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Spring Term 2022 Events

GWSHS: Every Thursday at noon, meet in the GWS office for our weekly hangouts.

Upcoming Events
GWS Sponsored Events
Women's History Month
Capstone Conference
Other Related Campus Events

Winter Semester 2021

  • GWS Colloquium Series Schedule (Every other Thursday from 12-12:50)
  • Women's History Month Celebrations in March
    For this year's calendar click on WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH under EVENTS (the 3rd tab above)
  • GWS Capstone Student Conference Thursday, April 8 from 2:00-6:00 pm Zoom link: TBA

Fall Semester 2020

Winter Semester 2020

  • Every other Thursday at noon – our GWS Colloquium
  • February 20 at 11 a.m. – Ancient Near East Studies lecture by Amy-Jill Levine, chaired professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University
  • February 20 at 3 p.m. – Afternoon reception (students only) with Amy-Jill Levine in 238 HRCB
  • March 13-14Women’s Voices of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, a symposium featuring the one-woman show Je Christine
  • March 18, 4pm – Women’s Suffrage: Dr. Lisa Tetrault, author of The Myth of Seneca Falls (U of NC Press, 2014), will visit us from the Carnegie Mellon University, where she teaches history. Her current book project, A Celebrated But Misunderstood Amendment, is a genealogy of the Nineteenth Amendment, which gave only some women the right to vote 100 years ago. She will speak on March 18 at 4 p.m. in the Alice Louis Reynolds Auditorium (1060 HBLL).

The Women’s Studies program sponsors a wide variety of guest lectures, colloquia, workshops, conferences, and networking events.

Weekly Events:

Women's Studies Colloquium

The Global Women's Studies Colloquium is a forum for discussion, intellectual development, and scholarly collaboration among students, faculty, and others interested in participating in a community of Women's Studies scholars. Colloquium lectures present research findings on topics relating to women's lives and experiences throughout history, across the world, and within ethnic, educational, and economic segments of society. Students can earn 1 credit hour each fall and winter semester by enrolling in GWS 392R. All members of the university community are welcome to attend.

Annual Events:

Women's Studies Conference

The vision for this now annual event will be to facilitate a place for scholars and students from universities all over the country to share and discuss their work in Global Women's Studies. Undergraduates, graduates, and professors: all are invited to attend and share their papers.

Women's History Month:

March 2012 was BYU Women's Studies first formal campus-wide celebration of Women's History Month. This celebration aims to create interest and widen the knowledge of women's history among BYU students, faculty, and the community. Students are involved in the planning and putting on of Women's History Month. The faculty head of Women's History Month in 2019 is Dr. Rebecca DeSchweinitz, Associate Professor of History and Global Women's Studies Executive Committee member.

Past Women's History Month Events/Celebrations:

  • Great Women in LDS History Lecture Series
  • History Behaved: Storytelling Project
  • Women's Studies Film Series (sponsored by International Cinema)
  • Remembering Forgotten Women Panel
  • Library Special Collections Exhibit
  • Hunger Banquet: Heal the Half, Unite the Whole (Sponsored by Students for International Development)
  • Celebrating Women Banquet: Educate a Woman Change the World (Sponsored by Women in Science)

GWS Celebrates Women's History Month this March!

Happy 2021!

WHM 2021

Thursday, March 4 at NOON
Lecture: "Curious Joy: The Emotional & Medical History of Miscarriage"

Monday, March 8 ALL DAY
International Women's Day
Wear Your Global Women’s Studies T-shirt Day
Wear your GWS t-shirt (or another shirt with something promoting women’s rights) to honor International Women’s Day. Tell others in your path about the Global Women’s Studies program. Snap selfies and post them to #byugws, #IWD2021.

Tuesday, March 9, 7-8:00pm
What a Hoot! It's a GWS Kahoot! Online Social for all GWS students & GWS faculty affiliates
Zoom Link: TBA

Thursday, March 11 7pm
Q&A with Native American civil rights activist Madonna Thunder Hawk about the documentary Warrior Women. She is best known as a leader in the American Indian Movement (AIM) and as an organizer against the Dakota Access Pipeline
Zoom Link: TBA

Thursday, March 18 at NOON
Lecture: "Work In Progress" with artists Jann Harworth & Liberty Blake
Hear about the creation of their ongoing art mural about women.
Zoom Meeting ID: 996 5473 7803

Friday, March 26 at NOON
Panel: "’Angels in the Machinery’: Women in American Politics, Past, Present, and Future”
Zoom Meeting ID: 928 0436 1716
PC: GWS326

At the end of each Fall and Winter semesters, Global Women's Studies minors present what they have learned about synthesizing interdisciplinary studies of women using the knowledge and skills necessary for advanced study or work in the field. Each student seeks out and works with a full-time faculty mentor who oversees any research and writing for this senior capstone project requirement.

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The WeForShe event during Fall 2014 was a program put on through the joint efforts of many on-campus groups interested in women’s empowerment. The event focused on bringing attention to twelve obstacles, ranging from environmental factors to media pressure, that affect women globally. Together, campus entities like WomanStats, the Ballard Center, and the Women's Studies Program sought to raise awareness and look for solutions to important women's issues. The BYU Women’s Studies Program ran the woman’s education booth, which seemed particularly fitting; our program's website features a quote by former Relief Society General President and woman's rights activist Emmeline B. Wells: “I believe in women, especially thinking women.” WeForShe provided great learning opportunities, not just for the people who came, but for the volunteers. I learned a lot about women's education and found myself eager to share that new knowledge with others. Learning about education initiatives revealed to me the importance of female education and gave me hope for the possibility of change. Did you know, a girl with just one more year of education can earn 20% more as an adult? It’s exciting to think about what a huge difference could be made if more girls were allowed primary and secondary education. Another thing I loved about participating in this event was getting to know other people in the Women’s Studies minor as we worked together. In the end, I felt like I had contributed in a small way to bigger changes just by spreading awareness here on my campus. And I felt like a member of a larger vibrant--nationwide-- community of students engaged in addressing the challenges that face women and the world.