USC welcomes activists, entertainers and scholars to celebrate Women’s History Month

Speakers throughout the month include Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-creator Rachel Bloom and the daughters of Malcolm X and the Rev. Al Sharpton.

March 05, 2021 Gustavo Solis

Women’s History Month is bringing leading activists, scholars and creators to USC through a series of virtual events throughout March.

Headliners include Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-creator Rachel Bloom and the daughters of Malcolm X, the Rev. Al Sharpton, and Julie and Harry Belafonte.

Women’s History Month at USC
The month’s events include a celebration of International Women’s Day. (USC Graphic/K Selnick)

“This month, we celebrate extraordinary American women — astronauts, doctors, educators, engineers, scientists and social justice advocates — who have contributed to the rich history, growth and success of our communities and country,” said Provost Charles Zukoski.

“Women are continually achieving firsts. This year, we can celebrate the legacy of struggle to ensure women’s voices are heard in the political arena — from Susan B. Anthony presenting an amendment to Congress that would give women the right to vote to Kamala Harris becoming America’s first female vice president. We celebrate the stories and contributions of women — those told in history books and the ones yet to be written.”

Women’s History Month events at USC include conversations, celebrations

The month’s events include a celebration of International Women’s Day, film screenings, and conversations about women in traditionally male-dominated industries like law enforcement and sciences.

A full list of events is available online. Below are a few highlights:

International Women’s Day Celebration
Monday, March 8, noon
Honor the achievements of women everywhere with remarks by President Carol Folt, USC faculty, staff, alumni and community members.

Rachel Bloom: Co-creator and Star of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Tuesday, March 9, 5 p.m.
Bloom will read from her memoir, I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are, and discuss her writing, acting, singing and comedy with Karen Tongson, chair of the Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Copies of Bloom’s books will be gifted to USC students on a first-come, first-served basis, courtesy of LGBTQ+SC.

Women, Science and the Road to Inclusive Leadership
Thursday, March 11, noon
Three scientists will discuss their unique experiences overcoming inequitable obstacles and address the importance of having diverse voices leading scientific enterprise. Panelists include Rita Colwell, former director of the National Science Foundation; Hope Jahren, author of the award-winning book Lab Girl; and Dawn Wright, chief scientist of the Environmental Systems Research Institute.

Women in the FBI: Employer Panel and Information Session
Thursday, March 25, 3 p.m.
Hear directly from employees working in the FBI, which hires applicants from all educational disciplines and professional industries — all majors are welcome.

Daughters of the Movement
Monday, March 29, 5 p.m.
The daughters of the women and men who led the Civil Rights Movement share an oral history of the wisdom passed down to them by their parents. Speakers include Gina Belafonte, daughter of Julie and Harry Belafonte; Suzanne Kay, daughter of Diahann Carroll; Hasna Muhammad, daughter of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee; Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz; Dominique Sharpton-Bright, daughter of Al Sharpton; Keisha Sutton-James, daughter of Percy Sutton; and Stacy Lynch, daughter of Bill Lynch.