which if history notifications are turned on, will notify you of the amazing accomplishments of women in your exact location based on GPS. Learn more or watch the video below.

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Are you participating in other Women's History Month events around campus or in the community that you would like us to share? Contact us to let us know.

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