Spreading Awareness for Women One Day at a Time

Each March, IUPUI honors women in the annual Women’s History Month. Various speakers and activities will be offered for the upcoming weeks that empower women and contribute to the celebration. The goal of this month is to not only celebrate women, but to also increase the awareness, as there are still several obstacles for women to overcome.

Picture by Marina Konow

Picture by Marina Konow

This past Wednesday marked the kick off for Women’s History Month in the Campus Center atrium. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., students were invited to visit the displays and talk to various individuals about who or what they were representing for women.

Karina Garduno, assistant director of multicultural programming, helped to organize this event.

“We have this particular kick off to let everyone know Women’s History Month exists because some people don’t know much about it, and we just want to highlight some of the events going on throughout the month,” Garduno said.

There are over 20 events going on throughout the month, and they all directly correspond with the motto of the National Women’s History month, which is “honoring trailblazing women in labor and business.”

“One of the gazettes that we have highlight about 13 women in labor and business who have done a lot to really move up and break some of the glass ceilings that exist for women,” Garduno explained.

Over the years, the variety of programming has been a popular attribute to Women’s History Month as the campus embraces the different events with different groups getting involved to show support for women through several ways.

One of these groups is the Sigma Gamma Rho sorority. Their mission is to “enhance the quality of life for women and their families in the U.S. and globally through community service, civil, and social action.”

Representing this sorority is Timmira Sanders, a recently graduated IUPUI student.

“Looking back from how far we as women have come, it’s wonderful that we have numerous amounts of opportunity now,” Sanders said. “Just knowing there was a time when women couldn’t do anything and comparing it to all we can do now is promising. We aren’t stagnant either, and we have so much left to do as women.”

Picture by Marino Konow

Picture by Marino Konow

Garduno agreed with Sanders’ statement of awareness of all left to be done for women, especially in the workplace and other professional settings.
“This month brings attention to matters like the lack of equity in the workplace and to remind people there is still a lot to be done. Some of the events this month will address the political issues going on, including safety of women in the workplace from harassment,” Garduno said.

The importance of spreading awareness for women only grows, and the events will be offered at different times throughout the month to accommodate the busy schedules of college students.

The next event to take place for Women’s History Month at IUPUI will be “Stepping Stones of Women in Leadership” on March 6 in Fairbanks Hall 5005. The session will begin approximately at 11:45 a.m.