Written by Samantha Lewis.
Women’s History Month was first conceived as “Women’s History Week” in the 1980s, but has since evolved into a month-long celebration in March to remember the ways that women have shaped the history of America with their innovation, tenacity and kindness. It is an important time for everyone, regardless of gender, to reflect on the importance of intersectional feminism in our modern society. In tandem, it should be a time to reflect on how much work there is still left to be done on the frontier of gender equality.
From UNC Greensboro’s beginnings as the all-women’s Greensboro college to now, a myriad of women have come together through the years to truly shape the university into the great work that it is today. For examples of such women, UNCG has provided a list of some of the most prominent examples of women excellence and leadership throughout UNCG’s history. From Ernestine Small to Dot Kearns, these women are exemplary figures of UNCG’s history, and ones that should not be forgotten.
UNCG’s NC Literary Map team interviewed the women-owned Dog-Eared Books in honor of Women’s History Month. Stephanie Stegemoller, founder and owner, discussed how the business was formed, the future of bookstores and the impacts of COVID-19 on the bookstore industry as a whole. The entire interview can be read on the NC Literary Map’s official blog.
To further acknowledge Women’s History Month, UNCG’s Office of Cultural Engagement has planned a list of activities advocating intersectional feminism and women’s history throughout the month of March. Additionally, they will also be holding a social media campaign asking for users to nominate women from UNCG’s faculty, staff and student body who they feel have positively influenced them or have contributed to making UNCG the wonderful university that it is.