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Women's Month 2020 graphic "Trailblazers"


The status of remaining Women's Month 2020 programs and events is below.  Updates are being made regularly as information is made available.  Also, program contacts are listed so you can reach out directly for information on specific programs.  Due to Virginia Tech's extended spring break and strict programming guidelines related to COVID-19, plans are evolving.  Please check this page  before heading out to a WoMo2020 event!  Thank you.

For WoMo2020, the Women's Month calendar of programs and events will spotlight contributions and accomplishments of the past and present and envision a future of possibilities.  The month's theme, TRAILBLAZERS, recognizes  the centenary of the ratification of the amendment that gave women the right to vote and celebrates the brave individuals who made it possible then, as well as contemporary figures who continue to blaze trails of opportunity and advancement for all women and girls.

Women’s Month recognizes, affirms, and showcases the achievements, concerns, and diversity of women. A feminist perspective – one that encourages and advances women of all races, political affiliations, national origins, religions, ages, abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and income levels – underlies all our programming. Women's Month is a non-profit community project funded by Virginia Tech, area organizaitons, student groups, local businesses, and citizens' contributions.  It is the combined effort of students, faculty, staff and administrators at Virginia Tech, as well as activists, residents, and civic leaders of the surrounding communities.  The annual event occurs in March in conjunction with the National Women’s History Month.

Women’s Month has historically represented Virginia Tech's broad commitment to celebrating diverse and inclusive communities. To honor this ongoing commitment, the Women’s Month 2020 calendar includes programs and events aligned with the Virginia Tech Principles of Community.

Status of Remaining Women's Month 2020 Events & Programs

Fierce Women: Marilyn Minter, Chakaia Booker, Guerrilla Girls, Rozeal and Jenny Holzer Exhibit
9:00 am–5:00 pm through April 25, 2020
All galleries, Moss Arts Center
This suite of one-person exhibitions by some of the most acclaimed artists of our era presents exemplary works of art that are formidable, impactful, and “fierce” in both their dramatic visual power and the potency of ideas presented. Spanning the latter part of the 20th century up to the present time, the exhibition features sculpture, painting, works on paper, digital prints, and video, all of which give voice to a range of critical issues in our world today.


Women’s Suffrage 100th Anniversary Celebration
2:00 pm, The Lyric Theatre in Downtown Blacksburg 
A 100th Anniversary Champagne Celebration! Join us, bring friends, and celebrate at this free event. We welcome everyone interested in learning about and celebrating this historic victory for women. The event will kick-off with brief comments and celebration of the League’s founding in February 1920 and the 19th Amendment’s ratification on August 18, 1920. Afterwards, we will show the Golden-Globe winning film, “Iron Jawed Angels,” about the imprisonment of women suffragists. Their courage and determination marked a turning point in public support for women’s right to vote. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County. Contact Beth Obenshain at  **CANCELLED**


Geometry, Gerrymandering, and Civil Rights
3:30 pm, 310 Kelly Hall
Much of the work on this project is to answer the question “What is fair?” The tools cut across disciplines, combining aspects of geometry, discrete math, statistics, computer science, and political science. We reach beyond the hard sciences to quantify an answer to this philosophical question. The goal of this project is to identify extreme gerrymanders and equip individuals to advocate for fair redistricting. Sponsored by Department of Mathematics. Contact Gretchen Matthews at  **CANCELLED**


AdvanceVT/Women's Center Leadership Lunch
12:00-1:30 pm, Latham Ballroom, The Inn at Virginia Tech
The purpose of the leadership lunch series is to provide women faculty with the opportunity to learn from and interact with current academic leaders, as well as to meet and network with other women from across the campus. We will co-host a special edition of the leadership lunch series with the VT Women’s Alliance and Caucus, specifically the Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty Subcommittee on the topic of faculty mentoring.  Registration required. To register, visit the AdvanceVT website. Sponsored by AdvanceVT; Women’s Center; and the VT Women’s Alliance and Caucus. Contact Anna LoMascolo at or Sarah Ovink at  **CANCELLED**


VT Women Connect Exhibition Tour of 'Fierce Women'

3:30-4:45 pm, Moss Arts Center
VT Women Connect promotes, develops and supports Virginia Tech’s professional women by providing a forum to forge relationships, develop supportive networks, and share ideas and information. In celebration of Women’s Month, Meggin Hicklin, Exhibitions Program Manager at Moss Arts Center, will take us on a tour of Fierce Women, a suite of exhibitions by Chakaia Booker, Guerrilla Girls, Jenny Holzer and Rozeal.  Click here to RSVP. Sponsored by VT Women Connect. Contact Anna LoMascolo at or Donna Cassell Ratcliffe at  **CANCELLED**

Mask On/Mask Off Series: Asian Americans and Rape Culture
4:00-6:30 pm, Asian Cultural Engagement Center, 140 Squires
This event series addresses rape culture, as well as self-care, within the Asian American community. The ACEC will provide Korean face masks and spa masks as well as light snacks during the program. While the Asian American community is featured, people from other identities are welcome and encouraged to attend. Sponsored by Asian Cultural Engagement Center; Women’s Center; Hokie Wellness; Cook Counseling. Contact Nina Ha at **CANCELLED**


**CANCELLED: WGD is working to schedule
WGD Discussion Series featuring Sofia Costa: “Comparison Between Mother and Child’s Diet Diversity and Nutritional Status”
12:30-1:30 pm, Multipurpose Room, Newman Library
The Women and Gender in International Development (WGD) Discussion Series is organized by the Center for International Research, Education, and Development (CIRED) and is an InclusiveVT initiative of Outreach and International Affairs (OIA). The series offers an opportunity for scholars and development practitioners to share their research and knowledge surroundings gender and international development with the Virginia Tech community and beyond. Our featured speaker is Sofia Costa, a nutritionist with more than 7 years of experience working in Mozambique, Director of the Nutrition Course of Lúrio University, and teacher and researcher on the Faculty of Health Sciences. Sponsored by Center for International Research, Education, and Development and Outreach and International Affairs. Contact Maria Elisa Christie at  **CANCELLED: WGD is working to schedule**

The Violent, Beautiful Process of Trailblazing featuring Tiffany Hosey
2:00 pm, 100 Hancock
Tiffany Hosey, founder and CEO of BuilDATAnalytics will be speaking on the patent-pending software she invented. Sponsored by CAUS Dean’s Office. Contact Kathryn Clarke Albright at

Art, Community, Ecology and Health featuring Lanxing Fu
4:00 pm, Blacksburg Public Library, 200 Miller Street
This talk is one of a series by nationally recognized artists and thought leaders on the power and practice of art and culture as essential elements of healthy communities. Lanxing Fu, co-director of Superhero Clubhouse (SHC), will share her holistic approach to building climate justice through creative practice using the tools of theater. In this interactive session, participants will sample Superhero Clubhouse’s practice through a brief version of their Eco-Performance Lab, originally created to model cross-disciplinary collaboration, and explore core tools of Eco-Theater, including Impossible Questions, Imposed Limitations, and Tangible Hope. Sponsored by School of Performing Arts. Contact Bob Leonard at **CANCELLED**

#VTDITC vol 20: Hip Hop & Gender Part IV
7:00-9:00 pm, Multipurpose Room, Newman Library
This series is designed to discuss and extrapolate on the binary and non-binary gender identities, lyrical assertions, and history that gender has played in the art of hip hop. Sponsored by University Libraries. Contact La’ Portia Perkins at

Speculative Poetry: Reclaiming Power with Magic featuring Kai Davis: a performance and workshop
7:00 pm, Torgersen 2150
Kai Davis (she/her) is a Black Queer writer, performer and teaching artist whose work explores Blackness, Queerness, womanhood and the many ways these identifies converge.  Her work examines how power operates globally, nationally, interpersonally, and internally. Sponsored by United Feminist Movement. Contact Linsi Goodin at   **CANCELLED**


The Corset: Unlaced
4:00-6:00 pm, The Cube, Moss Arts Center
Valerie Steele will speak on the cultural history of the corset and its changing meaning through time. Steele will address issues surrounding the corset’s recent reappearance in fashion in reference to feminism and clarify the misconceptions of the corset, which is often perceived as a symbol of women’s oppression. Sponsored by Department of Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management; Women’s Center; Office for Inclusion and Diversity; VT Center for Humanities. Contact Dina Smith-Glaviana at  **CANCELLED**



Ladies HIIT to be Fit!
3:15 pm, Blacksburg Boxing and Fitness, 115 South Hill Drive
This program will show women the fundamentals and techniques of BOXING to get an awesome, empowering workout, all while learning basic self-defense skills, relieving stress, and bonding with other women. FREE! Sponsored by Blacksburg Boxing and Fitness. Contact Kevin Bowen at  **CANCELLED**



Clothesline Project Workshops & Display
Workshops: 3/23-3/27 @ 9:00 am-4:30 pm, Women’s Center; Display: 3/24-3/25 @ 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Drillfield (Rain Location is in Squires) 
The Clothesline Project, an effort to raise awareness of gender-based violence, is a visual testimony to the shattering effect of violence and the impact it has on society. Survivors of violence – and friends and families of victims – create shirts emblazoned with direct messages and strong illustrations. The shirts demonstrate the pain and suffering of the survivors, aid in their healing process, and celebrate their strength and courage to overcome the past. The shirts are hung side-by-side on a clothesline, as though the survivors were standing there themselves, shoulder-to-shoulder, bearing witness to the violence committed on a daily basis. The shirts are color coded: white for those who have died of violence; yellow or beige for survivors who have been battered or assaulted; red, pink, or orange for those raped or sexually assaulted; blue or green for survivors of incest or child sexual abuse; purple or lavender for those attacked because of their sexual orientation; and black for survivors handicapped by violence. The project encourages survivors to come forward to break the silence by creating shirts to share their stories. All materials are supplied free of charge. Please consider dropping by the Women's Center to create your own shirt in a quiet, comfortable environment. Sponsored by Montgomery County NOW; United Feminist Movement; Women’s Center; Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley. Contact Susan Anderson at  **CANCELLED**


A Journey to Hope: Women’s Experiences of Addiction and Recovery
6:00-9:00 pm, 102 Johnston Student Center
Substance Use Disorder, SUD, affects women differently than men, biologically, socially and mentally. The route to recovery also differs. This panel discussion will share lived experiences and research to illustrate these differences and offer a deeper understanding of SUD. The panel will also explore additional barriers that women of color and LGBTQ+ women may face, destigmatizing SUD for those who may want to go into recovery. Sponsored by Virginia Tech Recovery Community. Contact Monica Stanley at  **CANCELLED:**

Lizzo Self Love Ride
6:00 pm and 7:30 pm, McComas Hall
There will be two opportunities to join Recreational Sports for this special Women’s Month and Body Matters Week event!  We are taking our spin bikes out of Spin City and putting them in our larger studio for an all Lizzo music themed spin class and a good time! Sponsored by Rec Sports. Contact Kelly McPherson at  **CANCELLED**


Women's Health Workshop, presented by Anthem Employee Solutions
4:00-6:00 pm, VT Carilion School of Medicine, 2 Riverside Circle Room 202 (Commons)
The Women’s Health Guide: a discussion of the leading causes of illness in women and how to prevent or manage major health conditions.  Five Buckets Principle: Is it possible to meet the competing demands of a job, family, friends, school and work? The answer is yes! In this fun, interactive seminar, you’ll learn the Five Bucket Principle of work-life balance to get the tools to prioritize what is and should be important to you. Learn how to think about the big picture without ignoring the little things that matter. We will show you how to find the time to take care of it all – including time for yourself and for fun – by identifying priorities, making choices and managing expectations. Please RSVP here. Sponsored by #VTCUnfinished and Office for Diversity and Inclusion. Contact Karyna Nevarez at **CANCELLED**


The Castell Project’s Women in Hospitality: Demystifying the Corporate World—Real Talk from Hotel Executives
4:00-6:00 pm, 223 Engel Hall
Join Castell@College for an interactive panel discussion with hospitality executives who will share career tracks, life choices, lessons learned and proven formulas for success. Sponsored by Howard Feiertag Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management and Pamplin College of Business. Contact Nancy McGehee at  **CANCELLED**


Workplace Massage Therapy
**CANCELLED** March 25 @ 11:00 am-3:00 pm, 2400 North End Center.  Register here for this date. **CANCELLED**
**CANCELLED** March 26 @ 1:00-5:00 pm, VMIA 220. Register here for this date. **CANCELLED**
Cost: $1 per minute for a 10-20 minute massage
Reduce stress and tense muscles, increase circulation, increase body awareness and reduce anxiety with a workplace massage! Tod Whitehurst, LMT, from Massage Therapy Associates of the New River Valley will be offering workplace massages to VT faculty and staff. This event promotes health and well-being through the beneficial rewards of therapeutic massage.  Sponsored by Massage Therapy Associates of the New River Valley and Vet Med. Contact Tod Whitehurst at



Take Back the Night Rally and March
7:00 pm, Henderson Lawn Stage (College Avenue)
(Rain Location is in GLC Auditorium)
The 31st annual rally and march raises awareness of gender-based violence, shares local resources, and gives individuals tools to help create positive change. Enjoy pre-rally music at 6:30 pm; the rally begins at 7 pm. People of all genders and ages are encouraged to participate, either as individuals or as part of a group. The rally and march will go through Virginia Tech and downtown Blacksburg. Organizations are invited to bring a group banner and all are encouraged to bring signs. Candles will be provided. Raise your voice to help lessen violence in our community. Together we'll Take Back the Night! Sponsored by United Feminist Movement. Contact Susan Anderson at   **CANCELLED**

An Evening with Staceyann Chin
7:00-9:00 pm, New Classroom Building 360
Staceyann Chinn, author of Crossfire: A Litany for Survival and The Other Side of Paradise, will recite selections of her poetry and share experiences of growing up as a Chinese, Black, Jamaican immigrant, queer woman and single mother.  Sponsored by the Asian Cultural Engagement Center along with numerous supporting offices and organizations. Contact Nina Ha at


A Workshop with Staceyann Chin
10:00 am–12:00 pm, Brush Mountain Rooms A&B, Squires
Sponsored by the Asian Cultural Engagement Center along with numerous supporting offices and organizations. Contact Nina Ha at

Women in Transportation 2020: Connections Through Transportation 
7:30 am-4:45 pm, Transportation Boardroom and Conference Center, L’Enfant Plaza, 420 10th Street SW, Washington D.C.
Connections Through Transportation is a free career development event with transportation professionals across the industry.  The conference is held at the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) headquarters in Washington, DC.
During the morning session, attendees will network with leaders in government, industry, and higher education, as well as learn about exciting career opportunities in the field. In the afternoon, speakers from the NSTB, Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division, and the Transportation Research Board will discuss current issues, trends, and ways to drive your career forward. This event is open to all students, alumni and professionals who are enthusiastic about transportation and professional advancement. Whether you consider yourself an engineer, research scientist, urban planner, accessibility and/or sustainability advocate, or a policy wonk—all are welcome. Register here.  Sponsored by VTTIVT Chapter of Women in Transportation Seminar International/National Transportation Safety Board. Contact Pam Stiff at  **CANCELLED**

Choices & Challenges, Technology & Disability: Counter Narratives
10:00 am-5:00 pm, Inn at Virginia Tech
Free and open to the public.
10:00 am, Mental Health & Higher Ed Panel
12:45 pm, Autism Technologies and Autistic Experience Panel
2:00 pm, Crip Poetics by Travis Chi Wing Lau
2:45 pm, High Tech Fixes & Disability Panel
4:00 pm, Cyborg Promenade by Sammus the Rapper
This day of events includes poetry and music, and will invite conversations about the relationship between disability, technology, education, and infrastructure. We will have ASL interpreters and CART for access. Sponsored by Science, Technology, and Society; Advancing the Human Condition; CLAHS Diversity Committee; and National Science Foundation. Contact Ashley Shew at

Skirt Barn’ Advocacy & Entertainment Event
5:00-7:00 pm, Hillcrest Hall
This event organized by students for students will celebrate Hillcrest Hall, nicknamed “the skirt barn” in the 1940s when it was the first residence hall for women students.  We will showcase local VT and community resources, feature live music, enjoy good food and great people, and build community for all at Virginia Tech. Sponsored by Hillcrest Hall Council and Women’s Center. Contact Lane Early at **CANCELLED**


L.A. Theater Works “SEVEN”
7:30 pm, Moss Arts Center
Presented in L.A. Theatre Works' signature radio-theatre style, SEVEN is a riveting documentary play by seven female writers. The play is based on personal interviews with seven remarkable women who faced life-threatening obstacles to bring change in their home countries of Pakistan, Nigeria, Ireland, Afghanistan, Guatemala, Russia, and Cambodia.  **CANCELLED**


#WomenAlsoKnowHistory: Gender, Social Media, and Expertise featuring Nicole Hemmer and Karin Wulf
4:00 pm, 126 McBryde Hall
This speaker series will bring women scholars involved in the inception and leadership of the #WomenAlsoKnowHistory digital platform to campus to discuss their work and the role of women academics in the United States media. Codirected by Amanda C. Demmer and Jessica Taylor, this event will contribute to ongoing social media movement, public and civic engagement and underrepresented groups’ contributions to knowledge dialogues in the history department and CLAHS. Inspired by the efforts to push the expertise of women to the fore through the #WomenAlsoKnowStuff and #WomenAlsoKnowHistory platforms, we will engage VT faculty and students in a discussion about who interprets history for the public and how social media democratizes the conversation--or does not. Sponsored by College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences; Virginia Center for Civil War Studies; Department of History. Contact Jessica Taylor at  **POSTPONED**



Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop for Students

4:00-6:00 pm, Smith Career Center, Room B
Mark Equal Pay Day with Start Smart!  March 31st is how far into 2020 that women must work to earn what men earned in 2019. This workshop is designed to help students negotiate for a new job, raise, or promotion. Participants will gain confidence in their negotiation style through facilitated discussion and learn about the wage gap, including its long-term consequences. Please register here.  Sponsored by the Women’s Center at Virginia Tech, in collaboration with Career and Professional Development and the Office for Inclusion and Diversity. Contact Anna LoMascolo at  **CANCELLED**



The League of Women Voters Annual Dinner: Forecasting the 2020 Election featuring Rachel Bitecofer
5:45 pm social hour, 6:30 pm dinner, Warm Hearth Village
Guests interested in today’s political issues are welcome. A rising star in the national political dialogue, Professor Rachel Bitecofer, assistant director of the Watson Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University, will speak at the Annual League of Women Voters Dinner. She has received national coverage for her innovative election forecasting model that analyzes the nation's increasingly divisive politics. Sponsored by League of Women Voters. Contact Beth Obenshain at


End Sexual Violence Campus-wide Forum
11:00 am-2:00 pm, Owens Hall Banquet Room
The End Sexual Violence Program Committee, appointed by President Sands, will host a half-day forum with updates from the president and the committee, including climate survey data on the prevalence of sexual violence at VT, themes and concerns identified in ongoing listening sessions, current educational efforts addressing sexual violence, and recommendations for next steps. The forum will also solicit input from participants through small-group conversations. Sponsored by the End Sexual Violence Program Committee. Contact Christine Dennis Smith at **CANCELLED**