Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to be silenced

Throughout history, women have faced many barriers such as not having the right to work, vote, or fight for the country they live in, being policed on their clothing and what they do with their bodies. As the centuries have passed, many courageous women have stepped forward to fight inequality allowing future generations of women to pass through without resistance. Today, women have the right to their own wages and property thanks to the monumental strides towards women’s equality because of the significant female figures in history. Multiple waves of feminism came from these moments, all pushing new boundaries of women’s equality by bringing forth radical ideas of de-sexualisation and sexual empowerment, reproductive rights, and highlighting micro-aggressions towards women.

Women’s History Month is a month-long recognition of significant women throughout history who have impacted contemporary society. Each year the celebration is themed by the National Women’s History Alliance to promote women of different cultures, races, classes, nationalities and occupations. The theme for 2021 is Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to be silenced.


Why Women’s History Month is important:

  • Women haven’t received their due attention

  • Women are inspirational

  • Women are strong and powerful


Women's History Month Events:

Over the next month, your Students’ Union will be celebrating Women’s History Month, and we want you to join in on the celebrations too. Make sure you check out our events which include a range of virtual panel talks, information sessions and more. Keep checking back here for our list of events!

Women Filmmakers Festival
3rd March 10:30pm - 17th March 11:59pm
Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum for our third annual Women Filmmakers Festival that highlights groundbreaking women artists.
Searching for Suffrage at the Library of Congress: Kimberly Hamilin
9th March 5pm - 6pm
In honor of Women's History Month, Kimberly A. Hamlin discusses her new book, "Free Thinker: Sex, Suffrage and the Extraordinary Life of Helen Hamilton Gardener."
Unmute Yourself
10th March 1pm - 2pm
National Archives Comes Alive! Young Learners Program Meet Alice Paul
18th March 3pm - 4pm
The National Archives Comes Alive: Young Learner’s Program—Meet Alice Paul, suffragist, founder of the National Women’s Party, and promoter of the Equal Rights Amendment with Taylor Williams.
Book talk - Rediscovering Eleanor Roosevelt
19th March midnight - 1am
Author David Michaelis’ “Eleanor” is the first major biography of America’s longest-serving first lady in 60 years.
Show ME love: Self love toolkit
23rd March 6pm - 7pm


Check out our blog posts on Women's History Month:

Women's History Month: The Fantastic Artists of Sheffield!
‘Here’s to strong women: May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.’