2021 Womxn's Herstory Month

Womxn's Herstory Month 2021

This month is dedicated to celebrating womxn’s contributions to herstory, culture and society and has been observed annually in the month of March in the United States since 1987. Womxn’s Herstory Month 2021 will take place from Monday, March 1 - Wednesday, March 31, 2021. 

(source: womenshistorymonth.gov) 

Womxn’s Herstory Highlights & GenEC Recs

March 1 - March 31 | Instagram @SJSUGenEC

Gender Equity Center 

We will be highlighting different womxn, past and present, on our Instagram/Facebook throughout the month of March 2021. We will also be spotlighting different work (books, music, podcasts, movies, etc) from womxn on our weekly GenEC Recs. Be sure to check it out on our Instagram @sjsugenec and follow us to stay updated! 

MLK Library  

LibGuide about Women’s History 

MLK Library has some great resources to discover! This guide is just to give a snapshot celebrating just a few of the many momentous events in the history of women.

Suffrage and Women's Rights Digital Exhibit

While Silicon Valley is known for its role in leading the technology industry, the South Bay has also led the way in women’s leadership positions in local government and business. This exhibit showcases archival materials related to the origins of women’s suffrage in California and traces these roots through to the present day. 


Schedule of Events/Programs

*subject to change

Sex Jeopardy 

Thursday, March 4, 2021 | 3:00 - 4:00pm | Link available on Instagram @genaction_sjsu

Genaction SJSU

Genaction SJSU is hosting a Sex Jeopardy game to unpack questions around sexual health and wellness. Join us to be a part of this collaborative and fun game!

Open Mic: Womxn’s Herstory Month 

Watch the live recording @ Youtube @MOSAICCCC 

Mosaic, Student Union, Inc, & Gender Equity Center

Mosaic will be working in partnership with Student Union, Inc and the Gender Equity Center for an Open Mic centering on Womxn’s Herstory Month. 

The featured artist of the evening will be Kai Davis, live streamed on Youtube @MOSAICCCC. We will also have a featured student performance from Aisha (IG @versatilitysillyme). 

WGSS: Biannual Feminist Lecture Series featuring Maribel Martinez

Monday, March 8, 2021 | 12:00 pm | Zoom Password: 022922 (synchronous)

Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Department & SCC Office of LGBTQ Affairs

"Healing in Public Systems: Reflections on Equity work in local government post-election and  mid-pandemic on how to build for transformative justice and inclusion."

Join us to learn more about the innovative work of the Office of LGBTQ Affairs within local government including the impact of COVID-19 on this community and communities of color with Maribel Martínez, Director of the Santa Clara County Office of LGBTQ Affairs.

Maribel is the founding director of the Office of LGBTQ Affairs, the first office of its kind in the US, and a part of the Division of Equity and Social Justice for the County of Santa Clara. She has spent the last 20 years working with various nonprofits in Santa Clara County addressing issues ranging from education reform, community safety measures, social services, health care outreach, to public policy. For nine years, she served as the founding director of the Associated Students Cesar Chavez Community Action Center at San José State University. She holds certificates from the McCourt School of Public Policy from Georgetown University, Stanford University’s Local Governance Summer Institute, The Panetta Institute for Public Policy, and the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Program. Maribel is also a lecturer in the Chicana/Chicano Studies Department and the Department of Anthropology at SJSU.


Honoring Women Veterans

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 | 1pm-2pm | Registration link (Asynchronous) 

SJSU Veterans Resource Center & Las Positas Community College Veterans First Program

SJS VRC in collaboration with Las Positas Community College brings this program to serve all female veterans in our Region.  It will feature keynote speaker: Xochitl Rodriguez Murillo, Deputy Secretary - Women Veterans, Minority & Underrepresented of the California Department of Veterans Affairs. 

In addition to the keynote speaker, there will be a panel of women student veterans (current SJSU female veterans, SJSU Alumni, and LPC female veterans) sharing their experiences in the military and afterwards.     

The event is free and open to the public.We will also have a door prize for a signed copy of "Call Sign Chaos - Learning to Lead" by General Mattis, SJSU VRC swag, limited edition LPC Veterans First backpack, Veterans First Hydration Flask, T-Shirt, and more.  Value is over $200!  

Equitable Futures for Womxn in Sport

Thursday, March 11, 2021 | 12:00 pm | Zoom (Synchronous)

Dr. Akilah Carter-Francique and Dr. Amy August, ISSSSC

This Sport Conversation for Change will serve as a celebration of all things Womxn with Womxn’s History Month and a reflection on International Women’s Day and National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Womxn’s have and continue to make tremendous contributions in sport as participants, leaders, influencers, decision makers, and as advocates and activists. However, and according to UN Women “In addition to persistent pre-existing social and systemic barriers to women’s participation and leadership, new barriers have emerged with the COVID-19 pandemic. Across the world women are facing increased domestic violence, unpaid care duties, unemployment and poverty” (United Nations Women, 2020). This conversation will examine these issues at the interface of sport with thought leaders and practitioners in the U.S. and abroad.


  • Dawna Callahan, CEO & Founder of All In Sport Consulting
  • Jenny Lim, Program Manager at Canadian Women & Sport
  • Danielle Slaton, Director of External Relations, Santa Clara University


Latina Ultra Runners

Thursday, March 11, 2021 | 5:30 pm | Zoom link (Sychronous)

Chicanx & Latinx Student Success Center & Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Join these mujeres in a conversation about running. They will share their running journey and share their conocimiento about running safety, challenging races, mental health, activism, and much more!

Movie screening: On the Basis of Sex 

Thursday - Friday: March 11 & 12, 2021 | 5pm | Link available @ Student Union, Inc Virtual Movie Nights

NOTE: Movie link will be available from from Thursday, March 11th at 5pm through Friday, March 12th at 5pm. 

Student Union, Inc, Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Department, & Gender Equity Center

Black Womxn’s Forum 

Black Leadership Opportunity Center (BLOC)


Black Womxn’s Forum: PJ's and Chill 

Thursday, March 11 | 4:30 - 5:30pm | Zoom (Synchronous)

Black Leadership Opportunity Center (BLOC)

Let’s take a moment to learn about the role of our nervous system and how it plays a role in our overall health and wellness. Wear your comfy PJs and connect the dots about the process of becoming chill.


Black Womxn’s Forum: Group Soul Coaching with Jazmin Porter

Friday, March 12 | 2pm - 3pm | Zoom (Sychronous)

Black Leadership Opportunity Center (BLOC)

The ultimate goal here is to express yourself in your highest and purest form. Soul coaching sessions involve us taking a look underneath the surface of your emotions, thoughts, & environmental factors (people and information around you). In partnership, we set goals based on what you feel would serve your process most. I use a variety of exercises and healing modalities through conversation therapy, writing exercises, and intuitive guidance.


Black Womxn’s Forum: Yoga Class with Jazmin Porter

Saturday, March13 | 10:00 - 11:00am | Zoom (Synchronous)

Black Leadership Opportunity Center (BLOC)

Awaken your mind, body, and spirit through an intermediate vinyasa power flow, followed by meditation infused with crystal Sound Bowl frequencies.


Black Womxn’s Forum: Radical Self Care Workshop with Nicole Steward 

Monday, March 15 | 4:30pm | Zoom (Synchronous)

Black Leadership Opportunity Center (BLOC)

Sometimes we care so much about other people that we sacrifice our own needs without even noticing. And we can do this for quite some time, until the lack of care we've given ourselves shows up negatively in our health, well-being, or professional choices. This is called burn-out. The antidote is SELF-CARE. By cultivating deep, courageous self-care practices, what I call RADICAL TENDENCIES, we can stay in this challenging work long enough to see our efforts make a positive impact in the world.


Black Womxn’s Forum: Sound Healing Session with Nicole Steward

Thursday, March 18 | 4:00 - 5:00pm| Zoom

Sound healing in an opportunity for deep rest.  We'll discuss what sound healing is and how it impacts us, then we will experience the co-regulating vibrations of sound healing together.  


Black Womxn's Forum: Studio Hours:

Journaling: Womxn of Color and the Written Narrative

Thursday, March 18 | 5:00 - 6:00 pm | Zoom link (synchronous)

Black Leadership and Opporunity Center & Gender Equity Center 

As womxn of color, our stories hold importance and value. We will be joined by special guest, Armani Donahue from the BLOC to dialogue about the importance of journaling and the written narrative. All are welcome.