March: Focus on Women’s History Month

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Focus on Women’s History Month

Explore the many groups, events, media, and other opportunities that celebrate our colleagues and classmates and raise awareness around Women’s history.

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Art Collections

Visit the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library through March 5 for the exhibit, “A few words worn around the edges, pressed into something soft: Ten West Coast Women Printers,” celebrating the important history of women in printing and publishing featuring 10 women artists, illustrators, and printers working on the West Coast of the United States.

Explore a previous exhibition hosted at the Yale University Art Gallery, On the Basis of Art: 150 Years of Women at Yale, including a related audio guide, publication, and more.

Books and Library Resources

Yale University Press and Yale University Library
Read one of over 250 books on Women’s Studies available via the Yale University Press and via the Yale University Library. The Library’s collection also includes additional resources on this topic.

We Were Always Here: Celebrating ALL Women at Yale
Women have always contributed to the life and history of Yale University. This virtual exhibition honors these women — the named and unnamed, the seen and unseen, to applaud their heroic efforts that have contributed to and enriched Yale University immensely.

50 Years of Women’s Varsity Athletics at Yale: A Historic Retrospective
Explore this virtual exhibit discussing Yale’s history of women’s athletics following the 1969 implementation of coeducation in Yale College.

Gender, Sexuality, and Rights
Explore projects run by the Yale Law School focused on Global Health Justice.

Yale Journal of Law and Feminism
The Yale Journal of Law and Feminism is an intersectional feminist publication committed to advancing scholarship that engages critically with the law as it structures, impacts, or constrains gendered experiences along various axes of marginalization, including race, class, sexuality, culture, nationality, and ability.



Gruber Program for Justice and Women’s Rights
The Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women’s Rights is a Yale University Program administered by Yale Law School.

The Campaign School at Yale University
The Campaign School at Yale has one mission: increase the number and influence of women in elected and appointed office in the United States and around the globe. We are a nonpartisan, issue-neutral political campaign-training program.

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
The Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program at Yale offers a variety of courses and an undergraduate major (BA). The Program establishes gender and sexuality as fundamental categories of social and cultural analysis. The program also offers a Combined PhD and Certificate for Graduate students.

Yale School of Management (SOM) Women’s Leadership Courses
SOM offers several opportunities for women to develop leadership skills, including the Women’s Leadership Program, Women on Boards, and more.

LinkedIn Learning
Explore free courses on LinkedIn Learning, including courses on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.



Working Women’s Network (WWN) Events:

  • Wonderful Books and Where to Find Them, March 4, 2023, 11:00 am – 11:30 am: In partnership with the New Haven Public Library, the Yale Working Women’s Network (WWN) hosts a monthly book club for families, with this month’s book being Every-Day Dress-Up by Selina Alko in celebration of Women’s History Month.
  • Renew Office Yoga Series, Mondays 10:30 am – 11:00 am and Wednesdays 2:00 – 2:30 pm: Take a break during these 30 minute Zoom sessions throughout the month to boost happiness, create calm, sharpen focus, and increase energy.
  • WWN Casual Coffee Break for Working Parents, March 15, 2023, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: The Working Women’s Network hosts a bi-weekly casual get together for working parents to get to know each other, get advice, and provide support.
  • WWN Steering Committee Meeting, March 16, 2023, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Learn about how to get involved with activities in the works for WWN during the monthly steering committee meeting.
  • WWN & YAAA Book Club Discussion - The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times, March 29, 2023, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Join the Working Women’s Network and Yale African American Affinity Group for a book club discussion on The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times by Michelle Obama.

Rags. Petrol. Matches: An International Women’s Day Lecture

Wednesday, March 8, 2023, 12 pm – 1 pm

The Yale Macmillan Center Council on Latin American & Iberian Studies (CLAIS) will host visiting professor Amneris Chaparro Martinez for an International Women’s Day Lecture exploring the different means women in Latin America use in both public and virtual spaces to convey their demands.

Visit the Yale Events Calendar for additional Belonging events.

Organizations and Centers of Engagement

Committee on the Status of Women in Science (SWIM)
The Committee on the Status of Women in Medicine (SWIM) was founded in 1979 to address issues related to gender equality at the Yale School of Medicine.

Office of LGTBQ Resources
The Office of LGBTQ Resources supports and empowers students, faculty, and staff of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions to strengthen and unite the Yale University and greater New Haven community. This includes community, education, and advocacy resources and referrals for queer and bi+ women as well as transgender, nonbinary, genderqueer, gender nonconforming, gender questioning, and gender expansive people may have experienced life through the lens of womenhood in either mind, body, or spirit - past, present, future, and/or fluid.   

Women and Gender Minorities in Science at Yale (WISAY)
As WISAY, we are dedicated to promoting the interests of female, transgender, and non-binary scientists and advocating for gender equality in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Women Faculty Forum (WFF)
WFF was established in 2001 during Yale’s Tercentennial year to highlight the importance of women faculty at the University and advance gender equity through research, advocacy, and community building.

Working Women’s Network (WWN)
The mission of the Working Women’s Network is to provide programs and resources to Yale University’s women employees, and champion the exploration and pursuit of personal and professional goals in order to enhance their individual success while also furthering the advancement of the university.

Yale Society of Women Engineers (Yale SWE)
The Yale University section of the Society of Women Engineers will strive to create a strong community of engineers at Yale with a passion for engineering and commitment to women’s issues in the field in common.

Yale Women
Yale Women’s mission is to create a vibrant, engaged community of alums, drawn together by the common thread of our Yale experiences, that is committed to advancing women’s voices and perspectives and to enriching and inspiring one another, Yale, and the world.

Yale Women’s Center
Founded in 1970, the Yale Women’s Center is an undergraduate-run umbrella organization for groups on Yale’s campus and beyond that deal with issues of gender and sexuality.

Yale Women’s Leadership Initiative
The Yale Women’s Leadership Initiative is an undergraduate organization that is established to empower womxn, devoted to promoting and celebrating female leadership at Yale and beyond, committed to creating an inclusive space where all are welcome, and dedicated to placing gender equity at the forefront of campus culture.

Women’s Health Research at Yale

Women’s Health Research at Yale initiates timely investigations on disorders of high morbidity or mortality for women, ranging from heart disease to cancers. Their work addresses the historic exclusion of women as research participants and generates findings of practical benefit to clinicians and the community. Since its inception in 1998, our center has been broadening the scope of what is considered women’s health, including and reaching beyond reproductive health, and uncovering the influence of sex and gender on health to benefit all. Their commitment to improving health and health care includes providing new information through multiple media outlets, engaging in interactive learning with the community, and training the next generation of physicians and physician-scientists about the interplay of sex, gender, and health. Learn more about active research projects, and read a feature from the center’s Director, Dr. Carolyn M. Mazure, about the history of the inclusion of women in healthcare investigations and continued aims of Women’s Health Research at Yale.

Social Media Channels

Additional Resources

Belonging at Yale - University-Wide Support Resources
Every member of our community should have the opportunity to feel safe, supported, and seen. Yale has multiple resources for students, faculty, and staff who need guidance, assistance, or information; or who want to discuss or report an incident of discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct. Examples of these resources include: Office of Institutional Equity and Access, Resources to Discuss Discrimination and Harassment Concerns, and more.

2019 marked two major milestones in the university’s history: the 50th anniversary of the matriculation of women in Yale College and the 150th anniversary of the first women students at the university who came to study at the School of Art when it opened in 1869. View the resources collected for this year-long commemoration. One highlight includes 150 Years of Women at Yale: Performances, featuring classical pianist Rachel Cheung ’13 MusM, a capella group Whim ‘N Rhythm, poet Li Yun Alvarado ’02, and Emi Mahmoud ’16 UNHCR, Goodwill Ambassador and 2015 World Poetry Slam champion.

Working Women’s Network (WWN) Resources
Explore a collection of resources—from films and videos to family resources—compiled by the WWN for Yale University’s women employees. The group also invites members of the Yale community to Share Your Truth.

Women at Yale: A Tour
This online tour journeys through the varied histories and iconographies of women on campus, beginning with the inception of Yale College over three centuries ago. We hope that after you take in some of the spaces, places and stories, you will continue to look for evidence of women and men co-living, co-learning, co-teaching, and co-operating here at Yale and beyond.