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.



Community Perspectives

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.
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 aqmcenterforwomen@stkate.edu.


Katie Events

March 1—We the People
A roundtable discussion to explore the history and present state of immigration in the U.S.

March 6—Woodworking and Empowering Women
Meet Jess Hirsch, see her amazing work, and learn about holistic ways to help others.

March 6—Taiko Tuesday by Taiko Arts Midwest
Witness a performance of traditional Japanese drum playing followed by a "Women in Taiko" panel discussion.

March 7—Everything Was New: The Arts Core Program for Women at the College of St. Catherine, 1975–1976
Judy Chicago was a major mover in the development of feminist art education in the United States and locally at St. Catherine University. Join us for a reflection of the controversial Arts Core Program for Women by the women who were there.

March 8—A Woman's Journey Towards Global Leadership
An International Women's Day lecture from Dr. Teguest Guerma.

March 8–14—National Catholic Sisters Week
Sisters will be tabling in the CdC, March 13.

March 9—Mariam Showing – Mizna Arab Film Fest 2018 Tour
The 45-minute film, accompanying shorts and discussion are part of the Mizna Arab Film Fest, which invites us to engage with authentic narratives by contemporary Arab filmmakers.

March 20—Feast of St. Joseph Day
Stop by the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women for pizza with the CSJs.

March 23—Camille A. Brown & Dancers: Ink
Camille A. Brown is a prolific choreographer making a personal claim on history through the lens of a modern Black female perspective.

March 23—Celebrating Hmoob Women's Month with Mai Neng Moua
SHE Pab: Voices of Hmong Women has invited Mai Neng Moua to do a reading on her book "The Bride Price."

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.
  • Register to participate by May 19.

Off-Campus Happenings

March 8—Talk & Tour: Progressive Era Women, 1880–1920
A talk from NDSU assistant professor, Dr. Ashley Baggett.

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!

March 31—Women of Mill City Family Day
A Mill City Museum celebration of local women from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Throughout March—National Women's History Project: Writing Women Back Into History
A project highlighting women who have taken a stand against injustices and fought for equality. 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.


Have something to add?

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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