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Women's History Month

History and Resources

In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued a Presidential Proclamation declaring the week of March 8 as the first National Women's History Week. In 1987, Congress expanded the celebration from a week into a month, and March is now National Women's History Month.

Since that time, Bakersfield College has participated in the nationwide effort to recognize the historical accomplishments of women with a month-long series of programs presented by local and regional leaders among women.

Women's History and More (WHAM) at Bakersfield College organizes an array of programs that are open and free to the public. See WHAM's website for previous events.

To celebrate the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women suffrage in the US, the theme for this year's programming is Women and the Vote.


Find out more about Women's History Month at these sites:

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Women's History Events 2021

Women, Covid-19, & Its Impact on Our Campus and Community

Please use the excellent Women, Covid-19, & Its Impact on Our Campus and Community lib guide research librarian Faith Bradham developed on this year's WHAM theme.

Women of different ethnicities and ages, dressed for different careers, drawing.

Thursday, March 2, 2021

Elaine Weiss

10:00 AM & 2:00 PM | Zoom and BCSGA Facebook

Distinguished Speaker Elaine Weiss, journalist and author will inspire audiences with conversations about what it takes to change the Constitution, the power of civic engagement, how change is made, and the story of past and present voting rights.

Elaine Weiss' portrait and Woman's Hour book cover.

Saturday, March 4, 2021

Jean Fuller Women In Leadership Panel

6:00 PM | Zoom and BC YouTube

Bakersfield College will kick off Women’s History Month with a discussion and panel, moderated by Early College champion and Republican Senator Emeritus, Jean Fuller. Hosted by BC’s President, Dr. Sonya Christian, the panel will include local women who will share their influences, challenges, and successes along with words of advice for young women. View the Jean Fuller Women In Leadership Panel Video.

Portraits of 5 panelists for save the date graphic.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

A Candid Conversation About Online Education in the Age of COVID-19

6:30 PM | Zoom

Professor Tina Mendoza will moderate a discussion on online education in the age of Covid-19. Read more and register for A Candid Conversation About Online Education in the Age of COVID-19.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

A Dialogue on COVID-19: The Vaccine & Your Health

7:00 PM | Zoom

Professor Olivia Garcia will moderate a panel discussion on Latino COVID-19 Task Force Public Health vaccine, COVID-19 and Mental Health Hotline, Physical Health, Farmworker Outreach, and Women-specific Health Impact. Read more about and register for A Dialogue on COVID-19: The Vaccine & Your Health.

Poster for event with shot being administered.