What is Women’s History Month and how is it celebrated at ASU?
Women’s History Month is a nationally recognized celebration of all women-identifying individuals in March. Officially declared a month-long celebration in 1987 by Congress, it’s a time for celebration, reflection and awareness related to the challenges and triumphs of women.
Women’s History Month celebrations at Arizona State University are student led and staff supported. Throughout the month of March, there are a variety of events and seminars on topics such as health, mindfulness and navigating the workplace.
Beyond women’s history, ASU focuses on how it can elevate women in the present. Women’s History Month presents a chance to celebrate the accomplishments of women, and also identify opportunities to bridge gaps. One such area is in women studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). While STEM-related careers have been traditionally dominated by males, there are an increasing number of female-identifying students pursuing degrees in these fields. Three online professors shared their insights on the importance of supporting these learners now to see greater diversity in science-based careers in the future.
Mentorship and women advocacy matters
At ASU, women are seen in all spaces, especially in leadership and faculty. This visibility is important because it shows learners that work is valued from all members of the community. This may also help female learners identify role models and mentors early in their academic journey, allowing them to build relationships and strengthen their skills.
We talked to three online course professors, who each shared their passion for mentorship and uncovering ways to support women in science.