Villanova University Celebrates Women's History Month 2024

VILLANOVA, Pa. (February 29, 2024) — Villanova University will celebrate Women’s History Month with empowering and informative community-based events. March marks a month-long celebration of the contributions of women in history and contemporary society, and programming includes professional panels, conversational opportunities, alumni events and more.

Women’s History Month Programming Highlights
On Monday, March 18, the Rev. John Stack OSA Leadership Series will host Kerry Alys Robinson, president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA for a lecture titled, Living and Leading a Life of Service. Robinson has been an advisor and trustee to more than 25 grantmaking foundations, charitable nonprofits and family philanthropies. Additionally, Robinson served for 15 years on the national committee for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

On Tuesday, March 19, the Villanova Law Women's Network (VLWN) will host a discussion moderated by Kristine Calalang, member of the Board of Advisors of VLWN. This discussion will touch on relevant PA Rules of Professional Conduct and ethical issues that arise in the course of attorney communications with counsel, clients and the judiciary. Discussion will also include networking through a diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging lens and tips for ethical and effective networking and business development. Additional alumni panelists include Jennifer Robinson and Danielle Gardner.

The Villanova School of Business will host Melissa Draganac-Hawk, a first-generation American of deaf immigrant Peruvian parents on Thursday, March 21, for their Women’s History Month Spotlight Speaker Series. Draganac-Hawk will present on her experiences as a diversity, equity and inclusion advocate and discuss women's issues and challenges in the workplace.

The Gender and Women’s Studies program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will host their 33rd annual conference on Friday, March 22. The conference celebrates research examining gender and sexuality produced by students from Villanova and other local institutions. This year’s keynote speaker is Nancy J. Hirschmann, PhD, Geraldine R. Segal Professor in American Social Thought and professor of Political Science and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

On Wednesday, March 27, Joseph Lennon, PhD, associate dean, International and Interdisciplinary Initiatives and Emily C. Riley Director of Irish Studies, will present on the 1909 Hunger Strike of Marion Wallace-Dunlop as part of the Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest’s ongoing event series Lunch@Lepage. Wallace-Dunlop was a Scottish-born member of the Women’s Social and Political Union and the first suffragette hunger striker.

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