Center for Civic Engagement

International Women's Day "is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. It is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women” (United Nations). First celebrated in 1911, International Women's Day honors the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action.

Each year, the WSU International Women's Day Committee works together to develop an event to celebrate women's achievements worldwide. Click on the sections below for daily events.


2017 Events

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  • March 6 – 10: Food, Hygiene Supplies, and Baby Supplies Drive

    International Women’s Week Food, Hygiene Supplies & Baby Supplies Drive

    Give back to our community by donating to the International Women’s Week Donation Drive! Drop off locations include CUB L45, CUB L46, CUB 308, Wilson-Short 8, Bryan Hall 105, Washington 217, Bustad First Floor Elevator, ADBF First Floor Elevator, VTH Mailboxes, BLS First Floor Elevator, and VBR 205.

    Baby and toddler clothing and shoes can be new or gently used, and ages accepted are 0 – 5 years. New diapers and diaper supplies are also appreciated. Clothing and diaper donations will support Rosario’s Place, an on-campus resource for student parents.

    Food and hygiene supply donations will support Alternative to Violence of the Palouse’s (ATVP) emergency shelter. Food donations should be non-perishable, such as condiments, cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, pasta, and peanut butter. Hygiene supplies can include shampoo, conditioner, tampons, pads, deodorant, and baby wipes. Visit atvp.org/shelter.shtml for the full list of donation needs for the emergency shelter. ATVP also accepts monetary donations, which can be dropped off at their on-campus office in Washington Building G40, mailed to PO Box 37 in Pullman, or you can donate online at http://atvp.org/donate.shtml by clicking on the PayPal icon.

    Event Sponsors: Center for Civic Engagement, IP International Center, IP Global Learning, GPSA, Women’s Resource Center, Access Center, & College of Veterinary Medicine

  • Monday, March 6

    Be KIND Table

    11 AM – 1 PM | CUB First Floor

    Do you need a KIND snack? Stop by the International Women’s Week table to pick up an events schedule, a button, and a KIND Bar!

    Sponsors: KIND Bars, IP Global Learning, & IP International Center


    Practicing Allyship in Academia: Research, Service, and Teaching

    1 PM – 2:30 PM | CUB Butch’s Den

    “Allyship is not an identity- it is a lifelong process”- The Anti-Oppression Network

    In academia, we strive to actively acknowledge privilege and openly discuss it. In this panel discussion, WSU members discuss how allyship can be practiced through research, service, and teaching, creating an active learning community wherein current and future students, faculty, and staff can build their capacity to personally enact and support inclusivity & allyship in academic contexts. Click here to learn more about this event.

    Sponsors: Access Center, Professional Development Initiative, & Edward R. Murrow College of Communication


    Potlatch After School Mentoring Service Project

    2:30 PM – 6:30 PM | Sign up on cougsync.wsu.edu

    Sign up for a CCE-led project to help run International Women’s Day projects with local children attending the Potlatch After School Program! The CCE provides transportation from campus, to the project, and back. Sign up early because space is limited.

    Sponsor: Center for Civic Engagement


    Albion After School Program Service Project

    3:30 PM – 5:30 PM | Sign up on cougsync.wsu.edu

    Sign up for a CCE-led project to help run International Women’s Day projects with local children attending the Albion After School Program! The CCE provides transportation from campus, to the project, and back. Sign up early because space is limited.

    Sponsor: Center for Civic Engagement


  • Tuesday, March 7

    Women Empower Activity

    11 AM – 1 PM | CUB First Floor

    What women have empowered you? How have you, as a woman, empowered others? Share your story through text and drawings at the Women Empower table. Participants will be asked to have their photo taken for a Women Empower Facebook album at facebook.com/wsucce, although having your photo taken is optional. Global and urban campuses are also invited to participate by submitting a photo of themselves with their Women Empower design to cce.marketing@wsu.edu. This activity is open to all WSU students, faculty, staff, and supporters.

    Sponsor: Center for Civic Engagement


    Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse Resource Table

    11 AM – 1 PM | CUB First Floor

    ATVP provides support and safety for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and non-offending family members and friends. Stop by this table to learn about their services and how you can volunteer with ATVP.

    Sponsor: Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse


    In Her Shoes Domestic Violence Workshop

    3 PM – 5 PM | CUE 518

    How does the world look from another’s perspective – particularly from the view of a woman who is experiencing violence? In Her Shoes allows us to temporarily experience life as a woman experiencing violence. It is an interactive, educational exercise used in a workshop setting to help us connect to the day-to-day reality for women experiencing violence, deepen our empathy and compel us to take action.

    Sponsor: Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse


    Save the Children Documentary Half the Sky & Speaker Ryan Murphy

    5:30 PM – 7:30 PM | Goertzen Hall 21

    Follow the stories of inspiring women around the world who are confronting oppression and creating real, meaningful solutions to community issues through healthcare, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls. This documentary is presented by Save the Children, an international organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and children worldwide. Save the Children’s Washington State chapter head, Ryan Murphy, will also speak on the organization’s work.

    Sponsors: Young Democrats & Save the Children

  • Wednesday, March 8 (International Women's Day)

    Affirmation Flowers Table

    11 AM – 1 PM | CUB First Floor

    On International Women’s Day, we like to celebrate women at WSU and around the world. Stop by this table to pick up your locally grown flower and read the attached quote for a feel-good boost! Flowers are sponsored by Men for Social Change and International Programs. Event schedules and International Women’s Day buttons will also be available.

    Sponsors: IP Global Learning & Men for Social Change


    Global Learning Fair

    11 AM – 2 PM | CUE Atrium

    Are you thinking about ways to globalize your education? Stop by the Global Learning Fair to learn about Education Abroad, the Global Leadership Certificate, the Global Case Competition, and other exciting ways to go global! There will be over 15 representatives from education abroad providers, with opportunities to studying, interning and service learning around the world.

    Sponsor: IP Global Learning


    Women’s Recognition Luncheon

    11:30 AM – 1 PM | CUB Senior Ballroom

    The Women's Recognition Luncheon provides the opportunity to recognize the diverse accomplishments of women. The WSU Women of Distinction and Woman of the Year awards are presented at the luncheon, and the 2017 keynote speaker will be Dr. Noel Schulz, professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and WSU First Lady. Visit women.wsu.edu to register for this event. Tickets cost $15 and will not be available at the door.

    Sponsors: Women’s Resource Center & the President’s Commission on the Status of Women


    Gender in STEM/Academia Forum

    1 PM – 3 PM | CUB Butch’s Den

    The forum will include a poster presentation addressing themes relevant to the core mission of ADVANCE programs—promoting advancement of women in STEM—and science more broadly. Selected mini-talks will also be featured to encourage conversation regarding gender-related issues.

    Sponsor: ADVANCE at WSU


    Albion After School Program Service Project

    3:30 PM – 5:30 PM | Sign up on cougsync.wsu.edu

    Sign up for a CCE-led project to help run International Women’s Day projects with local children attending the Albion After School Program! The CCE provides transportation from campus, to the project, and back. Sign up early because space is limited.

    Sponsor: Center for Civic Engagement

  • Thursday, March 9

    Women Empower Activity

    11 AM – 1 PM | CUB First Floor

    What women have empowered you? How have you, as a woman, empowered others? Share your story through text and drawings at the Women Empower table. Participants will be asked to have their photo taken for a Women Empower Facebook album at facebook.com/wsucce, although having your photo taken is optional. Global and urban campuses are also invited to participate by submitting a photo of themselves with their Women Empower design to cce.marketing@wsu.edu. This activity is open to all WSU students, faculty, staff, and supporters.

    Sponsor: Center for Civic Engagement


    Ally Training

    2 PM – 4 PM | CUB L37

    Do you want to become a better ally for LGBT+ women and learn about how LGBT+ issues intersect with women’s issues? Attend this two hour, interactive workshop that will provide you with a basic overview of terminology and current issues. At the end of the training, participants may choose to post an ally placard someplace visible, indicating their willingness to work towards a safer and more inclusive environment for all.

    Sponsors: GIESORC & Women’s Resource Center


    Caminando en sus Zapatos

    5 PM – 7 PM | CUE 416

    En sus Zapatos es una heramienta educativa creada por la Coalisión del Estado de Washington en contra de la Violencia Doméstica. En este taller de simulación las/los participantes se familiarizarán con retos, barreras, y circunstancias que vivencian algunas mujeres Latinoamericanas que inmigran a Estados Unidos. Al ponerse en sus zapatos las/los participantes tomarán decisiones que tendrán resultados diferentes. La simulación será seguida por un diálogo y acciones puntuales para luchar contra y evitar la violencia doméstica. Este es un espacio seguro en donde se contará con apoyo de profesionales de la oficina Alternativas a la Violencia en el Palouse (ATVP).

    Sponsors: Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse & IP Global Learning


    Guest Speaker Kara Tokita, TokitaBethune Management Principal & President

    7 PM – 8 PM | CUB Auditorium

    Kara Tokita, a Washington native, is a successful businesswoman with over 25 years of experience in Event Management and hospitality. In 1999, Tokita co-founded TokitaBethune Management, a company specializing in event management and marketing services. Since its founding, Tokita has had the opportunity to work with many national and international companies, including Starbucks, T-Mobile, the PGA, Xbox Live, and Intel, to name a few. Tokita will speak on how she has achieved success in the business world, and how WSU students can work toward her level of success in their careers.

    Sponsor: International Students’ Council

  • Friday, March 10

    Coffee & Conversation with Artist Ildiko Kalapacs

    Conversation Table: 11 AM – 12 PM & 1 PM – 2 PM | CUB L46

    Coffee Hour: 3 PM – 4 PM | CUB L46

    Ildikó Kalapács is a Hungarian-American visual artist and folk dancer living in Spokane, Washington. Her personal experiences of East and West, living in a socialist and a capitalist country, and studying cultural layers through folk dance and anthropology have given her an appreciation of diversity. Despite the importance of seeking cultural uniqueness in the era of globalization, she recognizes our common experiences. Much of her work focuses on gender roles and the human condition.

    Kalapács is a two-time recipient of the Puffin Grant from the Puffin Foundation, Inc. and the executive director and artist of The Bearing Public Sculpture Project, which is working to place a life-size bronze sculpture in Spokane examining the human costs of war.

    Sponsor: IP International Center


    White Spring Ranch Women’s History Service Project

    1 PM – 3 PM | Sign up on cougsync.wsu.edu

    Sign up for a CCE-led project to help sort and organize newspaper articles and other documents related to the women’s rights movement! The CCE provides transportation from campus, to the project, and back. Sign up early because space is limited.

    Sponsor: Center for Civic Engagement

  • Global Campus Activities

    Women Empower Activity

    The Women Empower activity invites WSU students, faculty, and staff to share their story about how a woman has empowered you or how you, as a woman, have empowered others. On a sheet of paper, share your story through text and drawings, and then take a photo of yourself holding your Women Empower story. Send your photo to cce.marketing@wsu.edu, and your Women Empower will be featured on the CCE’s Facebook page at facebook.com/wsucce! This activity will also be facilitated live at the annual Global Campus Tacoma Rendezvous event on Saturday, March 11 from 9 am – 2 pm.

    Sponsor: Center for Civic Engagement


    International Women's Day Video Series

    Visit the CCE’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/wsucce to watch a series of short videos featuring WSU women talking about what International Women’s Day means to them. Women from International Programs, Multicultural Student Services, the Women’s Resource Center, and more will be featured. Share the videos you like more on your social media using #wazzuwomen.

    Sponsor: Center for Civic Engagement


    Community Service

    Take some time to give back to women in your community through service. Search for opportunities near you on CougSync, or search for community partners who specialize in women’s issues by searching for “Women” on the CougSync Community Partners list. If projects are not currently available in your area, visit allforgood.org and volunteermatch.com and select “women” as your area of interest to search for projects. Then fill out the CCE’s simple, short Community Partner Request Form in advance of your project so fellow Cougs in your area will be able to find your community organization easily in the future. Send a photo of yourself at your service project to cce.marketing@wsu.edu so the CCE can share on social media what CyberCougs are doing for their community.

    Sponsor: Center for Civic Engagement

  • A Brief History of International Women's Day

    A Brief History of International Women's Day

    1789

    During the French Revolution, Parisian women calling for “liberty, equality, fraternity” demanded women’s suffrage for the first time.

    1857

    New York women working in garment and textile factories staged a strike in protest of low wages, long working hours, inhumane working conditions, and lack of the right to vote.

    1907

    First Women’s Day was organized by American women socialists to demand political rights for working women.

    1911

    International Women’s Day was marked for the first time in March 1911.

    1913-1914

    International Women’s Day became a mechanism for protesting World War I.

    1917

    Russian women began a strike for “bread and peace” and were granted the right to vote.

    1918-1999

    International Women's Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration across developed and developing countries alike.

    2000-present

    The new millennium has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women's and society's thoughts about women's equality and emancipation.


  • WSU Women's Voices Video Series

    Coming soon! Check back.


    Downloadable Posters

    Would you like to hang a 2017 International Women's Week poster in your office or share events on social media? You can download materials to help share this great week of events on CougSync.


    2017 Sponsors

     IP International Center, Center for Civic Engagement, IP Global Learning, Women's Resource Center, Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse, Save the Children, Young Democrats, International Students' Council, Men for Social Change, Access Center, GIESORC, Professional Development Initiative, KIND Bars, GPSA, ADVANCE at WSU, President's Commission on the Status of Women, Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, & College of Veterinary Medicine.

    Thank you for your support!