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Women in Literature, History, Current Events: Celebrate Women's History!

Did You Know ...?

Women's History Month, observed in the U.S. each March, honors women's contributions to history, culture, and contemporary society.

                                             A good place to start: Smithsonian Magazine's Woman Who Shaped History edition 

 Image of women in history                        

                                      But don't stop there: Keep exploring and expand your knowledge!

Women have made important contributions and played vital leadership roles in so many areas.

Please see the recommended links in the boxes below, courtesy of the OCC Auburn Hills Campus Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Committee.


Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists

This landmark exhibition held at the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery was the first major thematic show to explore the artistic achievements of Native women. The exhibit includes 82 artworks dating from antiquity to the present. A group of exceptional Native women artists, curators, and Native art historians have come together to generate new interpretations and scholarship of this art and their makers, offering multiple points of view and perspectives to enhance and deepen understanding of the ingenuity and innovation that have always been foundational to the art of Native women.

image of Hearts of Our People Art Installation from the Smithsonian

Leadership: Women Leaders of the World. Watch this inspiring video!


The Right to Vote

Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote

 Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, Rightfully Hers contains simple messages exploring the history of the ratification of the 19th amendment, women’s voting rights before and after the 19th, and its impact today. Despite decades of marches, petitions, and public debate to enshrine a woman’s right to vote in the constitution, the 19th Amendment – while an enormous milestone – did not grant voting rights for all. The challenges of its passage reverberate to the ongoing fight for gender equity today.

View the Exhibit Online!

Image of women marching for the right to vote from the Library Congress

OCC Archives: OCC Womencenter Collection

OCC's Womencenter

Founded in 1973 by a small group of women students, faculty, and staff, the Center operated as a volunteer organization until 1974 when the counseling department included the Womencenter as an outreach program with Mary White as its director. The Womencenter initially focused on improving campus services for women, providing assistance for new or returning women students, and bringing special outside resources to the campus. As it grew, they developed a referral service, sponsored workshops and seminars, and participated in local, state, and national conferences on women and women’s issues. In 1976, with the addition of Peer Counseling, a part-time staff position was created to coordinate that program. In 1980 the Womencenter moved to its final location at the Orchard Ridge Campus.

Although the Womencenter was located on the Orchard Ridge Campus, it served all OCC campus locations and the surrounding community. The Womencenter sponsored many popular workshops and events including: the Girls Matter Conference, the Women’s Art Show, Women at Work: Magic Summer Camp, and the Women’s Conference: “A Call to Wholeness”. The Womencenter closed on May 22, 2015.

Image of undated Womencenter brochure courtesy of OCC Archives

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