International Women's Day, March 8

International Women's Day, March 8

On Wednesday, March 8, Connecticut College will join the rest of the United States and many nations around the world in observing International Women's Day. This observance takes place annually to celebrate the many achievements of women and to advocate for greater gender equity in societies across the globe.

Some of the organizers of the recent Women's March on Washington are continuing to raise awareness by calling for "A Day Without a Woman." This theme compels us to recognize the essential contributions made by women in our daily lives.

Connecticut College was founded in 1911 as the first institution in the state dedicated to providing a four-year liberal arts degree for women. For us, then, the story is quite clear: There would be no Conn without women. This is the central idea in a series of posters designed by the division of institutional equity and inclusion that will be displayed throughout campus this week.

Connecticut College has recognized the intellectual, social, economic, cultural and political contributions of women to society from our founding through the present-day. We are taking the opportunity of International Women's Day to affirm that women students, staff, faculty, trustees, alumnae, parents and friends are vital to the life—and success—of the College.

An ad-hoc planning committee of faculty, staff and students has organized several events on March 8 commemorating this day:

Our Hopes for Women


Stop by Cro between 8am and 3pm to write down your hopes for women on a banner that will be incorporated into an event at 3:08pm.

FROM 8:00 AM TO 3:00 PM

Take a 15 minute break from working

FROM 8:03 AM TO 8:18 AM

Join the international movement on social media


11:30 AM

International Women's Day Speak Out

Crozier-Williams Front Entrance

Connecticut College community members will gather in front of Cro to share personal thoughts and expressions about International Women's Day.

3:08 PM


Ground Floor, Shain Library

Exposing and correcting for gender bias in Wikipedia. Sponsored by the Linda Lear Center and Friends of the Connecticut College Library

5:00 PM TO 7:00 PM

"Let Your Story Inspire"

Charles Chu Room, Shain Library

Panel of international students. Sponsored by the Womxn's Center

7:00 PM TO 9:00 PM

Take a 15 minute break from working

FROM 8:03 PM TO 8:18 PM

Those who wish to participate are encouraged to wear red in solidarity with women around the world. For additional information about ways to participate in International Women's Day, visit the campus calendar.

Ways to participate

March 6, 2017