Celebrating Women’s History Month as a community in Champaign-Urbana
The month of March is designated as Women’s History Month and we have some resources for those who are interested in learning more
March is Women’s History Month around the country, and we know that organizations in Champaign-Urbana offer a variety of events and commemorations following this theme.
During Women’s History Month, we are frequently reminded of the long struggle for women to gain the right to vote. This story played out locally as well as nationally. In June 1919, Illinois was among the first states to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which would abolish gender-based barriers to voting when it finally became official in 1920.
For years, women have stopped by 19th-century activist Susan B. Anthony’s grave in Rochester, N.Y., to put their “I Voted” stickers on her headstone. There is a plaque in downtown Champaign marking where Anthony gave a speech in 1870 (on “Work, Wages, and the Ballot”); it has more recently served as a gathering point when locals have wanted to mark an occasion or issue of significance to women.
But women’s history encompasses far more than the history of expanding the right to vote. Besides participating in civic discourse, how can we honor Women’s History Month? We can visit museums or historical sites that preserve and retell stories of women, whether locally or elsewhere. We can read books — from libraries or even from women-owned bookstores — about women and by women authors. We can learn about or hear from significant women in our local community. And we don’t have to stop visiting, exploring, or learning when March is over.
Here are several local organizations whose calendars often offer events relating to women’s issues, from history to today:
- Museum of the Grand Prairie
- Champaign County History Museum
- The League of Women Voters of Champaign County
- The American Association of University Women (Champaign-Urbana branch)
- YWCA of the University of Illinois
- Women & Gender in Global Perspectives (and other programs at the University of Illinois)
Have a women’s history event to add? If it’s for families, please submit it to our calendar presented by OSF HealthCare.
Sunday, February 27, 2022
State Farm Center Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
To honor the 50th Anniversary of Title IX, Illinois Athletics is planning several points of celebration in the year ahead. They would like to invite you to the State Farm Center for their National Girls and Women in Sports Day Clinic on Sunday, February 27, 2022, in conjunction with the…read more…
We will continue to add to this list, so please check back during the month of March.