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Women's History Month 2013

Women's History Month 2013

This year for Women's History Month the University of Memphis Community celebrated "Women Making History Every Day" to honor both the historical women who have paved the way for change and advancement for women, and also the everyday women in our lives who have contributed to making change right in our own homes and communities.

The entire UofM campus came together to create a series of events to honor women across the globe. Here is a recap of just a few of our exciting events!


Poster Contest

The Women's History Month committee put out a call for submissions for the official 2013 Women's History Month Image. UofM students submitted their creations meant to embody the theme of "Women Making History Everyday."  The winners of the Women's History Month 2013 Poster contest were Zi Felton, Terrell Harmon, Zachary Morgan, Brooke Smith, Corie Walker, Jason Miller who collaborated to create the image below based of an image of Zi Felton's grandmother. 



posterwinnerWe thought of "Women Making History Every day" and wanted to include every woman into the piece. Our poster is about a woman looking into the mirror and seeing a powerful past that has drastically shaped her future for the better. We ran through ideas of what she might see in that mirror, like images of powerful female figures of the past, but then decided that was too formal. We wanted to be personal. We collectively decided on a picture of my grandmother that I was restoring. I feel as though my grandmother was the perfect choice for the poster because she was an ordinary woman who greatly influenced who I am today.

My grandma is more like a best friend, rather than a grandma. I can tell her anything and she'd never judge me, but she is quick to tell me the truth no matter how painful it is. When I went through my first heartbreak, she was the first person I ran to. She cried with me, consoled me, we swapped stories, and in the end when the time was right she told me what I needed to hear. She helped me get my act together. It was because of her hard truth, the truth of my wrong doings and the truth of her own wrong doings, that I learned to truly love myself and who I am. I was a mean kid, because I was always teased about being a black Jew, but my grandma taught me to hold my head up and to be proud of me. Eventually, I was able to love others. It was my grandma who showed me that I have to love and accept myself before I can love and accept others.

She always has a warm smile for whomever she meets, and she is perpetually helping everyone. She taught me that kindness takes practice, and then it becomes a habit, and finally it becomes a part of who we are.

My group and I wanted most to exalt the women who would never be in history books, but have contributed to women's history everywhere. The image of my grandma represents all the grandmothers, mothers, aunts, sisters, cousins, and friends who are ordinary people that impact our lives on a daily basis. The women who offer their wisdom when we are lost and can no longer see the light, their kindness even when we are rude, and their selfless bravery when we have fallen into trouble and are in need of saving are just as important as the women we read about in history books.

--Zi Felton

Opening Ceremony: A Personal Journey Through Women's History

Dr. Janann Sherman, Chair, History Department shared what she learned about the historical women she has researched over her career, and how these women have shaped her own journey. This event was in recognition of Dr. Sherman's scholarship on American women, service to the UofM, and leadership in the Memphis community.

Dr Bingham

Dr. Bingham

Dr. Sherman

Dr. Sherman

Dr. Bond

Dr. Bond

dr. blaisdell

Dr. Blaisdell


Group Presenting Award to Dr. Sherman


Muted Bells Revisited: A Conversation Celebrating Women's Lives


muted bellsMuted Belles, a tribute to women of Memphis, was a collaborative creation of artist Gail Rothschild, the UofM Art Museum, and students and faculty from the UofM History and English Departments. Carved into the entablature created in 1994 are the names of eight Memphis women who valiantly addressed social injustices: Annie Cook, Myra Dreifus, Julia Hooks, Alberta Hunter, Suzanne Scruggs, Ida B. Wells, Juanita Williamson and Frances Wright.

UofM students, faculty, and staff celebrated the Muted Bells creation with a reception and conversation about these incredible women. Featuring Drs. Beverly Bond, Janann Sherman, Peggy Caffrey & Christine Eisel, History Dept and Leslie Luebbers, UM Art Museum. 

*Muted Bells photograph by Jason Miller




Women's History Month Celebrated with a Flashmob!


Watch it here

The U of M Minutes for March 1st and 8th feature WHM events! Watch them here.

March 1st

March 8th

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