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Women's History Month at LMU

March 1-31

This March, LMU honors Women’s History Month. Join us as we celebrate and promote gender equity, on and off the bluff.


Featured Event

Why We Lost the Sex Wars: Sexual Freedom in the #MeToo Era

March 8, 2021 4-6p.m.
Von der Ahe Family Suite, William H. Hannon Library

The Department of Women's and Gender Studies welcomes you to our new lecture series: The Politics of Sex and Sexuality. The first event in this series "Why We Lost the Sex Wars: Sexual Freedom in the #MeToo Era" features guest speaker Dr. Lorna Bracewell, assistant professor of Political Science at Flagler College, whose research focuses on feminist theory and the history of political thought.

Co-Sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the Global Policy Institute, the Office of LGBTQ Student Services, and the BCLA Dean's Office.


Professor Examines Feminist Response to Violence

Mairead Sullivan, Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, on Lorna Bracewell’s Why We Lost The Sex Wars

Students entering a Women’s and Gender Studies classroom today do so in the wake of the #MeToo movement. For those of us teaching in Women’s and Gender studies, the #MeToo movement harkens back to an earlier feminist moment, often narrated as the “feminist sex wars,” when questions of sexual violence and sexual pleasure created schisms across feminist lines that would otherwise assume easy affiliation. Read the full column in LMU This Week >

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More Events

Why We Lost the Sex Wars: Sexual Freedom in the #MeToo Era
March 8, 4-6 p.m.

LMU Women in Politics Weekly Meeting
March 8, 8-9 p.m.
Interntional Women's Day Event

South Asian Studies Association Conference
March 11-13, on Zoom and at LMU
The conference will open with the honoring of two women whose work has been essential to the world's understanding of South Asia: historian Romila Thapar and filmmaker Deepa Mehta.

Women's Voices 2022
March 23, 5:30-6:30 p.m.


Recommended Reads

The librarians and staff of the William H. Hannon Library have curated the following recommended books for learning more about women’s history. Want to explore more titles? Check out the full list at LMU Library Staff Picks and the library’s Women’s Suffrage list.


Being Muslim: A Cultural History of Women of Color in American Islam

By Sylvia Chan-Malik

An exploration of how U.S. Muslim women’s identities are expressions of Islam as both Black protest religion and universal faith tradition.

Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women

By Brittney C. Cooper

Charts the development of African-American women as public intellectuals and the evolution of their thought from the end of the 1800s through the 1970s.

Bygone Badass Broads: 52 Forgotten Women Who Changed the World

By Mackenzi Lee

From fifth century BC and to the present, this book takes a closer look at bold and inspiring women who stepped outside the traditional gender roles of their time.

Domestic Devils, Battlefield Angels: The Radicalism of American Womanhood, 1830-1865

By Barbara Cutter

Exploring the ways in which nineteenth-century women transformed American society by shedding new light on the gender ideology of the time.

The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars

By Dava Sobel

The little-known true story of the contributions to astronomy made by a group of women working at Harvard from the late 1800s through the mid-1900s.

Heart Berries: A Memoir

By Terese Marie Mailhot

A powerful, poetic memoir of a woman's coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Pacific Northwest.

The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women became Gospel Truth

By Beth Allison Barr

“Biblical womanhood” isn't biblical: It arose from a series of clearly definable historical moments and is more about human power structures than the message of Christ.


Ninth Street Women: Five Painters and the Movement that Changed Modern Art

By Mary Gabriel

These women changed American art and society, tearing up the prevailing social code and replacing it with a doctrine of liberation.

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval

By Saidiya Hartman

Recreates the experience of young urban black women in the early twentieth century who desired an existence qualitatively different than the one scripted for them.

Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary


The Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary founded Marymount College, which affiliated and later merged with Loyola University to become Loyola Marymount University; their emphasis on teaching the fine and performing arts was one of their unique contributions when the institutions merged. 


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Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange


The Sisters of Saint Joseph of Orange have been part of the LMU Community since the affiliation and merger of Loyola University and Marymount College and, since that time, around one-third of the Sisters have participated in the LMU community as administrators, staff, faculty and students. 


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