Campus events highlight the voices, experiences, and contributions of women

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During the month of March, the United States pauses to pay tribute to the women, past and present, for their many achievements and the vital role they have played in helping to shape the nation. A number of events will take place on Notre Dame’s campus during the month of March that feature the voices, experiences and contributions of women:

  • March 4: Women-Owned Business Market, 3 to 7 p.m., Dahnke Ballroom, Duncan Student Center

    This event will introduce students to local women-owned businesses—selling food, arts and crafts, jewelry, and more— connect campus with the broader South Bend community. All local businesses will keep 100 percent of the profits made at this event. Sponsored by Student Government.

  • March 7: “Ever Deadly,” 6:30 p.m., Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

    “Ever Deadly” weaves together intimate concert footage of Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq, one of the most innovative musical performers of our time.

  • March 10: “STRONG! Lift Like A Girl,” 1 p.m., Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

    “STRONG!” chronicles an athlete's struggle to defend her champion status as her lifetime weightlifting career inches towards its inevitable end. A formidable figure in American weightlifting, Cheryl Haworth is ranked well above all men and women on Team USA. But at 5 foot 8 inches and weighing over 300 pounds, she doesn't easily fit into standard chairs, clothing sizes, or pre-conceptions.

  • March 10: Sunday Night Dinner at Rohr’s, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Rohr’s Bistro

    Join Executive Chef Calvin Metts for the first Sunday Night Dinner at Rohr’s. In honor of Women’s History Month, the evening will feature dishes inspired by the most influential women in Chef Calvin’s life. $75. Register here.

  • March 20: Celebration of Women Dinner—An Ode to Womanhood: Restore, Revive, Reclaim with keynote speaker Monique Rodriguez, CEO of Mielle Organics, 6:30 p.m., Dahnke Ballroom, Duncan Student Center

    RSVP by March 8. Limited availability. Open to students, faculty, and staff. Sponsored by Shades of Ebony, Multicultural Student Programs and Services, and the Gender Relations Center.

  • March 21: Forum on Systemic Inclusion featuring keynote speaker Nnedi Okorafor, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., 300 O'Shaughnessy Hall

    The Forum on Systemic Inclusion engages students in critical discussions about race and belonging. The third annual event will feature a dynamic, virtual talk with Nnedi Okorafor, award winning writer of science fiction/fantasy and African futuristic comics. A light dinner will follow. While the event is meant for students, all are welcome to listen, participate and engage. Sponsored by the Initiative on Race and Resilience and the Program of Liberal Studies.

  • March 22: The Color Purple” (2023) Film Screening and Panel Discussion, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

    Come watch the special screening of “The Color Purple” (2023), and explore the film afterwards with the panel discussion. Sponsored by DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and the Initiative on Race and Resilience.

  • March 24: Women's Empowerment Week Brunch, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Carey Auditorium, Hesburgh Library

    Open to all students. Sponsored by Pasquerilla West Hall.

  • March 24: “Voile” by Abby Marchesseault, 2 to 3 p.m., Raclin Murphy Museum of Art

    The French word for both sail and veil, “Voile” is a dynamic dance work that explores two spiritual concepts of femininity: the idea of Mary, Star of the Sea and Queen of Creation, and what writer Gertrude von le Fort calls the "profound mystery of female hiddenness, symbolized by the veil.”

  • March 26: Who Runs the World?: Taylor Swift, Beyonce, and Their Impact on Pop Culture, 7:30 p.m., Carey Auditorium, Hesburgh Library

    Panelists for this discussion will be Kristen Collett-Schmitt, associate dean for innovation and inclusion at the Mendoza College of Business and teaching professor at the college; Dan Graff, director of the Higgins Labor Program and professor of the practice in the Department of History and the Center for Social Concerns; Alyssa Ngo, assistant director for student leadership, Multicultural Student Programs and Services; and Ana Wald, postdoctoral research fellow in Gender Studies. Moderated by students Maddi Felts and Emi Kartsonas. Sponsored by the Gender Relations Center.

“Throughout history, the vision and achievements of powerful women have strengthened our Nation and opened the doors of opportunity wider for all of us,” U.S. President Joseph R. Biden wrote in A Proclamation on Women’s History Month, 2024. “Though their stories too often go untold, all of us stand on the shoulders of these sung and unsung trailblazers — from the women who took a stand as suffragists, abolitionists, and labor leaders to pioneering scientists and engineers, groundbreaking artists, proud public servants, and brave members of our Armed Forces.”

To learn more about this annual observance and some of the historic and present-day contributions of women on the United States and society, check out: