Women's Month at Virginia Tech
Celebrating Women's Month 2023: A Chorus of Voices
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. The annual event occurs in March in conjunction with National Women’s History Month. The theme for Women's Month 2023 is A Chorus of Voices, complementing the National Women's History Month theme, Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories.
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 2023 calendar highlights programs and events aligned with the Virginia Tech Principles of Community.
Join us for an engaging months of programs, events, and initiatives that promote, advance, and celebrate women at Virginia Tech and beyond!
Highlights from Women's Month 2022
March is Women's History Month. This year, rather than looking at historical contributions made by women, we decided to focus on women who are currently making history in our local community. We kick off this month's profiles with none other than Nancy Howell Agee, president and CEO of Carilion. Our second feature is Cheri Hartman, program manager of the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Office-based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) Program at Carilion Clinic. Our third feature for the month is Abby Hamilton, president and CEO of United Way of the Roanoke Valley. Our fourth and final feature for Women's History Month 2022 is Annette Lewis, president and CEO of Total Action for Progress (TAP). View story here.
One hundred years have passed since the first female undergraduates enrolled in Virginia Tech. To mark the occasion, the university is commemorating this anniversary throughout 2022. The College of Natural Resources and Environment is celebrating by sharing the stories of three women in the college — a student, a professor, and an alumna — who are finding their paths and leading the way for others in their fields. View story here.
History can be hard to find. Kira Dietz and Anna LoMascolo are on a mission to share the history and untold stories of women of Virginia Tech’s past. After thumbing through thousands of old campus photos, yellow-aged handwritten letters, class notes, and other rarities, the duo presents an interactive virtual timeline on the History of Women at Virginia Tech. View story here.
In the hundred years since Virginia Tech admitted its first five female students, women have become a mighty force at what was once an all-male institution. Their biggest champions? Often other women. Here, the women behind four female-focused campus communities share how they stand up for faculty, staff, and students. View story here.
In 1921, there were five. now, there are 12,711. In a span of 100 years, the number of undergraduate female students at Virginia Tech has grown remarkably. Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute, an all-male institution commonly called VPI, enrolled the first full-time female students a century ago. This set the stage for future throngs of women who would not only receive a Virginia Tech education, but shape the university and the world through their skills, talents, and sheer might. View story here.